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Wednesday 12 October 
Growing Palms in Melbourne

Palms seem to have an outlier status in temperate climate gardening. Despite this, more than 150 species can grow very successfully in our environment. They are well represented in historic public plantings and feature in many styles of garden design, beyond the obvious ‘tropical look’.

Growing Palms in Melbourne puts the spotlight on this underestimated plant family.


About Jo…
Jo’s passion for palms grew with her 20-       year palm garden in suburban Melbourne. Through her business, Troposphere Gardens, she offers consulting, documentation and procurement services to botanic gardens and other clients.

Place:     MB 10 Main Building,   Burnley Campus, 500 Yarra Blvd,  Richmond
Time:   7 pm for supper and an informal chat; 7.30pm for the talk
Cost:    $10 (members), $20 (non- members)

Click on the link to download the flyer PALM LADY flyer
Bookings: via TryBooking



Saturday 15th October 2022
Bird Watching and Garden Tour at Cranbourne Botanic Gardens


This is a self-drive tour for two walks. There will be two engaging sessions with a break between.
– Birding with Birdlife Australia
– Garden tour with Cranbourne Botanic Gardens Guides



When:             Saturday 15th October 2022
Time:              9.30am-11.30am
and 12.15pm – 1.30pm
Members $30, Non-members $40 for both; $15 and $20 for just one walk
Suitable walking shoes, wet weather protection/sun hats + sunscreen as required
Cranbourne Botanic Gardens, 1161 Ballarto Road, Cranbourne.  Opens 9.00am

Event limited to 25 participants – Bookings essential:  – 

 There will be 2 engaging Sessions with a break in between:

1. Birding with Birdlife Australia 2 hours Cost – members $15 non-members $20

9.30 briefing for 10.00am start – 11.30 am

Briefing, listing, walk and Quest competition after orientation/instruction on how to observe birds and issue of bird list and quest challenge (prize for winner).  Some of the unique species you may come across include the Superb Fairy-wren (Malurus cyaneus), the New Holland Honeyeater (Phylidonyris novaehollandiae) or the Willie Wagtail (Rhipidura leucophrys).  Bring your own binoculars.

Meeting Point – Entrance to the bushland to the south of the carpark at the Visitor Centre end of the car park.

Walk rating – easy.


BYO Tea/Coffee and chair for a debrief and break (or utilise the Boon Wurrung Café which is located adjacent to the Visitor Centre – which would be available for a light lunch afterwards).

2. Great Southern Garden Tour 1 hour – Cost Members $15 Non-members $20

12.15 pm for 12.30 – 1.30

Meet at the Visitor Centre. which is located just a short walk from the carpark, at the entrance to the Australian Garden – and we will be shown around by RCBG Tour guide.

Walk rating – easy

Click on the link to download the flyer FOBG Cranbourne Botanic Gardens Event 15th October 2022










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 




PARKING is available on the Yarra Boulevard (Melways Map 45 & X872) for Burnley events, or on Campus if you have a Disability Parking Permit, otherwise no car access to campus.
are welcome to attend our events and meetings.
TALKS are held in the Main Building in the Burnley Gardens, 500 Yarra Boulevard Richmond, unless otherwise noted. Follow the signs.
THE INTENTION will be for talks to be in person and also via Zoom.
GENERALLY talks are in the evening (7pm for 7.30pm start) and workshops are in the morning. Individual flyers with details will be sent out in advance.