Guest Speaker Event - Tim Entwisle and AGM

Tim will talk about his life as a botanist and in botanic gardens.  He will expound on his belief that botanic gardens address the key threats of our time, such as climate change and plant extinction, while simultaneously serving up gorgeous landscapes and offering a balm to the weary human spirit.

Tim recently published a memoir, Evergreen: The Botanical Life of a Plant Punk.  Copies will be available for sale and signing at the event - $36.   Tim Entwisle

  • Hammond Hall, Christ Church, Henna Street, Warrnambool
  • 16th July 2023
  • Arrive at 3:20pm for a 3:30pm start.       
  • AGM Members only 3:00pm.      
  • Free event.  Please RSVP for planning purposes to

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Fiona Brockhoff with Michael McCoy

It will be thrilling to hear these two well-known figures of the Australian gardening world in conversation.

Wednesday 31st May 2023 - 5.30pm – 7.30pm

The Whalers Hotel Warrnambool $30 including a drink on arrival

Sorry we are booked out, please email the Friends if you would like to go on the waiting list

Fiona Brockhoff & Michael McCoy Flyer

With Nature by Fiona Brockhoff

In this beautifully photographed book, Fiona Brockhoff takes us through her gardens in Australia – some never before seen – with tips, design guidance and inspiration to help you create your own sustainable, naturalistic and wholistic gardens. From small-space inner-city gardens to coastal and rural properties, Fiona's work is full of new and creative ideas.

Fiona Brockhoff's name has become synonymous with environmentally sustainable garden design in Australia. Her adventurous use of native plants clipped like topiary, exotic plants climatically suited to locations and use of texture gives her gardens a very distinctive flavor. Often using indigenous plants with colors like muted grey, silver and olive green, she uses shape and form to create spaces rather than short-lived flower color. Most of her gardens survive on the rain nature sends them and are relatively low maintenance, with the exception of vegetable gardens and chicken runs, which she encourages clients to include.

With Nature will surprise and delight, with its inspiring ideas and planting styles designed to challenge the norm.

With Nature Fiona Brockhoff


Join Michael McCoy in Dream Gardens, exploring twelve stunning Australian gardens featured in the hit ABC TV series.

In this beautifully photographed book, TV host and garden designer, Michael McCoy, shows us the challenges and rewards in creating gorgeous yet functional gardens and outside spaces. In each chapter he explores the transformation of the garden through a Q&A with the designer, providing an insight into their approach as well as highlighting important aspects of design in the garden they have created.

Showcasing the central ideas to garden design and featuring a wide variety of challenging spaces, from tiny plots in the inner city, suburban blocks, sandy seaside properties to expansive country acreages, this book proves that great design can always find a perfect solution to suit an owner’s needs.

About the Author

Michael McCoy is a garden designer, author, and host of the three season ABC TV series Dream Gardens. Michael has designed gardens all over Australia as well as overseas. His design work has featured in Gardens Illustrated (UK), Garden Design (USA), and bestselling international garden design books including Dreamscapes and Wild: The Naturalistic Garden. He contributed a column to The Age for over 20 years and has had a long-standing column in Gardening Australia magazine.

Dream Garden Michael McCoy



Annual General Meeting

27th July 2022 at 5.30pm - Hammond Centre, Christ Church 230 Koroit Street Warrnambool


Dr Greg Moore - Guest Speaker (Directly after AGM)

RSVP essential

Dr Greg Moore


Australian Heritage Festival 2022

Heritage Festival

2021 - 2022

Life has been different for the Friends as it has been for everyone else.

We have had a very successful couple of years with the completion and opening of the Nature Based Play Space and the new well precinct. On that account we are sitting back and taking stock. As you will know we have had a change of committee this year with a dynamic and strong committee going forward. With time the committee will find it's feet and a new project.

We are always open to suggestions and assistance, if you feel you are able to help please make contact. We have a very dedicated Curator and staff but without the Friends a lot of the out of the maintenance and up keep would not have been achieved, not taking away from our Curators amazing foresight into planting for the future.