THE Maleny Botanic Gardens is growing into more than just a haven for owner Frank Shipp.
The Maleny resident is increasingly offering his gardens to charity, to help raise money for causes close to his heart.
Locally-based charity Friends of Ebenezer is one such cause, which will hold a a weekend-long fundraiser in the Gardens in November to raise money for Zambian orphans.
Friends of Ebenezer volunteer Lenore Burton said she was grateful for the support of Mr Shipp and his continued involvement in preparing the event.
"When I'd heard how much he had done for other charities, I thought it would be worth approaching him for help.
"Ever since, he's been so supportive and helpful."
The fundraiser will see music, workshops, raffles, a petting zoo and kids activities fill the gardens over two days, with Mrs Burton aiming to raise about $30,000.
Mr Shipp said his close connection to Africa made his decision of helping Friends of Ebenezer an easy one.
"Raising money for orphans will always be close to my heart," he said.
"Having come from South Africa, I've seen the conditions a lot of people live in there.
"It's raising money for charity that I love most."
The Family Fun weekend fundraiser is aiming to attract people from throughout south-east Queensland, to ensure the gardens' beauty and facilities are well utilised over the weekend.
The event will be a laid-back occasion, with dogs welcome, along with picnics and anything the family would like to bring for their own entertainment. Visit