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These tranquil gardens were established in 1857 by William Allitt, with assistance from Melbourne. Featuring over 300 varieties of roses and 130 varieties of dahlias, the display is always a huge hit with locals and visitors alike. Visit the cottage in the gardens, check with the Portland Visitor Information Centre for opening times. Portland Botanic Gardens are Victoria's 2nd oldest gardens, with a croquet lawns, native and exotic plants. Botanical Gardens curator, Dr Ferdinard Von Mueller. With over 13,000 dahlias planted annually, the gardens are renowned for their dazzling flower displays, which peak in late summer and autumn. The dahlia's are used in the annual floral ANZAC tribute. If you have enjoyed the Botanic Gardens why not try the Glorious Gardes Day Trip.