Who Are We

In 2018 the Friends of Ivanhoe Park Botanic Garden was formed to support the Garden's makeover and help give it a new lease of life.

Our Philosophy

The Garden will be an inspiring and sustainable iconic landscape that provides diverse opportunities for learning about plants, horticulture, landscapes, botany, ecology, conservation and heritage.  It will be a place for the enjoyment of the whole community creating a ‘sense of place’ located in the heart of Manly.


The Vision

The strategic objectives are the rejuvenation and development of the Ivanhoe Park Botanic Garden and to develop and enhance public places, open spaces, active and passive recreation facilities to meet community needs.  A Living Plant Collection of the Ivanhoe Park Botanic Garden will tell the story of plants relevant to the Manly region, both indigenous and cultivated, and those suited to its current and projected climate.  This will also include listing the original features of the park, Aboriginal heritage features, exposing some of the original rock shelf and rock face areas and recognition of the old tram track and the integration of Water Sensitive Urban Design.

Friends' Executive Committee

President  -  Lloyd Keen

Vice President – Sandy Hudspith

Public Officer – Denise Keen

Treasurer –  Roger Dawson

Fundraising and Grants Coordinator  - Tony Lewis  

Secretary – Lois Clarke

Website | Marketing | Facebook Coordinator – Liz Howe

Membership Coordinator - David Stead

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Our Patron

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The Friends of Ivanhoe Park Botanic Garden
meet the second Wednesday of the month at an informal social
get-together featuring interesting speakers, Q&As and any relevant updates on upcoming events, off-site tours and ongoing work in the Garden

Our next monthly Get-together is on
Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Our Guest speaker will be Ron Ray, OAM
A virtual tour of Australia’s Memorial Walk at North Head – a fitting tribute so close to Anzac Day


Join us 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. at the
Manly Bowling Club, Raglan Street.

All welcome. Grab a drink from the bar and join us downstairs.

We can be contacted by email at 

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