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 winter) 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 $4,000 to $5,000 which is used by the Friends to support the Botanic Gardens. Sales are publicised on this website and in the press.
The next plant sale will be held on 13th April 2013.
A detailed list of plants for sale with information about the characteristics and growing requirements of each is posted on this website before each sale.