Member only Events with the Friends

New Members’ Welcome 

When: Friday 28 June 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.
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.

Free Members Insiders' Walk - To the Volcano

Join us on this informative walk to Guildfoyle's Volcano and learn about Working Wetlands. Guilfoyle’s Volcano was built in 1876 and was used to store water for the botanic gardens. After lying idle for 60 years, it was restored as part of a significant landscape development project called Working Wetlands. This spectacular and historic water reservoir has commanding views of the city, and its striking landscape design showcases low water use plants. Boardwalks and viewing platforms give visitors the opportunity to explore this long-hidden but remarkable feature of Melbourne Gardens. Join us on this Free ‘Just for Members’ Guided Walk by one of the RBGV’s trained Voluntary Guides and learn about the Volcano’s history and the part it plays in the RBGV’s water management programs.

When: Tuesday 23 July at 10 am
Where: meet at Gate Lodge for refreshments before the walk
Cost: FREE - registration required for numbers


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

Nursery and Glasshouse Member Only Tour 

Join David Robbins, the Gardens Nursery Manager on a wonderful tour of the Gardens Nursery as well as a special tour of the Tropical Glasshouses. The nursery contains some of the earliest buildings in the Gardens including the original Carpenters Shop, the Sign Writing Shop with original Clerestory windows, and the 19th Century Corrugated Iron portable buildings that started life as a Museum of Economic Botany near F Gate. We will also see the modern seed raising and propagation facilities (built with Friends’ grants). We will also be guided through the Tropical Glasshouses and see the treasures contained within, including hopefully the terrestrial orchids in flower.

When: Thursday 29 August at 9.30 am
Where: Meet at Gate Lodge for refreshments before the walk
Cost: $20 members only
Bookings essential – maximum of 15 people only on the tour


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