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Close up of the cast-iron lace at the entrance of the building.
Built in 1850-51 as an Under Gardener’s Cottage, to the design of Henry Ginn, Colonial Architect, Plant Craft Cottage is the earliest of a number of buildings within the Gardens with a heritage listing.
Early in the 20th century, the weatherboard extension with its typical bull-nosed verandah and cast-iron lace, was added and this now forms the entrance to the building.

Plant Craft Cottage

Henry Ginn, 1850


Built in 1850, Plant Craft Cottage is the oldest building in a public space in Victoria. The heritage-listed building and two of the original rooms are used today to host craft workshops within the tranquil setting of Melbourne's Royal Botanic Gardens. The domestic architecture of the cottage was typical in England at the time, represented by its steeply pitched slate roof, ornate chimneys, brick recesses, lead-light windows and decorative barge boards.

What's On

Friends of the Royal Botanic Gardens members will be available to share historical details of the cottage such as the original handmade bricks that are exposed under the veranda, as well as its current uses. The beautiful cottage garden maintained by Garden Group will interest gardeners in general. Demonstrations of plant-related arts and craft will be on view as you walk through the rooms of the cottage.

Images: (1) Cast-Iron lace. (2) Plant Craft Cottage entrance and garden. (3) Plant Craft Cottage weatherboard extension. All photos: Friends of the Royal Botanic Gardens.

Important Details

Time & Date

Saturday 29 + Sunday 30 July
Open access 10am-2.30pm


Fully wheelchair accessible, Accessible parking nearby


All Ages


Melbourne Gardens, Northern Gate (previously H Gate), Alexandra Ave, South Yarra 3141

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