A botanic name for the National Rhododendron Garden
The National Rhododendron Garden is the premier garden within Parks Victoria’s Dandenong Ranges Gardens estate and has become the premier cool-climate public garden in Melbourne. To recognise this, Parks Victoria is seeking to formally gazette the National Rhododendron Garden as a botanic garden.
Parks Victoria is recommending the preferred name of Dandenong Ranges Botanic Garden.
The National Rhododendron Garden was established by the Australian Rhododendron Society to create a horticulture display with a representative collection of species and varieties of rhododendron. The garden has evolved and now has botanic significance with a diverse collection of plants. The garden boasts a large collection of rare and exotic plants, many of which are endangered, and adapted to the cool-climate of the Dandenong Ranges.
The National Rhododendron Garden is classified ‘botanic’ by the ‘Botanic Gardens Australia and New Zealand’ and ‘Botanic Gardens Conservation International’, in that the collection is:
- Labelled and interpreted
- Open to the public
- Used for scientific research
Formally classifying the National Rhododendron Garden as a botanic garden will deliver a range of benefits, including:
- Improving the profile of the garden, and year-round visitation;
- Attracting horticultural expertise to support botanic management practices; and
- Increasing opportunities for strategic partnerships with other botanic gardens, industry and educational institutions.
Outcome of consultation
Earlier this year Parks Victoria sought community input on a new name for the National Rhododendron Garden. A new name including the word ‘botanic’ was determined by stakeholders and Parks Victoria as a way to recognise the evolution of the garden into a significant botanic collection of cool climate plants.
Public submissions to rename the National Rhododendron Garden were received online, via email and in person.
97% of submissions supported the plan to rename the National Rhododendron Garden to a name which includes the word ‘botanic’. 45% of submissions supported the name “Dandenong Ranges Botanic Garden”, 39% were in support of “Olinda Botanic Garden” and 16% submitted an option for an alternate name choice.
Parks Victoria is recommending the preferred name of Dandenong Ranges Botanic Garden in a report to be presented to Parks Victoria’s Regional Director Metropolitan Parks. This name will recognise this garden as the premier cool climate public garden within the geographic location of the Dandenong Ranges.
Parks Victoria will determine the final outcome on 6 November 2017.
Have your say
The public may object to the proposed name Dandenong Ranges Botanic Garden through the following methods:
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Write to: Area Chief Ranger, Dandenong Ranges Gardens, The Georgian Road, Olinda, VIC, 3788
All objections must be received by Wednesday 4 October 2017.
If you plan to object you must address the following points:
- Your interest in the naming proposal – e.g. if your address is affected or you have a personal link with the place and/or name
- Reasons why the name is not appropriate, including how it is considered to not comply with the Naming rules for places in Victoria – Statutory requirements for naming roads, features and localities – 2016.
Parks Victoria will not consider objections that do not explain why the objector opposes the name.