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

VALE GEOFF OLIVE

It is with great sadness that we pass on the news that much loved former Burnley lecturer Geoff Olive passed away on 21st September, following a long illness. For those who didn’t know Geoff, he was a long term staff member, firstly in the nursery, followed by managing the Gardens and later as a lecturer.

Geoff was a fine educator, talented designer and warm, gentle friend to all. He was a true plantsman, in every sense of the word. This included his beautiful floristry artwork. Geoff’s keen eye for plants is demonstrated by his finding a chance seedling of a weeping/prostrate form of Acacia baileyana and subsequently propagating it for general release to the nursery industry. One of the plants from this original batch still grows outside the Burnley nursery today.

His gifted plant use and the designed spaces he created are highly regarded, not just at Burnley where he designed the Herb, Rose and  Sunken Garden to name just a few but also the Butterfly House at the Melbourne Zoo. A celebration of Geoff’s life will be held on October 7th at 1.30pm. More details next week. Thanks to Greg Moore for these words

ACTIVE OCTOBER it must be spring! Look at all the activities….

11 October (Tuesday) 125th seminar  

Seminar – Urban planting as living laboratories for climate change more

October 12 – PLANT SALE

02304CBILPerfect for spring planting – the Propagation Group’s October Plant Sale  more

October 12 – JEANNE’S PASSION

jeanne-with-orchidNative orchid lover Jeanne will present a talk on breeding Australian orchids more

October 16 –TERRARIUMS WITH STYLE

terrariumA creative workshop with Sascha Andrusiak from the Burnley Nursery more

October 29 – COLIN JOHNSON LANDSCAPE PAINTING

ColinjohnsonThe Friends present another opportunity for all you artists out there to join renowned landscape artist Colin Johnson for a “paint out” in the Gardens more

 

 

BOTANICAL ILLUSTRATION, WITH MALI MOIR

Another series of workshops with renowned artist Mali Moir is starting in September  read more

SPECIAL 125th ANNIVERSARY SEMINARS

As part of Burnley’s 125th Anniversary celebrations, the Campus presents a series of 4 highly relevant seminars around the topic of urban greenspace, from mitigation of climate change, to urban biodiversity.  read more

COMMEMORATIVE PENDANT

pendantTo mark the 125th anniversary of teaching at Burnley Campus, the friends have commissioned a beautiful pendant, crafted from the wood of one of our venerable Significant Trees, the Sugar Gum, which had to be removed, and which also provided us with our splendid Gardens dining setting.

Read more about the Pendant, and how purchase one.

 

waspEUROPEAN WASP CONTROL

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

 FROM OUR COLLEAGUES ELSEWHERE…

NEWSLETTERS FROM OTHER FRIENDS GROUPS.

Newsletters have arrived from Redcliffe,  Orange and Hamilton Botanic Gardens  read more

BALLARAT IN SPRING

The Australian Association of Friends of Botanic Gardens has sent us a link that includes An overview of the Botanic gardens

AND a flyer about all the lovely Open Gardens you can visit in Ballarat IN November.  more

YEA GARDEN EXPO

An expo of all things garden is being held by the Yea rotary club  more

 OPEN GARDEN

Advance notice of an Open Garden in November. The significant garden Mawallock will be Open as part of Open Gardens Victoria more

RICHMOND HISTORICAL SOCIETY

presents two events of interest to FOBG members more

RBGM GUIDED TOUR

Join the Garden Plant Conservation Association of Australia  on a very special guided tour to view the Plant Trust National Collections situated in our stunning RBGV Melbourne. more

NATIVE PLANT AND BOOK SALE

… instead of the usual Native Plant expo more

 

 don’t forget

  • the Burnley 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.

 

 

Friends enquiries: phone 90356815  or email friends.burnley@gmail.com

To hire the Gardens for your occasion, email Ross Payne rpayne@unimelb.edu.au

Public enquiries: phone reception on 9035 6800

 

 

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: Rhododendron Mollis Hybrids,from the Burnley Plant Guide 
Website created and maintained by the Friends of Burnley Gardens
Contact jillk@unimelb.edu.au
Last updated 15.09.2016