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 Autumn Plant Sale: Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th March, 10am - 4pm

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

Cash or cheque payments please


ABC Filming at the Growing Friends

We were very fortunate to have the ABC ‘Gardening Australia’ crew filming some of our volunteers in the Growing Friends Nursery on 10th August as part of a story on Gwen and Rodger Elliot which will go to air in 2017, on a date yet to be announced.  It all took quite a while and I am amazed as to how much footage is required – no doubt it will be heavily edited.  We will be supplied with a DVD of the outcome.

Plant sales

The winter plant sale was a bit of a cold affair but despite the rain and wind, the customers did come. We made $11,000 which is just marvellous.  Thank you to those members who braved the winter chills.

Special Orders
Any wishes? Perhaps you have seen a plant in the Gardens or want multiple plants for a large area. Contact the Growing Friends with your request and we shall endeavour to grow them or might even have them in stock.  Contact details are on this page.

For enquiries, contact:


Marjanne Rook
T 03 9769 7881

Don Dower
T 03 9736 2309