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Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens - Magnificent in Every Season!

The sheltered, landscaped grounds of the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens hold historic plant collections and a large number of significant trees, many dating from the nineteenth century.

It also has an increasing number of important conservation collections of Tasmanian plants and the world's only Subantarctic Plant House.

Prior to European settlement local Aboriginal tribes used the site, and traces of their occupation are still apparent. A number of historic structures, including two convict-built walls, date back to the Gardens' earliest days.

The Botanical Gardens Restaurant, in one of the loveliest locations for any restaurant in Tasmania, combines with an extensive program of activities and events as well as year-round displays combine to offer the visitor a great Tasmanian experience.

 Education and training at the Gardens

The Gardens offer a number of new horticulture and living education programs. These affordable new programs feature outstanding experiences with some of Tasmania’s leading specialists and professionals in their fields. 

For more information and booking on courses contact the RTBG now 6236 3057

Enrolment open for Cert II & III Accredited Courses 



You can now study Certificate II & III in the surrounds of one of the State’s best gardening classrooms with the introduction of nationally accredited training courses at the Gardens.

The Gardens in partnership with the GlobalNet Academy (RTO No 60058) are offering a Nationally Accredited training course in Horticulture. Designed to offer participants a unique and practical learning experience including working onsite at the Gardens. The course covers two Certificates in Horticulture

The course will be offered as a flexible delivery program format 2 days per week over 30 weeks starting 2013.   

Do you love your Botanical Gardens?

Would you like to be an important part of the Gardens experience?

Your Gardens needs you!

Do you love your Botanical Gardens

Friends of the Gardens Garden Explorer

The Friends of the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens are happy to offer a new guided tour serive for those with limited mobility. Bookings require two days notice.

Guided Tours



RTBG Strategic Master Plan

The Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens (RTBG) Strategic Master Plan has been designed to guide The Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens (RTBG) through the next 20 years.

The Plan was formulated in accordance with the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens Act 2002.  Thoese plans can be downloaded below:
Strategic Master Plan 2009
Living Collections Report
Interpretations Plan

What's on at the Gardens this month

  • Treasure Island

    02 Jan 2013 to 27 Jan 2013, Wed to Fri at 11am, Sat at 2pm & 5pm, Sun at 2pm

    Big Monkey are back to take you on a journey with Jemma Hawkins, as Long John Silver and a band of bumbling pirates set sail to find the fabulous treasure of Captain Flint.

  • Shakespeare Garden Tour

    05 Jan 2013 to 02 Mar 2013

    A walking tour of the Gardens about plants in Shakespeare’s works, life and times.

  • WaterSense - Free water saving garden classes

    11 Aug 2012 to 08 Jun 2013, 2pm

    The Gardens & Southern Water present free WaterSense Garden Workshops & online resources to show how to use less water when magnificent gardening

  • Tatton@RTBG

    14 Dec 2012 to 20 Dec 2013

    Part of Ten Days on the Island 2013. Tatton@RTBG is a series of sculptors which will be in the Gardens over the next 12 months