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 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.
The spring plant sale went very well—sunny weather, cheerful helpers and of course lovely plants. We sold many and made about $8500.
The autumn plant sale will start with a Member’s Day on Thursday 12 March at the Nursery, to be followed by General Sales on Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 March in the Gardens.
During the January heatwave, you may have lost some plants and, as we all know, autumn is a good time for planting, so come to our plant sale and check out our selection for some replacement plants. Prices start at from $3.00. Be sure to bring cash or a chequebook as we do not accept credit cards.
Some of the Autumn sale plants
You may remember Xanthosia rotundifolia (southern cross) was mentioned in the summer edition of Naturelink. We now have some 28 in stock and we hope by March they will be big enough to sell. Xanthosia rotundifolia is a sprawling perennial, H 30cm x W 50cm with rounded, toothed, dark green leaves and white flowers forming a cross in spring (see picture in summer Naturelink and on this webpage).
We also have a good selection of grevilleas. If you are looking for some groundcovers, we have quite a few, all of which attract nectar-loving birds:* the grevillea ‘bronze rambler’, with a spread of about 3–4m with divided leaves, bronze new growth and red toothbrush flowers most of the year.
* the lovely Grevillea lanigera (‘Mt Tamboritha’)—a lovely compact and hardy groundcover H 0.2– 0.4m x 1m across with attractive silvery grey/green foliage, clusters of pinkish-red and cream flowers in spring and autumn, suitable for rockeries and containers, frost hardy.
* Grevillea preissii (Seaspray)—a low, spreading, grey-leaved groundcover H 0.5– 1m to 3m across with clusters of small, bright red flowers in winter and spring, suitable for all soils, including, as the name indicates, coastal. It could be planted and pruned as low growing hedge.