Recent News from the Friends

           January 2018 Plant of the Month

           December 2017 Plant of the Month

           2017 Friends Scholarship Winners announced at last nights AGM

           2018/9 Friends Helen McLellan Research Grant Winner announced at last nights AGM

            November 2017 Plant of the Month

            Reminder: Nomination closing date
            The Melbourne Friends’ Annual General Meeting
            will be held on Monday 20 November 2017 at 6pm
            in Mueller Hall, National Herbarium of Victoria,
            with refreshments from 5.30pm.

            Nominations for Council may be made by obtaining
            a form electronically or from the Friends’ Office.
                                              A Vice-President, The Secretary, and 3 Council
                                             Members are eligible for re-election. Council members
                                             are elected for two years.

                                             Nomination Forms are to be lodged with The Secretary
                                             at Gate Lodge by COB Friday 20 October 2017.
                                             Adnan Mansour, Honorary Secretary

                                             Download 2017 Annual Report

            Friends are now on Instagram

            reFraming Nature opened last night. Wonderful exhibition
            of an amazing number of artworks by very talented artists.
            Exhibition runs form 7-22 Oct, 10-4. Domain House Gallery

            Friends 2017 Botanic Art Seasonal Greeting Card released
            Purchase online in Shop, buy direct from the Friends' office or
            at reFraming Nature Exhibition. Mail order form coming soon

            The penguins are arriving. A large number of reFraming Nature mascots from far flung lands.
            For more information about the exhibition go to reFraming Nature Exhibition 2017 

            Friends 2018 Botanic Art Calendar released. Download mail order form...
            Purchase online in Shop, or purchase direct from the Friends' office

            reFraming Nature Exhibition 2017 entries coming in

August 2017 Plant of the Month

Pelargonium echinatum

           Friends' Photo Group up and running - it's aims are

  •             - To enrich the Friends through photography
  •             - Fellowship
  •             - Improve member’s photographic techniques

Botanic and Rare Plant Fair 2017!

Last year's inaugural Botanic and Rare Plant Fair had such great feedback and was such a success that Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, The Diggers Club and Melbourne Friends are delighted to announce this year’s dates for the 2017 Fair.
With forty specialist plant and gardenware stalls selling everything the discerning and budding plant hunter needs, this year’s event is bursting with big, fresh inspiring ideas!
When: Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 October 2017
Where: Observatory Precinct, Melbourne Gardens 

June 2017 - Donation to Friends

Commonwealth Bank, Toorak Branch, have very generously donated an amount of $1000 to the Melbourne Friends as part of their support for community cultural groups. They have asked that the money go towards the refurbishment of the Visitor Centre
Branch Manager Ruby told us that when she first arrived in Australia, and in Melbourne, she spent a great deal of time in the Melbourne Gardens. We are very grateful to Ruby Farakos and her team for supporting us, and hence the Gardens, in this way.

Friends’ Council members and in the front row, from left to right, Dianne Allen, Branch Support Manager for Combank, Friends’ President Mary Ward and Ruby Farakos, Combank Toorak Branch Manager holding the symbolic cheque after the presentation to Council. Photo: Adnan Mansour