Growing Friends volunteers propagate rare and interesting plants, many from stock in the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne, for sale to raise funds to support projects in the Gardens. Regular weekly sales are available for Members, plus Spring and Autumn Sales are open to the general public.
The Next Fantastic Growing Friends Plant Sale in the RBG Melbourne will be held in Autumn 2013
Join the Friends to take advantage of the member benefit - 10% off all plants at the Growing Friends nursery and sales
FANTASTIC GROWING FRIENDS FRIDAY PLANT SALE DAY
This Members only plant sale will be held at the Growing Friends Nursery, next to the RBG Melbourne’s work yards. Take this opportunity to stock up on some plants for Spring Planting without having to wait for the October Plant Sale.
Members will receive 10% off all plants, please remember to bring your Membership Card with you.
When: Friday 9 August from 8am to 1pm
Where: Growing Friends Nursery
Cost: FREE ENTRY
The Friends' Fantastic Spring Plant Sale
When: Saturday 5 October 10 am to 4 pm
Sunday 6 October 10 am to 3 pm
Where: Inside Gate E, RBG Melbourne, Birdwood Avenue, Melbourne
Cost: Free entry
Take advantage of the new 10% off Member Benefit at the next plant sale. You must bring your Membership Card to claim the benefit. Bring your trolleys, bags and baskets and don't forget your credit card. There will be plenty of stock just waiting to be planted in your garden. Browse our current catalogue to see what is generally available. Spring catalogue will be posted online a week before the sale.
Plant of the Month
Brunfelsia undulata is a beautiful small tree or large shrub (it grows to 2 metres) from the West Indies where it is called the Rain Tree. It needs full sun or semi shade in rich, moist but well drained soil. The large tubular flowers are very pale cream/white and are delicately perfumed. While flowering usually occurs in summer, in good conditions it will flower regularly throughout the year.
The Growing Friends have just started propagating it so plants won’t be available for about a year or so but it is one to put on your wish list!
Weekly Plant Sales
*Unfortunately, Myrtle Rust has been found at a number of places in Victoria, and so, in an attempt to reduce its spread, RBG has banned the movement of plant material both into, and out of, the Gardens.
The Growing Friends Nursery is therefore closed for Friday morning sales at the present time.
The Friends' Nursery is closed for Friday sales at the moment due to the Myrtle Rust threat and the RBG Melbourne protocol.
The Nursery is located next to the RBG Melbourne works yard. Staffed by members of the Growing Friends' group (see below for more information on the Growing Friends), it has in stock a large range of trees, shrubs, perennials, bulbs and succulents.
The Sale catalogue (MS Word, 365 kB) of plants usually available in the Nursery. Members of the Growing Friends are normally on hand at the Nursery to offer advice and recommendations.
Don't know how to get there? View the location map (JPEG, 91 kB) showing the location of the Growing Friends' nursery or obtain a copy from the Friends' office. Alternatively, join one of our regular guided tours to the Nursery - check events page for next tour date.
Join The Growing Friends
Who are the Growing Friends?
Member volunteers who work regularly in the Friends’ Nursery to propagate rare and interesting plants, many from stock in the Gardens, for sale to raise funds to support projects in the Gardens.
To join the Growing Friends, members need to be able to commit to working every Friday in the Nursery for approximately 5-6 hours.
If you would like to join the Growing Friends please contact our office or go to our Volunteer page for more information about how to join the Friends and be a volunteer with the Friends.
Last updated 15 May 2013