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About Foundation & Friends

Foundation and Friends of the Botanic Gardens Ltd was established to encourage the use and enjoyment of your Gardens – the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, the Domain, the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden Mount Tomah and the Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan - and to involve the community in the scientific, educational, horticultural, cultural and recreational functions of your Gardens.

Foundation & Friends serves as an important link between the Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust and the community, and promotes, supports and contributes to the development of the Gardens.

We have something for plant lovers, supporters of scientific research and conservation, and quality environmental education. We host a wonderful range of activities and events for our members, connect the community to the Gardens and raise money to support the many projects and initiatives within your Gardens.

Show your love for your Gardens by joining our vibrant community of members and help support the important role plants play in human survival.


Our Contribution

For over 35 years Foundation & Friends have supported many projects in your Botanic Gardens including:

  • Donated over $465,000 to the revitalisation of the PlantClinic, which included cutting-edge scientific equipment, interpretation panels and a new garden design and landscaping
  • Donating over $132,000 to new solar panels and BigBelly Bins to the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden - a 30th birthday gift!
  • Donating over $1 million to a new production glasshouse in the Royal Botanic Garden to accompany The Calyx - a 200th birthday gift!
  • Donated $1million for the teaching and research laboratories at the Australian PlantBank in the Australian Botanic Garden
  • Researching into the prehistoric Wollemi pine
  • Providing annual scholarships to Botanic Gardens employees to further their education and broaden their experience
  • Restoration of the Palace Rose Garden, displaying roses that will grow in Sydney using environmentally friendly horticultural practices
  • Donating for The Jungle, a pristine Blue Mountains rainforest with ferns and towering coachwood and sassafras trees
  • Renovating of Lion Gate Lodge, a popular venue for functions in the Royal Botanic Garden
  • Interpretive signage to increase understanding of plants, animals and the natural habitats

… and much more.

Our Community

Members support the Gardens in many different ways:

  • Providing hands-on help with your Botanic Gardens
  • Sharing the message about horticulture, science, education and the important historical and cultural significance of your Gardens with the community
  • Attending and participating in great events that bring the community into your Gardens
  • Advocating for the protection of your Botanic Gardens
  • Raising money to support your Botanic Gardens

... and much more!

Become a member online today

Our History

Here's a brief snapshot of how we've evolved:

In 2012 The Royal Botanic Gardens Foundation and The Friends of the Botanic Gardens merged to form Foundation & Friends of the Botanic Gardens. This bought together the energies, expertise and passions of these previously separate organisations to enable us, together, to achieve an even greater success in supporting your Gardens.

Today we have over 5,000 members, and 340 volunteers across three botanic gardens, The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, The Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan and The Blue Mountains Botanic Garden Mount Tomah.  Join our community of Friends online today! 

Our Contact Details

Foundation and Friends of the Botanic Gardens Ltd

Address: Cottage 6, Mrs Macquaries Road, Sydney NSW 2000
Phone: (02) 9231 8182
Fax: (02) 9241 3064
Email: foundation.friends@rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au
Web: www.rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au/foundationandfriends

Office hours
Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm. Closed gazetted public holidays.

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Our Patron: His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret'd)

Chairman: Ian Breedon
Depty Chair: Kate Horrobin
Board: Clive Austin AM, Raoul de Ferranti, Matthew Glascott, Jenny Lourey, Denise Ora (Acting Executive Director BG&CP), Tony Pearson (Trustee), Jacquie Stratford, Jimmy Turner (Director of Horticulture Management BG&CP), Karen Vien
Secretary: Juvie Ormonde

Chief Executive Officer: Melissa Ellis
Staff: Carrie Alexander, Michelle Burke, Stephanie Chambers, Linda Cholson, Elise Forner, Maureene Fries, Nicky Hammond, Amanda Relf, Charlotte Sandes

The Gardens Magazine Team
Editor: Gina Hetherington
Coordinator: Helen Goodall
Designer: Lauren Sutherland