Summer is a great time for a picnic in the Gardens. The Gardens Shop now has a great range of picnic products from Didgeridoonas make your next picnic a great one. We have a wide range of these wonderul Aussie oilskin products in stock including wine coolers, picnic rugs and large cooler bags.

The Gardens are looking great this time of the year, so why not pack a picnic down to the lush Oak Lawn or the beautiful Central Lake with its abundant birdlife.

Indigenous Bush Food Tasting

Celebrate the taste of Australia on Australia Day with an Indigenous Bush Food Tasting from Outback Pride.

When: Wednesday 26 January, 11 – 2pm

Where: Observatory Gate Precinct, RBG Melbourne (Birdwood Ave, South Yarra)

Cost: Free

Enquiries: Tel: (03) 9252 2341

Lemon Myrtle Tastings

Lemon Myrtle has a delightfully refreshing, unique flavour of a blend of lemon, lemon grass and lime. Join us in the garden shop for a taste of a superb exquisite tea.

When: Tuesday 25 January and Wednesday 26 January, 11am-3pm

Where: Australian Garden, RBG Cranbourne

Cost: Free

Bookings/enquiries: Tel: (03) 5990 2268 for more information.


In-Store Christmas Offers

Celebrate Christmas with a botanical touch this year and enjoy the great range of specials at The Gardens Shop*

  • Spend over $150 receive RBG bag or RBG book Valued at $39.95
  • Spend over $40 receive RBG postcard pack Valued at $16.00
  • Country Cuisine – purchase 2 jars  and get 20% OFF the total
  • Maxwell & Williams Birds of Australia Buy any 3 items get 10% OFF
* All specials are valid while stocks last and are only applicable for in-store purchases.

A limited edition (75)  of bronze miniatures, by Melbourne sculptor Louis Laumen, of the landmark sculpture located in The Ian Potter Foundation Children’s Garden is available by order.

The miniatures are cast by Fundere Fine Art Foundry in Melbourne and mounted on hand made timber bases, edition numbered, copyright stamped and signed by the sculptor. A letter of authenticity and copy of The Magic Pudding story book are included with each miniature.

The production of the miniatures has been organised by the Melbourne Prize Trust and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Royal Botanic Gardens.  

Each miniature is cast individually upon order and is $4,295 (including GST and postage). Delivery time is approximately 4-6 weeks from placement of the order.  A sample piece is currently on display at The Gardens Shop.

To take advantage of this unique opportunity or to find out more, please contact The Gardens Shop at (03) 9252 2341.

Our annual Spring Open Day comes around again this Sunday Oct 3rd at the Melbourne Gardens.This year, The Gardens Shop will host a two great activities:

Activitity #1
11am – 3pm
Eco Screen Printing demonstration by Melbourne Harvest Textiles

Activitity #2
11am – 3pm
Water wise gardening with WaterTube

Not to mention that all the latest Spring 2010 products will be on sale to brighten up your Garden this Spring!

Don’t forget our great Spring Clean Wheelbarrow Sale:

Wheelbarrow 1 – $10.00 and under
Wheelbarrow 2 – $20.00 and under
Wheelbarrow 3 – $ 50.00 and under

As an added bonus, we are also offering 30% off all Scarves and shawls for adding a dash of colour to your Spring wardrobe!

See you there!

The much anticipated range of fine art cards and prints from local artist Kelli Hamblet have arrived in stock and are available for purchase.

Reproduced from fine pencil drawings, these beautiful prints and cards showcase the unique architectural features of the Gardens in stunning detail.  

Blank greeting cards are $6.95 and Prints (62x48cm) are $29.95 each

Special introductory offer – For a limited time we are offing a bundle offer for the cards and prints: 
Set of 4 cards – $24.95 (save $2.85)
Set of 4 prints – $99  (save  $20.80)




About the Artist

Kelli is an architecture graduate from Deakin University and is now a full time artist specialising in drawing and painting buildings and architecture

Her clients range from architectural firms, construction companies, real estate agents and property developers. She has also done a number of private commissions for people wanting to capture their heritage listed homes.

In addition to her work for the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kelli’s other commissions and clients include:

  • The Mansion at Werribee Park
  • One Wallace Avenue
  • The National Golf Club
  • Geelong College
  • Australand Holdings Ltd
  • Becton Group
  • Lonely Planet

 Artist in Residence

 The Gardens Shop, South Yarra
Join us this spring as renowned botanical artists share insights into their artwork and passion for the subject. All artists are availalbe from 11am – 3pm at the Observatory Shop. Please call for more information. Bookings are not required.   

Sandra Sanger
Sunday 17 October

Miram Morris
Saturday  13  November

Kris Peter
Saturday  20 November

 See you there!

Growing Green Ideas

Give the kids in your life the gift of green with this wonderful range of eco-inspired books.

The green start™ series is designed to help give kids an awareness of the natural world and an understanding of how we are interconnected with everything around us. By giving kids a green start, it will be that much easier for them to incorporate environmentally friendly practices into their everyday lives as they grow.

This earth-friendly series is made from 98% post-consumer recycled materials and is printed with eco-friendly ink. Each hardcover book’s simple, non-fiction content inspires children to love and respect the natural world, and the parent spread at the back of each book shows how easy it is to practice (and teach!) earth friendly habits at home.

There are a range of titles and themes to choose from, so pop into the Gardens Shop today to find out more.

 Artist in Residence

 The Gardens Shop, South Yarra
 Sunday 15 August 2010
 11am – 3pm

Join us as reknowned wildlife artist Janet Matthews returns to show off her works. 

Janet’s individual style of combining coloured pencil and graphite has been described as “weaving magic with pencil”. Her realistic, detailed and gentle drawings of animals and birds full of personality and humour, have won many awards.

Her realistic, detailed and gentle drawings are always of a high standard and reflect her own personality, humour, life experiences and love of our wildlife.

 Looking for a way to clean your home in an eco-friendly way?

Goodbye detergent! is a brand new line of environmentally friendly scrubs for your home, made with unique materials such as recycled corn cobs, peach pits, & walnut shells.

These reusable scrubs have natural abrasives that make it easier to clean with no detergents.

All of the scrubs and cleaning pads are made with natural abrasives and they come in 100% recycled packaging.

Visit our online store to see our range of eco cleaners and scrubs today.

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