Sunken Glass House

The Sunken Glass House is one of our oldest and unique buildings. With a rich history and a new lease on life, it is sure to impress.

The Sunken Glass House is a Pit Glass House built in the 1860s. It is a rare example of the half basement design. It was built to acclimatise plants to Australian conditions.

The Sunken Glass House is a rare example of  European style conservatory’s used by early settlers. Built in the 1860s, this glass house was used by the Gardens first curator, Daniel Bunce, who later found little need to acclimatise plants to Australia’s already warm conditions. Since then, The Sunken Glass House has been used to cultivate  many different plant collections held at the Geelong Botanic Gardens.

In 2002 the Friends of the Botanic Gardens funded extensive restoration work, giving the glass house a new life and purpose. Today this charming glass house is no longer part of the industrial nursery, and can be found surrounded by gardens. It now relishes in its new role connecting the gardens rich history, to our present day patrons. The ever changing plant displays held within can be viewed through the glass roof.

On display 

 An inhospitable desert landscape has been recreate to show the harsh environment which our Cacti and Succulent collection call home. The display highlights these plants unique survival mechanisms that enables life to flourish in the most barren of places.  

Page last updated: Thursday, 2 January 2020