Friends of Ballarat Botanical Gardens


Heritage Festival - All about our Century Old Pines!

Join us for our exciting Heritage events as part of the Ballarat Heritage Festival

Exhibition: Narrowed down to Needles - Is it a Pine a Spruce or a Cedar

Sat 18th May – Sunday 26th May, Ballarat Botanical Gardens Conservatory, 9-4pm, Free

This is a chance to see up close the wonderful illustrations of the significant heritage Pine, Spruce and Cedar Trees from the 19th century in the Pinaceae collection in the Ballarat Gardens. Botanical displays will illustrate prickly and pointed information about the Pines. -Presented by the talented Botanical Art Group of the Friends of the Gardens.


Guided Tour Buninyong Gardens: All about Pines

Sat 25th May, 10:30pm, Meet at the Rotunda, Free

Take a guided tour in the magnificent Buninyong gardens to discover the Mystical Pines. 


Family Event: The Amazing Story of the Wardian Case and the even more astonishing story of the man who invented it? Hosted by Botanikids

Sun 26th May, Gatekeeper’s Cottage, Two Sessions, 10-11am and 11:15am-12:15pm   Gold Coin Donation, Register Trybooking

Australian Author and renowned storyteller performer Jackie Kerin and violinist musician Sarah Depasquale will be performing the story of Nathaniel Bagshaw Ward and the story of his invention The Wardian Case. This revolutionary little case changed the way plants were transported successfully by sea for 100 years. Hence the unique collection of beautiful heritage  ‘centurion’ trees in the Botanical Gardens today. 

This will be followed by a nature craft activity. Parents must accompany child. Register with Trybooking


Guided Tour Ballarat Gardens: Narrowed down to Needles - Is it a Pine, Spruce or Cedar?

Sun 26th May, 12:30pm, Meet at the Conservatory, Free

Find the answer and more in a tour with the Guides at the BBG for an hour long leisurely stroll through the gardens amongst our magnificent centurion Pines. Stay on for the talk - Cup of tea or coffee provided in between!


Talk - 'What's the Point - Is it a Pine a Spruce or a Cedar?' by John Halker and Afternoon Tea

Sun 26th May, 2pm, Robert Clark Horticultural Centre, Free, Register with Trybooking or email

John Hawker, long time horticultural and former adviser with the Heritage Council of Victoria will present prickly and to the point stories about the Pinaceae family -  Pines, Cedars and Spruce

John has assisted the National Trust with the development and management of the register of significant trees in Victoria

Register with Trybooking: or email the office


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Do you need some new plants for your garden or for a gift?

Why not visit the friends nursery or plant trolley!

Nursery Sign


Nursery located behind the Robert Clark Centre

Open 1-4pm Tuesdays and 2nd Sunday of the month.   

Plant trolleys outside the Conservatory during the day (cash/card honour system) 


FREE Guided Tours of the Ballarat Botanical Gardens

11am every Sunday in Autumn and Spring.  Provided by the Friends of Ballarat Botanical Gardens.  Meet at the Conservatory.

Ballarat Botanical Gardens photos copyright Susan Pilbeam

An opportunity for locals and visitors to Ballarat to take a leisurely stroll through the gardens with a guide and find out more about the history and stories of our trees, statues and the changes and development underway in the gardens.  Your guide will show you the highlights of this beautiful heritage listed garden.  There is no need to book.  Just turn up at the Conservatory and a guide will be there to take you on the tour.  The tour lasts about an hour. 

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