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.

Branch Events

Working Bees

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 bees:

  • 16 July – Birregurra
  • 20 August – Buninyong


Contact Fran Faul on 9853 1369 or franfaul@gmail.com for more details.

Advocacy and Heritage Issues

Landscapes at risk – Victoria

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 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: lorraineepowell@gmail.com.

Chair: Lorraine Powell
Vice Chair: Vacant
Immediate Past Chair: Lisa Tuck
Treasurer: Anna Long
Minutes Secretary: Robyn Robins
Working Bee Coordinator:  Fran Faul
Catering Coordinator: Annie Woodside
Newsletters/Publicity: Lindy Neylan, Anna Long, Lisa Tuck
Advocacy and NMC Representative: Wendy Dwyer
Committee Members: Sarah Wood, Anthony Menhennit