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.

Heavy rain on the Friday before the March 2019 sale and a lighter fall on the morning of the sale, did not deter either the volunteers setting up for the sale or the customers arriving on the Saturday morning. We did not have the usual sale-day rush as the gates opened, but there was a steady stream of customers throughout the morning. At the end of the morning, there were just 14 plants left and a gratifying $7,204 worth of takings, all of which will go towards Friends projects.

The book sale which was run concurrently with the plant sale raised $100 for Friends projects.

The quality of the plants on sale was particularly good, despite the extremely hot weather early in summer.  The volunteers who come in every day to water, the Tuesday working-bee members who pot on cuttings and attend to all the regular maintenance, and all the members who take part in the monthly propagation sessions are all to be congratulated on a very successful sale.

The 2019 Spring sale will be held on Saturday 9th November 2019

 

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

Contact information

Email growingfriends@friendsanbg.org.au
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