The Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne is celebrating the re-opening of its beautiful and lush Fern Gully after a five month and half a million dollar upgrade.
The new features include a boardwalk and five steel bridges, new seating and over 1,500 extra ferns planted throughout the gully, and is part of a 3-stage restoration project headed by the Gardens’ landscape architect Andrew Laidlaw.
Fern Gully, which dates from the late 19th century during William Guilfoyle’s time as Gardens’ Director, had deteriorated over the past 20 years partly due to the roosting habits of 30,000 grey-headed flying foxes but also because of prolonged drought. Professor Tim Entwisle, Gardens’ Director and Chief Executive said:
“We have reinstated, and reinterpreted, Guilfoyle’s vision for the Fern Gully. Guilfoyle was inspired by the tropical wet forests of northern New South Wales and the green fern-gullies of Victoria to create this enchanting landscape.“
Made possible by donations from the Friends of the Royal Botanic Gardens and some private donors, the Fern Gully improvements will further enhance what is already one of the most popular areas within RGB Melbourne.