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The Australian Association of Friends of Botanic Gardens

Welcome to the Australian Association of Friends of Botanic Gardens. The logo of a eucalypt flower with many stamens represents all the members from across Australia, with some affiliates located overseas. 

The AAFBG is a not-for-profit incorporated association. It involves the community and supports the growth of Friends groups interested in the well-being and public appreciation of botanic gardens through their conservation and development, scientific, educational, historical, cultural and recreational functions. Members represent a range of botanic gardens and parks in regional and metropolitan areas throughout Australia. Friends groups located in botanic gardens overseas are welcome to be affiliate members. 

Welcome from Our Patron

Philip Moors, patron

We all love our botanic gardens, and they have such special significance for our communities: we revere our older gardens for their landscapes and generational memories of family visits, while new gardens hold promise of future beauty and happy experiences. They’re all places of pleasure and enjoyment, of knowledge and education, and of understanding and commitment to environmental conservation.

Increasingly, though, botanic gardens old and new are facing funding and staffing pressures. Many gardens – especially those in regional areas - are reliant now on their Friends groups for energetic hands-on help with horticultural care, advocacy and fundraising. And as Friends we all benefit from hearing about the experiences of colleagues and other Friends groups – which is where our Association plays such a vital role. With 59 members across Australia, and associate members in New Zealand, Scotland, Fiji and South Africa, AAFBG is a critical link between Friends groups, a helpful source of information, and a strong voice supporting botanic gardens.

So welcome to our bright new informative website! Here’s the right place to find out what AAFBG is doing, get the latest news from BGCI, access links to other Friends groups and botanical organisations, read our newsletter Eucalypt (plus back-numbers of Campsis), and enjoy photos of glorious gardens. Become a regular on-line visitor to AAFBG!

Philip Moors AO


Keep up-to-date with Events and News from AAFBG and members gardens.

Please contact us to list your event, conference or news item to

Eucalypt Newsletter

Eucalypt is the AAFGB bi-annual newsletter produced in May and November and is an important means by which the Association and its members keep in touch.

Eucalypt is also an excellent resource document providing news on the ideas, innovation, challenges, events, successes, and failures of the members who contribute articles. Information from the Committee's activities, Botanic Gardens of Australia and New Zealand (BGANZ) and other matters of interest to Members are also included.

Eucalypt No 52



AAFBG membership currently consists of 59 Friends of Botanic Gardens groups from capital city, suburban and rural and regional botanic gardens and arboreta, and 5 affiliate members from overseas botanic gardens. Groups range in size and complexity from a membership of 4 to approximately 5000.

Joining the Association provides many benefits and pleasures for members.