Tuesday 2 October 2012


One of Melbourne's favourite tourist attractions, the Conservatory opened on the 13th of March 1930, and has a history of over 70 years of providing spectacular floral displays. The Building copies the Spanish mission architectural style, measuring 30 x 15 metres and originally costing 4,000 pounds. The Conservatory is a vital part of the City's commitment to excellence in horticulture. There are five separate displays each year. It is used by tourists, schools, families and anyone who wants to capture a moment of floral beauty.

Display 1 - Hydrangea / Fuchsia: November - February
Display 2 - Tuberous Begonia / Gloxinia: February - April
Display 3 - Tropical / Pointsettia: April - July
Display 4 - Cineraria / Cyclamen: July - September
Display 5 - Schizanthus / Calceolaria: September - November

Also in the conservatory are two memorials. One dedicated to Mary Gilbert, the first migrant woman settler in the Port Phillip settlement that was to become Melbourne. A statue by Ailsa O'Connor adds to the tribute. However, for me even more poignant is a simple plaque that commemorates Wilma Saunders, Conservatory Attendant and Fitzroy Gardens Tour Guide between 1999 and 2009...

This post is part of the Taphophile Tragics meme,
and also part of the Our World Tuesday meme.


  1. Such a pretty collection Nick and fitting that appreciation is shown to a dedicated lady.

  2. What a beautiful place to be remembered!

    Beneath thy Feet

  3. Such a gorgeous place! And wonderful tributes to the women!

  4. What a wonderful place! And, your images are lovely.

    We have a conservatory very close to us, too. We love spending time there taking pictures.

  5. Such a beautiful, colorful place, Nick, and such wonderful tributes to women! Superb captures as always! Hope your week is going well!

  6. Beautiful blossoms and great tributes.

  7. Nick, Recently I read a book about the early settlers , who were transported on ships to Australia, and how they adjusted. It was very interesting and eye opening too. For the amount of suffering they bore , and the courage they had to withstand and grow. I thought about those people when I saw the conservatory being dedicated to the first settler.! Well done, Melbourne to honor individuals, with a beautiful place, also nurtured by a lady.

  8. The blues and purples are my favorites. Thanks Nick.

  9. I find it so touching when places such as this set up a memorial to their well loved staff.

  10. Hah! A lovely indirect memorial for TT, Nick. I have never toured over these gardens. I am hoping to be in Melbourne early in December. Shall see if I can fit them in. Many thanks for the post and your ccontinued support.

  11. Conservatories and greenhouses are always such a treat; especially in cold weather.

  12. I haven't seen a conservatory built in this style before. It also reminds me I should spend more time amongst the flowers.


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