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.
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.