Friends' Craft Centre at the Plant Craft Cottage

  • Visit the Friends' Craft Cottage located in the Melbourne Gardens.
  • This group is just part of an exciting range of activities and events the Friends run for their members.
  • The Friends support the Botanic Gardens providing financial and volunteer support for projects and events.
  • Love the Gardens? Join the Friends! 

The Craft Cottage aims are:

  •  to promote traditional plant crafts

  •  foster interest in the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, Melbourne  Gardens 

  •  maintain the heritage-listed building known as the Craft Cottage

Workshops at the Cottage - EXCITING 2018 WORKSHOPS ANNOUNCED

Opening Times 2018:

Open:      Tuesday to Friday 10 am to 3 pm; and the third Sunday of each month 11 am to 4 pm

Closed:   Closed on Mondays, weekends (except for 3rd Sunday of each month) and all public holidays. 

Where:     In the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, Melbourne Gardens just in from H Gate on Alexandra Ave (Melways map 2G, B11) (metered parking available in Alexandra Avenue)

Cost:        Free entry. Come along.


Sunday openings 2018:  

18 March 2018 - 11 am to 4 pm

15 April 2018 - 11 am to 4 pm

20 May 2018 - 11 am to 4 pm

17 June 2018 - 11 am to 4 pm

15 July 2018 - 11 am to 4 pm

19 August 2018 - 11 am to 4 pm

16 September 2018 - 11 am to 4 pm

21 October 2018 - 11 am to 4 pm

18 November 2018 - 11 am to 4 pm

Open House Melbourne - 28/29 July 2018 

Melbourne Open House program. The Plant Craft Cottage is one of the many historic buildings open to the public as part of the Melbourne Open House program in July. Designed as an Under Gardener’s Cottage in 1850, it retains many of the original architectural features. Between the years 1853 and 1856, it was home to Melbourne’ s first Government Botanist, Dr Ferdinand von Mueller. Until the 1970s, as H Gate Lodge, it was occupied by a series of ‘under gardeners’ and since 1981 it has been a craft centre dedicated to the promotion of plant-related crafts.
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Craft Group Meet Ups at the Cottage

Craft Groups at the Cottage
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Volunteer at the Cottage

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Adult Craft Workshops

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School Holiday Workshops

Cottage History

Craft Group meet ups

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