Current and up-coming


Winter Pruning Workshop with Chris England

 Saturday 1 August 2020
Because of the current Covid19 situation, this year’s Winter Pruning Workshop will operate slightly differently to past workshops.  Chris has very kindly agreed to run the workshop twice, to enable us to better contain numbers. Each session will have a maximum of eight participants.  Each session will be the same.

Choose one of these two sessions:

SESSION 1:  9.30am – 11.30 am
SESSION TWO:      12pm – 2pm 

Learn 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. This is a small group workshop, where you will “have a go” under an experts watchful eye. Suitable for beginners or as a refresher for experienced pruners.

When:      Saturday 1 August 2020
 Session 1: 9.30-11.30      Session 2: 12-2pm
Members $50.  Non-members $65.

BYO:         Cleaned secateurs. Snacks as required, pens, notepads etc.   (plant material supplied.)
Dress:        Please wear closed shoes (health and safety requirement).
Meet:       at the Sugar Gum table – look for signage near the Main Building (two storey cream brick building)

Bookings essential:    Via Trybooking

Numbers are limited so book early!



Suburban Birding – Virtual Talk

Here are couple of screen grabs of happy viewers enjoying  our Birding talk on Zoom last Wedneday!

If you missed this fabulous presentation, or would like to see it again, here are the links.

Zoom presentation:




Join the Botanic Gardens Biosecurity Network for a series of eight webinars exploring plant biosecurity and surveillance in botanic gardens. From 20 May to 26 August 2020 the Botanic Gardens Biosecurity Network will  host a half hour webinar every second Wednesday at 2 pm AEST.
Presenters will include experts in biosecurity and surveillance, representatives from several Australian botanic gardens, and members of other biosecurity networks. During the webinar series we will cover topics including the basics of plant biosecurity and surveillance, biosecurity and surveillance activities currently happening in Australian botanic gardens, pests in your backyard, e.g myrtle rust.

Register to attend the webinars on Eventbrite:  
For the latest updates on the webinar series follow the network on Facebook:


Amendment to the Corona virus notice

Dear Members and Friends, we have received an amendment to the previous post on the Corona virus from President Sandra McMahon with respect to our activities.

In the face of the really serious global focus on the COVID19 pandemic, and constant efforts of governments here and all around the world, I believe that it behoves us, as a responsible community organisation, to toe the government line on non-essential gatherings, at least until the worst is deemed to be over. Were we to proceed, we would in a sense be weakening the community effort.

The Committee greatly appreciates the willingness of our three presenters to participate, and we hope that before too long we will be able to reschedule what was clearly shaping up to be a very popular event.

At this stage it would be safe to assume that none of the events scheduled before Spring will take place. Rest assured that your committee will work hard to compensate for this down the track! We’ll keep you informed.

In the meantime, stay well!

With best wishes,
Sandra McMahon



We look forward to rescheduling this talk at  later date.






PARKING is available on the Yarra Boulevard (Melways Map 45 & X872) for Burnley events, or on Campus if you have a Disablity Parking Permit, otherwise no car access to campus.
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.