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:

  • An appeal for Kitchen Garden volunteers – see below…
  • A special opportunity this week for FOBG members and friends – three botanical art workshops, with Mali Moir. Read more

Spring is HERE…and so is BURNLEY OPEN DAY – almost

burnley_treesAt Burnley Open Day (on Saturday 5th September) you’ll learn all you need to know about sustainable gardening and horticultural practice
at Melbourne’s famous heritage-listed Burnley Garden
read more



Yes, those tireless folk in the Propagation Group have been working hard to turn on another sale to coincide with Burnley Open Day. Just in time for spring planting – don’t miss out! See Plant Sales to download the flyer with all the details.


This spring workshop with expert Brian Shields will be a comprehensive lecture, demonstration and hands-on pruning session to give you confidence and skill for your future pruning tasks. . Visit Current and up-coming to read all about it and download the flyer.

PLUS … a guided tour of the Gardens, with Gardens manager Andrew Smith, and a talk by well known nurseryman David Glen



and from our colleagues elsewhere…

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.



Callistemon & Melaleuca Workshop

The Friends of RBG Cranbourne present this all-day Workshop, from 9:30 am on Sunday 13th September at the Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne. Read more

Friends of Hamilton Botanic Gardens, AGM and Raffle

The Friends of Hamilton Botanic Gardens are holding their AGM on the 18th September. And you should see what they are offering as a raffle prize…  Read more

Plant Trust Wine and Cheese, AGM and Plant Auction

On Wednesday September 17th Plant Trust are holding their Annual General Meeting in Domain House, Dallas Brooks Drive, South Yarra. Read more

BGANZ CONGRESS 25-28 October

The 7th biennial conference of Botanic Gardens Australia and New Zealand will be held in wollongong in October this year See below…


The Australian Plants Society Yarra Branch is holding their annual native plants expo on 12th and 13th September, at Eltham Community & Reception Centre, 801 Main Rd, Eltham, from 10.00 am to 4.00 pm both days.  See News and events from other groups to download the flyer..


If you happen to be in Perth in September, this dinner and address by Dr. Stephen Hopper could be of interest. Stephen’s talk will be titled Science, plants and people:roles of botanic gardens in the century of east Asian ascendency..


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..

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. Read 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 02.09.2015