Helping the Gardens Grow

Saturday 19th March to Sunday 17th April

The combined Friends' Botanic Art Groups will present a collection of botanic art featuring Australian native plants in the Visitor Centre from Saturday 19th March. Many of the plants featured are in the ANBG collection. The majority of paintings will be for sale with a proportion of proceeds going to support Friends activities.

We are a diverse group of people who love and support our beautiful Gardens – the world’s largest collection of Australian native plants. We have an extensive program of talks, visits and social events. There are many opportunities for members and visitors to meet, learn, grow and enjoy the riches of this very special place. This website will help you find events that most interest you.

We were formed in 1990 as a community support group for the Gardens. Since then we have raised and spent around $¾ million on projects in the Gardens and now have 1700 members. And we support the Gardens in many other ways, such as leading guided walks to show visitors the wonders of the Gardens, and hands-on support of research programs.




The Association of Friends of Botanic Gardens holds a conference every two years. This year's conference will be hosted by the Friends of Geelong Botanic Gardens from Friday 29 April to Sunday 1 May. Full details are on the Geelong Friends' website, with links to the conference program outline and registration form.  Please note that early bird discount registration closes on 31 January.
Wednesday, 20 January 2016
A new self-guided walk, funded by the Friends, was launched on January 21st 2016 by Ngunnawal elder, Aunty Agnes Shea and Barbara Podger, chair of the Friends' Public Fund. The event was reported by ABC News. The trail features 27 plants important to Indigenous people, ranging from the coastal native raspberry (Rubus moluccanus) to the quandong (Santalum acuminatum) found in the drier Australian interior. The Aboriginal Plant Use trail winds through the Rainforest Gully, Conifer Garden, Rock Garden and Monocot Garden with interpretive signs telling how Aboriginal people used each of the featured plants.
Wednesday, 23 December 2015
Would you like to spend more time in the Gardens? There are many opportunities for Friends to volunteer at the ANBG, varying from hands-on activities such as plant propagation or participating in the plant stocktake, to guiding visitors around the gardens on foot or in Flora Explorer, to participating in social activities to raise money to support the Gardens, and many more. Read on to discover what the Friends got up to behind the scenes in the last year, and how you can become involved.
Monday, 30 November 2015
The latest issue of The Botanic Gardener, the Newsletter of Botanic Gardens Australia and New Zealand, has just been released. It contains lots of interesting reading.
Monday, 30 November 2015
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