Botanic Gardens Trust, Sydney, Australia

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Diary of Events

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See Events calendar.

    Events and activities are also listed under each Garden: see the Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney, the Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan and the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden, Mount Tomah for a full list of all activities in each Garden.

    Special Events

    Foundation & Friends special events each year include:

    • New Year's Eve in the Royal Botanic Garden
    • Artisans in the Gardens - an exhibition of superbly crafted work in a variety of media, on themes of plants and nature
    • International Garden Photographer of the Year (IGPOTY) - exhibition that will showcase 70 remarkable entries
    • Botanica - an exhibition of fine botanical art
    • Growing Friends' Plant Sales -  plants propagated from stock in the three Botanic Gardens
    • Book Sale - Our annual sale includes pre-loved books on horticulture, environment and a number of other topics
    • Art School program - an opportunity to join classes on botanical painting and still life with acrylics
    • Basketry Program - discover the ancient and contemplative craft of basketry with professional basket makers
    • Tours - special interest tours for garden enthusiasts and nature lovers

    Artisans in the Gardens

    An exhibition showcasing extraordinary contemporary jewellery, ceramics, glass, textiles and sculpture, by some of Australia's finest established and talented emerging artists and craftspeople. Held within the beautiful surrounds of Lion Gate Lodge in the Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney, the exhibition focuses on the relationship between art and nature and draws upon the diverse inspiration of botany and environmentaly issues. More Information

    Growing Friends' Plant Sales

    The Growing Friends volunteers propagate tubestock from seeds and cuttings of plants growing in the Royal Botanic Garden, the Australian Botanic Garden and the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden. The stock includes unusual and hard-to-find plants, many drought-resistant. For information on opening hours and where you can buy plants from our Growing Friends please click here. See our Growing Friendsí plant list for plants propagated. Please note not all species are stocked at all time. Please contact our office on 02 9231 8182 during busniess hours to confirm the availability of particular stock.

    Book Sale

    The next annual Foundation & Friends' Book Sale will be held on 22-23 May 2015. More information will be available shortly.

    Each year the book sale features an amazing array of pre-loved books on horticulture, the environment, garden design, craft and cooking. Donations of second-hand books are welcome throughout the year at the Foundation & Friends office. For more information please phone the office on 02 9231 8182.

    Art School Program

    Foundation & Friends be offering a variety of classes across the year with some of Australia's most talented botanical artists and craftspeople. click here.


    For more information on disability access in the Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney click here. For the Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan click here. For the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden, Mount Tomah click here.



    New Year's Eve
    New Year's Eve fireworks

    Growing Friends' Plant Sales

    Coiled sampler basket
    Friends Basketry Program

    Student in an art master class