About The Friends

  • Who we are: The Friends are a vibrant not-for-profit membership based organisation for people who love the RBGV, Melbourne Gardens and plants, and who want to support conservation and scientific research. 
  • What we do: Our Groups hold a large range of activities and events, helping to connect our Members and the wider community with the RBGV, Melbourne Gardens and plants, while raising funds to support projects in the Gardens.
  • What we support: The Friends have donated over $2.5 million towards projects in the RBGV, Melbourne Gardens and Herbarium.
‘To be a Friend is reward in itself, but there are other benefits such as lectures, guided tours, special visits and events.’
David Churchill, Director and Government Botanist - first Friends' newsletter - No 1 July 1982.

Our mission

  • To develop the bond between the RBGV, Melbourne Gardens and the National Herbarium of Victoria and the people of Victoria
  • To conserve, protect and sponsor the RBGV, Melbourne Gardens and the National Herbarium of Victoria
  • To support the RBGV, Melbourne Gardens and the National Herbarium of Victoria financially
  • To foster the interest of members in the RBGV, Melbourne Gardens and the National Herbarium of Victoria, and in plants and flora generally 
Be part of the future of the Gardens & the Herbarium. Help support the important role plants play in our lives
Join the Friends and support the Gardens - 
Membership is open to all

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