Current and up-coming

     AUGUST 2023

Invite you to a Winter Pruning Workshop with Chris England
Saturday 5th August 2023

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 5th  August 2023
 10am – 1pm

Cost:         Members $55.  Non-members $70.  (Includes morning tea)

BYO:         Cleaned secateurs. All plant material supplied
Please wear closed shoes (health and safety requirement).
     PSL 6, Burnley Campus, 500 Yarra Boulevard, Richmond.  (Follow signs to Reception.)

Bookings essential:    Via Trybooking

Numbers are limited so book early


Invite you to a Winter Propagation Workshop with Sascha Andrusiak
Saturday 1 July 2023

Sascha is a Burnley Girl from way back! She completed her graduate and post graduate studies in Horticulture and Climate change at the Burnley Campus and has subsequently held many roles on Campus over the last 22 years. Propagation is a big passion for Sascha, and she loves to share her skills in this area.

The workshop will commence with a discussion, folllowed by morning tea, then a walk around the gardens to collect cuttings to use for propagation back at the nursery.

 Participants will be guided on the propagation of a range of plants including:

    • Propagate hard wood cuttings such as Roses, fruit trees, Forsythia, Philadelphus, Juniper, Viburnum, Lilac and others.
    • Learn various techniques to propagate indoor plants.

We will use the glasshouses at Burnley to produce the best outcomes for your plants, which you can pick up when they are ready!

When:                       Saturday 1st July 2023 2022:
Time:                        10am-1pm (Morning tea provided!)
Members $35. Non-members $45.
Please wear closed shoes (health and safety requirement).
Burnley Nursery, Burnley Campus, 500 Yarra Boulevard, Richmond

Parking:                    Yarra Boulevard

Bookings essential: workshop limited to 20 participants

Bookings essential:


        Enlightening presentations by Burnley PhD Students Julia Schiller and Paul Cheung organised
        by friends of Burnley gardens.
        Urban Pollinators and Urban Cooling


Professor Emeritus David Karoly of the University of Melbourne gave a talk on
The roles of Botanic Gardens and vegetation in climate change impacts and solutions.


This month the Friends of Burnley Gardens hosted an illustrated talk by  Liz Fazio, titled
Open Gardens Victoria: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

By Popular demand – on Zoom as well as FTF!  Look out for the recording. 



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.