Friends of Ballarat Botanical Gardens


Early Summer Walk on the Wild Side

Thursday 1st December, 2022 5pm, Meet at Gatekeepers Collage, free

Join us at the Cottage to meet for a walk to the Wetlands and Fairyland. We would like to explore activity ideas and direction for the new biodiversity Friends group being formed in 2023. Hope you can make it and help to get this new group on its way. It will be a relaxed and informal sharing occasion.

Wetlands BBG Nov 2022 Kim Nolan


A visit from Gardening Australia host – Costa! 

We had an unexpected visit from Costa last week when he was filming in the gardens!  He checked out our Plant Trolley, visited some of our growers in the Nursery and then visited our Cottage to see what Botanikids do! He is passionate about gardening and was so interested in everything the Friends are doing!

He was so impressed with the Cottage and what Julie and her team do with Botanikids he did a live video stream on facebook.  Click on the link below to see it.  It is such a fantastic promotion for the Friends, the Gatekeepers Cottage and the Botanikids!

Costa visits the Botanikids in the Gatekeeper's Cottage Video

Costa visits Friends Nursery March 2022

The Friends Nursery with some of our Growing Friends

Costa Trolley Mar 2022 Kim Nolan

Costa loving our Plant Trolley - Ann and Kim thought he might like to buy a plant!

Costa at Cottage, Botanikids March 2022

Costa with our Botanikids!

Costa at Cottage, Microscope Mar 2022

Costa was very impressed with our new Microscope in our GateKeeper's Cottage!

Costa in Cottage Plant Display Mar 2022 - Kim Nolan

The new 'Evolution of Plants Display'


Our Newsletter - 'Wellingtonia' Spring 2022 

Our Spring 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 Sunday of the month.  

Plant trolleys outside the Conservatory during the day (cash 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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