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Castlemaine Botanical Gardens

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Castlemaine Botanical Gardens were gazetted on 21 February 1860. Their scale reflects Castlemaine’s prosperity during the gold rush and community desire to highlight the success of the town. The gardens are believed to be designed by the first curator, Phillip Doran who held this position for 47 years until his death in 1913.

The gardens are home to an impressive collection of established native and exotic trees, with a beautiful ornamental lake surrounded by open landscaped gardens. Some trees are listed by the National Trust, including an ancient oak planted in 1863 to commemorate the marriage of the Prince and Princess of Wales.

The impressive cast iron gates were constructed in 1877-78 by local engineering firm Thompson & Co and local monumental mason George Redfearn. The decorative fountain nearby was also erected at that time. Lake Joanna was completed in 1879 and the tearooms were constructed in 1919.

Artworks in the gardens include “Acorns” and “Pinecones”, by Nicholas Dunand and "Dusk" by Zoe Amor.

The Castlemaine Botanical Gardens are a key events venue, hosting the likes of Castlemaine State Festival and Castlemaine Fringe Festival.

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