Growing Friends is an enthusiastic group of gardeners who are considerably knowledgeable about plants, especially those that thrive in the Ballarat environment. The group is friendly, relaxed and welcoming of new members wanting to share in the love of gardening.
The Growing Friends meet in the Friends Nursery located behind the Robert Clark Centre, every Tuesday and every second Sunday of the month 1-4pm, no matter what the weather.
Growing Friends ensures that a selection of plants is always available for purchase from the trolley outside the conservatory during usual business hours.
Growing Friends is happy to provide advice and support to gardeners in the community.
Growing Friends is responsible for the purchase, propagation, maintenance, labelling, watering, and sales of the nursery plants. The Friends Nursery is the Friends main source of income and plays an important role in the Friends of the Botanical Gardens.
Growing Friends horticultural knowledge is supported by the Jessie Scott Library. Housed in the George Longley building, this horicultural library is extensive and impressive and is available to all members.
The George Longley Building is the meeting place of the Friends members, so named for the Ballarat Botanical Garden's first Curator who devoted forty years of his life to the creation and development of the Ballarat Botanical Gardens.