Discover the Ian Potter Foundation Children’s Garden

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Ian Potter Foundation Children’s Garden

Getting there

Royal Botanic Gardens,
Birdwood Ave, Melbourne,
Vic 3004

Wed-Sun and Public Holidays: 10am to sunset
Victorian School Holidays: 10am to sunset every day

Note: closed for annual restoration for eight weeks after the July 2016 School Holidays

Ian Potter Garden

Nestled within the lush Melbourne Royal Botanic Gardens, the Ian Potter Foundation Children’s Garden is a hidden delight for children and parents alike!

The garden is a little adventurer’s paradise. It is the perfect place for kids to explore and experiment with nature, all in a place that is scaled to a size that is just right for them.

Ian Potter Foundation Children's Garden

Your water babes will love paddling in The Rill, a stream which meanders throughout the garden. They can follow its twists and turns before it emerges at the Meeting Point, where the spiral fountain will dazzle on warmer days (above 25 degrees).


The adventure continues through jungles and gorges, wetlands and giant bamboo forests. You never know what your intrepid adventurer may find, from an elephant hiding amongst shoots of bamboo to that cheeky Magic Pudding!

A highlight is the incredible kitchen garden, home to rows and rows of yummy vegetables. It is just the place to take your youngsters to learn where food really comes from and perhaps spark an interest in gardening.


The magic of the garden is in the way that it acts as a blank canvas for your tot’s imagination. They will create their own stories, inspired by the trees, rocks and flowers that surround them. You can also check out this handy download for ideas on where to start.

So let the exploring begin!

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