Latest News from the Friends

            The penguins are arriving. A large number of reFraming Nature mascots from far flung lands.
            For more information about the exhibition go to reFraming Nature Exhibition 2017 







            Friends 2018 Botanic Art Calendar released. Download mail order form...
            or purchase direct from the Friends' office







            reFraming Nature Exhibition 2017 entries coming in








August 2017 Plant of the Month

Pelargonium echinatum








            Friends Half Price Tickets to Botanic and Rare Plant Fair available.
            Follow this link to Members only page for link to tickets site.
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           Friends' Photo Group up and running - it's aims are

  •             - To enrich the Friends through photography
  •             - Fellowship
  •             - Improve member’s photographic techniques




Botanic and Rare Plant Fair 2017!

Last year's inaugural Botanic and Rare Plant Fair had such great feedback and was such a success that Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, The Diggers Club and Melbourne Friends are delighted to announce this year’s dates for the 2017 Fair.
With forty specialist plant and gardenware stalls selling everything the discerning and budding plant hunter needs, this year’s event is bursting with big, fresh inspiring ideas!
When: Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 October 2017
Where: Observatory Precinct, Melbourne Gardens 




June 2017 - Donation to Friends

Commonwealth Bank, Toorak Branch, have very generously donated an amount of $1000 to the Melbourne Friends as part of their support for community cultural groups. They have asked that the money go towards the refurbishment of the Visitor Centre
Branch Manager Ruby told us that when she first arrived in Australia, and in Melbourne, she spent a great deal of time in the Melbourne Gardens. We are very grateful to Ruby Farakos and her team for supporting us, and hence the Gardens, in this way.


Friends’ Council members and in the front row, from left to right, Dianne Allen, Branch Support Manager for Combank, Friends’ President Mary Ward and Ruby Farakos, Combank Toorak Branch Manager holding the symbolic cheque after the presentation to Council. Photo: Adnan Mansour