Member only Events with the Friends

Free Members Insiders' Experience - Artist in Residence

Join us for a Members only visit to Plant Craft Cottage, where artist Eddy Carroll will give a brief casual talk about her craft and techniques. Eddy Carroll, a Melbourne based artist who makes soft sculptures using textiles, is our inaugural ‘Artist in Residence’. Eddy examines ‘craft’ and sewing techniques to produce her work and has exhibited internationally and within Australia working with galleries, museums and public spaces. During her visit to Plant Craft cottage, Eddy will focus on research into floral motifs and the secret language of flowers featured in embroidery patterns and their placings on garments. Morning tea will be served at the Cottage.
When: Thursday 12 September at 10 am
Where: meet at Plant Craft Cottage near H Gate
Cost: FREE - registration required for numbers

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reFraming Nature - Spring Insiders' Walk

Join our free Members Only guided tour of reFraming Nature 2019, a Natural History Art Exhibition.
reFraming Nature 2019, a Natural History Art Exhibition, with artworks depicting ferns, fungi, lichen, insects, butterflies, marine life, pond life, shells, birds, fossils, amphibians as well botanical subjects. reFraming Nature is a biennial exhibition presented by the Friends of the Gardens Melbourne.  With more than 300 artworks exhibited by artists from around Australia, reFraming Nature is not to be missed. 
Meet at Gate Lodge for morning tea and brief introduction about the exhibition before walking across to Domain House to enjoy the exhibition. 
When: Wednesday 2 October at 10 am
Where: Meet at Gate Lodge
Cost: FREE - MEMBERS ONLY
Bookings essential.

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New Members’ Welcome 

When: Friday 15 November at 10 am
Where: Plant Craft Cottage, RBGV Melbourne Gardens, near H Gate

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 ending at the Growing Friends Nursery where you will be shown around.
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.

Historic Buildings - Insiders’ Walk

The RBGV, Melbourne Gardens has a number of historic buildings. Commencing at Gate Lodge (1902) we pass several buildings of the former Melbourne Observatory, some of which were first occupied in 1863. We will then call by the Herbarium (1934, 1988) and F Gate Lodge (1887) that served as Guilfoyle's original office, and behind which he once created a Museum of Economic Botany and Plant Products. The Maintenance area will next be visited where we will inspect the original Carpenters and Sign writers’ workshops, stables where the draft horses were housed that pulled the lawn mowers until 1947, and some early pre-fabricated galvanised iron sheds made in London in 1848 that were shipped to Melbourne to house military personnel. We will pass by William Tell Shelter and Rose Pavilion on our way to visit Plant Craft Cottage (1851) where morning tea will be provided at the end of the walk.
When: Friday 11 October at 10 am
Where: Meet at Gate Lodge
Cost: $20 MEMBERS ONLY
Bookings essential.

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Araucarias - Insiders Walk

Araucarias are a genus of evergreen coniferous trees. Araucaria are mainly large trees with a massive erect stem, reaching a height of 5–80 metres. They include the Bunya Bunya, Norfolk Island Pine, Hoop Pine and Monkey Puzzle. Did you know that the Araucarias only occur in countries that were part of Gondwana? They only grow in Australia, New Guinea, Norfolk Island, New Caledonia and South America. Take this amazing walk to see some fabulous examples of these unusual trees growing in the Melbourne Gardens and learn how they have survived from the dinosaur age.

The tour finishes at the Growing Friends Nursery for a tour and plant buy opportunity.
When: Friday 25 October 10 am
Where: Meet at Plant Craft Cottage near H Gate for morning tea.
Cost: Members Only $20
Bookings essential

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