Royal Botanic Gardens Foundation

The Royal Botanic Gardens Foundation Victoria is a not-for-profit organisation established in May 2001 by Founding Patron Dame Elisabeth Murdoch AC DBE. It works to secure the future of Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria.


Providing long-term financial security and funding to Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria.


The purpose of the Foundation is to build a secure, long-term financial base from which to support Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria. Foundation income is derived from the managed investment of generous donations from the Gardens' supporters, including Director's Circle, Wills and Bequests and In Memoriam gifts.

Project funding

Each year, the Foundation distributes a percentage of the income earned on invested funds to support priority activities and projects within the Gardens. Past examples include:

  • Funding a hydrographical survey of the Ornamental Lake to determine its holding capacity and silt depth, providing vital information for future water-use planning, and particularly the capture and storage of stormwater.
  • Support for Hidden in Plain View – the Forgotten Flora, Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria's first touring exhibition.
  • Funding the purchase of a high-resolution digital camera to enable National Herbarium of Victoria staff to digitise plant specimens from the Herbarium collection.


The Foundation is governed by a Board of Trustees within a company limited by guarantee. The Foundation has been granted income tax exempt fund (ITEF) status by the Australian Taxation Office and has been endorsed as a deductible gift recipient (DGR) (item 2) as an ancillary fund.

Foundation Board

  • Farren Williams (Chair)
  • Prof. Tim Entwisle (Public Officer)
  • Gillian Hund
  • David Lawson
  • Alice Sidhu
  • Michelle Varcoe
  • Ian Wong

RBGV Ambassadors

  • Prof Adrienne Clarke AC FAA 


Royal Botanic Gardens Foundation
Private Bag 2000, 
Birdwood Avenue
Melbourne, Victoria 3004
T 03 9252 2383