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:

Hooray – the Succulent Workshop is definitely on next Sunday 22nd.


After having been postponed due to the illness of Sascha, our instructor, the Workshop has been rescheduled for next Sunday 22nd November. 


christmas_beach_holiday1CHRISTMAS IS COMING..

We have had our end-of year celebration, but our December pruning workshop is on again. read more 

AND our final PLANT SALE for the year will be held on December 9th. Visit Plant Sales for details. 


FOBG has a Facebook Group!

Did you know the FOBG has its own Facebook group?  Why not join us, and join the conversation? Just click on the link:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/FriendsBurnleyGardens/


The FOBG are in need of a new Newsletter Editor! After doing a fine job for a long time, our current editor, Jan Chamberlain is finally stepping down. We need someone, or a small team, with word processing or similar skills who will compile the articles, take photos at events, and has the spare time to create the newsletter 3 times a year. If you are interested, please have a chat with Jan Chamberlain, Michele Adler or another committee member at the next meeting, or email us. Thanks to Jan for all her hard work.


2016 marks Burnley’s 125th Anniversary, and plans are under way for celebrations throughout the year. Visit http://ecosystemforest.unimelb.edu.au/#burnley-125. for details.

Change of venue for FOBG meetings

Please note that FOBG meetings will no longer be held in Quad 6, but will be in MB10 instead (in the Main Building).

More Open Gardens see from our colleagues elsewhere below


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…

New newsletters

from the Friends of Melton Botanic Gardens,

They do 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

A new arboretum

If you are down in the Western District soon you might like visit this new aboretum on its Open Day, on Sunday 22nd November. http://www.frogwood.com.au/the-arboretum/


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/

An appeal for Kitchen Garden volunteers 

Kitchen Garden volunteersThe Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden program is looking for volunteers to work in one of their gardens in Broadmeadows. Any FOBG members or friends of members who live out in that direction way and might be interested, see News and events from other groups for more information.





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. .



 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.



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 19.11.2015