Member Event: Walk through history at Burnley Gardens

While you are in Melbourne for the Melbourne Flower and Garden Show why not pay a visit to Burnley Gardens to explore its history. HMAA member, Michele Adler, has recently wrote a book on Burnley Gardens, Burnley Gardens: their Design and the People who loved them. She will lead a gentle 60-90-minute walk in the Gardens on Thursday, March 30 from 4pm. Michèle will also speak at the Pumphouse Dinner on Wednesday evening and will have books available to buy.

Heritage-listed Burnley Gardens are one of Melbourne’s hidden treasures. They are an oasis of green serenity in a sea of suburbia, tucked away on a peninsula, bounded by the Yarra River. They have influenced the lives of thousands of people who have studied horticulture there and who, in turn have contributed to Melbourne being one of the most livable cities in the world. Many HMAA members studied at Burnley and loved it but others may have never been there.

The 9.1-ha (25-acre) Burnley Gardens are now the grounds of the University of Melbourne’s Burnley Campus. Discover when the Gardens were established, which is the oldest tree and who planted it, the Gardens’ designers and what remains of the original planting and see how the Gardens changed over time.


When: Thursday, March 30, 2023
Time : 4pm
Address: 500 Yarra Boulevard, Burnley (Richmond). Meet outside Reception at the Main Building, University of Melbourne, Burnley Campus (two-storey cream brick building).
Duration of walk: 1 – 1½ hours

Getting there: Burnley Campus is 5km east of the CBD and easily accessible by car or public transport.
By road, the campus can be entered from Yarra Boulevard, or if coming from the north, from Swan Street. Parking is available in Yarra Boulevard. Disabled parking is available on campus.

By tram, take the number 70 from Flinders Street to stop number 18. It is a short walk to the Campus along Eastern Drive (about 200m).

Contact/RSVP: Michèle Adler on 0408 434 010. Please call or text to let her know that you are coming.

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  1. The Burnley Gardens App is also well worth downloading if people can’t make this event.

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