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National Rhododendron Garden’s new name gets the green light

Friday 8 September, 2017

Parks Victoria has announced the new name for the National Rhododendron Garden is Dandenong Ranges Botanic Garden.

It follows a comprehensive community consultation period in May-June. 246 responses were received about determining a new name via surveys, emails or in person through a public submission form.

The public feedback results were positive:

  • 97% of people supported renaming the National Rhododendron Garden to include the word ‘botanic’.
  • 45% of the votes – cited Dandenong Ranges Botanic Garden as the most popular choice.

The proposed name change recognises the evolution of the National Rhododendron Garden into a significant botanic collection of cool climate plants. In addition to Rhododendrons, the National Rhododendron Garden boasts a large collection of rare and exotic plants, many of which are endangered, and are adapted to the cool-climate of the Dandenong Ranges.

The public can provide feedback on the new name until Wednesday 4 October 2017.

For more information visit or call Parks Victoria on 13 1963.

The following quotes are attributable to Parks Victoria A/Area Chief Ranger Terrence Moon:

“We’re really pleased with the public response and the choice of Dandenong Ranges Botanic Garden as the preferred new name.”

“The name ‘Dandenong Ranges Botanic Garden’ recognises the significance of the extensive plant collections at the National Rhododendron Garden and positions the park as a premier cool climate public garden.”

“The chosen name will definitely help strengthen the Dandenong Ranges’ reputation as a premier destination for gardens of significance in Victoria.”

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