President's Message

As President of the Friends of the Australian Botanic Gardens Shepparton, I am pleased to be involved in helping create a future 'hub' for the community and visitors to our great city of Shepparton.

Our Botanic Gardens are open every day and entry is free.

At this early stage in the Garden's development, a FABGS membership is a positive way you can support the growth of the Gardens. Our quarterly newsletter will keep you informed about what is happening at the Gardens. If you enjoy the outdoors and don’t mind getting your hands dirty, our working bees or propagation days may appeal to you.

It is a great opportunity to meet new people while making a positive contribution. FABGS membership entitles you to attend excursions and activities at the gardens and offers you the chance to be on our  monthly committee with a friendly group of people. 

We welcome new ideas for fundraising and activities and support our local suppliers and tradespersons.

I would encourage you to visit the Gardens regularly, bringing your visitors and families to enjoy the ongoing development. There are lots of paths and great views once you have walked to the top of Honeysuckle Rise. It is here you that you can really appreciate the overall design and as you wander around the Gardens you will notice how recycled materials have been incorporated in the structural features on site.

Brochures are always available at the entrance. Explore the Gardens with the help of signs for walks (including distances) and the different themed gardens. The gradual installation of plant labelling will also enhance your visit. Perhaps when you get home you will enjoy growing a few of the plants you see at the Gardens - if it will grow on a capped tip site I am sure it will thrive in your garden.  Also keep an eye out for the ever increasing arrival of native birds and animals attracted to our native flora.

I am passionate about our Botanic Garden, which is fast becoming a compressive display of Australian Native plants, and look forward to seeing you there.

Jill Grant

President of the FABGS