Friends of Ballarat Botanical Gardens



Regretfully the FBBG Committee have decided to postpone our upcoming 40th Anniversary Celebration Cocktail Party on 3 February at the Mining Exchange.  Hopefully the event can be staged in Autumn or Spring in a more relaxed mood when the COVID crisis is over!  We’ll keep in touch with updates

FBBG Australia Day Activities - Wed 26th Jan 2022

Tour of Prime Ministers Avenue – 11am, Meet Morey Gates (Main Entrance on Wendouree Parade) look out for FBBG Banner - 45 minutes

Find out more about this unique collection. Walk the Avenue with three of the FBBG guides and find out more about the sculptors and their different approaches. What was the Crouch bequest? Hear the different stories about our leaders and these public monuments. The Avenue tells a national story for Australia Day!

Prime Minister Av Jan 2022 Kim Nolan 

Tour/Talk Yulle’s Swamp to Lake Wendouree – 10am, Meet Morey Gates (Main Entrance on Wendouree Parade) look out for FBBG Banner – 45 minutes

Hear the different stories and contributors to this amazing transformation. Lorraine Powell. FBBG member and historian, will take you on a tour highlighting key sites and their story in the beautification of our lake!

Lake Wendouree Jan 2022 Kim Nolan

Botanikids Australiana Activity - Gum leaves crafts in the Gardens – 10:45am, Gatekeepers Cottage (approx. 2 hrs)

We will leave from Gatekeepers Cottage at 11am for a nature walk through the Gardens to the big Blue Gum tree, looking at other indigenous plants on the way! There we will collect leaves bark twigs and briefly talk about the tree itself and its significance in the heritage of the Gardens.  A gum leaves inspired art and craft activity will be followed at the Cottage or nearby under the cool shade of the trees. Children are encouraged to bring a picnic or snacks. Why not bring Vegemite sandwiches, fruit platters and lamingtons? 

FBBG AGM – Feb 17th, 10am – Robert Clarke Centre & Courtyard

Our Annual General Meeting will go ahead at this stage as planned. Our guest speaker will be Peter Marquand, Curator of BBG, who will take us through the challenges of water delivery “Watering the gardens – too much, too little, just right”


Our Newsletter - 'Wellingtonia' Summer 2021-22 

Our Summer Wellingtonia is available here.


BotaniKIDS Fairyland Walk

Fairyland Walk


Want to become a member of Friends of the Ballarat Botanical Gardens?

Find out more about becoming a friend here >>

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

Why not visit the friends nursery or plant trolley!


Friends Nursery and Plant Trolley

Nursery located behind the Robert Clark Centre

Open 1-4pm Tuesdays and 2nd & 4th Sundays of the month.  

Plant trolleys outside the Conservatory during the day (cash honour system) (no trolley Christmas day)


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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