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! 

APRIL 2023

Save the date!

We are thrilled to announce that Professor David Karoly has agreed to speak at the FOBG on Thursday 27 April., on the important topic of Climate Change. Please save this date – a full flier will appear next weeks with booking details. Read more


MARCH 2023

Into the new year, a really interesting and important talk on an exciting topic: Open Gardens. By Popular demand – this talk was held on Zoom as well as FTF! Watch out for the recording





What a perfect way to start the FOBG year! A splendid dinner in the glorious setting of the Wisteria Walk, followed by a delightfully entertaining talk by Bill Bampton of Heronswood, in which we found out what Bill means by his intriguing title “un-gardening” . Thanks to Andrea Bendrups for the photo.  And an even bigger thanks to catering manager Dianne Cranston for the dinner!!

 We will be uploading our annual program shortly, with lots more terrific talks and activities – watch this space.

Meanwhile our summer edition of our newsletter Papyrus has been emailed to members, or if you didn’t receive it, it is on our Members Only page, which is accessible with a password. Old newsletters are available to all at this link.





Tradition Innovation in Belgian Landscape Design – A recording of this excellent talk by FOBG President Sandra McMahon IS NOW available for Members.   Visit the page Members only and enter the password.


Thursday 15th  The Friends of Burnley Gardens presented illustrated talks by PhD candidates Zahra Saraeian and Dean Schrieke  Australian Annuals for Green Roof Use,  and  Ecological Succession on Green Roofs

Watch for news of a recorded version




Our latest newsletter is now available for Members only


Vale Carol Ferguson
Many of our members would know Carol Ferguson, who was one of the earliest members of FOBG and a tireless and dedicated Committee member for many years.

We received the sad news of her death after a long illness, from her husband Bryce.

Vale, Carol.

Read our latest Graduate of the Month


A recording of our June talk ‘Climate Ready Trees’ will be available soon.

FOBG Newsletter – special edition – farewell to Andrew Smith.

Our tri-annual newsletter is normally only available for our financial members. This edition, however is a special tribute and farewell to our Gardens Curator and friend Andrew Smith, on his retirement after 34 years of service to the Gardens, and we felt it should be freely available to the general public. Read this autumn edition.




Graham Purdy has bequeathed his wonderful collection of horticultural books to the FOBG for fund raising. They are in very good condition, and most are well known classics of horticultural literature, by well known authors.  We are offering them at bargain prices. Committee member Cheryl has catalogued them all (which has been quite a job). Here they are, listed by category and title.  Book Sale  Or check out our Book of the Week,
PLUS a hands-on sale at the Burnley Big Day Out

CHECK OUT Andrew’s LAST? Plant of the WeekAnd don’t forget  the latest Burnley Graduate of the Month 



Visit the Members only page for
-The latest edition of our newsletter Papyrus
-See the video of John Delpratt’s talk on restoring flowering grasslands
-David Beardsell’s talk on grafting
-Sonia Ross’s lovely bird video
…. and more


 To find our old newsletters, click here

* Unsure about using Zoom? Click Zoom instructions  for full and easy-to follow instructions

 AAFOBG news

Find out what other like-minded groups have been up to.  The Australian Association of Friends of Botanic Gardens are now producing a fortnightly newsletter.  more