Current and up-coming

APRIL 2024

George Tindale Memorial Gardens and Cloudehill Gardens Tour

10am on Wednesday 17th April 2024

The Dandenong Ranges contain many beautiful gardens. In autumn the colour of the deciduous trees and shrubs must be unrivalled in Australia. We have chosen two gardens notable for their creation by serious plant lovers, and for the expertise of dedicated guides for our visit.
The first garden is a little known gem, the George Tindale Memorial Gardens, created by horticultural scientist George Tindale and his wife Ruth in their retirement. The Gardens are fortunate to have a group of Friends who will lead us around in small groups. At this time of the year we can expect to see maples and beeches in all their glory, their specialist collection of hydrangeas in russet tones, sasanqua camellias and miniature cyclamen amongst many other rare and beautiful plants. We will have the opportunity for discussion with the guides over morning tea provided by the Friends.
The second garden is Cloudehill at Olinda, created since 1992 out of part of the old Woolrich Nursery by master plantsman Jeremy Francis, who will lead our tour. The garden is divided into a large number of rooms, meticulously presented, with an enormous number of rare and unusual plants. In April, the highlight is grasses, but, in addition to the reds and yellows of the trees, there is always the large range of plants used as short and tall hedges. This garden is on a hillside and involves lots of steps.
Cloudehill also has a Diggers shop, and, as a new addition, Chojo Bonsai nursery, which was formerly at Sassafras. Seasons Restaurant overlooks the gardens.
The tour times are 10am at Tindale Gardens and 1:30pm for Cloudehill, with time between to visit local nurseries and for lunch, which is not included in the tour price.


When                10am Wednesday 17th April 2024
Where               Tindale Gardens, 33 Sherbrook Road, Sherbrook, Melways 75 H2
 Cloudehill, 89 Olinda – Monbulk Road, Olinda, Melways 122 A9
Cost                   Members $25, Non-members $35
Bring                 Closed toe shoes, hat and/or rain jacket
Booking            TryBooking, numbers limited.


Tree Planting Workshop

with Rowan Berry and Matt Sauvarin

10am on Saturday 20th April


Join Rowan Berry (University of Melbourne) and Matt Sauvarin (Tree Dimensions) for an introductory talk, where you’ll learn all about tree quality assessment and selection, planting and maintenance.
 Afterwards enjoy some morning tea and a hands-on planting demonstration in the historic Burnley Field Station. 
This is a small group workshop suitable for beginners or as a refresher for experienced tree planters.



When     10am – 12:30pm, Saturday 20st April 2024
Where    Room MB11, University of Melbourne Burnley Campus
                500 Yarra Boulevard, Richmond, 3121
Cost        Members $35, Non-members $45
Bring       Closed toe shoes, hat and/or rain jacket
Booking   TryBooking, numbers limited.



MARCH 2024


NOTE: Petty’s Orchard Tour with Robert Wright CANCELLED. We are sorry for any inconvenience.

THE HERITAGE FRUIT SOCIETY ARE OFFERING A TOUR AND TASTING ON EASTER MONDAY  APRIL FIRST. Those who have booked for tomorrow may attend that event without needing to rebook.  Visit their Facebook page for more information

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Valentines Day with Steven Wells

 Gardens in Healthcare: Experiences at Austin Health
 5:30pm on Wednesday 14 February 2024

 Steven Wells works as a nurse, horticultural therapist and gardens and grounds coordinator at Austin Health. Steven will share about how he has incorporated his roles and experiences over the past 25 years at Austin Health, into providing meaningful and purposeful connections with gardens for the benefit to patients, visitors and staff at Austin Health.



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!


















When           10.00 am –1.00 pm, Saturday 2nd December 2023
Where          PSL6, Burnley Campus, 500 Yarra Boulevard, Richmond
Cost              Members $50, Non-members $65, morning tea included
Bring            Cleaned secateurs, closed toe shoes and hat

Booking      TryBooking here, numbers strictly limited.

Parking       Yarra Boulevard – See NOTES below

Click on the link to download the flyer for the fridge 2023 – December Workshop Summer Fruit Tree Pruning


By the way….books are still available from our BONANZA HORTICULTURAL BOOK SALE !!

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.