Our mission:

  • To develop the bond between the Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne and the National Herbarium of Victoria and the people of Victoria
  • To conserve, protect and sponsor the Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne and the National Herbarium of Victoria
  • To support the Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne and the National Herbarium of Victoria financially
  • To foster the interest of members in the Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne and the National Herbarium of Victoria, and in plants and flora generally 

Want to know more about the Friends.....​


Learn Botanic Art with the Friends

  • Learn how to paint flowers and plants, known as Botanic Art or Botanical Illustration - take one of the Friends' Beginner Workshops  
  • These intensive 4 day courses are an introduction to botanical art via pencil and watercolour. 
Our next Beginners' Workshops in Botanic Art are coming up in July and September. For more information... 
Book online under the Events tab

Plant of the Month

Camellia japonica ‘Dahlonega’ - June Plant of the Month

In the world of camellia japonica cultivars, pinks, reds and whites reign supreme so it is a delight to present ‘Dahlonega’, a cultivar producing creamy yellow, formal double blooms in June and July.

See and do at the Friends' Craft Cottage


Come along and visit the Cottage while one of the special craft groups is meeting. Groups include basketry, dyeing and card making. Shop for handmade items or just enjoy the ambiance of the cottage garden.



The Art of Botanical Illustration Exhibition 2016
- A New Direction


When: 15 - 30 October 2016 10 am to 4 pm
Where: Domain House Gallery, Dallas Brooks Drive, Melbourne