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! near the Gardens Nursery, in the Gardens' depot, from 9.30am - 2pm. All are welcome. 

Plant sales

The spring Friends members and gardens staff sale day was held in our new nursery, which quickly filled with many interested buyers checking out and buying our plants. We had a very rewarding day. On the Saturday, in the Gardens, the sale started well before the advertised time of 10am, as many eager buyers were keen to select their plants. It was our busiest day and over the three days we made a total of $10,700.

It is good to know that as well as many plants ending up in Melbourne’s home gardens, some hundred of our plants are now growing in the prize-winning The Patch Primary School garden, as their very keen Environmental Educator purchased a big trolley load of plants to keep this garden looking good.

Special orders

Any wishes? Perhaps you have seen a plant in the Gardens … or would like multiple plants for a large area … then please contact the Growing Friends by email or phone with your request and we shall endeavour to grow them (or we may even have them in stock).

For enquiries, contact:

Marjanne Rook

T: (03) 9769 7881


Don Dower

T: (03) 9736 2309