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Cranbourne Friends, Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria Inc. is a vibrant group of more than 700 members who share a love of Australian plants and nature, and support Cranbourne Gardens.

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Microbat Southern Freetail

Microbats in your backyard

Microbats are among the most common animals in our backyards and in bushland. They come out at night to feed…

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Black And White Image Of A Calendar

Book your 2018 Spring events now!

Events for spring include an afternoon bushland wildflower ramble, a talk about microbats, and a workshop about alpine…

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A Recently Renovated Cacti Planting In Front Of The 15th Century Villa San Giuliano Near Lente.

Sicily Tour, the complete story

Unfortunately, we did not have enough space in Naturelink for Rodger Elliot's full piece on the Cranbourne Friends Sicily Tour,…

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Our Groups

Edit Patterson in red sand garden

Garden Volunteer Group

The Garden Volunteer Group members are all keen to work in, and learn about the Australian Garden…

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Herbarium sample of Clematis aristata

Herbarium Collectors

Our task is to find, photograph and collect plant specimens at each stage of their development at Cranbourne Gardens.
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Growing Friends Plant Sale

Growing Friends

The Growing Friends propagate a great variety Australian native plants that have been sourced from the Gardens.
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Mt Hotham Discovery Tour - by Margaret Margitta

Friends in Focus

The Friends In Focus group get together to learn about photography, take photos and enhance and practise skills.
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Botanical Fabricator at work

Botanical Fabricators

We work with fabric crafts using materials or designs featuring and highlighting the beauty of Australian native plants.
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Botanical illustration and colour pencils

Botanical Illustrators

Our get-togethers allow us to share ideas, information, and support whilst working on our paintings and drawings.
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Stitch and coil baskets

Basketmakers

A group of novice to experienced weavers using native plants to create items ranging from the useful to the sculptural.
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