Friends of the Garden

The Friends help the Eurobodalla Shire Council to realise the conservation, recreational and educational goals of ERBG. We are a not-for-profit community organisation incorporated under the NSW Associations Incorporation Act 2009.

The Friends organisation is run by a committee of 9 people elected from the community at our AGM held each October. We operate closely with Council under arrangements set out in two Memorandums of Understanding, and the Garden Manager, employed by Council, sits on our committee as an ex officio member. We have over 200 individual and family memberships.

We raise funds by operating the souvenir and plant shop in The Visitor Centre, and by running a range of on-site and off-site events such as trivia nights, raffles, market stalls, theatre nights etc. Our members also work as volunteers across many aspects of ERBG, including operating the Wallace Herbarium; staffing the ‘Meet and Greet’ function; producing educational and interpretive material and offering guided walks; plant propagation; maintenance of the garden plantings; and maintaining a wide range of infrastructure. We also provide support to non-member volunteers and encourage social interaction between everyone working at ERBG.

The Friends have raised substantial sums of money to contribute to a wide range of projects including:

  • the Herbarium building, its equipment and library
  • the Arboretum
  • facilities in the picnic area
  • the Children’s Playspace and Children’s Walk
  • improvements in the propagation nursery
  • a regional native flora Seed Bank
  • the Sandstone Garden
  • purchase of a wide range of equipment
  • the new wheelchair-accessible barbecue pavilion
  • redevelopment of the Visitor Centre.

Friends have also developed educational materials and services, including;

  • guided walks for visitors and special groups
  • a colour brochure about birds of the ERBG
  • a computer-tablet self guided tour facility for visitors (Botanic Explorer).

Current projects and publications

In among the Gum Trees

A one hundred page pictorial record of the Botanic Garden, this book will take you on a journey of discovery as to how a community created a dream!

The book demonstrates the extraordinary resilience of members of the Friends of the Garden and the local community who, with the generous support of the local Council and many other organisations, worked on despite the ravages of bushfire, flood and wind storms, to create a wonderful place with annual visitor numbers now over 70,000.

Photos from our archives and from more recent collections illustrate how this magnificent place among the gum trees has blossomed from very humble beginnings when a handful of people sought to realise a vision, to what has become a regional showplace.

This book acknowledges the achievement of so many, over more than 30 years. Great as a gift, or for placing on your coffee table!

Copies are available at our Reception, $40.00 per copy.

Annual photographic competition and calendar

Friends hold an annual photographic competition in association with the Eurobodalla Photographic Club, in which all photos must be taken within ERBG. Entries are judged in several categories to encourage photos of plants, animals, features, people and environmental themes. Photos are also selected from the entries for inclusion in our Annual Calendar.

Botanic Explorer

Self-guided tours
An iPad-based system developed by the Friends allows visitors to access information on our plants, birds, animals, walking tracks and other infrastructure. Released in December 2017, additional information is being added progressively so that over time, information will be available on most of our significant plants. Available for hire for $5.00 from the Visitor Centre. Read more [INSERT LINK 3]

Bird brochure

A full colour brochure features the 50 most commonly recorded birds here. It’s free, and extremely popular!

Newsletter

We produce a quarterly newsletter detailing issues and events related to the Garden and to the operation of the Friends organisation.