Welcome to the Victorian Branch. With over 500 members, the Branch is active in organising events throughout the year including lecture series, garden visits, working bees in historic gardens and occasional seminars.
Saturday 6 May 2017 Presented by the National Trust of Australia (Victoria) and the Australian Garde...May 6 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Thursday 18 May – 6 pm for 6.30 pm Autumn Lecture – ‘Robert Fortune, a Plant Hunter in the Ori...May 18 @ 6:00 pm
Thursday 18 May 2017 6.30 – 8.30pm, Lecture Theatre, Goodman Building, Adelaide Botanic Garden, Ha...May 18 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Saturday 27 May 2017 – 2 pm Paul Thompson: The Australian Garden at Cranbourne: the process of des...May 27 @ 2:00 pm
Tuesday, 20 June – 5.30 pm Stuart Read: Three ‘Ss’ – Singapore, Spain and Sydney. How modern...June 20 @ 5:30 pm
Stuart Read: Brown, Green, other colours and players. Capability Brown & contemporaries’ Engli...June 25 @ 2:00 pm
MONDAY 12 – MONDAY 26 JUNE 2017 BOOKINGS OPEN NOW! Hurry places filling fast! Over 15 days we ...June 12 @ 8:00 am - June 26 @ 5:59 pm
The Annual Conference has been booked in for Friday 27 to Sunday 29 October. Friday 27 Octobe...October 27, 2017 @ 8:00 am - October 30, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
Our work in private historic gardens continues on a monthly basis. Working bees are just one way we support custodians of these gardens and demonstrate that we value their contribution and the assets they maintain. These are Members Only events.
Forthcoming working bee: Saturday 22 April
Appreciate the ambience and flora of this rare Guilfoyle garden still largely intact from the original 1908 design. Enjoy the camaraderie and satisfaction of working in a small group contributing to the continuity of this important garden gem. We will be performing tasks suitable for autumn. Take in the magnificent views from the verandah over lunch. Start from 10am.
Contact Fran Faul on 9853 1369 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
Advocacy and Heritage Issues
Landscapes at risk – Victoria – April 2017
University of Melbourne System Garden
The nomination for inclusion on the Victorian Heritage Register, made by member Trevor Pitkin and supported by the Branch, has been unsuccessful. The main reason cited was dramatically compromised intactness and integrity since the 1970s resulting in reduced elements and features of the c19th System Garden. Other options on how to work in a positive way with the University to ensure a strategic development plan addressing the needs of all stakeholders are being considered. The Branch will keep a close watch on progress and lend support as required.
HV McKay Gardens Sunshine
The Friends of the HV McKay Gardens in Sunshine have reported that the Gardens are on the way to recovery with the the Brimbank Council installing an effective irrigation system and appointment of dedicated gardeners to repair infrastructure and replace plants. The Friends are also in the process of negotiating a Strategic Management Plan with the Council.
Of concern is a proposed Development Plan before the Council which appears to use the Gardens as ‘borrowed’ open space, may impact on the infrastructure of the Gardens, especially the southern boundary and involves the excision of a small parcel of land. A decision is expected shortly.
Melbourne Metro Rail Project – Loss of trees and landscape amenity along St Kilda Road/Domain
The Branch supports the National Trust’s campaign to minimise the adverse visual and amenity impact to this significant Melbourne boulevard which will result from the removal of 103 trees, kerb and guttering removal, and tram and road realignment. Submissions have been made to Heritage Victoria and the Rail Authority to minimise the impact on this significant boulevard and the surrounding Domain area.
Do you know of a garden with history in Victoria? The Victorian Branch is keen to hear of any garden with a history which may be under threat, need recording or help with restoration work. Contact any member of the Committee with your nomination.
Victorian Branch Committee
The Committee usually meets at 4.00 pm every Tuesday, fourth week of the month. Members are welcome to join committee meetings at any time.
The Victorian Branch is looking for a Treasurer. If you are interested in this position or joining the committee, please contact Lorraine Powell: email@example.com.
Chair: Lorraine Powell
Vice Chair: Vacant
Immediate Past Chair: Lisa Tuck
Minutes Secretary: Robyn Robins
Working Bee Coordinator: Fran Faul
Catering Coordinator: Annie Woodside
Newsletters/Publicity: Lindy Neylan
Advocacy and NMC Representative: Wendy Dwyer
Committee Members: Anna Long, Sarah Wood, Anthony Menhennit