Foundation and Friends of the Botanic Gardens (Foundation & Friends) is a membership-based organisation whose mission is to encourage the use and enjoyment of the Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust (Trust)’s gardens as outstanding places for horticulture, science, recreation, culture and education.
Foundation & Friends runs regular activities and events for its members to connect the community to the Gardens and to raise money to support the Trust projects that otherwise might not be possible.
Foundation & Friends have funded a diverse range of projects including:
research into the prehistoric Wollemi pine
renovation of Lion Gate Lodge, a popular venue for functions in the Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney
interpretive signage to increase understanding of plants and birds at our three Gardens
restoration of the Palace Rose Garden, displaying roses that will grow in Sydney using environmentally friendly horticultural procedures
creating a new Camellia Garden displaying beautiful winter-flowering species and cultivar camellias near Woolloomooloo Gate
the Jungle, a pristine Blue Mountains rainforest with ferns and towering coachwood and sassafras trees
… and much more.
What we do
In addition to raising funds to support the Gardens, Foundation & Friends offers a great range of events and activities, including:
Events - talks, workshops, bushwalks, art & craft exhibitions, plant sales & book sales
Tours - special interest tours in Australia and overseas
Member benefits - including discounts on activities and products, free entry to the Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan and the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden, Mount Tomah and the Sydney Tropical Centre, our high quality magazine, and much more ...
Speakers' bureau - an active group of members whose mission is to promote membership of the Foundation & Friends by visiting and speaking to interested clubs and societies.
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In 2012 the Royal Botanic Gardens Foundation and the Friends of the Botanic Gardens merged to form Foundation and Friends of the Botanic Gardens. This bought together the energies, expertise and passions of these previously seperate organisations to enable us, together, to achieve even greater success in supporting your Gardens.