Creative Classes, Courses & Workshops at the Friends' Craft Cottage

  • The Friends' Craft Cottage is just the place for Creative Craft Classes and Workshops 
  • Visit our Artist in Residence as part of our Creative Residency Project
  • Learn a new skill in the relaxed surroundings in the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, Melbourne Gardens
  • Shop for craft items at the Cottage (select items online in Shop)
  • The Friends run many exciting activities at the Melbourne Gardens
  •  Love the Gardens? Join the Friends! 

The Cottage is open to the public at the following times -

The Plant Craft Cottage is one of the many historic buildings in the RBGV Melbourne Gardens. 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.

     Tuesday to Friday 10 am to 3 pm 
he third Sunday of each month - 10 am to 3 pm

Closed:   Closed on Mondays, weekends (except for 3rd Sunday of each month) and all public holidays. Closed for the Christmas season between 19 December and 14 January 2020

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.

Volunteer at the Cottage

Art & Craft Workshops

Kids/School Holiday Workshops

Monthly Craft Groups