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:


    This week’s Burnley Seminar should be especially interesting. It is a PhD completion seminar by candidate Ruzana Sanusi, and the title is  Importance of street trees for ecosystem service benefits in a warming climate – Microclimate and human thermal comfort measures.Hear Ruzana’s finding on Wednesday the 29th July 2015 1-1:45pm – Room 10, Main Building, Burnley Campus, 500 Yarra Blvd Richmond


    This is a winter pruning workshop on Saturday1st August  for fruit trees, led by Chris England* of Merrywood Plants. .Learn pruning and espalier techniques from the expert. A lecture, demonstration and hands-on workshop, covering general pruning and pruning for espalier fruit trees. A bare-rooted fruit tree is included in the cost. See Current and up-coming for more details.


  and from our colleagues elsewhere…


From The Australian Plant Society, Wilson Botanic Park, Berwick, news of another plant sale. See News and events from other groups to download the flyer. .


    Very advanced notice for next years’ AAFBG biennial conference. It will be held in Geelong, and has an environmental/sustainability emphasis. Visit News and events from other groups to download the flyer. .


The latest newsletter to arrive is a FIRST EDITION of Dovyalis, the new newsletter of the Friends of Bendigo Botanic Gardens, and it’s a beauty, full of interest. Be sure to take a look. We also have Operculum, the newsletter from the Friends of the Southern Highlands Botanic Gardens in New South Wales,



 don’t forget

  • the Gardens are open to the public, to explore, enjoy and relax in.
  • 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.


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Banner photos: left Sue Murphy, centre and right Burnley Plant Guide
Background: Syzygium smithii, from the Burnley Plant Guide 
Website created and maintained by the Friends of Burnley Gardens
Contact jillk@unimelb.edu.au
Last updated 27.07.2015