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We are monitoring COVID-19 directives. FMBG group activities follow the Victorian Government requirements.
The nursery is currently CLOSED due to COVID restrictions
Mission: To enrich the community and the environment by fostering, promoting and supporting the development and activities of the Melton Botanic Garden - Volunteer and join us!
"Botanic gardens are institutions holding documented collections of living plants for the purposes of scientific research, conservation, display and education." -  International Agenda for Botanic Gardens in Conservation 

Location (Note the garden is open 24/7)
Melton Botanic Garden
- Public Car Park is at 40 Lakewood Boulevard. See BROCHURE
Plant Nursery and Depot - 21 Williams St (near corner of Tullidge St and Williams St).
see Google Map or Melways Map 337 Ref: C10 and D10.
Getting there by public transport.

Monthly Meetings
Next Meeting: Possibly in December dependent on restrictions
Speaker: TBA

Topic: TBA
Meetings are financial members only and invited guests as event is limited to 44 places. COVID Safe practises apply and you may need to be fully vaccinated.

Meetings March to November are at Bridge Road Community Centre, 260-266 Bridge Rd, Strathtulloh VIC 3338

For information on FMBG meetings contact John Bentley: 9743 3819
If any meetings are by Zoom a meeting link will be emailed to all current financial members.

Plant Nursery
The nursery is open with some limitations - 10am to 1pm - Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2nd and 4th Sundays
Nursery Manager, Anne Langmaid 0405 440 956.

The nursery is open for sales only on Tuesdays, Thursdays, 2nd and 4th Sundays. Hours are 10am to 1pm.
Address: 21 Williams St, Melton, 3337.
Break from sales of about 6 weeks over Christmas/New Year re-opening 26th January.
Latest list of Plants For Sale (June 2021)

Guided Tours of the Melton Botanic Garden
Next public guided tours:
1) National Sustainable Living Festival - Garden tour 10am Sunday 14th February 2021 - Bookings essential 9743 3819 - See flyer for details
2) National Eucalypt Day - Tour of the Dryland Eucalyptus Arboretum 10am Tuesday 23 March 2021 - Bookings essential 9743 3819 - flyer
3) National Botanic Gardens Day - CANCELLED Guided tours on the Lions Club of Bacchus Marsh train 10am-3pm Sunday 30 May 2021
4) Reconciliation Week 10am June 2021- CANCELLED due to COVID restrictions
5) NAIDOC Week 10am July 2021 - CANCELLED due to COVID restrictions
6) Seniors Festival 1.30pm on a Wednesday in October 2021 - CANCELLED due to COVID restrictions

Take a self-guided tour using Walking Maps Australia

Book your group for a guided walk: see plants that tolerate a dry climate and low water conditions. The usual guided walk is about an hour to an hour and a half. Highlights are the natural features, the dryland eucalyptus arboretum, the indigenous plantings, Bushfoods Garden, the Koori Student Garden designed and planted by Koori students from Melton primary and secondary schools, the Main Lake, Sensory Garden, Victorian Volcanic Plains Garden, West Australian and South Australian and Southern African and the garden beds in development (Mediterranean Garden).
Information: JohnBentley 03 9743 3819 / 0412 762 531

Library Resources - list of books etc.

FMBG on Facebook

 

Grow the Garden Days

 

FMBG Vounteers 2016

 

Friends

 

SteveP Southern African Garden

 

Winners 2013 & 2016

and category Winner 2016 & 2018


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News and Events

MBG Plant Species
Lists ofthe garden's plant species with links to information sources about the species -> Click on Plant Species to see the developing list.
Dryland Eucalypts of the MBG - A garden guide (Version 2 Aug 2019) (5MB download - higher quality version available on request 23MB)
If you would like to be part of our IrisBG plant collection records team to audit and record the plants in garden please contact us.

MBG Amphitheatre
The Amphitheatre is available for use. Contact council (9747 7200) if you wish to have an event there.

Garden Updates
NEW BOOKLET: MBG Guide to the Plants of WA/SA Garden Beds (PDF download 5MB)
The Eastern Australian Dryland Garden is being planted from May 2021.
The Southern African Garden has more planting being done in some of the beds.
The Mediterranean Garden was built and planted in 2017.
The Mixed Garden Beds North area is in the northern section of the garden. The beds are: a Mediteranean Garden, a Californian, Central and Southern American Garden, a Western Australian and South Australian bed, two Eucalypt beds, an Eastern Australian Dryland bed, an Indigenous Grassland area and the Southern African bed.
Planting commenced in July 2018 along the Lake Walk on the south side of the lake with indigenous plants. The whole of the lake now has plantings between the concrete path and the lake edge.
The Lake Island is having more grasses added to improve the bird habitat and to provide a seed source for birds.

Volunteer and Help Build the Garden - Everyone is welcome to join in with any group or activity (Volunteering Information)
Grow the Garden Days on the 4th Sunday every month 10am to noon - planting, watering and weeding

The works on specific tasks in various areas
of the Melton Botanic Garden.
Enter the Melton Botanic Garden at the north end at the corner of Williams and Tullidge Street behind Melton Home Timber and Hardware store.
Bushies
Work in the Bushfoods Garden every Tuesday 8.30am-noon. Steve Leyden coordinator
Creekers
This group meets every Thursday 9.30am-noon and work on Ryans Creek rehabilitation - Contact: Alan Partridge
Gumnuts
Gumnuts work in the Eucalyptus Arborteum or the Western Australian/South Australian Garden Tuesdays and Wednesdays 9.30am-noon - Contact: David Pye (5428 9369)
Lakers
Lakers work around the Lake 2nd, 3rd and 4thd Tuesdays every month 10am-noon - Contact: Jill Bentley (9743 3819)
Safaris
Work in the Southern African Garden on Tuesdays 8.30am-noon Contact: Steve and Ella Parker
Sun-Seekers
Mediterranean Garden Group - 8.30am-noon Tuesdays Contact: John Bentley (9743 3819)
Odd Jobbers
Odd Jobbers undertake various handyperson jobs at the Depot and in the garden - Usually every Tuesday and Thursday 9am-noon or when required - Contact John Bentley (9743 3819)
Nursery Team
Meet at the Plant Nursery inside the Depot to sell, tend and propagate plants - Tuesday 9am-noon Contact: Anne Langmaid
Tweeters
Bird watching and bird surveys. Dates are advised by email and social media - Contact Jill Bentley
Water Babies
WaterWatch - testing water quality at the Lake - 4th Thursday at 9.30am every month - Contact: Jill Bentley

FMBG Depot - 21 Williams Street, Melton (near corner of Williams and Tullidge Streets)

Clean Up Days
2nd Sunday of every 2nd month 10am to noon
(Feb, April, June, August, October)
Also Clean Up Australia Day is on the first Sunday in March at 10am.
Melton Botanic Garden - Meet at the Depot - 21 Williams St (Cnr Williams and Tullidge Streets)

MBG Working Party
The Working Party meets every 3 months at 3pm - Venue: MBG Depot, 21 Williams St, Melton
To develop the Melton Botanic Garden much planning and preparation is required.
The Working Party is a meeting of project managers, coordinators and external representatives.

Reminder - Membership fees due 30th June annually

City of Melton Budget 2015-2023 commitment to development of the MBG by the Friends
July 2018 - $35,000 allocated in the Melton City Council budget 2018/2019 for development of the Garden as recurrent base funding to 2023
July 2017 - $35,000 allocated in the Melton City Council budget 2017/2018 for development of the Garden
July 2016 - $50,000 allocated in the Melton City Council budget 2016/2017 for development of the Garden
July 2015 - $35,000 allocated in the Melton City Council budget 2015/2016 for development of the Garden

Melton Botanic Garden on ABC Gardening Australia -
The Melton Botanic Garden was featured in Series 25 Episode 10 shown on 24 May 2014 with Jane and Costa.
See the Factsheet and the show with just the MBG segments here.
The Eucalyptus Arborteum featured on 18 May 2018. See the video clip with Jane Edamanson here.

Awards:
"Protection of the Environment"
- Keep Victoria Beautiful Sustainable Cities Award 2018
"Best Environmental Development NPO Western Melbourne" - Australian Enterprise Awards 2017, APAC Insider Magazine
"Resource Recovery and Waste Management" - Sustainable Cities Keep Victoria Beautiful Award 2016 jointly with Melton City Council
"Best Access and Inclusion" - City of Melton Business Excellence Awards 2016
"Best Community Enterprise Business"- City of Melton Business Excellence Awards 2015
"Victorian Compost User Demonstrating Innovation and Advocacy in Amenity Markets" - Australian Organics Recycling Association 2015
"Best Community or Not for Profit Organisation"- City of Melton Business Excellence Awards 2014
"Community Action and Leadership" - Keep Australia Beautiful Victoria Sustainable Cities Award 2013
"Best Community or Not for Profit Organisation"- Melton Business Excellence Awards 2012
"Leaders in Sustainability"- Melton Business Excellence Awards 2011


   

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