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 preferred.

A Happy Kangaroo Paw Picnic Weekend

After months of preparation for this event, it finally came, with the Growing Friends situated on the lawn at the Ian Potter Lake Precinct, selling a marvellous range of kangaroo paws.  It was a pleasure to be there enjoying the lovely sunny weather and looking out over the lake.  Then on a very windy Monday we moved to the forecourt of the gardens for a few days where we continued to sell more kangaroo paws for a few days. In total we sold $14,000 worth of kangaroo paws. More paws will be available at the autumn plant-sale.  

Autumn Plant Sale 

The autumn plant sale will be on the weekend of 18 and 19 March in the Australian Garden.  If you have a swampy area or a pond in your gardens you may be interested in the following plants we have for sale.  Our plant list will be emailed to you and will also be available on the Friends website:, one week prior to the sale.

Baloskion tetraphyllum - tassel cord rush - a beautiful rush with green feathery foliage and brownish flower heads and can be grown in sun or dappled shade, with a height of about 1-1.5m.  This plant can be grown in a container immersed in shallow water.

Goodenia humilis – swamp goodenia – a lovely small ground-hugging suckering plant with bright yellow flowers, from spring to summer, in sun or part-shade.

Another plant we have for sale is Asplenium australasicum – the bird nest fern - which likes moist soils but it also tolerates slightly drier sites. It is a large fern with broad flattish fronds and can reach a height of 1 - 2 m and width of 2 - 4 m. It can also be grown in a large pot or as a somewhat smaller indoor plant.  This plant requires dappled shade but not the western summer sun.

We will also be selling a small range of small Eucalyptus among which is Eucalyptus lehmannii – bushy yate – a decorative mallee tree with a compact habit that can have branches almost to the ground. This plant has blooms in 10 - 12 cm ball-like clusters of light greenish flowers and pale to deep green leaves, with a height of up to 6 m.  Its bark is smooth, with a combination of light pink, to grey-brown and orange-brown shedding in strips.  

We will also be selling Eucalyptus macrandra – long-flowering marlock - a small tree with large clusters of yellow flowers and red fruits which are bird-attracting. The bark is greyish smooth and is shed late summer/early autumn and the new bark is greenish-brown. This tree grows to a height of 7m and Wikipedia tells me it can be used for Bonsai!

Special Orders

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

For enquiries, contact:


Marjanne Rook and Don Dower