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June and July

Winter Recess EXCEPT for our June plant sale
Saturday 5

10am – 1pm
Members $54, visitors $65
(includes morning tea).

Bookings essential

Chris England
Burnley graduate, owner of Merrywood Plants, specialist in espalier.

General fruit tree pruning
Learn to prune different types of fruit trees - apples, pears, peaches, nectarines, plums, citrus. Learn to recognise the different types of growth, keep trees healthy and to a workable height and prune for maximum fruit. Hands-on workshop. Small group. For beginners or experienced.
Saturday 5

2.30 pm – 5.30 pm
Members $65, visitors $80
(includes truffle tasting at afternoon tea)
Bookings essential
Noel Fitzpatrick
International Truffle consultant, Victorian truffle farmer and Burnley graduate.
The World of Truffles
Revered by Greek and Roman rulers as an aphrodisiac of great power, banned in medieval times and highly prized in the Renaissance, truffles have captured our imagination for centuries. This treat of treats is black gold. Whether you want to grow your own or set up a business, this seminar introduces you to the mysterious truffle world. Black or white truffles? Oak or hazelnut host? Growing conditions? There are good reasons why truffle is one of the most expensive culinary ingredients in the world.
Opportunity to purchase fresh truffles.
Wednesday 16

AGM 6 pm
Talk 7 for 7.30 pm
Members free / visitors $15 speaker tba
Election of FOBG Committee
and Annual report

Talk topic and speaker tbc.

Wednesday 13

Talk 7 for 7.30 pm
7 pm for 7.30 pm

Jill Kellow
Honorary Fellow of the University of Melbourne, former Burnley Plant ID lecturer and Burnley graduate
Plants, plants, plants
There’s much on the web about plants but a lot of it doesn’t deal with Australian conditions or Australian plants. Jill will show you The Burnley Plant Guide, Burnley's own database of plants (and all that it can do to make your life a breeze) that she has been working on for a decade. You are encouraged to bring in a plant in flower or fruit from your garden for identification and discussion.
Saturday 7

5.30 pm
Members Free / visitors $15
Bookings essential
A Celebration of our first 20 years of FOBG

Dr Greg Moore, FOBG Patron

Former principal of Burnley, Arboriculturist and researcher
Drones, the busy bees for arborists and gardeners
Exactly 20 years ago 15 people had a meeting together that changed the support basis for the Burnley Gardens.
Our Patron, Greg Moore was one of the founding group of FOBG. He will speak to us on emerging technology that can be used to great gardening advantage.
Saturday 21

10 am – 12 pm.
All materials supplied
Price tba
Bookings essential

Sascha Andrusiak
Burnley Nursery
Branches of Bromeliads workshop
Sascha will weave her magic once more for you to create the “perfect, minimum water living sculpture” on a branch encrusted with lichen.
November Saturday 4
Price: $35 (members) $45
(non-members). Price includes picnic lunch, tea, coffee, water, guided commentary whilst on board. BYO extra drinks, hats, sunscreen.
Bookings essential
Christmas gathering
Yarra River Cruise from Herring Island to Melbourne City and back.
Gardens from the Yarra – an unexpected vista
The river boat will pick us up at the floating dock at Herring Island. Then we cruise along the river, with commentary, past Como, luxury properties, the Royal Botanic Gardens, Government House, Melbourne Park, the MCG and Olympic Park, Alexandra Gardens and Birrarung Mar.
Delicious Dianne will make us a picnic lunch for the cruise.

Once in the city we will visit the Art Gallery’s secret garden and/or Birrarung Mar from the land as time permits. We will then return by riverboat back to Herring Island arriving ~3 pm.
Plant sales to be advised throughout the year

Plant salesA range of native, exotic and produce plants for sale
See website for plant list
Cash sales ONLY.
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  • non members are welcome to attend 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.