History of Plant Craft Cottage

Plant Craft Cottage is the oldest cottage in a public place in Victoria. 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.

Explore the interesting history of Plant Craft Cottage from shipping bricks from England through to the extensions which were added during the last century by downloading the History of Plant Craft Cottage written by Phyl Knaggs, a long term member of the Friends.