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 normally 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.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, if you would like to attend a meeting of Growing Friends it would be appreciated if you could contact or the Convenor (Maurice Hermann) on 0429 361 256 beforehand.

As well as the monthly meetings, working bees are held each Tuesday to pot cuttings as well as undertake other jobs, as required. Members are free to attend these, if or when they are available.

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.

We would not be as successful as we are if we did not get the excellent support that the Gardens' staff give us.  This ranges from the people who help us select cutting material to propagate, the nursery area which provides us with potting mixture and the Rangers who prepare our meeting rooms each month and the Banks building car park for our sale.

Plant sales

Plants propagated by the Growing Friends are usually offered for sale to the public at very popular plant sales in spring and autumn. 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’ 2019 Autumn sale was a record breaker – 1,400 plants for sale and takings of $7,942, all of which will go towards Friends’ projects. However, COVID-19 has restricted our ability to hold sales since - our 2021 Autumn sale on 13 April was the first for some time, held under COVID-safe restrictions.

We hope that the Growing Friends can restart running regular spring and autumn plant sales from late 2021. COVID-safe arrangements for such sales would need to be put in place for them to proceed. Please keep an eye on the 'Coming Up' and 'Latest News' sections of the Friends' website for more information.

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