Friends of the Darwin Botanic Gardens

Friends of the Darwin Botanic Gardens

From humble beginnings at its inception in 1992, the Friends of the Darwin Botanic Gardens are increasingly making a significant contribution to this well loved Darwin landmark. A small, but dedicated and enthusiastic, group of volunteers who have over the years been involved in activities as diverse as pulling weeds to hosting botanical art exhibitions. Over the past 10 years the Friend’s focus has primarily been on fund raising. This is achieved through an annual plant sale which is becoming a Darwin institution with people queuing well before the gates are opened. A stroll through the Gardens will showcase many of our acquisitions which include;

  • Decorative gates at the children’s playground
  • Refurbishment of, and decorative gates for the plant display house
  • Artisan bush timber  seats and picnic tables
  • Sculptures including the python, frill necked lizard and fresh water crocodile
  • WiFi availability from the visitor centre

The not so visible contributions include acquiring rare or endangered plants for the Garden’s collection, supporting staff to attend conferences and training, and supporting programs such as school holiday activities for children and guided walks as part of Seniors Month.

If you have a passion for the Gardens, plants or meeting like- minded people the Friends may be for you. The group meet on the second Saturday of each month from 9am -12pm for a working bee where plants are nurtured for our sale. Additionally a group meet every Thursday from 8.30 am -1 pm to propagate and maintain plants.

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