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 Crosbie Morrison Building at the Gardens on the first Saturday of every month from 9.30am 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 of the plants are propagated from cutting material obtained from plants in the Gardens. Most of them are also chosen for their ability to grow in Canberra's challenging climate of low rainfall, hot summers and frosty winters. Sales typically  bring in over $5,000 which is used by the Friends to support the Botanic Gardens. Sales are publicised on this website and in the press.

The Growing Friends Spring Sale was held on 10 November 2018 from 8.30 am to 11:00 am.  At 8.30 am the queue of people waiting at the gates rushed in and went straight to the plants they wished to purchase. It would appear that they had already consulted the website which had the full list of plants available.  The first hour was extremely hectic with people lining up with their purchases but then things – fortunately for the workers on the cash and eftpos desks - slowed down considerably.   Happily not many plants were left when we finished for the day.  $7343 was taken on the day and these funds go towards Friends’ projects.  The next sale will be on 30 March 2019 and the Growing Friends hope to be able to offer for sale another wide range of beautiful native plants propagated from plants in the Gardens.

The 2019 Autumn sale will be held on Saturday 30th March 2019


Growing Friends plant sale, spring 2018 (Photo : Allan Growcock)
Growing Friends plant sale, spring 2018 (Photo : Allan Growcock)

Contact information

Maurice Hermann 0429 361 256 or 6231 1485
John Connolly (02) 6255 8695 (if Maurice cannot be contacted)

How to find us

Map of the Gardens showing the Banks building