Note: Covid-19 pandemic. Special interest group meetings are on hold until further notice. Transitional arrangements have been made to allow Growing Friends to rationalise stock and get things in order. See Roger Watt’s letter-2 for full details, or contact Marjanne Rook.
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.
This year, to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the year when naturalists Joseph Banks and Daniel Solander first collected our iconic Australian plants, we are growing a number of Banksias. Please consider buying one at the Autumn plant sale.
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.
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 2.30pm. Please register your interest by emailing us.