Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne Bus Trip - Sunday 15th October

FABGS has organised a bus trip to the Cranbourne Gardens, come and meet with the Friends of Cranbourne as they share with us what their role is and what makes their Garden so wonderful. After meeting the Friends of Cranbourne you will be free to explore the Gardens. We are very lucky that it is the Growing Friends’ Spring Plant Sale so you can indulge your passion of plants. 

Meet at the Library at 7.15, Bus leaves at 7.30am sharp.  FABGS members free, non members $15.00 or $15.00 to become a member.  Bookings essential: Please call Jill to reserve your seat - 0419 595 397

The Garden Explorer open-air motorised people mover circulates the Gardens every 20mins. Cost $8.80/$7.20 concession or child. To plan your day, please see their website for more information on the events, cost and bookings.

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 - 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.


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.


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.


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.


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

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.

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

Orienteering 10am - 11.30am
Saturday 27th January 2018

Breakfast with the Birds - 8.00am -10.00am
Tuesday 13th February 2018

Nature Photography 8.30am - 10.30am
Saturday 17th March 2018

'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’


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


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.

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.