Some of you may know that I am a lecturer in horticulture at the Burnley College campus of the University of Melbourne. Well, this Sunday you can come and see where I am lucky enough to have an office. The whole campus is open to the public between 10am and 3pm. If you have just started a garden, or you’re thinking about starting one, come and see what it could look like if it was looked after for over a hundred and fifty years. Even if you have never thought about studying horticulture, the gardens here are one of the best kept secrets in Melbourne. They are only fifteen years younger than the Royal Botanic Gardens in South Yarra, and are the home of Australia’s oldest Horticulture college.
Of course, the history of the heritage listed gardens aren’t all that will be on show. As part of the Melbourne School of Land and Environment, the campus is also home to a huge range of research projects looking at the future of horticulture, especially in urban environments. There is active on-site research on green roofs, where plants are grown on roof tops to reduce energy consumption and help carbon sequestration, as well as other urban sustainability issues, such as grey/black water recycling for urban vegetation. There is also work on the role of ex-situ (meaning off-site) conservation of native species, and restoration of native Australian vegetation.
Anyway, I could crap on for ages about what’s going on, but instead I will copy and paste from the official printed material so you can see what other things will be happening. Read this, it’s quicker than going to their website and downloading a pdf that says the same thing.
Delivered in partnership by the University of Melbourne’s School of Land and Environment (MSLE) and Friends of Burnley Gardens (FOBG), horticultural experts will present you with free lectures and paid workshops, kids activities, forums and seminars on leading sustainable gardening practice, including pruning, pest and disease control, watering and fertilisers, and setting up a veggie plot. There will be tours taking you back in time through the
lush and historic gardens, and University course advice for budding horticulturists.
I’ll be the first to admit, if I never read the phrase “budding horticulturalist” again, that will be fine with me. And don’t be put off if you don’t want to listen to people talk about any of those topics, the gardens are beautiful, and the cafe makes great coffee. The Plant Science labs and nursery will also be open for the more technically minded to see what goes on behind the scenes, too. Anyway, I just though some of you might like to know, and you can come and say “Hi” to me, if you can figure out who I am.
Full program for the day can be found here. Sorry about the pdf.