‘The Royal’ will soon celebrate its 175th birthday. Born in 1848 it has continuously worked to serve the Australian gardening community. Throughout our history, we have always had an eminent individual who is also a strong supporter of the organisation as our Patron. 


 Our Patron is Stephen Ryan.


Stephen is a prominent, Australian horticulturist and continues the tradition of eminent Victorians acting in the role. Stephen has a long and significant relationship with ‘The Royal’ and is an enthusiastic promoter of all things gardening. We welcome Stephen as our new Patron and look forward to a long and exciting future together.

  Stephen Ryan - Present Patron

   Jane Edmanson OAM - Immediate Past Patron