Craft Groups

The Plant Craft Cottage is one of the many historic buildings in the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne and is over 170 years old.  It is the set within a gorgeous cottage garden and is home to all of the Friends’ talented craft groups.

The craft groups host monthly demonstrations and workshops by various tutors teaching many crafts skills are delivered regularly.

Plant Craft Cottage is also home to the Friends’ Botanic Residency Project, which hosts an Artist in Residence, specialising in a plant orientated craft.

If you are looking for some beautiful handmade gifts, the Plant Craft Cottage is the perfect spot to start your shopping.  Alternatively, you can shop for some items online via our online shop.

Craft groups monthly demonstrations

Natural Dye Group1st Wednesday10am to 2pm
Pot Pourri2nd Friday10.30am to 2pm
Plant Card Group2nd Tuesday10am to 2pm
Photo Group3rd Wednesday10am to 2pm
Basketry Group4th Wednesday10am to 2pm
Garden Groupmost Tuesdays9am to 12.30pm

Plant Craft Cottage Opening Hours:      

  • Tuesday to Friday 10 am to 3 pm
  • The third Sunday of each month – 10 am to 3 pm
  • Closed on Mondays, weekends (except for 3rd Sunday of each month) and all public holidays. 
  • Closed for the Christmas season between late December and mid-January.


In the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, Melbourne Gardens.  It is best to enter via H Gate on Alexandra Ave  (metered parking available in Alexandra Avenue)


Plant Craft Cottage is the oldest cottage in a public place in Victoria. Designed as an Under Gardener’s Cottage in 1850, it retains many of the original architectural features. Between the years 1853 and 1856, it was home to Melbourne’ s first Government Botanist, Dr Ferdinand von Mueller. Until the 1970s, as H Gate Lodge, it was occupied by a series of ‘under gardeners’ and since 1981 it has been a craft centre dedicated to the promotion of plant-related crafts.

Explore the interesting history of Plant Craft Cottage from shipping bricks from England through to the extensions which were added during the last century by downloading the History of Plant Craft Cottage written by Phyl Knaggs, a long term member of the Friends.


Our Craft Groups