News and Events



Annual Raffle

Friend's member Bill Brown and his team of raffle ticket sellers will be out and about once again raising funds for the Gardens, starting off at IGA in Numurkah Rd on the 6th & 17th March.  This year's prize is a wonderful  Ziggy by Ziegler & Brown twin grill LP BBQ bundle valued at $749.00 for our raffle.   A very big thank you to Jason and his team at Barbeques Galore Shepparton for donating this beautiful BBQ. Please stop and buy a ticket, have a chat with Bill, he is one of our loyal and passionate members, who works tirelessly promoting the Gardens.

Jill Michelle Jason and Bill with BBQ

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


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.


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.

Great new

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


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.