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 used for educational purposes and for raising funds for selected projects at the Gardens:
  • 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. 


New Growing Friends

Our new nursery working space is working so well that it has enabled us to increase our numbers steadily without feeling crowded. The number of plants has increased too, now that the nursery is bigger, but unfortunately this means there are also more plants that need weeding! Should any member wish to join the Growing Friends or just come to assist with some weeding once in a while, you would be most welcome.


Word of our new nursery is getting around and we have been visited by a number of groups: some members of Australian Plant Society—from the Wilson Park branch and the Birregurra Garden group—came to look at the nursery and its facilities and, of course, they couldn’t resist buying some plants.

We were also visited by the Bayside Community Plant Nursery as they are having a nursery upgrade and wanted to see the Friends’ and the Gardens’ facilities. They were especially interested in the shed; I can certainly recommend ours.

A thank-you gift

The Growing Friends via the Friends Committee presented the Gardens Propagation Staff Broni Swartz, Cali Salzmann and Di Clark with a complete set of the Encyclopaedia of Australian plants suitable for cultivation, by W Rodger Elliot and David L Jones with line drawings by Trevor Blake, at a special morning tea on 16 April at the Elliot Centre. The set is a thank-you gift for so generously sharing all of their facilities with the Growing Friends for 18 months while our our nursery was being created. For their convenience this set will be kept in their work area rather than in the main building.

For those of you not in the know, W Rodger Elliot is the very same Rodger, who among many other contributions to the Friends, organises and leads numerous activities, while Trevor is an active Garden Ambassador who can tell you a anything you want to know about Darwinias and also Thomasias and their relatives as well as many other plants. Both assist the Growing Friends at plant sales with their extensive plant and garden knowledge. And, what is more, both are very friendly blokes!

Plant sales

We held a marvellous plant sale on the last weekend of March in lovely weather: we sold many plants and made $12,500. Apart from the GF volunteers and some Friends committee members, we also had assistance from some very knowledgeable Members who provided valuable plant and garden advice to our customers. Thank you to all the volunteers and the members who bought our plants.

Special orders

Any wishes? Perhaps you have seen a plant in the Gardens … or would like multiple plants for a large area … then please contact the Growing Friends by email or phone with your request and we shall endeavour to grow them (or we may even have them in stock).

For enquiries, contact:

Marjanne Rook

T: (03) 9769 7881


Don Dower

T: (03) 9736 2309