Friends' Craft Centre at the Plant Craft Cottage

Join the Craft Cottage. 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 Melbourne    

  •  maintain the heritage-listed building 

Opening Times 2017:

  • 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 Melbourne 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 2017:  

  • 15 January 2017 - 11 am to 4 pm
  • 19 February 2017 - 11 am to 4 pm
  • 19 March 2017 - 11 am to 4 pm
  • 23 April 2017 - 11 am to 4 pm
  • 21 May 2017 - 11 am to 4 pm
  • 18 June 2017 - 11 am to 4 pm
  • 16 July 2017 - 11 am to 4 pm
  • 20 August 2017 - 11 am to 4 pm
  • 17 September 2017 - 11 am to 4 pm
  • 15 October 2017 - 11 am to 4 pm
  • 19 November 2017 - 11 am to 4 pm

Workshops at the Cottage


The Craft Cottage holds regular workshops each quarter. These are for both Adults and Children. Adult Craft Workshops usually involve Basketry, Dyeing or Fibre crafts. The School Holiday Craft Workshops usually involve Basketry, Weaving, Card Making, Paper making and Fantastic Friends.

Craft Group Meet Ups at the Cottage

There are a number of Craft Groups at the Cottage. These include Natural Dye, Fibre, Paper, Plant Card, Pot Pourri and Basketry. Everyone is welcome to visit the Cottage, especially on meeting and demonstration days. Read more about these .....
Craft Groups at the Cottage
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Volunteer at the Cottage

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Fantastic Friends

Book Reviews

Volunteer Application Form
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Adult Craft Workshops

Resource Centre & Library


School Holiday Workshops

Cottage History

Craft Group meet ups

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