Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne was founded in 1846. Its area is 38 hectares. It is now home to more than 12 000 different plant species. Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne is open to the public daily and admission is free. The garden is the ideal place for romantic walks, jogging and even picnicking. Various cultural events take place Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne. In the middle of Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne is an interesting building, called Government House, by this house is a lake, which is home or example to black swans. The garden itself is divided into several parts, which mostly represents Australian and Pacific flora. The most valuable is a plant collection from New Caledonia. This small French archipelago in the Pacific Ocean is actually a remnant of the Gondwana pre-continent. Thus it is much older than most of the other Pacific islands. The local flora is in many respects unique and has an unusually high number of endemic species. Another interesting collection of plants is from New Zealand, where approximately 85% of all plants are endemic. The Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne are a part of Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne, which are situated 55km southeast of Melbourne.