Member only Events with the Friends

Autumn Insiders Walk - A Royal Walk

Have you ever wondered about some of the stories behind the trees in the Gardens with small signs in front honouring the person who planted them? Join us for a very British morning tea and introductions at Gate Lodge and then we will take a walk in the Gardens visiting a number of commemorative trees planted by royalty. Hear the stories that go with them. This walk is to mark Prince Harry and Meghan’s recent visit to Melbourne. We will visit the trees planted by Prince Harry’s grandmother (Queen Elizabeth II), great grandparents (George VI and Elizabeth) and great-great grandparents (George V and Mary). There will be a special detour to see the tree whose parent may have sheltered Mary Queen of Scots; the palm planted by the Shah of Persia (while still on the throne); and the beautiful tree planted by Queen Salote of Tonga.
When: Thursday 28 March at 10 am
Where: Meet at Gate Lodge, 100 Birdwood Ave
Cost: $20 MEMBERS ONLY
Meet for refreshments at 10 am. The walk begins at 10:20.

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Members Walk - Government House Gardens - BOOKED OUT

Join us on this very special free Members only guided tour of Government House Gardens. Come with us on this tour with Michael McNabb, Curator, Garden and Grounds at Government House. This garden, designed in 1872, covers 11 hectares and features magnificent lawns, specimen trees surrounded by large beds of trees and shrubs, and the Peace and Prosperity Kitchen Garden. The gardens also feature ceremonial trees planted by members of the Royal Family and previous Governors.
On land set aside in 1841, Government House, designed by William Wardell, was built. The Fountain Court, formal terraces, carriage drive, main lawn and encircling path that remain today are part of joseph Sayce’s original plan. William Guilfoyle, Director of the Botanic Gardens, refined and helped implement Sayce’s design. Guilfoyle arranged the gardens as a combination of clumps of shrubbery and broad sweeping lawns
so that ‘at every step the visitor finds some new view.’
When: Tuesday 16 April at 10 am
Meet at Government House Gates.
MEMBERS ONLY
Bookings essential -

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Curiosities and Wonders Walk

Join us on this Autumn Members only Insiders Walk looking at a number of the amazing and curious wonders of our gardens. The word curiosity means 'the desire to know or to learn and this can be of a scientific or artistic interest. It might mean a 'curious detail or feature or anything rare or strange.' (The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary). After morning tea and introductions at Plant Craft Cottage let us show you some of the wonderful botanical curiosities in the Gardens.
It might be the oldest exotic plant or the highest tree; the tree with a fossil history or the only tree in its genus. It might be the plant that gave Stradivarius the marvellous red varnish he used on his violins, or plants that belonged to the dinosaur age. It might be the story of the discovery of plants thought long lost or discovered by chance. It might be all of these curious stories and the plants that made them into oddities. To quote Alice: ‘Curiouser and curiouser!’
When: Friday 24 May at 10 am
Where: Plant Craft Cottage, Enter via H Gate
Cost: $20 MEMBERS ONLY
Meet for refreshments at 10 am. The walk begins at 10:20.

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or phone Friends' office for Enquiries or bookings - 03 9650 6398

New Members’ Welcome 

When: Friday 28 June at 10 am
Where: Domain House, Dallas Brooks Drive

The Friends welcome all new members at a morning get together. Please join us for for a morning tea and gardens walk. Refreshments will be served while you mingle and meet other new members. Learn about the Friends’ wide range of activities in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere, with conveners of some of the Friends’ activity groups on hand to provide information. The welcome will be followed by a walk in the Gardens with expert Volunteer Guides from the RBGV.
All those who have joined the Friends since our last welcome, and those who have already requested an invitation to a future welcome, will automatically receive one. If you have not been able to attend a previous New Members’ Welcome and would like to come this time, you are warmly invited as well, so please call our office on 9650 6398 and we’ll make sure you are invited.