Friends of Ballarat Botanical Gardens


Biodiversity Event - Wilding your Garden - Sat 14th October 10:30am-1:30pm, Robert Clark Centre

Want to bring bees, butterflies and other wildlife to your garden? Get ideas and advice from local Ballarat Groups and our Friends Nursery, buy a plant and make a bug hotel! Visit the market and the craft cottage while you are there!

Our Gatekeepers Cottage will also be open for the Wardian Case exhibition - How did they used to move plants around the world in the 1800's? Visit our artist in residence Gina Gould Harwick painting intricate plants and insects.

Wilding your garden Oct 2023


New Photography Group -'FotoFriends' - Wednesday 3pm, Sep 27th, Meet in the George Longley Building 

If you enjoy taking photographs and are interested in developing your technical skills come along to our new photography group! Meet new members, learn and share photos and skills and contribute to the Friends and Gardens through photography. See the article in the Wellingtonia or contact the office for more information. 

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Friends Biodiversity Group Meeting - Monday 25th September, 10am, George Longley Building, behind Robert Clark Centre

The Friends Biodiversity Group is an exciting opportunity for involvement and learning more about the wilder part of our gardens. Our initial focus will include the wetlands. If you are interested in joining this new group contact the office for more details.





Our Newsletter - 'Wellingtonia' Winter 2023 

Our Autumn Wellingtonia is available here.




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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!


Friends Nursery and Plant Trolley

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. 

BotaniKIDS on Facebook link here.

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