The Cottage is open to the public at the following times -
The Plant Craft Cottage is one of the many historic buildings in the RBGV Melbourne Gardens. Designed as an Under Gardener’s Cottage in 1850, it retains many of the original architectural features. Between the years 1853 and 1856, it was home to Melbourne’ s first Government Botanist, Dr Ferdinand von Mueller. Until the 1970s, as H Gate Lodge, it was occupied by a series of ‘under gardeners’ and since 1981 it has been a craft centre dedicated to the promotion of plant-related crafts.
Open: Tuesday to Friday 10 am to 3 pm;
The third Sunday of each month (16 Sep, 21 Oct, 18 Nov) 11 am to 4 pm
Closed: Closed on Mondays, weekends (except for 3rd Sunday of each month) and all public holidays.
The Cottage will be closed (for a refresh) from 20 December and will re-open on 29 January 2019
Where: In the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, Melbourne Gardens just in from H Gate on Alexandra Ave (Melways map 2G, B11) (metered parking available in Alexandra Avenue)
Cost: Free entry. Come along.