Friends of
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Burnley Gardens 2013 - celebrating 150 years of gardening

The Friends of Burnley Gardens was formed in 1998. The group aims to

  • provide support for and foster public awareness of the historic Burnley Gardens
  • assist with special projects selected by the Friends in consultation with Burnley Campus staff
  • bring into contact people with a common interest in the Burnley Gardens

The Friends meet monthly throughout the year. Guest speakers attend some meetings to talk on a variety of topics, generally related to the Gardens, to horticulture or to an associated subject.

Other activities include trips to gardens of interest, working bees in the Gardens and social events.

What's on in March 2013?

Plant sale

Tuesday 19th March: Propagation group PLANT SALE to celebrate the return of the cool weather! Outside the Nursery at Burnley Campus, 500 Yarra Boulevard, Richmond.

1.00 pm - 3.00 pm. Click here for the plant catalogue.

And coming up in April 2013....

Sunday 21st April

Tour of the Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne (Australian Garden)

A guided tour of the Australian garden site, including morning tea (BYO picnic lunch).

Cost: Self-drive: $30.00 (members), $40.00 non-members.
Self-drive is preferred, but mini-bus transport can be arranged at extra cost.

Bookings are essential - which will then be confirmed upon receipt of payment, as numbers are limited to 50. Click here for more information.

Contact Andrew Smith for bookings on 9035 6861 or email

Parking is available on the Yarra Boulevard.


Membership is open to any person interested in the Gardens or simply keen to support the group. Monthly meetings are on campus, either in one of the classrooms (follow the signage) or in the gardens themselves (for working bees). Several organisations offer our members discounts. Visit Like to Join? for details.

For details of meetings and other activities for the year visit What's On.

For the location of Burnley Gardens click here and for a detailed map of the campus click here.


Friends of Burnley Gardens
C/o Burnley Campus
The University of Melbourne
Melbourne School of Land and Environment
500 Yarra Boulevard, Richmond 3121
Phone (Burnley Campus Administration): 03 9035 6800
Fax: 03 9035 6885

Melway Reference: Map 45 A12

Parking is available in Yarra Boulevard (or contact Burnley Campus Administration for a disabled parking voucher to park on-campus).

The Friends produce 3 Newsletters each year. 'Papyrus' contains information about the Gardens, features on plants and people and details of events in horticulture around Melbourne. The most recent edition is available at Newsletter.

The Rules of the Friends of Burnley Gardens must be read in conjunction with the model Rules published by Consumer Affairs Victoria.

The Friends have been active in resisting commercial development in the vicinity of the Gardens and lobbying for protection of open space around the Gardens and along the Yarra Corridor.

A tour of the Gardens is available at Virtual Tour. This is an external link that takes a little time to load. When you have completed the tour, click on the BACK button on your web browser to return to Friends of Burnley Gardens pages.


Friends of Burnley Gardens Inc.