Geelong Gardens


Joined November 2009

  • Artist
  • Artwork Comments 3

Artist's Description

Geelong Gardens

Featured in “Country Victoria” July 2011

The gardens were first set aside as a public space in 1850, taking up the whole of today’s Eastern Park. The botanic gardens were later isolated to a fenced-off area in the centre of the park.

By the late 1800s facilities included a large wooden fernery, three miles (4.8km) of carriage drives, an aviary, monkey house, and a fish hatchery.

The first curator of the gardens was Daniel Bunce, who was appointed in 1857. In 1859 a conservatory and greenhouse were erected in the gardens. John Raddenberry took over the curatorship of the gardens in 1872 after the death of Bunce the same year.

A fernery was opened in October 1885. It was 120 feet (37 metres) long, 60 feet (18.5 metres) wide and was located where the George M. Hitchcock Fountain now stands. The fernery was extended in 1886 by an octagon 60 feet (18.5 metres) high, with a pond located underneath. A third section was added in 1887, taking the total length to 300 feet (92 metres). By 1920 the ferns were becoming overgrown, and the fernery was demolished some time after World War II because the wooden structure was falling into disrepair.

The gardens were renovated in 2002, with a new section for arid-climate and local native plants opened. It features a dramatic entrance with Queensland Bottle Trees (Brachychiton rupestris), combining architectural plants with modern garden sculptures.


Location: Geelong, Victoria, Australia
Camera: Canon EOS 50D
Lens: Sigma 18-200mm f3.5 – 6.3 @ 18mm
Exposure: f22, 1/8, ISO100, RAW, Tripod
Processing: Photomatix 3.2 (3 exp ±2) & Photoshop CS4


hdr geelong

Artwork Comments

desktop tablet-landscape content-width tablet-portrait workstream-4-across phone-landscape phone-portrait
desktop tablet-landscape content-width tablet-portrait workstream-4-across phone-landscape phone-portrait

10% off

for joining the Redbubble mailing list

Receive exclusive deals and awesome artist news and content right to your inbox. Free for your convenience.