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, adjacent to the Gardens' depot, from 9.30am - 2pm. All are welcome.

We need more Growing Friends!

We need more regular, weekly workers—our workload has increased. Situated now in our bigger and better new premises, our activities include preparing cuttings, potting, weeding, labelling, pot-washing and, from time to time, a number of other jobs, especially prior to and at plant sales. You may or may not have experience in these tasks, either way it is fine. Knowledge of Australian plants is useful but not essential—you will learn as you go. If you are at all interested, please contact Marjanne.

Plant sales

The autumn plant sale went very well—sunny weather, cheerful helpers and of course lovely plants.

For enquiries, contact:

Marjanne Rook on (03) 9769 7881 or
Don Dower on (03) 9736 2309 or