News and Events


October 3rd - Minibeast Discovery with Parks Vic

Minibeasts Discovery

Discover a bug’s world in the lagoons of Shepparton. Get to know some tiny critters, what they mean to our environment, and peer through a magnifying glass into the world of a minibeast.

We will be meeting at the Australian Botanic Gardens Shepparton at 10am-11am on the 3rd October 2018. Please wear enclosed shoes, sun smart clothing, bring a hat and a drink bottle. Children may get a little bit wet so you may like to bring a change of clothes. Activities are for 6-12 year old and their guardians. These events are free however bookings are essential. To book into this event please head to

Journey Around the Botanic Gardens - Wednesday 24th October 2018

Journey around the Botanic Gardens Flyer

Back by popular demand!  Three 45 minute free bus tours around the Gardens for those who are unable to make the journey on foot will be available as part of the Senior's Festival.

 Each tour will be accompanied by a member of the Friends of the Australian Botanic Gardens Shepparton to provide information on what has been happening in the Gardens and details of future plans.

Tours leave at 12.30, 1.15 and 2pm and will be followed by a 'cuppa and biscuit' in the Turtle Garden.

Booking essential, please contact Jill on 0419 594 397 by the 23rd October to reserve your seat. 

FABGS acknowledge Greater Shepparton City Council and Fords Coach Service for their support for this event as part of the Seniors Festival.



Community Radio: 3ONE FM

On the 2nd Friday of the month, Jill Grant is on air between 7.30 and 8am.

Tune in for a lively 30 minutes and stay up to date with the latest happenings at the Australian Botanic Gardens Shepparton.

Committee Meetings:

The Friends of the Australian Botanic Gardens Shepparton Committee meets on the first Wednesday of the month.

Location: Kensington Gardens meeting room behind the library

Time: 5pm

The Australian Botanic Gardens Shepparton Section 86 Committee meets on the third Wednesday of the month.

Location: Kensington Gardens meeting room behind the library

Time: 5pm

All members of FABGS and public are welcome to attend.



GV Unique Outdoors and Landscape

Congratulations to Darren Coe and his team at GV Unique Outdoors and Landscaping on the construction of the second stage of the Refugee Garden. The team has been working solidly on this over the past month to bring Alex from Spiire's vision of using recycled materials from our transfer station into a stunning garden. Next time you are on top of Honeysuckle Rise take a walk through our history in this new garden.  A big 'Thanks' everyone who has contributed to this garden, now we look forwarded to filling it with beautiful native plants.


The 'Birds of the Australian Botanic Gardens Shepparton' brochure was launched in the Turtle Garden on Saturday the 1st September.  The Friends would like to thank BirdLife Murray Goulbourn members for their support of the Botanic Gardens and in particular their members who supplied the stunning photos for the brochure.   Since the Gardens inception in 2012, 114 different species of birds have been recorded at the Gardens during the bi-monthly bird surveys by members of BirdLife Murray Goulburn.  Brochures are available at the entrance of the Gardens and the Shepparton Tourist Information Bureau. Please click on the link below to view the brochure.

BLMG members Graham Boast and Don Roberts with Cr Seema Abdullah

BirdLife Murray Goulburn Members Graham Boast and Don Roberts with Cr Seema Abdullah (centre) at the launch of the brochure

Download: Birds of the Australian Botanic Gardens Shepparton brochure


We're happy to announce that the Weed Warriors we were awarded as a finalist in the Keep Victoria Beautiful 'Protection of the Environment' category with our entry of 'Breathing Life into the Bushland' for our work in restoring the native vegetation in the River, Billabong and Native Forest Walks at the Gardens.  Tuesday's see the Weed Warriors out about in the bush land areas of the Gardens tackling the weeds, collecting seeds, discovering a bounty of beautiful little natives that are hidden away and removing rubbish. We would like to thank one of our hardworking Friends, Audrey for  putting together our entry in this year's awards.
This category was won by our fellow Friends, Friends of the Melton Botanic Gardens for creating an island habitat at their gardens.  A big congratulations to Friends of the Melton Botanic Garden and to all involved in the Breathing Life into the Bushland project at the Botanic Gardens.

Friends President Jill with the KVB finalist award

GLIDER WALK  25th June 2018

Welcome to the 14 students from the University of Melbourne currently visiting the Shepparton campus, braved the cold with Shepparton Mooroopna Landcare Group members and saw plenty of brush tail possums and spider eye shine too. They learnt about squirrel gliders and why our bushland in the Botanic Gardens provides great habitat for a range of nocturnal animals.  A big thanks to Pam, Wendy & Michael for organising a memorable evening for the students.

Glider Walk

Photo: Pam Swanborough

Annual Raffle

Congratulations to the winner of our raffle, Lorraine, we hope you and your family have many wonderful meals cooked on your new Ziegler & Brown twin grill LP BBQ bundle valued at $749.00.  And a big thank you to Jason and the team at BBQ's Galore Shepparton for donating a wonderful prize for us to raffle. Thanks to Bill for organising the raffle and everyone who helped sell tickets, your hard work is appreciated.

Raffle Winner

Bill Brown raffle organiser, winner Lorraine, Friends member Derek Edge, Jason from Barbeques Galore and Friend's President Jill Grant.

Jill Michelle Jason and Bill with BBQ

Friend's President Jill Grant,  Michelle & Jason from Barbeques Galore and Bill Brown raffle organiser

OPEN DAY 27th May 2018

We had a wonderful Open Day, thanks to the hundreds of people who came along and enjoyed the Gardens with us.  Thank you to Deputy Mayor Cr Seema Abdullah for unveiling the new 'Friends' in the gardens, a caterpillar and cacoon just near the Entry Walk.  There ware so many activities for people to enjoy from Orienteering with Kim, Yarn Bombing in the Nature Playspace with Julia, Emma from ParksVic conducted a Wildlife Detective Walk, Alison from RiverConnect gave us a sneak peak into the Nest boxes,  Em and Mel from STEM Landscape ran a Habitat at Home workshop with plants donated through the One Tree Per Child program, Jenny had an information station on the progress of 'The Great Wall' on the Entry Walk. Friends members sold plants, snags, raffle tickets and gave away shinny red apples donated by Eastwood Orchards.

Emmaline Bowman and Melissa StaggWildlife DectectivesCattapiller and CacoonYarn Bonbing

AAFBG Members Biennial Conference 20-22 April 2018

Collier and the Friends Display

Collier flying the 'Friends Flag' at the Australian Association of Friends of Botanic Gardens Biennial Conference hosted by The Friends of Benalla Botanic Garden and Riverine Parkland last weekend.

The theme for the conference was 'Cultivating Friends' with many interesting speakers and tours arranged for the weekend.  Friend's President, Jill and Secretary Collier and Committee member Norma took the opportunity to fly the flag for the Friends of the Australian Botanic Gardens Shepparton and to meet up and chat with other botanic gardens Friends groups. 

A big thank you to the  Benalla Friends for hosting a wonderful conference, it was an invaluable experience.

FABGS acknowledge The Myer Foundation for their financial support through the ‘Enhancing the Shepparton Urban Landscape through Community Involvement’ Project, for enabling us to attend the conference and promote our Gardens and network with other Friends groups.

RMIT Landscape Design Students

RMIT Students at the Gardens

Our  Gardens were studied by the students from RMIT's budding landscape architects on the 28th March.  Under the guidance of Melissa Stagg, the students were in Shepparton for the day as part of their studies to hear how Louise from Design by Nature approaches her landscape design using recycled and reclaimed materials.

We always appreciate wider recognition of this unique project and thank you to Louise our Nature Play Space and Weaving Garden designer, Jenny and Jill who hosted the tour the explaining the evolution of the gardens, the history of how it came about and how community involvement is transforming a reclaimed landfill into a botanic garden.

Entry Walk

Jill and Jenny with a Shepparton brick that will form part of the gabion cage designPreston's excavator

We had the big guns out at the working bee on Sunday. Damian Preston’s crew have started work on the entry walk and soon you will see the geo fabric going down, rocks and gabion cages full of bricks creating a really unique drainage solution to the entry walk, followed by a bitumen road.

Visit from Gardners Vic Inc. 14th March 2018

It was our pleasure having the lovely folk from the Gardeners Victoria Inc visit our beautiful pocket of the world today.  They toured 2 private gardens in the morning and had lunch at Riverside Gardens Nursery at Emerald Bank before coming out to the Gardens where they were given an informative chat and then broken into groups for a site tour. 

Gardeners Vic Visitors

We thank them for our company and we hope they enjoyed our informative talk and tour of the Botanic Gardens on this fine Autumn day.

Young Botanical Explorers

A great initiative by the Friends with the financial support of a grant from CVGT Australia, to allow us to provide "Young Botanical Explorers Kits' to visiting day care, kinder and school children to enhance their 'nature play' experience at the Gardens, followed with a play in the evolving Children’s Nature Playspace located in the northen end of the gardens.  Please see our new page about this wonderful program.

Nature Play Space

Breathing Life into the Bushland

This is a really exciting project to be involved with and we have dedicated a page to it on our website. It will focus on the bushland areas including the Forest Walk, River Walk and the Billabong that covers approx. 9 hectares of the Gardens and contains diverse natural vegetation, much of it is of high quality and many species that are now uncommon in our region. 

Reach for the Stars

The Friends celebrated building stronger communities together by ‘Reaching for the Stars’ at the top of Honeysuckle Rise in the Australian Botanic Gardens Shepparton on Thursday 23rd November.  We applied for and were successful in obtaining a grant to fund acknowledgement signage recognising the contributors to the establishment and the development of a botanic garden in Shepparton.

The evening was planned as a celebration for all partners and a time to down tools, spend time together and reflect upon the journey and the future together.

Once the formalities and unveiling of the signs was completed, we walked as a group to the top of Honeysuckle Rise. The walk up the hill symbolises the difficulties we face in life and if we believe in our dreams we can ‘Reach for the Stars’ and achieve them. At the top of Honeysuckle Rise the Astronomy Benalla members took us just the bit closer to the Stars.

Official ceremony in the Turtle Garden

Official ceremony in the Turtle Garden.

Acknowledgement Signage

L-R Vaughan Adams (CVGT Australia), Geoffrey Thompson & Collier McCracken (FABGS), Wendy D'Amore (Shepparton Mooroopna Urban Landcare), Marg Clarke & Don Roberts (Birdlife Murray Goulburn) unveiling the signs. 

Honeysuckle Rise

Gathering at Honeysuckle Rise with Astronomy Benalla Members.

Community and Philanthropy Partnerships Week (CPPW) is an initiative supported through the Prime Minister’s Community Business Partnership to celebrate how partnerships between grassroots community groups and philanthropy can help build strong and vibrant places to live and work. It is a chance for us to showcase and promote the great work we are doing in our community. For more information, about CPPW visit:

Winner of the Bird Feeder

Congratulations to Teagan, she was the winner of the entrant prize at our display at the Shepparton Show.  Teagan and her mum popped into the Gardens on Sunday to pick up their prize of a beautiful cup & saucer bird feeder.  Hope you enjoy your picnic in the Gardens in the holidays with your family. Thanks to Lorinda & Ray for donating such a beautiful and unique prize for us to give away.  Thanks to everyone who stopped into see us at the Show and hope to see you all soon out at the Gardens.

Keep Victoria Beautiful Sustainable Cities Award

Our Garden's were successful once again, taking out the award for 'Protection of the Environment'.  Recycling plays a huge part in the Garden with tonnes of recycled concrete slabs and brick from the transfer station being reused in the construction of gardens.

One Tree Per Child

The global One Tree Per Child initiative was founded by Olivia Newton-John and Jon Dee, Greater Shepparton City Council is committed to facilitate a native plant to be planted for each child, every year for 5 years between 2017-2021.  Sites throughout Greater Shepparton have been selected including the Australian Botanic Gardens and we will soon see some of our young visitors from the Arthur Dickmann Children's Centre and the Nancy Vibert Centre planting in The River Walk. The majority of the species that the children will be planting will be shrubs and groundcovers indigenous to our region.

A big "thank you" to Collier McCracken who has been working with Travis Turner from Greater Shepparton City Council to bring this together.  They are always looking for volunteers and new sites, if you would like to be involved in this wonderful project please contact us.

Photo: Collier in the River Walk

Botanic Gardens Avenue - It's Official!

On Sunday 28th May as part of our BGANZ celebration the Mayor of Greater Shepparton City Council, Dinny Adem walked through a guard of honour by Friends members to officially present Jill Grant, President of the Friends and Jenny Houlihan, Chairperson of the ABGS Committee with the new street sign - Botanic Gardens Avenue.  In his speech officially launching the new name the Mayor said that the history of the former name, Kialla Tip Road would never be forgotten as every decision that is made, every minute piece of infrastructure being installed has to take into consideration that the site was a former landfill.  In keeping with the recycling theme that has been incorporated into the Gardens the old sign, Kialla Tip Road will feature in the Gardens as a reminder of the past.

The new name is part of the vision for the future - a lovely sealed road with species of Australian native trees along the sides leading to a unique destination which is part of Greater Shepparton.

Jenny Houlihan, Chairperson ABGS, Jill Grant, President of FABGS and Mayor of Greater Shepparton City Council, Dinny Adem presenting the new street sign Botanic Gardens Avenue


Bus Trip to Bendigo - Saturday 8th September 2018

Another great day out - this time we are off to Bendigo Botanic Gardens, to meet up with the Bendigo Friends group for morning tea, enjoy a tour of their heritage gardens and check out the botanical artist group.  We will also be stopping off at Goldfields Revegetation Native Plant Nursery on the way home - Great opportunity to buy plants from both venues.

This trip is free to all members of the Friends of the Botanic Gardens Shepparton, Shepparton Mooroopna Urban Landcare Group and Bird Life Murray Goulburn and has been funded by the Myer Foundation project 'Enhancing the Shepparton Urban Landscape through Community Involvement' Non members $15. Gold Coin donation for morning tea.  BYO picnic lunch

Bookings essential: Bus leaves at 8.30am sharp from the Library in Marungi St and returns approx. 6pm

Gold Coin donation for morning tea.  BYO picnic lunch

Bendigo Bus Trip Flyer

Birds of the Australian Botanic Gardens Shepparton - Saturday 1st September

At 9am we will be launching the new bird brochure in the Turtle Garden, thanks to members from Bird Life Murray Goulburn who supplied the beautiful photos of our feathered 'friends' at the Gardens. We will then join the members on their bi-monthly bird survey through the Gardens.  The survey will be followed by a light lunch, bookings essential for catering, please contact Cheryl 0439 338 049 with dietary requirements.

Bird Brochure Launch

Get Out & About in the Bush in August - Plant Identification in the Bush

August will see us out and about walking through the bush of the Gardens identifying plants under Sally's guidance.  A perfect opportunity to learn more about our native vegetation, what's good, what's bad and how we can look after it. Tuesdays - 8.30am start or whenever you can get there.

Weed Warriors August

AGM - 22nd August 2018

Your chance to become a valued committee member and contribute to the development of the Australian Botanic Gardens Shepparton.

Venue: Kensington Gardens meeting room behind the library

Time: 5pm

Call Jill 0419 594 397 if you would like to be a part of the Friends committee.

Craft, Chill & Cheese - Saturday 25th August

Cheryl, Claire and Julia have organised a relaxing afternoon in the Weaving Garden from 3 to 4.30pm.  A simple fun craft activity has been organised, just BYO cheese and biscuits and join the girls for a fun afternoon. 

Craft Chill and Cheese Flyer

Special General Meeting 4th July at 5.45pm

In order to facilitate fund raising for the huge task of establishing and developing our Australian Botanic Gardens, your Committee has applied to the Commonwealth Department of Environment to register for Deductible Gift Recipient status. (DGR).  Your Committee has therefore called a Special General Meeting for 5.45pm on Wednesday 4th July 2018, to be held in the meeting room at Kensington Gardens, 80 Channel Road Shepparton , the purpose of the meeting being to amend item 72.1 of the 'Own Rules' of the Friends of the Australian Botanic Gardens Shepparton, so that the word “Inc” is omitted.

Proxy Voting Form

Grubs at the Gardens 3rd July 10am to 12pm

Over 100 people, of all ages enjoyed a great morning of free activities with an environmental focus for children run by educators from Goulburn Murray Landcare Network, Goulburn Valley Water, Greater Shepparton City Council, Parks Victoria and River Connect.  Friends members, Jill, Julia and Cheryl helped our visitors make insect houses and yarn bombing tee-pees in the beautiful surrounds of the Weaving Garden.  Thanks to our 'Friend' Allison from RiverConnect for organising the morning as part of the Nurture Nature Winter Holiday Activity program.

Making Insect Houses

Grubs at the Gardens

Botanic Gardens Open Day 27th May

On Sunday  27th May Botanic Gardens around Australia and New Zealand will celebrate plant conservation, at Shepparton we will be joining in the celebrations with lots of wonderful free activities between 11am & 2pm on the day.

Starting at 11am Deputy Mayor Cr Seema Abdullah will officially open the day by unveiling the new 'friends' in the Gardens.

Kim Merkel has donated her time to run orienteering activities from 11 to 2pm, there will be 2 courses, perfect for all ages, and a really fun way to discover the Gardens.  Between 11 & 12 Allison from RiverConnect will have her nest box monitoring equipment with her, so if you have ever wondered what is living in the nest boxes at the Gardens, this is your opportunity to find out. Following on from Allison, Emma from ParksVic will conduct a Wildlife Detective Walk and for the littlies we will have our Young Botanical Explorer Kits available to explore the nature Playspace with. 

We are privileged to have Melissa Stag from the 2017 & 2018 Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show award winners,  STEM Landscape Architecture and Design, donate her time to present a workshop "Habitat at Home" in the Weaving Garden.  Join Melissa for a hands on experience showing which plants to use, and what design features to incorporate in the home garden, to bring native wildlife into your own backyard. Whether you have a small courtyard or many acres, there is something you can do for our amazing feathered, furred and scaled Goulburn Valley locals. Learn about local endangered and threatened animal species, what you can do to support them at home and take home a FREE PLANT to get you started. A special 'Thanks' to Trav Turner at Greater Shepparton City Council's One Tree Per Child Program who is providing the plants. Places are limited so please RSVP by the 25th May to Jill 0419 594 397.

Our members will be out in force with information stations dotted around the Gardens, there will be a sausage sizzle and the propagation team have been busy growing plants ready for sale on the day.  A perfect opportunity to grab some natives and support the Gardens at the same time.

BGANZ Open Day Poster

People, Plants and Animals: How to make our Gardens into flourishing & diverse ecosystems 25th May 2018

Winner in 2017 & 2018 Melbourne International Flower and Garden, Emmaline Bowman of STEM Landscape Architecture and Design wants to connect people back to the environment, to allow children and adults to explore and understand nature and to better our surroundings in ways that they can allow for biodiversity of animals and ecosystems.

Join her for a delightful afternoon as she discusses her designs with us.

Flyer People Plants and Animals
























 To see more of Emmaline's beautiful designs click on the link to her website


Library Display 1st to 31st May

Pop into the Shepparton Library during the month of May and see the Friend's display, this year the window display promotes our Young Botanical Explorers program and Tours of the Gardens, plus our regular activities - Working Bees and Propagation Day and our bunting.

FABGS Library Display

RiverConnect - Activities in the Park

A wonderful chance to learn how to take photos using the evening light.  All levels are welcome to come along and join in.

Nature Photography

Bird Survey at the Garden - 6th January & 10th March 2018

Our friends from Birdlife Murray Goulburn will be conducted birds surveys in the Gardens again in 2018. Join Marg & Don as they walk through the Gardens carrying out their survey.  It is a great opportunity to take visitors along to learn about our native birds.  Meet in the Turtle Garden at 8am with your own  binoculars and water bottle.  If you would like more information on Birdlife Murray Goulburn or their surveys, please contact Don on 5825 2404 or Marg 0428 350 875.  They would love to hear from you.

Sacred Kingfisher

Thanks to Marg Clarke for supplying this beautiful photo of a Sacred kingfisher.

Zaidee's Rainbow Foundation - Mad Cow Mud Run 3rd March

What a fabulous Shepparton event, congratulations to Allan and his team for organising this year's event.  If you are not inclined to get muddy, then spectating is the perfect way to support the participants and we encourage everyone to come along and cheer on them on as they run through the Gardens.   Lots of obstacles and challenges for them to tackle and plenty of great vantage points along the course. The Friends will have a plant sale at the gate and will also be volunteering their time as marshal's for this great event and charity.  Good luck to all the participants.

Mad Cow Mud Run Promo

Plant Sale - Saturday 3rd March

The Friends will be selling plants at the Gardens on Saturday morning, all our plants we sell have been lovingly propagated and nurtured by our team of volunteers and are suitable for growing in your garden.

Let's Gaze at the Moon

Veiwing the moon through telescope

A wonderful social night for the Friends, for fellow friends and family last Saturday night we picnicked high above the trees whilst hearing Eric Brown playing the soothing sounds of his didgeridoo, connecting us to country whilst watching the sun set, relaxing, gazing at magnificent beauty of the moon.

Thank you Eric Brown for the beautiful music and Wayne Roberts for his sharing his powerful telescope with us matched with his expert knowledge too see this stunning beauty, up close.

Breakfast with the Birds - Tuesday 13th February 2018

Breakfast with the Birds

Snake Safety Awareness Talk - Tuesday 23rd January 2018

RiverConnect have engaged Black Snake Productions to run a 1hr Snake Safety Awareness Talk for volunteer groups at Kidstown.  This informative and interactive session will equip you with the information on how to work safely in snake prone environments. 
Places are limited please register by email:


Bunnings BBQ Saturday 16th December 2017

The Friend's cooked snags at Bunnings, thanks to everyone how came along and bought a sausage to support the Gardens.  Big thanks to Geoff for organising the day and to everyone who pitched in to help out.

Native Seed Collection and Propagation with Sally Mann - Wednesday 22nd November 2017 

Sally will conduct a seed collecting workshop at our November propagating day.  Join Sally as she shares with us her knowledge of the Australian native plants in our Gardens.  We will be collecting seeds and cuttings to be taken back to the propagation area where Sally will demonstrate techniques for preserving and propagating Australian natives. This will be an hands on activity, please wear appropriate footwear and clothing for walking in the bush.  For those unable to walk through the bush, but would still like to attend there will be demonstration and discussion on the seeds and cuttings collected from approx. 10am.

FABGS acknowledge The Myer Foundation for their financial support through the ‘Enhancing the Shepparton Urban Landscape through Community Involvement’ Project.

Bird Survey at the Gardens - Saturday 2nd September & 4th November

Exciting News! Our friends from Birdlife Murray Goulburn spotted a new bird on Saturday's survey - a Brown Falcon.  If you would like to be a part of the next survey on the 4th November contact Don on 5825 2404 or Marg 0428 350 875.  They would love to hear from you.

Uncover the Story of the Understory with Sally Mann - Saturday 28th October 2017

Join Sally, as she tells the story of the bushland in the Gardens. Uncover the hidden gems and remnant vegetation from the past as we walk through the bushland in the Gardens.  Learn how these beautiful little native plants have survived flood and rubbish to still flourish today.  For more information contact Cheryl 0439 338 049.

FABGS acknowledge The Myer Foundation for their financial support through the ‘Enhancing the Shepparton Urban Landscape through Community Involvement’ Project.

Expedition to the Top of Honeysuckle Rise - Wednesday 25th October 2017

As part of the Senior's Festival we will be running free buses to the top of Honeysuckle Rise on Wednesday 25th October.  If you know of someone who has not be able to walk to the top and take in the stunning gardens and views, contact Jill 0419 594 397 and book them a seat.  Tours leave from the Turtle Garden just inside the entrance at 1, 1.45 and 2.30pm and will be followed by a 'cuppa and biscuit'.   Thanks to Greater Shepparton City Council and Fords Bus Service for their financial assistance in making this event possible. 

Please Note: the only toilet onsite is a portaloo.

Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne Bus Trip - Sunday 15th October

FABGS  organised a bus trip to the Cranbourne Gardens, to meet with the Friends of Cranbourne who shared with us what their role is and what makes their Garden so wonderful.  A wonderful day was had by everyone and Marg Clarke was asked to submit an article for their newsletter.  Click on the link to read about the day and also see her beautiful birds photos.

FABGS acknowledge The Myer Foundation for their financial support through the ‘Enhancing the Shepparton Urban Landscape through Community Involvement’ Project.

Shepparton Show - Friday & Saturday 13th & 14th October

We will be joining our Friends from Shepparton Mooroopna Urban Landcare and the Society for Growing Australian Plants - Shepparton & District at the Shepparton Show this year. Come and visit us we will be near the nursery and have lots of interesting things to see and do.

People's Picnic - Saturday 7th October

The Friends will be supporting the People's picnic at Kidstown on Sat, 7 Oct 2017 between at 11:00am – to 4:00pm. The picnic aims to highlight community achievements, inspiring adults and children to learn about what others are doing in our vibrant community.   Our aim is to build a strong, happy, healthy and proud community. There will be several bands entertaining including Collier's band "The Splinters' and ‘Fortessima’

We will be launching our exciting new program "Young Botanical Explorers", come along and join in the fun on the day.

BYO Picnic lunch or pre order a picnic hamper from The Connection on 03 5821 0600 or check out the Kids Town Dig In Café, and the Rotary BBQ.

Activities in the Park - Dates to Remember for events at the Gardens

Mums & Bubs Exercise  - 1.30pm to 2.15pm
Tuesday 5th, 12th  & 19th September 21017

Seniors Low Intensity Exercise - 2.30pm to 3.15pm
Tuesday 5th, 12th and 19th September 2017

'Activities in the Park’ is run by Greater Shepparton City Council, for more information and bookings please contact the Activities in the Park Team on 5832 9431’

Annual General Meeting: Sunday 6th August 2017

Thank you to everyone who attended the Annual General Meeting held at Kensington Gardens on the 6th August. Thanks to our guest speaker Chris Norman, CEO of the Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority for speaking to us. Welcome to our new committee members Bill Brown, George Deeble and Laurie Baglin.  A big "Thank You" to our retiring committee members Ed, Michael and Elaine for all your time, effort and support of the Friends.

Turtle Walk & Talk: Sunday 30th July 2017

Thanks to everyone who came along on Sunday to hear Graham Stockfeld and Rolf Webber from Turtles Australia talk about their passion - Turtles.  Graham even brought along a couple of his 'little friends' for everyone to meet.  Spring is the best time for spotting turtles, so if you are out at the Gardens over the next few months, take a walk down to the wetland area and look for 'sticks' poking out of the water. If the stick disappears then you have just spotted a turtle!  Down load the app from Turtles Australia and record your sighting.  They would love to know about it.

Photo: Graham Stockfeld holding 2 turtles

Thanks to Melissa from Shepparton Mooroopna Urban Landcare Group for arranging Graham & Rolf's visit.

Raffle Winners

Congratulations to the winners of our raffle  S Shaw, 1st Prize and  W D'Amore 2nd Prize.  A very big thankyou to Mooroopna Hardware in generously donating a garden trolley full of goodies and pedestal fan as well as the organisation of the raffle by fellow Friend, Bill Brown.