Current and up-coming


May 6 – 10.00 am – 12.00 pm

Japanese Gardening – Workshop on Kokedama Balls, with Tanja Beer, Creative Research Fellow, University of Melbourne

The Japanese make wonderful hanging gardens made from moss and small plants. Tanja will help us make our own Australian versions of these. Each participant will create one and take it home. All materials provided. Price TBC. Bookings essential.

May 6 – 3.30 pm -5.30pm

Burnley Gardens Manager Andrew Smith and the FOBG Committee present An Afternoon in the Burnley Gardens, celebrating the achievements of Geoff Olive (former Burnley Lecturer and Gardens Manager).

About Geoff Olive: For over 30 years Geoff contributed to Burnley Gardens as a student, grounds manager and designer, then lecturer. Many designs and structures can be attributed to his ingenuity and creativity, such as the Wisteria walkway, the herb garden and the sunken garden – and that’s just a few. He was passionate about Burnley and worked untiringly with students and colleagues alike.

About the event:
Andrew Smith, our current Burnley Gardens Manager and friend and colleague of Geoff’s will lead a walk around the Gardens. He will point out and talk about
the many designs and plantings that Geoff created during his career at Burnley.

The walk will be preceded by afternoon tea at The Sugar Gum table.
Geoff’s family will be present.

This is an opportunity for Members and Friends to get together in our 20th year Celebration. Please note this is a Members and invited guests event only. It is a free event.

Place: The Sugar Gum Table, Burnley Campus, 500 Yarra Boulevard, Richmond.
Time: 3.30 pm – 5.30 pm
Cost: Free for Members and invited guests only
Parking: available in the Boulevard

Bookings essential or Tel: 9035 6815


Non members are welcome to attend our events and meetings.

FOBG presentations are held in the Main Building (MB 11) in the Burnley Gardens, 500 Yarra Boulevard Richmond, unless otherwise noted. Follow the signs. Parking is available on the Boulevard for Burnley events, or on Campus if you have a Disablity Parking Permit.