Growing Friends Nursery Plant Sales - 2018

The Growing Friends' Nursery will be open for Plant Sales to Friends' members on the first Friday of each month (except when it clashes with the main sales' months.
Friday 2 March, 4 May, 1 June, 6 July, 3 August, 7 September, 2 November, 7 December 2018 - 8 am to 1 pm
Where: Growing Friends Nursery, next to the RBGV, Melbourne Gardens works yard, enter via Gate E (downloadable map right)
Members only - Join the Friends to come along

Members receive 10% discount on all plants

Don’t forget membership cards and carry bags.

Join Members only Photo Group

Join our photography group. This group is just part of an exciting range of activities and events the Friends run for their members. The Friends support the Botanic Gardens providing financial and volunteer support for projects and events. Love the Gardens? Join the Friends! 
The aims of the group are -
-  To enrich the Friends through photography in the RBGV Melbourne Gardens
-  Fellowship
-  Improve member’s photographic techniques

To join the Friends Photo Group you need to be a member of the Friends so Join Us now to get involved
For more information:
John Harrison, Photography Group Convener
04 0709 8887 or

Summer Insiders Walk

An evening bird walk with David Plant 

This will be an evening bird walk with specialist David Plant, who has been documenting the birds in the RBGV Melbourne Gardens for many years. 

The walk is a serene and gentle time to glimpse the colourful, noisy, small and large birds that inhabit our botanic garden landscape and it is a chance to discover some of their discreet and concealed hideaways.
Throughout the walk we can enjoy the picturesque landscape designed by Guilfoyle of expansive lawns, calm lakes and distant views in one of the world’s finest botanic gardens.
When:Tuesday 20 February 2018 at 6 pm
Where: Meet at Gate Lodge for refreshments before the walk.
Bookings essential
Book online under What's On
Bookings close 17 February

Beyond the Garden Gate - Insiders Walk 

Beyond the Lych gate, learn of the close relationship between the Domain Gardens and the RBGV Melbourne Gardens. We will see such distinctive elements as a rockery and fern gully, a stone bridge, arbour seats and pond, a grotto and the Tilly Aston Bell. We will also see the Pioneer Women’s Garden designed to commemorate the State’s pioneer women as part of Melbourne’s Centenary celebrations in 1935. Please note – the walk starts at Plant Craft Cottage.

When: Thursday 15 March at 10 am
Where: Meet at Plant Craft Cottage
Bookings Close 12 March
Bookings essential
Book online under What's On
Refreshments will be served before the walk which will begin at 10.20 am.

Urban Colour - Autumn Insiders Walk 

Members only walk In autumn, to see many of our trees that lose their leaves and we see the Botanic Garden in a different light.

For this Autumn walk we have chosen a diverse mix of trees in the Southern section of the Garden; all are trees that would be suitable for a reasonably sized suburban garden; some are deciduous and display good autumn colour before they shed their leaves; others have striking spring flowers.

Trees are vitally important in the broad landscape, in parks and home gardens. Trees reduce temperature on a hot day, and our health and well being depend on them. We hope this walk will encourage you to appreciate the different characteristics of many of our trees and help you to choose a beautiful one for your garden

When: Wednesday 23 May at 10 am
Where: meet at Gate Lodge, 100 Birdwood Ave
Bookings close 21 May
Bookings essential
Book online under What's On
Refreshments will be served before the walk which will begin at 10.20 am.

Growing Friends Location Map
(Adobe PDF File)