Botanic Gardens Trust, Sydney, Australia

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With the Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust needing to raise almost half of its annual funding, Foundation & Friends play an important role in ensuring the Trust continues to be at the forefront of scientific research, with important centres for education and places of outstanding natural beauty.

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Below is more information about the different types of donations. 100% of every contribution goes directly to projects within the Gardens.

For more information about making a donation and the projects we support please call Louise Gilligan, Fundraising Manager on (02) 9231 8182.



Blackmores Sydney Running Festival

We are pleased to announce that Foundation & Friends is an official supporter charity of the Blackmores Sydney Running Festival (21 September) giving participants the opportunity to fundraise for the Gardens as their nominated charity. The Blackmores Sydney Running Festival is one of Sydney's iconic annual events attracting 36,000 entrants a year. One of its main objectives is to assist fundraising for Australian charities. We are proud to be associated with this event and to offer another way for our Members and the wider community to support the vital work of Your Gardens.

Come race day there are a number of different courses to suit all types! Register now for the festival and start fundraising today by following the easy steps to create your own fundraising page.

Foundation & Friends will be providing a team of volunteers to offer invaluable support on race day. If you are interested in joining our volunteer team please call 02 9231 8182 or email




Rainforest Seed Conservation Program - thank you!

Thank you to everyone who supported the Rainforest Seed Conservation Project appeal. Over $90,000 was raised by Foundation & Friends, assisting the Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust to match the funds committed by the Arcadia Fund and thus ensuring the project’s success. Australian rainforests are among the most vulnerable ecosystems in the world and face significant threat from climate change, land use and plant diseases. The important work carried out by Trust scientists as part of the Rainforest Seed Conservation Project will protect these endangered plant species from extinction. We look forward to keeping you updated on the developments of this vital project



Rainforest seeds

Save a Species Fundraising walk

Three Teams – Three Days

The success of the inaugural Save a Species Walk in 2014 has inspired us all, and we are very excited to announce that we are bringing the initiative back!  This year we have expanded participation to include three Teams that will walk a combined distance of 360+ kms over three days, in addition to a 1-Day Walk that will cover 5 kms, all finishing together on 19 April at the Australian PlantBank.

Donations can be made online so please show your support for Australian plant life! Click here to view our Everyday Hero Save a Species website.


Donate to save a Species

Australian PlantBank success!

Thank you for your generous support of our PlantBank fundraising campaign. We are delighted to announce that we have reached our target. Please click here for more information.

PlantBank is a world-class research centre, built at the Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan as part of the Trust’s Bicentenary plans for 2016.

PlantBank is one of the Trust’s most significant science and conservation initiatives in a century. As a world class research facility, PlantBank provides a permanent seed bank for future conservation, conduct cutting edge science on our precious plant species and is an innovative centre for education.


Anne Geddes Hakea archaeoides
©2010 Anne Geddes Hakea archaeoides


Become a Waratah

  • If you are already a member of Foundation & Friends you can provide an annual donation, in addition to your membership fee, to upgrade to Waratah member status.
  • As a Waratah member your fully tax-deductible donation enables you to play a special role in supporting the vital work of the Gardens. Become a Waratah online today. Waratah members may choose from the categories below, and can vary their donation each year.
    • Gold Waratah $1000 & above
    • Silver Waratah $500-$999   
    • Bronze Waratah $250-$499

Our supporters can also donate to the Gardens via our Fellowship program.


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Donate to Projects

  • Donate online to Foundation & Friends projects - Foundation & Friends provides funds to support a number of the Trust’s projects. In addition to PlantBank, these include:
  • the Bicentenary Plant Diversity project which collects plants and seeds across the globe for research and conservation
  • the Scholarship Fund which enables horticultural staff to learn about best practices in botanic gardens elsewhere in Australia and overseas
  • contributions towards the three botanic gardens nurseries
  • science internships which offers undergraduates and recent graduates in the plant sciences advanced work experience in the Trust's leading scientific institution
  • interpretive signage in the three Gardens
  • the Margaret Flockton Award for Excellence in Botanical Illustration


Erodiophyllum elderi
Erodiophyllum elderi

Make a Bequest

  • Make a bequest - if the Gardens have been part of your life, we invite you to be part of their future.
  • Leaving a gift in your Will is a particularly effective way to support the Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust. Your gift would help us to make long term plans, and offer you the chance to continue your relationship with the Gardens long into the future.

Click here to find out about other types of donations to support the Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust.


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Bush tucker