Growing Friends Cranbourne

The Growing Friends propagate a great variety Australian native plants from cuttings, divisions and seed, throughout the year. Many of these can be seen in the Cranbourne Gardens.

Plants may be sold to members, the public, local council, etc.  Proceeds are used by the Friends to support selected projects for the Gardens. Plants are also used for educational and revegetation purposes.

  • Plants are grown for education purposes for school students visiting the Gardens organised by the Gardens’ Education Team.
  • Sales to the public are held in Spring, Autumn and Winter in the Gardens as well as weekly in the Growing Friends nursery for members only.
  • The City of Casey purchases plants for their annual Arbour Week Annual Plant Giveaway program and from time to time for revegetation programs.

Spending time with others while learning about Australian Plants, as well as having morning tea and lunch together in a natural open-air setting accompanied by the sounds of birds, is a very enjoyable and healthy activity.

When we meet

The Growing Friends meet every Thursday at our nursery, in the Gardens’ depot, from 9.30am to 2pm. All are welcome.

Growing Friends Winter Plant Sale: Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 July, 10am - 4pm

To be held at the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, Cranbourne Gardens, Melway Ref 133 K10



A sad farewell to a Growing Friend

The Growing Friends’ oldest and longest-serving member, Lola Mensch, sadly died in early January at the great age of almost 93. Her memorial service was attended by a number of Growing Friends. 

As one of the very early Growing Friends, she attended the monthly Wednesday group and with her husband Charlie Mensch assisted at every plant sale. Lola and Charlie would take numerous opportunities to sell Growing Friends plants at a variety of venues, loading up their car with trays of plants and taking them to an Open Garden event or to a particular plant fair. Lola is much missed at the Wednesday group and she will leave an empty space at this year’s Cranbourne Friends luncheon, which she never missed. Thank you Lola for your many years at Growing Friends’ activities. 

Autumn sale 

The Autumn Plant Sale was bathed in warmth and sunshine. We started with a very busy Saturday morning, with people waiting for the gate to open at 9am. We ended with a very quiet Sunday afternoon, when a hot sun kept away potential customers. Our takings from this plant sale totalled $14,500, which made for a very successful weekend. 

Winter sale 

At the winter sale in July, we will be selling some more large and small eucalypts. 

Nursery open to members every Thursday

Remember that our nursery is open to members every Thursday from 10am to 3.30pm. If you can’t come on Thursdays but really wish to buy some plants, contact Marjanne. Contact details are on this page. 

Special orders

As always, if you have any particular needs, perhaps a plant you have seen in the Gardens or multiple plants for a large area, contact the Growing Friends with your request and we shall endeavour to grow them or may even have them in stock.

For enquiries, contact:


Marjanne Rook and Don Dower