Burnley Gardens trip

On Wednesday, 24th August 2016, a large, keen group of Garden Club members, travelled by bus – very capably driven by James – to the Burnley Campus of Melbourne University.

A great day was had by all.

After being welcomed by members of the Friends of Burnley we began our tour of the gardens.  We first visited the Rooftop garden which is filled with various succulents and other hardy perennials and was colourful and inspirational.


Philip Hopley Heather Spicer and Judy Hopley admiring plantings on the roof garden

The tour was guided by Michele Adler who had previously lectured at Burnley.  She and her colleague were most knowledgeable and happy to share their vast knowledge.

We were taken around the gardens from the Luffmann designed Lily ponds past magnificent specimens of large, old trees to the Australian section.


 Luffmann Lily Ponds



The flowers of one of the unusual plants found
throughout the gardens: Pittospormum multiflorum “Orange Thorn”

 We then enjoyed lunch in the sunshine before heading home.

A great day out and full marks to Sue Spacey for her organisation of the day.

Article by Marion Cook


Michele Adler in front of the gates she designed.  The gates were made by Overwrought Garden Art at Blampied.

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