Cider Making

Learn to make great apple cider or upgrade knowledge and skills at this one day workshop. Rob Pelletier, course facilitator, is joined by a award-winning cider maker, Michael Henry, from Henry of Harcourt, one or Australia’s pioneering, and award winning traditional cider making establishments.

Participants will see first hand suitable start-up equipment and supplies, learn the basic theory behind making cider, understand the steps required to produce cider, how to make fine adjustments to cider, and experience the preparation and processing of fruit, fermentation and bottling.

The finished product is not neglected. Over lunch there will be a tasting of selected varietal and blended ciders and award-winning Henry of Harcourt ciders will be available for purchase on the day.

 

GROUP DISCOUNT

Group bookings of 2 or more people receive a discount of $25 per person.

TWO DAY WORKSHOP DISCOUNT

A further 5% discount is available for people attending both the Orchard Establishment Workshop, held on the previous day Friday 24th November, and the Cider Making Workshop. Click HERE to book both workshops.

 

Orchard Establishment Workshop

This popular Workshop is a great introduction to what is required to start and maintain your own orchard.

Content
soil preparation and planting
variety selection
understanding and calculating chill hours
orchard orientation and layout
irrigation
tree spacing and training young trees
physical protection including netting structures
equipment for small orchard management
includes notes, lunch and morning and afternoon tea

 

Your instructor will be Rob Pelletier, horticulturist and proprietor of Heritage Fruit Trees.

The day will include equipment inspections, and tours of the Collections Orchard that contains over 300 varieties of apples, over 40 table grapes, stone fruit and figs, and the Scion Orchard that contains our most popular apples and our pear collection of over 60 varieties.

Group Discount

Group bookings of 2 or more people receive a discount of $15 per person.

Two Day Workshop Discount

A further 5% discount is available for people attending both the Orchard Establishment Workshop and the Cider Making Workshop, held on the following day Saturday 25th November 2017. Click HERE to book both workshops.

 

Native Plants for your Garden with Angus Stewart

Join renowned native plant expert, Kangaroo Paw breeder, author and former ABC Gardening Australia presenter Angus Stewart on an insightful tour celebrating the beauty and diversity of the many improved Australian plant cultivars (with particular reference to Kangaroo Paws) and learn how to select the most appropriate native plants for your home garden whatever its size.

Sunday, 22 October 2017:
10.30 to 11.30am
12.30 to 1.30pm
2.30 to 3.30pm

Meet at the Visitor Centre, Cranbourne Gardens.

Cost $11.90 per person.

Growing Friends Super Spring Plant Sale

Held in conjunction with the Botanic and Rare Plant Fair.

The Growing Friends Group holds two public plant sales each year. These are the only opportunities for members of the public to buy rare plants propagated from Gardens’ stock. This spring the sale will be part of the Botanic and Rare Plant Fair.

Presented by Melbourne Friends. A full catalogue is available on the Friends’ website one week before the sale. www.rbgfriendsmelbourne.org

Saturday, 21 and Sunday, 22 October 2017 – 10am to 4pm.

Southern Cross and Observatory Lawns, Birdwood Avenue,
Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne.

Entry $15, including talks.

Branches of Bromeliads

A creative workshop with Sascha Andrusiak.

Sascha just loves being creative with plants. When you walk into her greenhouse at Burnley, it is “alive” with things growing – carnivorous plants, cacti, bromeliads, orchids and much more. She makes living sculptures.

In this new workshop Sascha will guide you through how to mount bromeliads and little native orchids on a lichen-encrusted branch. These epiphytic plants are just the thing to make to give away as Christmas present or to keep and hang in a bathroom or sheltered spot outside. And they won’t die if you are away for a few days!

About Sascha:
Sascha is one of the driving forces at the Burnley Nursery (University of Melbourne, Burnley Campus).
She is responsible for the lovely living art around the Campus. You’ve almost certainly seen her around.

Cost:  $60 (members) $75 (non members) (includes all equipment, lichen branch, 3 epiphytic plants (incl. bromeliads and a native orchid) & morning tea). Additional plants may be purchased.


Bookings essential:
 email: friends.burnley@gmail.com  or tel:  9035 6815
Bring: your clean sharp secateurs and wear closed shoes.

Payment Details:    PAYMENT by EFT
Reference:          ***Please notate with your name***
BSB:         063420
Account No:     10018095
Account name:   Friends of Burnley Gardens Inc

Parking: available in the Boulevard

Botanic and Rare Plant Fair

 

The Botanic and Rare Plant Fair returns for its 2nd year with forty specialist plant and gardenware stalls from all over Australia, including Cranbourne Friends of Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria.

The Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, The Diggers Club and Melbourne Friends of Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria are excited to announce the return of the Fair, which alongside the plant stalls will feature talks, demonstrations, interactive debates, activities for the kids and the obligatory selection of foodie trucks to satisfy everyone’s appetite.

There will be a curated program covering a plethora of topics such as “Growing new directions for small spaces”, “Fiddle leaves, fashion and the future of gardening” and where Australians find inspiration in “Searching for Australia’s garden identity”.

This year’s Fair promises to inform, entertain and provoke visitors with challenging ideas and fresh new concepts. The Botanic and Rare Plant Fair is incredible value, your $15 entry tickets grants access to all of the above – plus children under sixteen are free!

Book early to skip the queue!

WHEN: 21 October and 22 October 2017, 10am to 4pm.

LOCATION: Observatory Precinct, Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria – Melbourne Gardens Birdwood Avenue, Melbourne

 

Growing Friends’ spring plant sale – Cranbourne

Peruse and buy from the wonderful selection of many magnificent Australian plants that are grown by the Growing Friends’ of Cranbourne Gardens. There will be clumping plants such as grasses and lilies as well as groundcovers, dwarf shrubs and shrubs of larger dimensions with also a few trees.

Many of the plants are propagated from plants growing in the multi-award-winning Australian Garden.

Plants are available in a range of different sized pots.

Prices start from $3 and EFTPOS facilities will be available.

Saturday, 14 and Sunday, 15 October 2017 – 10am to 4pm.

At the Australian Garden: Kiosk Area, entry via Ian Potter Precinct
Cranbourne Gardens

20 year celebration at Friends of Burnley Gardens

A Celebration of our first 20 years at Friends of Burnley Gardens.

The Guest speaker will be Dr Greg Moore OAM, former principal of Burnley, Arboriculturist and Researcher.

About the celebration:
Exactly 20 years ago (to the day), 15 people had a meeting together that changed the support basis for the Burnley Gardens. They were the first Friends of Burnley Gardens.

Many of the inaugural group will be there to help us celebrate. Our Patron and guest speaker, Dr. Greg Moore, was also one of the founding group.

About the talk:
Greg will speak about emerging technology that can be used to great gardening advantage.
The title of his talk is:  Drones, the busy bees for arborists and gardeners


When: Saturday, 7 October 2017
Place: MB10, University of Melbourne  Burnley Campus, 500 Yarra Boulevard, Richmond
Time: 5.30 pm for drinks and nibbles (worth coming for!). 7 pm for the talk.
Cost: Free for Members OR $15 (for visitors)
Bookings essential:
email: friends.burnley@gmail.com or Tel: 9035 6861
Parking: available in the Boulevard

Payment Details: PAYMENT by EFT
Reference:   ***Please notate with your name***
BSB 063420
Account No = 10018095
Account name = Friends of Burnley Gardens Inc.

Macedon Garden Lovers’ Fair

The Macedon Garden Lovers’ Fair returns to the beautiful gardens of Bolobek this year, with a great range of garden treasures for sale and leading Australian gardening experts sharing their knowledge and insights.

A range of stalls will feature plants, including rare varieties, gardening books, specialist and artisan garden tools, outdoor furniture and power equipment. Visitors will have opportunity to meet plant growers and experts and the fair will also host guest speakers and garden celebrities, including ABC personality Stephen Ryan, succulent expert Attila Kapitany and edible plant specialist, Karen Sutherland.

Food, wine and refreshments will all be available.

 

The magnificent Bolobek garden will be open. Considered to be one of the finest in Australia and comprising more than 5 hectares, it was established over a century ago by the Syme family. Bolobek garden tours will be available.

A visit to the fair is an opportunity to see the spectacular Mt Macedon Ranges, have a relaxing weekend away or a special day out. Just one hour from Melbourne, Macedon is considered to be the “green heart” of the ranges.

 

Free parking.

Cost: $10 adults (children aged 16 years and under free)

7 October, 10.00am to 4.00pm
8 October, 10.00am to 4.00pm

 

Further information: gardenloversfair.com.au

Botanical Art Workshops at Burnley Campus

A programme of 4 sessions of 2.5 hours each during October 2017. The medium will be watercolour paint and/or watercolour pencils.

These workshops are for FOBG members and friends and include the opportunity to have your botanical illustrations included in a soon to be published book on Burnley Gardens.

About Mali: Mali is an accomplished botanical artist and graduate of Burnley. After horticulture, Mali studied botanical art and went on to work as the botanical illustrator at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne. She now exhibits her work and runs botanical art classes. She can cater for all levels of expertise, from the … “I really can’t draw” to “I just need some help with this”.

When: Wednesday 4 October, 11 October, 18 October, 25 October
Time: 10am – 12.30pm
Cost: Total for the 4 sessions – Members $200, Non-members $240
Venue: Quad 4, Burnley Campus, University of Melbourne, 500 Yarra Boulevard, Richmond
Parking: Rear car park, off F R Smith Drive.

Bookings essential: Phone Jennene 0412 097 068 or email jarnel1942@gmail.com
(NB: A minimum of 5 registrations are required for the class to commence. Maximum in the class will be 10 people)

Your booking and payment in full must be made by Friday, 29 September 2017.

Payment Details
Payment by EFT – Please notate: your name with the prefix BA (eg BASmith)
BSB 063420 Account No – 100 18095
Account Name – Friends of Burnley Gardens Inc
OR
Payment by Cheque –
Payable to Friends of Burnley Gardens Inc, 500 Yarra Boulevard, Richmond 3121

Plants, Plants, Plants: Melbourne

There’s so much information on the web about plants – how do we sort the useful from the less useful? And much of the information comes from the northern hemisphere, especially England and the USA, where climate and soils are very different from those in Australia.

What is wrong with the statement does well in a moist, fertile, well-drained soil? What is wrong with the word hardy? Jill will discuss these controversial points while showing you the Burnley Plant Guide, a Burnley-produced pictorial database of plants that can make your plant selection tasks a breeze, while at the same time helping the environment by minimising resource inputs. She has been working on it for more than a decade.

You are encouraged to bring in a plant in flower or fruit from your garden for identification and discussion.

About Jill:
Jill is an Honorary Fellow of the University of Melbourne, much respected and knowledgeable former Burnley Plant ID lecturer and Burnley graduate, plantaholic, and dog lover. Her passion is plant selection for urban landscapes. Her favourite colour is red. Or blue.

Australian Plants Expo

Huge range of native & indigenous plants (6 plant stalls), books on related topics, tools, gifts, talks, plant & flower displays, activities for children & more.

Speakers/Workshops on Drawing and painting from nature, Wildlife Garden Seasons, Bonsai with natives. 11am and 2pm.
$5 Adults, $4 concession, Children free.
Ph. (03) 94397228 or email apsyarrayarra@gmail.com

Check our website and facebook pages for more detail APS Yarra Yarra
and in Facebook Events

Australian Plants Expo

Huge range of native & indigenous plants (6 plant stalls), books on related topics, tools, gifts, talks, plant & flower displays, activities for children & more.

Speakers/Workshops on Drawing and painting from nature, Wildlife Garden Seasons, Bonsai with natives. 11am and 2pm.
$5 Adults, $4 concession, Children free.
Ph. (03) 94397228 or email apsyarrayarra@gmail.com

Check our website and facebook pages for more detail APS Yarra Yarra
and in Facebook Events

APS Wilson Park (Berwick) Native Plant Sale

The Wilson Park Berwick branch of the Australian Plants Society is holding its annual Australian Native Plant Sale on Saturday 2nd September 2017, 9am to 4pm. This event will be held in Wilson Botanic Park, 668 Princes Highway, Berwick, Victoria.
There will be a wide variety of native plants stalls where you can seek advice direct from the growers/nursery owners. Also a sustainability stall, specialist book stall, food/drink, raffle and native flower display will feature.

 

Botanical Art Workshops Melbourne

Join accomplished botanical artist Mail Moir for these 2.5 hour x 4 sessions learning how to create beautiful botanical illustrations using the medium of water colour paint or pencil. These workshops are for FOBG members and friends and include the opportunity to have your botanical illustrations
included in a soon to be published book on Burnley Gardens.

About Mali: Mali is an accomplished botanical artist and graduate of Burnley. After horticulture, Mali studied botanical art and went on to work as the botanical illustrator at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne. She now exhibits her work and runs botanical art classes. She can cater for all levels of expertise, from the … “I really can’t draw” to “I just need some help with this”.

When:  Wednesday 9 August and 16, 23 and 30 August
Time:
10 am – 12.30 pm

Cost: Total for the 4 sessions  –  Members $200       Non-members $240
Venue:  Quad 4, Burnley Campus, University of Melbourne, 500 Yarra Boulevard, Richmond.
Parking: Rear car park, off F R Smith Drive.
Bookings essential: Phone Jennene 0412 097 068 or email jarnel1942@gmail.com (NB:  A minimum of 5 registrations are required for the class to commence. Maximum in the class will be 10 people)

Botanical Art Workshops Melbourne

Join accomplished botanical artist Mail Moir for these 2.5 hour x 4 sessions learning how to create beautiful botanical illustrations using the medium of water colour paint or pencil. These workshops are for FOBG members and friends and include the opportunity to have your botanical illustrations
included in a soon to be published book on Burnley Gardens.

About Mali: Mali is an accomplished botanical artist and graduate of Burnley. After horticulture, Mali studied botanical art and went on to work as the botanical illustrator at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne. She now exhibits her work and runs botanical art classes. She can cater for all levels of expertise, from the … “I really can’t draw” to “I just need some help with this”.

When:  Wednesday 9 August and 16, 23 and 30 August
Time:
10 am – 12.30 pm

Cost: Total for the 4 sessions  –  Members $200       Non-members $240
Venue:  Quad 4, Burnley Campus, University of Melbourne, 500 Yarra Boulevard, Richmond.
Parking: Rear car park, off F R Smith Drive.
Bookings essential: Phone Jennene 0412 097 068 or email jarnel1942@gmail.com (NB:  A minimum of 5 registrations are required for the class to commence. Maximum in the class will be 10 people)

Botanical Art Workshops Melbourne

Join accomplished botanical artist Mail Moir for these 2.5 hour x 4 sessions learning how to create beautiful botanical illustrations using the medium of water colour paint or pencil. These workshops are for FOBG members and friends and include the opportunity to have your botanical illustrations
included in a soon to be published book on Burnley Gardens.

About Mali: Mali is an accomplished botanical artist and graduate of Burnley. After horticulture, Mali studied botanical art and went on to work as the botanical illustrator at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne. She now exhibits her work and runs botanical art classes. She can cater for all levels of expertise, from the … “I really can’t draw” to “I just need some help with this”.

When:  Wednesday 9 August and 16, 23 and 30 August
Time:
10 am – 12.30 pm

Cost: Total for the 4 sessions  –  Members $200       Non-members $240
Venue:  Quad 4, Burnley Campus, University of Melbourne, 500 Yarra Boulevard, Richmond.
Parking: Rear car park, off F R Smith Drive.
Bookings essential: Phone Jennene 0412 097 068 or email jarnel1942@gmail.com (NB:  A minimum of 5 registrations are required for the class to commence. Maximum in the class will be 10 people)

Talk: Fascination with Orchid Pollination, Cranbourne

Fascination of Orchid Pollination’ with Mitch Smith – Plants need pollinators! There is so much that we do not know about how pollination of Australian plants occurs. Come to this talk with the subtitle of ‘Sex, Lies and Seduction’ and become better acquainted with what has been discovered in recent times especially with Victoria’s terrestrial orchids.

Mitch Smith has no formal training and is a self-professed ecologist/environmentalist. The ground breaking work by Mitch with Rudie Kuiter on Victoria’s orchid pollinators is believed to be the most comprehensive work to date, with pollinators described for approx 150 species of orchids. This is citizen science at its best!

Mitch owns Woolenook Native Plant Nursery in Maffra. He works on local re-vegetation and restoration projects and has accumulated knowledge and insights on many aspects of the environment. Mitch also acts as an advisor to current land managers on environmental matters, mostly to do with orchids and grassland management in his local area. Mitch is a very enthusiastic knowledgeable person and this shines forth in his stimulating presentations.

Make sure you do not miss this talk!

This talk is being held as an accompanying event with the ‘Native Seduction’ Art Exhibition that is open through August at the Cranbourne Gardens. For further information: Phone 8774 2483, 0448 013 892
Venue: Australian Garden Auditorium, RBGV Cranbourne Gardens
Cnr Ballarto Road and Botanic Drive
Cranbourne
Costs: Members $20; Non-members $25; Students $10

Botanical Art Workshops Melbourne

Join accomplished botanical artist Mail Moir for these 2.5 hour x 4 sessions learning how to create beautiful botanical illustrations using the medium of water colour paint or pencil. These workshops are for FOBG members and friends and include the opportunity to have your botanical illustrations
included in a soon to be published book on Burnley Gardens.

About Mali: Mali is an accomplished botanical artist and graduate of Burnley. After horticulture, Mali studied botanical art and went on to work as the botanical illustrator at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne. She now exhibits her work and runs botanical art classes. She can cater for all levels of expertise, from the … “I really can’t draw” to “I just need some help with this”.

When:  Wednesday 9 August and 16, 23 and 30 August
Time:
10 am – 12.30 pm

Cost: Total for the 4 sessions  –  Members $200       Non-members $240
Venue:  Quad 4, Burnley Campus, University of Melbourne, 500 Yarra Boulevard, Richmond.
Parking: Rear car park, off F R Smith Drive.
Bookings essential: Phone Jennene 0412 097 068 or email jarnel1942@gmail.com (NB:  A minimum of 5 registrations are required for the class to commence. Maximum in the class will be 10 people)

The World of Truffles, Melbourne

Truffles have captured our imagination on for centuries. This treat of treats is black gold. Whether you want to grow your own or set up a business, this seminar introduces you to the mysterious truffle world. Black or white truffles? Oak or hazelnut host?

This seminar with Noel Fitzpatrick covers all aspects of truffle growing, including choosing the right site, soil type, host tree and truffle life-cycle. There will also be a discussion and demonstration of truffle cooking techniques with truffle devotee Susan Burns. Seminar concludes with afternoon tea and truffle tasting. You may also purchase fresh truffles at a discount on the day.

Noel Fitzpatrick is a well known truffle consultant, Victorian truffle farmer and Burnley graduate. Noel has spent time in France, Italy and Spain studying all aspects of truffle production on with European growers and mycologists. He is a regular columnist on truffle growing for the Australian Tree Crop magazine. Noel’s own farm in Victoria Australia is used for industry training and truffle tourism activities.

WHEN: Saturday 5 August 2017

PLACE: The Hall, Burnley Campus 500 Yarra Boulevard, Richmond

TIME: 3.00pm – 6.00pm

COST: Members $65, visitors $80

PARKING: Available in the Boulevard

Bookings essential at friends.burnley@gmail.com

Burnley Field Day, Melbourne

Burnley Field Day
Saturday 5 August 2017
10.00 am – 1.00 pm – Pruning Workshop with Chris England ($50-$65 bookings essential*)
11.00 am – 3.00 pm – Plant Sale (payments for plants is cash only)
3.00 pm  –  6.00 pm – Truffle Seminar The World of Truffles with Noel Fitzpatrick ($65-$80, bookings essential*)

Cash payments only – *Book via the FOBG website

Other attractions:
Sausage sizzle, coffee and cakes

Parking on Yarra Boulevard (Melways Map 45 & X872)

 

National Tree Day, Australia

National Tree Day is when we celebrate our lifelong relationship with trees. Nature elevates the human spirit. It ignites passion, inspiration, creativity and purpose. And it’s the driving force behind why more than a quarter of a million people participate in National Tree Day each year.

There’s no better time to bare your heart and soil than National Tree Day. We want everyone to know the inspiration that nature can bring.

Find a National Tree Day event near you HERE

Winter plant sale at Cranbourne

Winter Plant Sale of Australian plants for the Growing Friends group of the Cranbourne Friends of the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria Inc.

Plant sale dates: Saturday and Sunday 22nd and 23rd July, 2017
Times: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm on both days
Location: Royal Botanic Garden Victoria – Cranbourne (1000 Ballarto Rd, Cranbourne)
A wide range of Australian plants in tubes and larger pots will be for sale – priced from $3.

A great opportunity to purchase plants and look around the Australian Garden.

Winter plant sale at Cranbourne

Winter Plant Sale of Australian plants for the Growing Friends group of the Cranbourne Friends of the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria Inc.

Plant sale dates: Saturday and Sunday 22nd and 23rd July, 2017
Times: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm on both days
Location: Royal Botanic Garden Victoria – Cranbourne (1000 Ballarto Rd, Cranbourne)
A wide range of Australian plants in tubes and larger pots will be for sale – priced from $3.

A great opportunity to purchase plants and look around the Australian Garden.

Boabs and Bottle Trees with Attila Kapitany

Boabs and Bottle Trees: Join Attila Kapitany as we marvel at these majestic and spectacular giants of the Australian continent, some grotesque and monstrous, others appearing in need of a hug. Much of the presentation will show trees in habitat but with regular reference to cultivation and numerous pictures to support their incredible potential in landscape gardening and design. While some people are aware that Australia has the Queensland bottle tree (Brachychiton rupestris), most aren’t aware of several other species within the genus that also develop bottle-shaped trunks, such as Brachychiton compactus.  This is a much rarer and much more spectacular species, primarily in that its flowers are large and the canopy luxuriant. Even rarer new species will be shown as part of the presentation. Though not bottle trees, some other classic favourite Brachychitons will also be covered e.g. Brachychiton acerifolius and B. populneus.

Start your day at Cranbourne with Attila’s earlier talk on Australian Succulents and make sure you drop by the bookshop for one of his many excellent books.

Venue: Australian Garden Auditorium, Cranbourne Gardens
Cnr Ballarto Rd and Botanic Drive, Cranbourne
Melway Map 133 G10

Program for the day
10 – 10:30 am              Attila in Gardens Shop
10:30 am                      Attila in Auditorium for morning tea, also to chat to people
11:00 am  – 12 noon    Attila’s talk on Australian Succulents
12:30 – 1 pm                Attila in Gardens Shop
1:00 – 1:45 pm             Lunchtime
1:45 – 2 pm                  Attila in Auditorium to chat to people
2:00 – 3 pm                  Attila’s talk on Boabs & Bottle Trees
3:00 – 3:30 pm            Attila in Auditorium for afternoon tea, also to chat to people
3:30 – 4:00 pm            Attila in Gardens Shop

Cost: Morning (talk & refreshments): Members $20 Non-members $25 Students $10;
Afternoon (talk & refreshments): Members $20 Non-members $25 Students $10;
Both Talks (includes refreshmentsJ Members $30 Non-members $40 Students $15

Bookings are essential: go to Friends of Cranbourne, click on Events and scroll down to A day with Attila Kapitany – Australian Succulents and Boabs, and Bottle Trees to download a Booking Form.

Australian Succulents with Attila Kapitany

Spend a delightful day at Cranbourne with Attila Kapitany, expert on Australia’s native succulents and plants.

In Australian Succulent Plants Attila will show you a fresh approach to conventional attitudes and ideas about the diversity and beauty of Australian flora. Enjoy a colourful visual tour of lesser known and intriguing Australian native plants, mostly in habitat, some of which are rare and very unusual. With Australia’s natural flora of well over 20,000 species, at least 400 are considered to have a notable degree of succulence. Covering at least one hundred species from forty genera and touching on some traditional and modern foods, supply and availability, cultivation, conservation and other points of interest. Included are some of the most under-appreciated, diverse, and interesting of Australian plants. The fact that many of them are among the most drought- or dry-tolerant of all plants, helps link them all together, along with their obvious succulence. Many of these plants have never been trialled in gardens before. Some interesting aspects of their usefulness in the garden will be explored.

Then stay for a walk around the gardens and time to buy some of Attila’s excellent books, followed by Attila’s afternoon talk on Boabs and Bottle Trees

Venue: Australian Garden Auditorium, Cranbourne Gardens
Cnr Ballarto Rd and Botanic Drive, Cranbourne
Melway Map 133 G10

Program for the day
10 – 10:30 am              Attila in Gardens Shop
10:30 am                      Attila in Auditorium for morning tea, also to chat to people
11:00 am  – 12 noon    Attila’s talk on Australian Succulents
12:30 – 1 pm                Attila in Gardens Shop
1:00 – 1:45 pm             Lunchtime
1:45 – 2 pm                  Attila in Auditorium to chat to people
2:00 – 3 pm                  Attila’s talk on Boabs & Bottle Trees
3:00 – 3:30 pm            Attila in Auditorium for afternoon tea, also to chat to people
3:30 – 4:00 pm            Attila in Gardens Shop

Cost: Morning (talk & refreshments): Members $20 Non-members $25 Students $10;
Afternoon (talk & refreshments): Members $20 Non-members $25 Students $10;
Both Talks (includes refreshmentsJ Members $30 Non-members $40 Students $15

Bookings are essential: go to Friends of Cranbourne, click on Events and scroll down to A day with Attila Kapitany – Australian Succulents and Boabs, and Bottle Trees to download a Booking Form.

Michael McCoy with Jen Vuk, Woodend, Vic

Of Dirt, Design & Dreaming – hear Michael McCoy with Jen Vuk at Woodend Community Centre as part of the Woodend Winter Arts Festival.

Michael McCoy talks to journalist Jen Vuk about the journey of setting off into a life in the sciences, and being totally hijacked along the way by a passion for gardening. While keeping his hands firmly in the dirt, his passion has lead to decades of contributions to The Age, a couple of books, years of design-concept driven radio, garden design commissions around Australia, the leading of specific gardentour groups overseas, and the hosting of the critically acclaimed TV series Dream Gardens.

All tickets $20 – buy online through the Woodend Winter Arts Festival website

Plant Sale at Burnley, Melbourne

Vegie seedlings, native plants, salvias and more on sale on the Corymbia Lawn behind the Student Union building. Parking on Yarra Blvd.

Full plant list on the Friends of Burnley Gardens website

Payments by cash only. Funds raised go to Burnley Gardens Projects. Wednesday 7 June 2017, 12:00 – 3:00 pm

Making Kokedama balls, Melbourne

Whether this Kokedama art is for your bathroom, kitchen or shade area, you’ll love the experience of botanically crafting green growing spheres of moss and Australian plants. Tanja Beer will give an introduction to her art and work, then demonstrate how to make a Kokedama ball. Finally, under her watchful eye you’ll make your own glowing globe of greenness to take home. Plus, you’ll have the knowledge and skills to create more.

When: Saturday 6 May 2017
Place: Room PSL6 (follow the signs).
Burnley Campus, 500 Yarra Boulevard, Richmond.
Time: 10 am – 12 pm
Cost: $40 (members). $50 (non-members). All materials and plants supplied.
Parking: available in the Boulevard
Bookings and payment essential: email friends.burnley@gmail.com or Tel: 9035 6815

Cider Making Workshop

Learn to make great apple cider or upgrade knowledge and skills at this one day workshop. Rob Pelletier, course facilitator, is joined by a leading cider maker from Henry of Harcourt*, one or Australia’s pioneering, and award winning traditional cider making establishments.

Participants will see first hand suitable start-up equipment and supplies, learn the basic theory behind making cider, understand the steps required to produce cider, experience the preparation and processing of fruit, fermentation and bottling.

The finished product is not neglected. Over lunch there will be a tasting of selected varietal and blended ciders that will open the door to the world of fine cider and how to select the correct fruit to produce it.

Special Features
Orchard Tour – the Collections Orchard contains over 300 varieties of apples including many English, French and other cider varieties.
Equipment demonstrations – both low cost and entry level professional equipment will be demonstrated.
Tasting – the included cider tasting follows the same format used by Drew Henry at professional conferences.
Cider apples – a number of top cider apples will be available for inspection and tasting on the day.
Cider sales – Selected varietal and blended award winning Henry of Harcourt ciders will be available for purchase on the day.

Heritage Fruit Trees is a 2 hour drive west of Melbourne.

Weeds, Plants & People, Melbourne

Weeds, Plants and People traces the fascinating history of many common plants that we now treat as weeds. From the thistles and thorns that appear in the Bible, to the seeds eaten by Stone Age people, and the grasses and flowers brought to Australia by European settlers, the story of the relationship between people and weeds is a complex and intriguing one.
Here it is told in a lively and engaging way for readers with or without botanical knowledge. Anybody interested in gardening, agriculture, the natural environment, medicinal herbs or cooking will glean a great deal from John Dwyer’s account of some of the most ancient plants known to humankind.

When: Tuesday 11 April 2017
Place: Room MB 10 (in the Main Building).
Burnley Campus, 500 Yarra Boulevard, Richmond.
Time: 7.00 pm for drinks and nibbles
7.30 pm for the talk.
Cost: $5 (members). $15 (non-members).
Parking: available in the Boulevard

Cider Making Workshop

Learn to make great apple cider or upgrade knowledge and skills at this one day workshop. Rob Pelletier, course facilitator, is joined by a leading cider maker from Henry of Harcourt*, one or Australia’s pioneering, and award winning traditional cider making establishments.

Participants will see first hand suitable start-up equipment and supplies, learn the basic theory behind making cider, understand the steps required to produce cider, experience the preparation and processing of fruit, fermentation and bottling.

The finished product is not neglected. Over lunch there will be a tasting of selected varietal and blended ciders that will open the door to the world of fine cider and how to select the correct fruit to produce it.

Special Features
Orchard Tour – the Collections Orchard contains over 300 varieties of apples including many English, French and other cider varieties.
Equipment demonstrations – both low cost and entry level professional equipment will be demonstrated.
Tasting – the included cider tasting follows the same format used by Drew Henry at professional conferences.
Cider apples – a number of top cider apples will be available for inspection and tasting on the day.
Cider sales – Selected varietal and blended award winning Henry of Harcourt ciders will be available for purchase on the day.

Heritage Fruit Trees is a 2 hour drive west of Melbourne.

Italian garden design’s influence on Australian gardens

How has Italian garden design influenced the design of Australian gardens? Join award-winning Italo-Australian landscape designer Carlo Gabriele as he explains the far-reaching influences of Italian design and its relevance and inspiration to designing gardens in Australia.

When: Tuesday 4 April at 6 for 6.30 pm
Where: Mueller Hall, National Herbarium
Cost: Friends $20 Non-members $25 Students $10
Bookings close 1 May
Refreshments will be served before the talk.
Bookings essential
Enquiries: Friends’ office (03) 9650 6398

Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show

With a major focus on emerging lifestyle trends, the Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show is set to inspire crowds with breathtaking floral displays and spectacular Show Gardens. Visitors to the show will also experience masterclasses with floral designers, to meet key landscape designers, exhibitors and industry experts, as well as peruse the avenues of exhibitors selling everything from bulbs, plants, tools, trinkets and garden accessories. The prestigious Show is well established in the psyche of Australians as a “must see” event. Open daily 9am to 5pm, with special extra Gardens by Twilight opening until 9.30pm on Friday 31 March 2017.

Risqué Royals, Flirtatious Females & Scandalous Sirs

A rose by any other name? Join new ASA Tour Leader Deryn Thorpe for “Risqué Royals, Flirtatious Females & Scandalous Sirs“, an entertaining romp through the pages of garden history!

Deryn Thorpe presents an entertaining lecture on how a selection of roses have been named after historical figures. Using historical letters, poetry, diary entries and beautiful rose images, this irreverent lecture explores the lives of some well-known people and the roses named after them. The lecture will appeal to anyone who enjoys gardens, history and the simple pleasure of some good stories well told.

Date: Saturday 1 April 2017
Time: 2.00pm – Refreshments to follow

Bookings Essential
COST: Complimentary, however bookings are essential.
RESERVATIONS: Please book online, or contact ASA on: (03) 9822 6899, Freecall 1800 645755 (outside Melbourne Metro) or email: info@asatours.com.au
VENUE: Theatre, Lauriston Girls’ School, 38 Huntingtower Road, Armadale.

Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show

With a major focus on emerging lifestyle trends, the Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show is set to inspire crowds with breathtaking floral displays and spectacular Show Gardens. Visitors to the show will also experience masterclasses with floral designers, to meet key landscape designers, exhibitors and industry experts, as well as peruse the avenues of exhibitors selling everything from bulbs, plants, tools, trinkets and garden accessories. The prestigious Show is well established in the psyche of Australians as a “must see” event. Open daily 9am to 5pm, with special extra Gardens by Twilight opening until 9.30pm on Friday 31 March 2017.

Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show

With a major focus on emerging lifestyle trends, the Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show is set to inspire crowds with breathtaking floral displays and spectacular Show Gardens. Visitors to the show will also experience masterclasses with floral designers, to meet key landscape designers, exhibitors and industry experts, as well as peruse the avenues of exhibitors selling everything from bulbs, plants, tools, trinkets and garden accessories. The prestigious Show is well established in the psyche of Australians as a “must see” event. Open daily 9am to 5pm, with special extra Gardens by Twilight opening until 9.30pm on Friday 31 March 2017.

Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show

With a major focus on emerging lifestyle trends, the Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show is set to inspire crowds with breathtaking floral displays and spectacular Show Gardens. Visitors to the show will also experience masterclasses with floral designers, to meet key landscape designers, exhibitors and industry experts, as well as peruse the avenues of exhibitors selling everything from bulbs, plants, tools, trinkets and garden accessories. The prestigious Show is well established in the psyche of Australians as a “must see” event. Open daily 9am to 5pm, with special extra Gardens by Twilight opening until 9.30pm on Friday 31 March 2017.

Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show

The Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show is Australia’s largest garden show, with designer display gardens, Avenue of Achievable Gardens, hundreds of stalls selling plants and garden products, gardening and design advice clinics, floristry displays, garden art, entertainment, food stalls. Special ‘Gardens by Twilight’ opening until 9pm on Friday 31 March.

Adults $29.90, concession $25.90, children under 14 free.

Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show

With a major focus on emerging lifestyle trends, the Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show is set to inspire crowds with breathtaking floral displays and spectacular Show Gardens. Visitors to the show will also experience masterclasses with floral designers, to meet key landscape designers, exhibitors and industry experts, as well as peruse the avenues of exhibitors selling everything from bulbs, plants, tools, trinkets and garden accessories. The prestigious Show is well established in the psyche of Australians as a “must see” event. Open daily 9am to 5pm, with special extra Gardens by Twilight opening until 9.30pm on Friday 31 March 2017.