Give to the Gardens

If you would like to donate to support the ongoing conservation and development of our world class Gardens for the enjoyment and benefit of current and future generations, please email: development to find out how you can help. You can donate online or make your donation cheque/money order payable to Royal Botanic Gardens Board Victoria.

Support a Gardens’ project

For those wishing to make larger contributions to help develop the Royal Botanic Gardens, a number of exciting projects are available for you to support. Projects range from the development of new garden features, water projects, and the restoration of heritage facilities, to plant sciences and conservation research and the curation of important collections.

Three key projects that currently require your support are:

  • Sowing the seeds for Biodiversity - The Victorian Conservation Seedbank: This three year project will continue to secure, in long-term storage, and to undertake research on, seeds of threatened and otherwise significant Victorian plant species.
  • Revealing the Secrets of the 19th century - Foreign Herbarium Specimen Collection: This project aims to make electronically accessible a collection of herbarium specimens gathered during the 19th century and housed in the National Herbarium of Victoria, by mounting, databasing and imaging 300,000 specimens.
  • Victorian E-flora – the missing 500 species - An online plant biodiversity knowledge base for the State of Victoria that enables remote identification of flora in order to enhance our capability to detect new weed incursions and identify new records of plant biodiversity in natural settings.

Seat sponsorship

Some people choose to sponsor a seat to celebrate an event such as a birth or wedding anniversary; others wish to pay tribute to a loved one who enjoyed spending time in our beautiful Gardens. A portion of your sponsorship donation is invested in the Royal Botanic Gardens Foundation to support the Gardens’ conservation and development. You can choose to sponsor a seat at Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne or at the Australian Garden, Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne.

Tree sponsorship

Through our tree sponsorship program (PDF - 55 kb), you can provide regular annual support symbolised by a special tree in the Gardens.

In Memoriam

An In Memoriam gift (PDF - 236 kb) is a wonderful way of making a lasting tribute to a loved one, while at the same time helping to conserve and develop the Gardens. Your In Memoriam gift will be invested in the Royal Botanic Gardens Foundation.


Leaving a gift in your will to the Royal Botanic Gardens Foundation is one of the most enduring ways of providing for the future of the Gardens by helping to build a secure financial base. We would be pleased to discuss your interests and any preferences you may have for the use of your bequest. If you take the generous decision to make a bequest to the Royal Botanic Gardens Foundation Victoria, you will be helping to secure the botanical, horticultural and scientific future of the Royal Botanic Gardens – and your foresight will be appreciated by generations of visitors into the future.

Your gift of monetary funds or specific assets will be invested and secured immediately and will live on in perpetuity. Unless the donor specifically requests otherwise, only the investment income generated by funds held by the Foundation will be utilised by the Royal Botanic Gardens. These long-term and independent funds will help the Gardens survive and prosper – thanks to your generosity and the generosity of like-minded people.

Different kinds of bequests  

There are a number of different ways to make a gift to the Royal Botanic Gardens in your Will.

  • Residuary Bequests The best way to recognise the Royal Botanic Gardens in your Will is to leave a share or proportion of the residue of your estate. What this means is that after you have made all necessary provision for your close relatives and friends in your Will, the remaining (residuary) moneys and/or assets pass to the Gardens as your nominated residuary beneficiary.
  • Gifts of cash, shares, property and other assets Bequests of cash, shares, property and/or other assets or possessions are also possible, on the understanding that all such gifts will be used to further the work of the Royal Botanic Gardens.
  • Contingency Bequests Should you wish your partner, a relative or friend to have the use of property and/or invested capital for his or her lifetime, but with those moneys and/or assets eventually passing to the Royal Botanic Gardens, you can make what is known as a Contingency Bequest.
  • Bequests of specific sums You can also make a bequest in the form of a specific sum to the Royal Botanic Gardens, but it is important that a bequest of this kind is reviewed regularly as the value of such gift can be seriously eroded by inflation.

Need assistance?

Our Bequest Officers are available to assist you.

If you would like more information on the Royal Botanic Gardens Foundation Victoria or the Royal Botanic Gardens to assist your decision about making a bequest, please contact our Bequest Office on (03) 9252 2303 or complete and return the Bequest Enquiry Form. Your enquiry will be dealt with promptly and confidentially.

Alternatively, your own solicitor should be able to assist you.

All bequests should be made to the Royal Botanic Gardens Foundation Victoria.

We would like to thank you personally

Please let us know if you have decided to include the Gardens in your Will so we can thank you personally.

You can do this by phoning our Development Branch on (03) 9252 2303 and advising our staff of your decision.

The names of all bequestors are kept in confidence, as are any details that you make available to us.