‘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 in the first Friends' newsletter - No 1 July 1982.

Love the Gardens? - Join The Friends - become a Passionate Member

Membership from just $3.75 per month

Join the Friends. Take part in an exciting range of activities and events the Friends run for their members. The Friends are passionate supporters of the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria providing financial and volunteer support for projects and events. Love the Gardens? Join the Friends! 

  • Membership starts at just $45 (concession) for 12 months
  • Become a Passionate Friend (see rates below)
  • Easy 'How to Join' the Friends methods (right)
  • Join a special person with a Gift Membership

Your Member Benefits include:

  • Free seasonal Botanic News magazine plus regular eNews bulletins 
  • Special Member only Insider events eg. Herbarium Tour
  • Member only Photo Group, Botanic Illustrators, Growing Friends, Gardening groups
  • Invitation (for you and a friend) to attend New Members' Welcome Event
  • Special 2 for 1 ticket offer to a Friends' event
  • Monthly Growing Friends' nursery sales plus 10% discount on plants
  • Discounts on Friends' Events, Botanical Art Classes, Merchandise
  • Discounts on RBG Melb tours, Garden Explorer, Shops, Cafes
  • Discounts at number of outlets
  • Opportunities to Volunteer in the Gardens
Friends Member Benefits
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Volunteer Application Form
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Join Online Now

For new joining members without an account, as well as with an account

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Join by Post, Email or Fax

 Download and print the form (left)

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Join by Phone

(03) 9650 6398

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Subscription Rates and Membership Types

Subscription rates shown are as at 1/1/2018 and are subject to annual review.


Passionate Friend(includes $55 donation* to the Friends’ Trust Fund) Inc. GST
  • $120 - 1 year

Individual Friend (living within 50 km of the Melbourne GPO) Inc. GST

  • $  65 - 1 year

  • $113 - 2 years (save $17)

Household Friends (Two adults living at the same address) Inc. GST

  • $  90 - 1 year

  • $165 - 2 years (save $15)

Country/Interstate/Overseas/Student or Pensioner membership Inc. GST

  • $  45 - 1 year

Friend for Life - please enquire at Friends' Office on (03) 9650 6398

*All Donations of $2 or more are tax-deductible