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! near the Gardens Nursery, in the Gardens' depot, from 9.30am - 2pm. All are welcome.
Our new nursery
Finally, it has happened—we have moved in! The nursery is now wildlife proof, and after the weekend plant sale, the left-over plants were moved straight into the new nursery on Monday 28 July, a lovely sunny day. A momentous occasion indeed, but no time to celebrate: we had to get busy moving everything that needed moving—trays and trays full of our growing stock with more to go later.
Our new abode is spacious with room to spare and since we have been able to recruit more Growing Friends, there should be ample space to house us in the new shed out of the weather when necessary.
According to Alex Smart it should have a life of at least twenty years. Of course it will and longer! A very special thank you to Alex, who has been the main driver behind this big shed in which he performed many a carpentry job. And thank you to all the other people who have given their time and energy to this project.
The winter plant sale was held in the Gardens next to the now familiar kiosk and it exceeded expectations, given the season! The weather cooperated. A busy sale day for members and staff on the Thursday was followed by very busy weekend. Many of our plants were sold out and we raised close to $12,000—a record by a slight margin.
Some non-Growing Friends plant and garden advisors were in attendance—giving one or two whole days of their weekend to assist customers with their extensive plant knowledge. It is a great bonus to us to have them there and a very special thank you to them all. Many Growing Friends have worked hard in their various capacities and all deserve a special thank you as well. With the ongoing support from the Gardens propagation staff, who continued to assist us in countless ways over the weeks between the plant-sale weekends, the Growing Friends and allies had a very successful sale. We can’t thank Gardens propagation staff enough, especially because they shared their nursery with us for these past 18 months.