Friends' Craft Centre at the Plant Craft Cottage

  • Visit the Friends' Craft Cottage located in the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, Melbourne Gardens.
  • 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! 

Workshops at the Cottage

Opening Times 2018:

Open:      Tuesday to Friday 10 am to 3 pm; and the third Sunday of each month (15 Jul, 19 Aug, 16 Sep, 21 Oct, 18 Nov) 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 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.

The Craft Cottage aims are:

  •  to promote traditional plant crafts

  •  foster interest in the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, Melbourne  Gardens 

  •  maintain the heritage-listed building known as the Craft Cottage

Open House Melbourne - 28/29 July 2018 

Melbourne Open House program. The Plant Craft Cottage is one of the many historic buildings open to the public as part of the Melbourne Open House program in July. 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.
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Craft Groups at the Cottage

Library and Resource Centre

The Cottage Library is full of an extensive range of books and information on all types of plant craft and dyeing. This extraordinary resource is available to all Friends members. You may visit the Cottage and peruse the reference library during Cottage hours. For a taste of what is in the Library have a lot at some Book Reviews of books contained within.
Craft Groups at the Cottage
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Volunteer at the Cottage

Volunteer Application Form
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Adult Craft Workshops

Resource Centre & Library

School Holiday Program

Cottage History

Craft Groups

Open Sundays