Growing Friends

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The Growing Friends monthly meetings are the place to learn how to propagate and grow Australian native plants.
The group is made up of knowledgeable, interesting and friendly people who share a deep passion for the Australian flora and a desire to learn more about it.

New members are very welcome! There is no cost involved, but membership of the Friends of the Gardens is essential.

Regular meetings

The Growing Friends meet in the Banks Building at the Gardens on the first Saturday of every month from 9.00am (9.30 in June, July and August) until 12 noon. Meetings usually start with a discussion about topics of interest to members.

As well as the meetings, a working bee is held on the third Tuesday of each month to pot cuttings, and other tasks.

Propagated plants are grown in a shade house, beside the Banks Building, set aside by the Gardens just for the Growing Friends. Set-up costs are paid by the Friends.

Plant sales

Plants propagated by the Growing Friends are offered for sale to the public at very popular plant sales in spring and autumn each year. Most sales bring in around $4,000 which is used by the Friends to support the Botanic Gardens. Sales are publicised on this website and in the press.

The 2017 spring plant sale was  held on Saturday 11th November in the small carpark behind the Crosbie Morrison Building in the Gardens. Suzi Bond was there to talk about plants that provide food for butterflies. She found it interesting to see the sale and to talk to some of the customers and Growing Friends.The sale raised $5918, all of which will go towards the many projects supported by the Friends. Most plants went to the early customers and there was a steady stream until about 10. We closed up at 10.30 with about 20 plants to be put back. This was a great result and thanks go to all those who helped with propagating, potting on, watering and other maintenance duties as well as helping with the sale preparations (including plant lists, photos and advertising) and the sale itself.

The 2018 Autumn sale will be held on Saturday 7th April 2018


Growing Friends' plant sale, autumn 2012 (Photo: Alan Munns)
Growing Friends' plant sale, autumn 2012 (Photo: Alan Munns)

Contact information

Maurice Hermann 0429 361 256
John Connolly (02) 6255 8695

How to find us

Map of the Gardens showing the Banks building