Welcome to the Friends of Burnley Gardens

The FOBG is a welcoming group of friends and neighbours of the Burnley Gardens, including former and present students and staff of the Burnley Campus, who love gardens and gardening. We are dedicated to supporting the historic Burnley Gardens, and we have a lot of fun in doing so! 

Purchase the Burnley book here….

Burnley Gardens Their Design and the People who loved them written by Michele Adler 




Garden Worthy Plants

Dispelling the myths of what a garden worthy plant is!

with Teena Crawford

 7:30pm on Wednesday 21st August 2024
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Perennial Plants Workshop

with Maria Brandani and Sascha Andrusiak

2pm on Saturday 3rd August 2024
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JULY 2024


“The wood-wide web

A story too good for its own good?”

with Camille Truong

 7pm on Wednesday 24th July 2024
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Winter Propagation Workshop

with Sascha Andrusiak

10am on Saturday 6th July 2024
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Rose Pruning Workshop

with Sascha Andrusiak

1:30pm on Saturday 6th July 2024
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JUNE 2024

Burnley Gardens Conifer Walk

with Matt Sauvarin and Rowan Berry

12pm on Wednesday 26th June 2024
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“The Evolution of the Rose – from Wild Species through to Modern Day”

with Sascha Andrusiak

7pm on Wednesday 19th June 2024
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MAY 2024


We are excited to announce the arrival of …

Burnley Gardens: their Design and the People who loved them

by Michèle Adler

Judged best book at the 2024 HMAA Laurels, it’s a history book with a difference, focusing on the design and designers of the Gardens from 1860 to the present. It takes the form of guided walks but is equally at home in the lounge room as you become captivated by the Gardens, stories and the people who lived and worked there.


Burnley Book Sales are available from May 2024
Media Release and further information


BGANZ Burnley Gardens Open Day

“More than a garden… protecting our plants and landscapes”


MARCH 2024
NOTE: Petty’s Orchard Tour cancelled.

This tour was scheduled for 2pm on Wednesday 20th March 2024. We are sorry for any inconvenience. .



Our latest newsletter is available for Members only
Old newsletters are available to all at this link.



Valentines Day with Steven Wells  Gardens in Healthcare: Experiences at Austin Health

Our popular Valentines event was a wonderful start to the year with dinner under the Wisteria arbour followed by an insightful presentation from Steven Wells.

Members can read all about the evening in our latest newsletter. This is just a short quote from the newsletter:

‘FOBG President Robert Wright commented “Steven’s presentation was amazing, covering a lot more that just garden design – all his skills as a nurse, a horticultural therapist and a designer coming into play. “ Robert asked him afterwards whether anyone had suggested he write a book!’


Our activities for the year are over, and we wish all our members and other friends of our beautiful gardens a very Merry Christmas, and a happy and healthy New Year. We’ll be back again in the New Year with a year’s worth of activities!





Our latest newsletter is available for Members only
Old newsletters are available to all at this link.


The Friends ran a Spring Propagation Workshop with Sascha Andrusiak on Saturday 7th October 2023.  The workshop was well attended and participants had the opportunity of propagating some the wonderful plants in the gardens under the expert guidance of Sascha.


The Friends of Burnley Gardens AGM was held on Wednesday 16th August 2023 at 6PM. Following supper, Peter Leigh from Post Office farm, spoke on A Passion for Hellebores. He told us his story and imparted his detailed knowledge of Hellebores, their breeding and cultivation. We enjoyed beautiful pictures and were able to buy wonderful Hellebores on the night.

JULY 2023

The Friends ran a Winter Pruning Workshop with Chris England on Saturday 1st July 2023. Participants learn’t 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.

The Friends also ran a Winter Propagation Workshop with Sascha Andrusiak on Saturday 1 July 2023.

MAY 2023

The Friends presented two evening lectures by Burnley Students Julia and Paul on Wednesday 17 May.

APRIL 2023

 Professor David Karoly gave a talk at Burnley on Thursday 27 April on the important topic The roles of Botanic Gardens and vegetation in climate change impacts and solutions. 

MARCH 2023

Into the new year, a really interesting and important talk on an exciting topic: Open Gardens. By Popular demand – this talk was held on Zoom as well as FTF! 


What a perfect way to start the FOBG year! A splendid dinner in the glorious setting of the Wisteria Walk, followed by a delightfully entertaining talk by Bill Bampton of Heronswood, in which we found out what Bill means by his intriguing title “un-gardening” . Thanks to Andrea Bendrups for the photo.  And an even bigger thanks to catering manager Dianne Cranston for the dinner!!

Read our latest Graduate of the Month

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  Or check out our Book of the Week,



Visit the Members only page for
-The latest edition of our newsletter Papyrus
-See the video of John Delpratt’s talk on restoring flowering grasslands
-David Beardsell’s talk on grafting
-Sonia Ross’s lovely bird video
…. and more

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 AAFOBG news

Find out what other like-minded groups have been up to.  The Australian Association of Friends of Botanic Gardens are now producing a fortnightly newsletter.  more