Death of a Titan:Melbourne’s Botanic Gardens

Melbourne Botanic Garden’s Titan Arum has wilted and in its last days. Pollen from the flower which bloomed on December 25, 2012 has been collected and may be used to pollinate a second Titan Arum that is located in Melbourne’s Botanic Gardens back shed.  The Second plant, which is expected to flower next month, will not be on display.

The Melbourne Titan Arum is a great achievement and worthy of praise for the botanists that helped cultivate the flowers. With over 5000 public visits  the flower has generated much interest and news reports both locally and internationally.

What is of concern is the state of the Botanic Garden’s glass houses, which are in need of redevelopment and replacement,  

The RBG, sadly, have no plans to upgrade the glass house facilities.  A review of the RBG Master plan fails to mention any proposals for the Glass house area redevelopment. If you view the master plan it is not really a Master plan at all. More like a 5 year report card then a plan for the Gardens future development.

The Royal Botanic Gardens is reliant on Government and Philanthropic funding, basically they are underfunded and their priority at this stage is to become less reliant upon potable water for irrigation. The implementation of the ‘Working Wetlands’ project is part of that goal.

Whilst we support the direction the gardens are taking we are never the less concerned that the Master plan has not addressed the basic need for a redevelopment and construction of a new glass house facility. the Master Plan should at least give an indication as to the scope and possible redevelopment of the existing hot house facilities. It is only then that members of the public and benefactors can get behind the need for a better tropical exotic plants facility. A new redesigned hothouse facility would place Melbourne in the forefront of excellence.  It would also allow the plants to be properly housed and cultivated providing better public viewing and appreciation.  A well designed facility, along the lines of the Princess of Wales glass house in Kew UK, could become a major attraction in the color winter months.

There has long been talk about establishing a Winter Garden for Melbourne,  The Queen Ann Gardens and the site adjacent to Federation Square have been flagged as possible alternative sites for a Winter Garden, but nothing has come of it.  The idea serves as a talking point at election time and is never followed up.




January 7, 2013

Death of a Titan:Melbourne’s Botanic Gardens

Melbourne Botanic Garden’s Titan Arum has wilted and in its last days. Pollen from the flower which bloomed on December 25, 2012 has been collected and may be used to pollinate a second Titan Arum that is located in Melbourne’s Botanic Gardens back shed.  The Second plant, which is expected to flower next month, will not be on display.

The Melbourne Titan Arum is a great achievement and worthy of praise for the botanists that helped cultivate the flowers. With over 5000 public visits  the flower has generated much interest and news reports both locally and internationally.

What is of concern is the state of the Botanic Garden’s glass houses, which are in need of redevelopment and replacement,  

The RBG, sadly, have no plans to upgrade the glass house facilities.  A review of the RBG Master plan fails to mention any proposals for the Glass house area redevelopment. If you view the master plan it is not really a Master plan at all. More like a 5 year report card then a plan for the Gardens future development.

The Royal Botanic Gardens is reliant on Government and Philanthropic funding, basically they are underfunded and their priority at this stage is to become less reliant upon potable water for irrigation. The implementation of the ‘Working Wetlands’ project is part of that goal.

Whilst we support the direction the gardens are taking we are never the less concerned that the Master plan has not addressed the basic need for a redevelopment and construction of a new glass house facility. the Master Plan should at least give an indication as to the scope and possible redevelopment of the existing hot house facilities. It is only then that members of the public and benefactors can get behind the need for a better tropical exotic plants facility. A new redesigned hothouse facility would place Melbourne in the forefront of excellence.  It would also allow the plants to be properly housed and cultivated providing better public viewing and appreciation.  A well designed facility, along the lines of the Princess of Wales glass house in Kew UK, could become a major attraction in the color winter months.

There has long been talk about establishing a Winter Garden for Melbourne,  The Queen Ann Gardens and the site adjacent to Federation Square have been flagged as possible alternative sites for a Winter Garden, but nothing has come of it.  The idea serves as a talking point at election time and is never followed up.




January 7, 2013

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Death of a Titan:Melbourne’s Botanic Gardens

Melbourne Botanic Garden’s Titan Arum has wilted and in its last days. Pollen from the flower which bloomed on December 25, 2012 has been collected and may be used to pollinate a second Titan Arum that is located in Melbourne’s Botanic Gardens back shed.  The Second plant, which is expected to flower next month, will not be on display.

The Melbourne Titan Arum is a great achievement and worthy of praise for the botanists that helped cultivate the flowers. With over 5000 public visits  the flower has generated much interest and news reports both locally and internationally.

What is of concern is the state of the Botanic Garden’s glass houses, which are in need of redevelopment and replacement,  

The RBG, sadly, have no plans to upgrade the glass house facilities.  A review of the RBG Master plan fails to mention any proposals for the Glass house area redevelopment. If you view the master plan it is not really a Master plan at all. More like a 5 year report card then a plan for the Gardens future development.

The Royal Botanic Gardens is reliant on Government and

Philanthropic funding, basically they are underfunded and their priority at this stage is to become less reliant upon potable water for irrigation. The implementation of the ‘Working Wetlands’ project is part of that goal.

Whilst we support the direction the gardens are taking we are never the less concerned that the Master plan has not addressed the basic need for a redevelopment and construction of a new glass house facility. the Master Plan should at least give an indication as to the scope and possible redevelopment of the existing hot house facilities. It is only then that members of the public and benefactors can get behind the need for a better tropical exotic plants facility. A new redesigned hothouse facility would place Melbourne in the forefront of excellence.  It would also allow the plants to be properly housed and cultivated providing better public viewing and appreciation.  A well designed facility, along the lines of the Princess of Wales glass house in Kew UK, could become a major attraction in the color winter months.

There has long been talk about establishing a Winter Garden for Melbourne,  The Queen Ann Gardens and the site adjacent to Federation Square have been flagged as possible alternative sites for a Winter Garden, but nothing has come of it.  The idea serves as a talking point at election time and is never followed up.











Botanic Gardens Titanic Achievement: Melbourne’s Disgrace

The flowering of a rare tropical plant Titan Arum in  Melbourne’s Botanic Gardens was truly an all inspiring event.

The staff at Melbourne’s Botanic Gardens deserve praise for their professional skills and efforts in propagating and nurturing this rare magnificent tropical plant and displaying it to the public.  Raised from a seed given to Sydney and Melbourne Botanic Gardens by David Attenborough (How he manged to get it by customs is any ones guess).  

People stood in line for up to three hours on December 26 to see this magnificent flower, nature at its grandest. The queue stretching outside the Botanic Gardens Gate E back towards Gate D (Some 300 meters or more in length).

 Raised from seedling to tuba to leaf then flower the Melbourne Titan Arum pollen has been harvested to hopefully be used to propagate flowers in the future.  The life span of the flower is a long journey spanning over 7 years. If pollinated it takes a further nine months to bear fruit  

Today a team of Botanist and Scientists harvested the flower’s pollen as the flower begins to wilt. The pollen will be frozen and used to fertilize anther plant which will hopefully bear fruit and a new generation of Titan Arum   (What is not known to most members of the public is that there is a second Titan Arum ready to flower but sadly not on public view.  The pollen from this flower might be used to try and germinate the second flower – Hopefully they will be successful)

 

Melbourne’s Disgrace

 

The main disappointment was the Glass house itself.

Melbourne’s Botanic Gardens Tropical Plant Glass House has little to desire. It is small outdated and poorly designed.  It is events such as the flowering of this rare plant that members of the public become aware how much Melbourne and our vistors are missing out.

The management of the Royal Botanic Gardens would very much like to build a new world class hot house, one that would allow the propagation, cultivation and display of tropical plants in a better environment. Richmond/Kew in Southwest London, UK and the Glass house in Munich are good examples that Melbourne should aspire towards constructing.  A good design would facilitate better access, environmental efficiency and better management.  The cost of building a new Glass House is estimated at between 2.5 to 5 million dollars.  Money that would be well spent if the design is right. Personally I think Melbourne should look at building a world class winter garden and tropical glass house on the scale of the Princess of Wales Conservatory. Sadly the RBG has not included such a facility in its Garden’s Master Plan. It should.

 

The Melbourne City Council under the auspice of the Lord Mayor’s fund should make a contribution towards a special fund to build a new glass house

Photo Gallery

December 17, 2012
December 19, 2012
December 26, 2012
December 26, 2012
December 28, 2012
December 28, 2012
December 29, 2012
December 29, 2012
December 31, 2012
December 31, 2012
December 31, 2012
December 31, 2012

Botanic Gardens Titanic Achievement: Melbourne’s Disgrace

The flowering of a rare tropical plant Titan Arum in  Melbourne’s Botanic Gardens was truly an all inspiring event.

The staff at Melbourne’s Botanic Gardens deserve praise for their professional skills and efforts in propagating and nurturing this rare magnificent tropical plant and displaying it to the public.  Raised from a seed given to Sydney and Melbourne Botanic Gardens by David Attenborough (How he manged to get it by customs is any ones guess).  

People stood in line for up to three hours on December 26 to see this magnificent flower, nature at its grandest. The queue stretching outside the Botanic Gardens Gate E back towards Gate D (Some 300 meters or more in length).

 Raised from seedling to tuba to leaf then flower the Melbourne Titan Arum pollen has been harvested to hopefully be used to propagate flowers in the future.  The life span of the flower is a long journey spanning over 7 years. If pollinated it takes a further nine months to bear fruit  

Today a team of Botanist and Scientists harvested the flower’s pollen as the flower begins to wilt. The pollen will be frozen and used to fertilize anther plant which will hopefully bear fruit and a new generation of Titan Arum   (What is not known to most members of the public is that there is a second Titan Arum ready to flower but sadly not on public view.  The pollen from this flower might be used to try and germinate the second flower – Hopefully they will be successful)

 

Melbourne’s Disgrace

 

The main disappointment was the Glass house itself.

Melbourne’s Botanic Gardens Tropical Plant Glass House has little to desire. It is small outdated and poorly designed.  It is events such as the flowering of this rare plant that members of the public become aware how much Melbourne and our vistors are missing out.

The management of the Royal Botanic Gardens would very much like to build a new world class hot house, one that would allow the propagation, cultivation and display of tropical plants in a better environment. Richmond/Kew in Southwest London, UK and the Glass house in Munich are good examples that Melbourne should aspire towards constructing.  A good design would facilitate better access, environmental efficiency and better management.  The cost of building a new Glass House is estimated at between 2.5 to 5 million dollars.  Money that would be well spent if the design is right. Personally I think Melbourne should look at building a world class winter garden and tropical glass house on the scale of the Princess of Wales Conservatory. Sadly the RBG has not included such a facility in its Garden’s Master Plan. It should.

 

The Melbourne City Council under the auspice of the Lord Mayor’s fund should make a contribution towards a special fund to build a new glass house

Photo Gallery

December 17, 2012
December 19, 2012
December 26, 2012
December 26, 2012
December 28, 2012
December 28, 2012
December 29, 2012
December 29, 2012
December 31, 2012
December 31, 2012
December 31, 2012
December 31, 2012

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Death of a Titan:Melbourne’s Botanic Gardens