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:

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


bromeliadBromeliads – fashionable designer plants or tried-and-true oldies?

Find out all abut these fascinating plants at our October meeting more

succulentSucculent workshop in November

You’ve seen those designer vertical gardens and now is your chance to create a beautiful framed wall hanging out of succulents. It’s a living picture and a great gift idea. more

waspEuropean Wasp Control

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

The Horse

An art exhibition with a difference, at the National Gallery Victoria. Not plant related, but timed for Melbourne Cup Week, this equine exhibition features our very versatile botanical art instructor, Mali Moir (see below), with images of horses in charcoal. This exhibition is in the NGV Temporary Exhibition Space on the Ground Floor, and runs from 14th August to 8th November. It will appeal to horse lovers and to art lovers in general.

Botanical art workshops

Three monthly Botanical Art Workshops In September, October and November with Mali Moir. A special opportunity for FOBG members and friends. more

and from our colleagues elsewhere…

The Urban heat island effect

This pop-up Green Space event in Melbourne’s CBD will illustrate the benefit of green space in urban areas more


Open Gardens Australia may have shut up shop, but there is no shortage of gardens to visit. News has come in of Open Gardens in the Yea district, and in Korumburra  read more

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.



BGANZ CONGRESS 25-28 October

A world-class program headlined by Costa Georgiadis, Ben Peacock, Kim Ellis, Dr Richard Benfield and Stephen Forbes has been set for the 7th Biennial BGANZ Congress ‘Connecting with Communities’ this October in Wollongong more


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 9.10.2015