The annual Begonia Display is the centrepiece of the Ballarat Begonia Festival.Featuring a mass of more than 700 Begonia plants, every year our Gardens team curates the most spectacular display of Begonias set in the beautiful surrounds of the Robert Clark Conservatory.
The Ballarat Botanical Gardens is home to two collections of Begonias: Tuberous and Non-Tuberous. Both are registered with the Garden Plant Conservation Association of Australia (GPCAA).
Tuberous - The Ballarat Botanical Gardens have grown tuberous Begonias since the late 1800’s - many of which had originally been imported from England. The Collection now contains many Australian bred varieties and there are over 240 varieties in the collection. These are the renown Begonias exhibited in the Conservatory during the annual Ballarat Begonia Festival.
Non–Tuberous - Non-tuberous Begonias are grown more commonly for their decorative foliage. The Ballarat Botanical Gardens collection features more than 350 different varieties.