About Foundation & Friends

The Foundation & Friends is a passionate member group, who's mission is to grow a strong, supportive community to advocate and raise funds to support the vital work and programs across the Botanic Gardens of Sydney. 

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Contact us

Phone: (02) 9231 8182. Monday to Thursday, 9 am – 3 pm. 

[email protected]

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Who are Foundation & Friends?

Foundation and Friends of the Botanic Gardens is a community-focused organisation that aims to promote and support the scientific, cultural, and recreational functions of the Botanic Gardens of Sydney.

We currently have more than 4,000 members and 350 volunteers across the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, the Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan, and the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden Mount Tomah. Like our plants, we grow bigger and stronger every year thanks to the dedication and support of our donors, volunteers, and supporters.

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Become a member

Support the Gardens and receive great benefits and discounts.
Become a member
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Volunteer with Foundation & Friends

Assist with visitor experiences and events, help raise funds and promote the vital work of the Gardens.
Discover volunteering opportunities
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Foundation & Friends online shop

Purchase stunning artworks or a garden inspired gift. Proceeds support local artists and the Botanic Gardens of Sydney.
Shop online
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What's On

Explore upcoming travel experiences, events, exhibitions and plant sales
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The Gardens Magazine

Read the Seasonal news in our quarterly magazine, brought to you by Foundation & Friends.
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Major events and exhibitions

Find out more about New Years Eve and how you can be involved in major exhibitions.
Find out how you can be involved
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Foundation and Friends serve as a bridge between the Botanic Gardens of Sydney, and the community.  

We aim to encourage the use and enjoyment of these beautiful gardens and involve the community in their various initiatives – from hands-on gardening to bespoke events.

Our organisation welcomes plant lovers, scientific research, and conservation supporters, and those interested in quality environmental education to join us in our mission to support and enhance the Gardens' living collections.

We offer a wide range of activities and events for our members, connect the community to the Gardens, and raise funds to support various projects and initiatives within the Gardens.

Contact us

Phone: (02) 9231 8182. Office hours are Monday to Thursday, 9 am — 3 pm. 
Email: [email protected]

Meet our board and executive team

PatronHer Excellency General, The Honourable Margaret Joan Beazley, AC, KC
ChairpersonIan Breedon
Deputy ChairJenny Lourey
SecretaryJuvie Ormonde
Chief Executive OfficerPeter Thomas
Board membersCarla Armanet, Clive Austin AM, Michelle Frankel, Matthew Glascott, Akiko Jackson, Jenny Lourey, Denise Ora (Chief Executive, Botanic Gardens of Sydney), Tony Pearson (Trustee), Peter Thomas, Karen Vien, Kate Horrobin
Foundation & Friends staff teamLouise Claridge, Lily Durland, Amanda Relf, Linda Cholson, Joe Bidwell, Michelle Burke, Helen Campbell, Meredith Kirton, Csilla Swain, Jade Berry

 

The Gardens Magazine

Editorial Coordinator: Ariana Klepac
Designer: Lauren Sutherland

Constitution and Financial Statements

Privacy Policy

Please read our Privacy Policy (PDF, 761 KB) as this explains how and why we collect and use your personal information, when your information will be shared or disclosed, and how you can access and correct any personal information that we hold about you.