Growing Friends Nursery Volunteer Team

Friends of Brisbane Botanic Gardens & Sherwood Arboretum (fBBGSA) are conducting morning sessions to propagate plants at Botanic Gardens, Mt Coot-tha on a monthly basis. 

A Growing Friends nursery is planned to be built in 2019 expanding the project’s ability to produce plants for use in the gardens.

Tasks include …

  • Selecting stock for propagating (both soft and hard cuts)
  • Timing to propagate different plants
  • Propagation techniques to maximise results
  • Watering and fertilising of cuttings pre and post propagating
  • Use of different mediums for different plant cuttings
  • Potting up of cuttings and care to ensure survival
  • Use of monitoring systems to ensure results are recorded.

Note: The plant material used for propagating is from the Botanic Gardens.  This material remains the property of the Gardens and members who wish to be involved in this Project must be prepared to sign a declaration that no plant material is to be taken out of the Gardens. 

So if you are keen to be involved,

  • Must be a member of  the Friends of Brisbane Botanic Gardens and Sherwood Arboretum (fBBGSA)
  • Easy and secure On-line membership
  • Available from 9-12 second Thursday of the month unless otherwise advised
  • Able to attend Botanic Gardens, Mt Coot-tha (Seminar room adjacent to library in admin building) on these times
  • Be prepared to implement and abide by the ‘Guidelines for the Growing Friends, November 2018’.
  • Then contact for further details.

This is not a training program.

The gardens staff are not trained as teachers, carers nor supporters to member needs in their endeavours to gardening. Basic horticultural skills and ability to use tools without supervision are a pre-requisite. 

WHEN: 9 – 12 noon 2nd Thursday of the month (Feb – Dec) unless otherwise advised

ESSENTIALS: Long trousers, long sleeved shirt, fully enclosed shoes (no clogs nor Crocs type shoes, hat and sunscreen and water.

AGE: No children under the age of 16 are able to join the Growing Friends Group. Members are not able to bring along any child, even as an observer, whilst child-minding.


Are you a member of fBBGSA? 

Then complete the online registration form on

If you are not a member, please join on-line and then register as a volunteer. 

Volunteer Training: Volunteers are required to attend the annual ½ day BCC/fBGGSA induction workshop and re-register as a volunteer on an annual basis. 

CONTACT: fBBGSA Member Services support on