Growing Friends

The Growing Friends propagate a great variety Australian native plants from cuttings, divisions and seed, throughout the year. Many of these can be seen in the Cranbourne Gardens.

Plants may be sold to members, the public, local council, etc.  Proceeds are used by the Friends to support selected projects for the Gardens. Plants are also used for educational and revegetation purposes.

  • Plants are grown for education purposes for school students visiting the Gardens organised by the Gardens’ Education Team.
  • Sales to the public are held in Spring, Autumn and Winter in the Gardens as well as weekly in the Growing Friends nursery for members only.
  • The City of Casey purchases plants for their annual Arbour Week Annual Plant Giveaway program and from time to time for revegetation programs.

Spending time with others while working and learning about Australian native plants and with plenty of fresh air and birdsong while enjoying our morning tea is a very enjoyable and healthy activity.

Pots, labels and boxes

If you have any plastic plant pots, Growing Friends plant labels and/or boxes you wish to part with, we will be glad to recycle them. Please insert pots and labels inside a sealed plastic bag and drop them by the gate of our nursery in the depot area. You can leave them at the gate if we are not there. Small and medium sized boxes will also be very welcome but need to be left in a dry area.

Plants as table centres and gifts to luncheon guests

Once again we were asked to supply plants for guests at a luncheon at the Gardens’ Tarnuk room. This time, small pots with a number of flowering plants for each guest, were inserted into ribbon-decorated florist boxes which were then used as table centres. Both the guests and the clients were delighted.

Special Plants Orders

If you wish to purchase a plant you have seen in the Gardens, or multiple plants for a large area, then please contact the Growing Friends by email or phone with your request and we shall endeavour to grow them or may even have it/them in stock.

When we meet

The Growing Friends meet every Thursday at our nursery, in the Gardens’ depot, from 9.30am to 2pm. All are welcome.


Marjanne Rook
Don Dower

Marjanne Rook (centre) with some happy customers at the Kangaroo Paw Plant Sale

Marjanne Rook (centre) with some happy customers at the Kangaroo Paw Plant Sale