Friends' Member Only Events

Growing Friends' Nursery Plant Sales - 2017

 
MEMBERS ONLY - Join now to access Nursery sales
The Growing Friends Nursery will be OPEN for direct sales to Members only. 
Members will receive 10% off plants. Please remember to bring your Membership Card with you.
When:       Friday 4 August, 1 September, 3 November, 15 December 2017
                   from 8 am to 1 pm
Where:      Growing Friends' Nursery
                   located next to RBG Melbourne works yard
                   enter from E Gate 
Members of the Friends may visit the Nursery each and every Friday morning to look at the beautiful plants, to check out what is being grown, and hence will be available in the near future, and if they wish, seek advice from the Growing Friends on plants and\or plant problems.

Tea and Camellias Insiders’ Walk

Members Only


Take a tour of the Melbourne Gardens’ world class Camellia Collection which includes a range of early and modern cultivars and wild-collected species, some of which are fragrant. There are over 900 varieties of Camellia in the Gardens’ collection which is recognised by the Australian Camellia Society. Camellias begin to flower in early winter and can continue to flower until the end of summer, depending on the species.

Come and see what might look spectacular in your garden, and see some of the rarest and most spectacular varieties. This walk starts with a refreshing tea made using the leaves of Camellia sinensis.

When: Wednesday 9 August at 10 am
Where: meet at Gate Lodge, 100 Birdwood Ave, Melbourne
Cost: $20 Members Only
JOIN THE FRIENDS NOW TO TAKE PART IN THIS WALK
Bookings essential Online
Meet for refreshments 10 am
The walk begins at 10.20 am

New Members Welcome

at the reFraming Nature exhibition

To all new members - Please join us for the next New Members’ Welcome!
Invitations will be sent to all recently-joined Friends to come to our next ‘Getting-to-know-you’ gathering. 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 all groups on hand to provide information. Finish up with a special tour of the Gardens with an expert Voluntary Guide.
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.

When: 11 October 2017 at 5:30 pm
Where: Domain House, Dallas Brooks Drive, Melbourne 3004

Spring Insiders' Walk - Lakes and Islands


Before William Guilfoyle, Ferdinand von Mueller saw the lagoon and the islands in the RBGV as a sanctuary for waterbirds. With the straightening of the Yarra at the end of the 1800s Guilfoyle redesigned the lagoon and wetlands, creating the Ornamental Lake and the Central Lake. These are still waterbird sanctuaries. Guilfoyle was a creative, forward-thinking man, and one of his goals was to maintain the health of the lakes, and provide an additional clean water source. He would have loved the current use of floating islands to achieve this aim.

It is interesting to compare the names given to the islands with other names in the Gardens. In most significant areas, for example, the lawns are named after governors and royalty, while the islands are named after people who made practical contributions to the Gardens and society in general.
 
When: Wednesday 20 September at 10 am
Where: Gate Lodge, 100 Birdwood Ave
Cost: $20 Members Only
JOIN THE FRIENDS NOW TO TAKE PART IN THIS WALK
Bookings essential Online
Meet for refreshments 10 am
The walk begins at 10.20 am
Bookings close 18 September