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Growing Friends Plant Sales are offered twice per year, in March and October. Australian native plants which have been propagated and grown by the Growing Friends group are sold to the public on the Ian Potter Lawn precinct at the Northern end of the Australian Garden. Find out more.

The next Plant Sale is expected to be on Saturday/Sunday March 23 and 24, 2024.

We also offer Friends events and/or workshops designed to provide a deeper understanding of the Gardens themselves and the bushland surrounding it, as well as the scientific, horticultural and conservation work of our Botanic Gardens.

Visit our booking system page to see upcoming plant sales, programs and events.

Activities for members

Members of the Friends can attend member-only events, such as behind-the-scenes tours, or trips out into the field within Victoria or interstate and overseas, focussed on plants, ecology and natural areas. Read Naturelink and Quicklink to find out these events or visit our booking system page:

Free monthly Open House sessions on a variety of topics, are also offered at the Elliot Centre.

Members can also join one or more of our Special Interest Groups:

or can join a committee such as the General Committee or the Event Subcommittee.

Members who join these two committees or regularly attend one of our Special Interest Groups are obliged to conform with the RBGV’s Child Safe Program  find out more.

Plant sale – plant advisors also need to have a current Working with Children Card, a photo or scanned copy of which is to be kept on the CF membership data base – Tidy HQ.

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