Current and up-coming

JULY – winter recess

We were to have hosted our usual Winter pruning workshop, but unfortunately this has had to be cancelled due to Covid lockdown


Wednesday 23rd June 2021
The FOBG held an illustrated  talk via Zoom by Michael McCoy, entitled Naturalistic Planting Design in Australia: The opportunities and challenges.


Naturalistic planting design has taken the world by storm.  Michael McCoy believes that it’s a revolution the likes of which we haven’t seen since William Robinson trashed Victorian bedding!  But the Australian climate presents a range of challenges to any slavish copy of what’s being done elsewhere, while presenting some unique opportunities.  In his talk, Michael will explore some of these challenges and the offsetting opportunities, and justify his belief that this is not just a passing stylistic phase, but a paradigm shift that, while yet to settle, is here to stay.

About Michael…

Michael McCoy is a garden designer, author, TV presenter, garden tour guide and passionate home gardener.  He contributed to The Age for twenty years, and has a long-standing column on the back page of Gardening Australia magazine.  His design work has featured in prestige garden magazines such as the British Gardens Illustrated and the American Garden Design, and recent books including Claire Takacs’ Dreamscapes and Australian Dreamscapes.  Michael’s ability to distill and articulate principles of garden and planting design has resulted in him leading international travelling masterclasses, and to the role of host of ABC TV’s Dream Gardens, the third series of which is due to air midyear 2021.



Tuesday 25 May 

The Friends of Burnley Gardens presented an illustrated talk by Dr. Chris Williams on the Collingwood Children’s Farm & other Urban Horticultural Projects. 

The talk was recorded, and the recording will be available soon for you to see if you missed the talk, or  to watch again if you would like to review it. Watch this space.




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FOBG presentations are held in the Main Building (MB 11) in the Burnley Gardens, 500 Yarra Boulevard Richmond, unless otherwise noted. Follow the signs.