John our curator has been traveling to botanic gardens around the world. He has also undertaken voluntary work entailing 2 weeks in the arboretum & 2 weeks in general horticulture at Royal Botanic Gardens Kew with Richard Barley, Director of Horticulture, Learning & Operations.
Kew has offed a variety of horticultural and arboriculture experiences that are relevant and valuable for work in Warrnambool.
The Royal Botanic Gardens Kew is a 330 acre UNESCO World Heritage site, with the world's largest and most diverse collections of living plants.
Richard comments in his correspondence that he is sure John will enjoy and learn from his time at Kew, and Richard will be very pleased to continue to build a strong relationship with Australia's botanic garden colleagues.
Prior to John's time at Kew he has traveled through gardens in Barcelona, Netherlands and Germany with Trevor Bullen

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First Wednesday of the Month 11AM - Morning Tea (Scoborio's Shed is in the depot yard behind the Cottage). 

Guest speaker or a chat with tea, coffee and scones.

Guided Walks - Friends of Warrnambool Botanic Gardens conduct guided walks of the gardens on request.  Please click here for details.



13th November 11am to 3pm

The year-long 150th celebrations culminated with a Family Fun Day in November. It was a day for the whole community to come and enjoy the gardens. There was lots to do including games for all ages, musical performances, art activities, a scavenger hunt and family portraits. There were stalls featuring local gourmet food and wine producers and also stalls where you could meet and learn more about local community groups. Picnic boxes were available from our stalls and something from the sausage sizzle. Coffees, ice creams and other treats were also be available.


Truffula Tree

Art installation in the gardens.  Creating Truffula Trees - commonly know in the gardens as yarn bombing. Visit the gardens and have a look.  


Raffle - Dinner in the Botanic Gardens.

As part of our 150th recognition we had a raffle.  A dinner for eight people at the Rotunda, catered for by Wyton Event Catering.  This raffle was drawn on the Family Family Fun day, the recipient was very excited.


Australian Plants Society/Friends of Warrnambool Botanic Gardens

Lynsey Poore, the guest speaker at our joint Australian Plants Society/Friends of Warrnambool Botanic Gardens meeting at Mozart Hall, 8pm Friday 26 August. Lynsey Poore, a voluntary guide with the Royal Botanic Garden Melbourne, explored the landscape created by Guilfoyle during his 36 years as Director of the Garden (1873-1909).

Read more about Lynsey download here.


Photo Competition - This proved to be a VERY popular event. We received 160 entries from enthusiastic photographers, categories cover under 12, 12-18 and open. The 150th Anniversary of the Botanic Gardens Committee greatly appreciates the response to this competition.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank Sinclair Wilson and the Warrnambool Camera Club for their support.

To see results and comments for the competition please click here.