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.
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.
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 2016 Spring sale was held on Saturday 12th November in the small carpark behind the Crosbie Morrison Building in the Gardens. A queue of people, many of them happy returning customers, had arrived by 8:30. Someone living in Gymea Street simply had to buy two Gymea lilies, and the less common daisies such as Coronidum elatum and Olearia phlogopappa went quickly. Thanks to the Growing Friends who helped with the sale, both with the setting up on Friday afternoon and on Saturday morning and also in the weeks leading up to the sale. Many of the volunteers at the sale were Growing Friends who have joined us recently – thank you, and once again, welcome to the Growing Friends.The sale raised nearly $6,000, all of which will go towards the many projects supported by the Friends.
The 2017 Autumn sale will be held on Saturday 25th March.