Welcome to the Friends of Burnley Gardens

The FOBG is a welcoming group of friends and neighbours of the Burnley Gardens, including former and present students and staff of the Burnley Campus, who love gardens and gardening. We are dedicated to supporting the historic Burnley Gardens, and we have a lot of fun in doing so!

Special interest this week:

Happy 125th Anniversary year everyone! 

This year we will mark 125 years since the beginning of teaching at Burnley. Our major day of celebration will be in April, with a Festival and Alumni‘s day. Read more…

Plastic bag appeal

The Propagation Group are organising 2 plants sales in late March and late April, but they have almost run out of supermarket plastic bags for putting the purchased plants in. If you have too many plastic carry bags, and are coming along to the Valentine’s Day lunch on 14 February, or Karen Sutherland’s talk on 15 March please bring those bags in for us to reuse.

More details of the plant sales will follow shortly.

 Botanical Art workshops with Mali Moir

There are still places available in these monthly workshops, which are starting soon. The first is on Wednesday 16 February, with two more in March and April. Read more…

3 garden expos / plant fairs – see below

Members program available now!

The year’s activities have been planned by tireless activities coordinator Michele Adler, and are now available to view on line, or to print out. Read more…

Request for MIFGS help from FOBG member Fiona Webber

Fiona writes:

Hello Friends of Burnley Gardens,

My name is Fiona Webber and I’m a Friend of Burnley Gardens and a student in the Master of Urban Horticulture course at Burnley. I’m very excited at having had my display garden design selected to be built in the Avenue of Achievable Gardens at this year’s Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show. The design is for a children’s sensory garden, and two of the elements,a large woven basket and a spiral tunnel both require a large amount of plant material. I’m contacting you to put out a request for climbing plant stems of around pencil thickness (slightly larger and smaller diameters are also useful), ideally in long lengths. Suitable plants would include Passionfruit, Pandorea (Wonga Vine), Hardenbergia (Happy Wanderer), Jasmine, Wisteria (but not new green shoots – these are too brittle), Honeysuckle, Parthenocissus (Boston Ivy and Virginia Creeper) and anything similar.

I’m looking for material to collect over the next few weeks. If you have a large plant which hasn’t been pruned for a few years, I’d love to hear from you.

My contact details are:

Fiona Webber
0409 930 693 f.webber@student.unimelb.edu.au

 Talk on “the Banksia Lady” Celia Rosser

Come along to the Hawthorn Library on Tuesday 16 February to hear a talk on a new book Banksia Lady by Carolyn Landon about the renowned botanical artist Celia Rosser, who many of you will know is famous for her work illustrating the genus Banksia. 

Click on the link to download the flyer. Carolyn Landon Banksia Lady


papyrusThe latest edition of our newsletter Papyrus is available to download.  Visit FOBG Newsletter for your copy .


waspEuropean Wasp Control

Gardens manager Andrew Smith has passed on some advice on this very seasonal topic. read more


and from our colleagues elsewhere…

A Faulty Towers fundraiser – sounds like fun! read more…

3 garden expos / plant fairs

2016 is up and running. News has arrived of three garden expos/plant fairs, at Ferny Creek, Tesselaars, and Jindivik. Read more

Autumn garden tour anyone?

Doesn’t this sound inviting? The Plant Trust (aka GPCAA or Garden Plants Conservation Association of Australia – I wonder if I have got that right?) invite expressions of interest for an autumn weekend tour to visit some of their garden collections in the Beechworth and Stanley area. Read more

 New newsletters

Lilygram from the Friends of the Brisbane Botanic Gardens. Great to see what they are up to in a warm northern climate.

Wellingtonia, from the Friends of the Ballarat Botanic Gardens Read more

and from the Friends of Melton Botanic Gardens, who sound like a very active and lively lot. They are actually building the garden. Its great to see indigenous and dry-tolerant plants on display. Read more

and the Friends of Hamilton Botanic Gardens  Read more


Sustainable Gardening Australia has some Open Gardens over the next few months. Visit their web site for details.  www.sgaonline.org.au. This is a lovely web site to visit, with lots of inspiring articles, too.

Open Gardens Victoria’s program is well under way. Another beautiful and inspiring website, with all the details http://www.opengardensvictoria.org.au/



Advanced notice for the AAFBG biennial conference, to be held in Geelong.This year’s conference will have an environmental/sustainability emphasis. Visit News and events from other groups to download the flyer. .


 don’t forget

  • you can book a tour of the Gardens for your group, escorted by our knowledgeable Friendly Guides
  • or print out a copy of our brochure guide to the Gardens, and take your own self-guided walk.
  • you can help our hard-working Committee by paying for any special events or outings in advance. Visit Payments for details.
  • you can hire the Gardens as a stunning setting for your wedding or special gathering.

Andrew Smith is the manager of the Gardens, and our University liaison contact. Phone Andrew on 03 9035 6861 or 0417 322 657 for general enquiries, or email a.smith@unimelb.edu.au

To hire the Gardens for your occasion, email Ross Payne rpayne@unimelb.edu.au

Parking is available on the Yarra Boulevard for Burnley Campus events, or on Campus if you have a Disabled Parking Permit.



Banner photos: left Sue Murphy, centre and right Burnley Plant Guide
Background: Rhododendron sp., from the Burnley Plant Guide 
Website created and maintained by the Friends of Burnley Gardens
Contact jillk@unimelb.edu.au
Last updated 13.01.2016