Growing Friends Cranbourne
The Growing Friends propagate a great variety Australian native plants that have been sourced from the Gardens. The plants are grown from cuttings and seed, mostly supplied by the Gardens gardening staff.
- plants are grown as ‘give-aways’ for school students visiting the Gardens (organised by the Gardens' Education Service)
- regular plant sales are held at the Nursery throughout the year with special days for Friends and staff, and separate days for the general public
- the City of Casey purchases plants from the Growing Friends for their ‘Green Web’ revegetation program in the Casey and Cardinia areas and as ‘give-aways’ for Arbor Week.
Working together, as well as having morning tea and lunch together, in a natural open-air setting accompanied by the sounds of local birds, is a very enjoyable and healthy activity.
When we meet
The Growing Friends meet every Thursday at our new nursery, adjacent to the Gardens' depot, from 9.30am - 2pm. All are welcome.
More Growing Friends needed
We need more regular, weekly workers—our workload has increased. Situated now in our bigger and better new premises, our activities include preparing cuttings, potting, weeding, labelling, pot-washing and, from time to time, a number of other jobs, especially prior to and at plant sales. You may or may not have experience in these tasks, either way it is fine. Knowledge of Australian plants is useful but not essential—you will learn as you go.
Western Australian wildflowers
It was a delight to spot the Xanthosia rotundifolia, or 'southern cross' on a recent trip by Marjanne Rook through the south-west of Western Australia to check out the wildflowers, some of which we grow in the nursery from time to time.
Autumn plant sale
If you have never been at any of our plant sales, please do come—there is always something pretty or interesting to buy—be it for a big garden or a small pot. Give it a try, come to our autumn plant sale—it will be on the weekend of 15–16 March 2014. Put the dates in your diary right now!