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 2018 autumn plant sale was held on 7th April 2018 and was most successful. A long queue of keen gardeners was lined up by 8:30, waiting for the Growing Friends to open shop. Some knew exactly what they wanted and some were happy for one of the ‘Ask me’ Growing Friends to make suggestions about what would be best to fill that gap in their garden. There was even someone who had moved out of a Mr Fluffy house and had to re-establish an entire garden. There were very few plants left when we closed 'the gates' at 11am. While we could have sold more Banksias and Grevilleas, we had over-achieved in our propagation in other areas. However, the mix of plants is different in each sale, as we need to work with the material which is available in the gardens for us to use. More than $6,800 was raised, all of which will go towards Friends projects.

The 2018 Spring sale will be held on Saturday 10th November 2018


Growing Friends' plant sale, autumn 2012 (Photo: Alan Munns)
Growing Friends' plant sale, autumn 2012 (Photo: Alan Munns)

Contact information

Maurice Hermann 0429 361 256
John Connolly (02) 6255 8695

How to find us

Map of the Gardens showing the Banks building