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.
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. For further information please visit our Bequests page.
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.
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.
Key projects that currently require your support are:
- Fern Gully - Construction works in Fern Gully will begin later this year with the bitumen paths and rubber paving to be replaced with all-access facilities. A new 215 metre steel boardwalk will feature hand rails and ramps and will be complemented by five picturesque timber bridges. Scheduled for completion in August 2014, the project received a major boost with a $100,000 donation from the Melbourne Friends' group in 2013. Additional donations are being sought for future plans including a health and wellbeing garden and restoration of Fern Gully Rest House.
- 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 1000 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.
Through our tree sponsorship program (PDF - 55 kb), you can provide regular annual support symbolised by a special tree in the Gardens.
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.