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! 



Christmas Burnley Gardens Walk, with Sascha Andrusiak
3:30pm on Saturday 25th November 2023   read more, including the flyer to download





Saturday 2nd December at 10.00 am: Summer Fruit Tree Pruning with Chris England read more including the flyer to download




Our latest newsletter is now available for Members only
Old newsletters are available to all at this link.


The Friends ran a Spring Propagation Workshop with Sascha Andrusiak on Saturday 7th October 2023.  The workshop was well attended and participants had the opportunity of propagating some the wonderful plants in the gardens under the expert guidance of Sascha.


The Friends of Burnley Gardens AGM was held on Wednesday 16th August 2023 at 6PM. Following supper, Peter Leigh from Post Office farm, spoke on A Passion for Hellebores. He told us his story and imparted his detailed knowledge of Hellebores, their breeding and cultivation. We enjoyed beautiful pictures and were able to buy wonderful Hellebores on the night.

JULY 2023

The Friends ran a Winter Pruning Workshop with Chris England on Saturday 1st July 2023. Participants learn’t to prune different types of fruit trees – apples, pears, peaches, nectarines, plums and citrus. Learn to keep trees healthy and to a workable height and to recognise the different types of growth, and prune for maximum fruit.

The Friends also ran a Winter Propagation Workshop with Sascha Andrusiak on Saturday 1 July 2023.

MAY 2023

The Friends presented two evening lectures by Burnley Students Julia and Paul on Wednesday 17 May.

APRIL 2023

 Professor David Karoly gave a talk at Burnley on Thursday 27 April on the important topic The roles of Botanic Gardens and vegetation in climate change impacts and solutions. 

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! 


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!!

Read our latest Graduate of the Month

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,



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

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 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