System Garden 160th celebrated

November 16 / 188

From making Kokedamas (moss balls) to exploring on-campus flora and fauna, visitors celebrated 160 years of the University System Garden's vibrant history and biodiversity late October.

Vice-Chancellor Glyn Davis marked the 160th anniversary with a tree planting ceremony. The evergreen tree was donated by the Royal Botanic Gardens as a symbol of the close relationship between the two gardens throughout their history.

The System Garden is historically significant as a remnant of the original Edward La Trobe Bateman plan for the University. It has been subject to extensive change in its form, extent and purpose.

It contains vestiges of its original fabric, including the central tower of the conservatory and a number of plants including palms, a Cabbage tree, and Osage orange from very early plantings. These plants are possibly McCoy plantings, as they are located to fit into the McCoy system, and recorded in the original planting lists.

Thumb image shows the VC with Prof Tim Entwisle, Director and Chief Executive, Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria. 

Banner image shows visitors receiving a guided tour from System Garden Curator Tim Uebergang.

For a look at the past and present of the System Garden: 

http://sustainablecampus.unimelb.edu.au/key-areas/campus-grounds/system-garden

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