Ballarat Gardens in Spring 2016

Date: 11 November 2016 00:00 to 13 November 2016 23:59
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Wellingtonia Winter 2016




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Our Patron, Prof. Tim Entwisle
Prof. Tim Entwisle, Director and Chief Executive of the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne has agreed to take on the role of Patron of the Friends of the Ballarat Botanic Gardens! He brings a wealth of experience and expertise.

Tim is a highly respected scientist and scientific communicator with a broad interest in plants, science and gardens. Tim has been Director of Conservation, Living Collections and Estates at the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew.

He has worked as a scientist and senior manager in botanic gardens for over 20 years, and before that as a Post-doctoral Fellow at The University of Melbourne. While working as a botanist and later Manager of Research at the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne he co-edited and contributed to the four-volume Flora of Victoria. He then moved to Sydney to become head of science and eventually Executive Director of Sydney’s Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust, a role he held for eight years before moving to London.

Tim is the author of over 70 scientific publications, including three books. Outside work Tim enjoys kayaking, reading (pretty much anything that is well written) and walking (pretty much anywhere). He also retains a life-long interest in Dr. Samuel Johnson and indie music. Tim is almost a ‘local’ having been born in Nhil in 1960!

Growing Friends

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History Friends


Enthusiastically researching and compiling the history of the Ballarat Botanical Gardens

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Educating Friends

Planting ideas for growing minds.

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Guiding Friends



The Guiding Friends share their knowledge of these heritage gardens and pride themselves on their friendly and informative tours.


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Engraving Friends


Using specialised computer driven equipment, the Engraving Friends produce identification labels for the plants and trees within the Ballarat Botanical Gardens


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Friends of Ballarat Botanical Gardens

Friends of Ballarat Botanical Gardens is a voluntary organisation which was founded in 1982 and became an incorporated body in 1993.  It serves as a link between the Ballarat City Council and the wider community.  Much support has been provided for improvements in the gardens as well as assisting with the conservation of cherished elements such as the collection of marble statues dating from 1880s.  The botanical and horticultural significance of the gardens, as well as historical, cultural and recreational aspects, are promoted in the local community and beyond.  Community education and programs for schools have been developed to help everyone enjoy their visits to the gardens.


Covering 40 ha (originally 99 acres), the land was first reserved for a public garden in 1857.   By the 1880s a magnificent ‘gardenesque’ style central garden had become well established.  It is still one of Australia's most attractive cool climate gardens, where each season is distinctly marked by the mature trees.  The north gardens includes a wetlands reserve and in the south gardens there is the Ex-POW Memorial Garden.

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