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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 Wednesday 14th August 2019 at 7.30pm at Botanica Springs Community Centre 249 Clarkes Rd, Brookfield VIC 3338
Speaker:Tim Entwisle, Director and Chief Executive at Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria
Topic: The New Arid Garden at the Royal Botanic Garden Victoria Melbourne
Presentation covers: The new arid garden extending Guilfoyle's Volcano
Regular meetings March-November 2018 are at Botanica Springs Community Centre 249 Clarkes Rd, Brookfield VIC 3338
For information on FMBG meetings contact John Bentley: 9743 3819

Plant Nursery
The nursery is open for sales only on Tuesdays, Thursdays, 2nd and 4th Sundays. Hours are 10am-1pm.
Address: 21 Williams St, Melton, 3337.
Short break from sales of about 4 weeks over Christmas/New Year re-opening mid-January.
Latest list of Plants For Sale (July 2019)

Guided Tours of the Melton Botanic Garden
Next public guided tour is during NAIDOC Week Fri 12 June
Get the flyer for NAIDOC Week

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.

Grow the Garden Days





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FMBG Vounteers 2016




SteveP Southern African Garden


Winners 2013 & 2016

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News and Events

MBG Plant Species
We are starting to list the garden's plant species with links to information sources about the species - Click on Plant Species to see the developing list
Version 1 of the booklet Eucalypts of MBG Eucalyptus Arborteum has been released (3MB download - higher quality version available on request 15MB)

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

Garden Updates
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 being developed in the northern section of the garden. The first two beds to be made are a Mediteranean Garden and a Californian, Central and Southern American Garden. The path network is complete and all beds are defined. The Western Australian and South Australian Bed has been planted. One of the Eucalypt beds has been planted. The Eastern Australian Bed has been planted. Planting is being done in the Indigenous Grassland Bed and the Southern African Bed.
Planting commenenced in July 2018 along the Botanic Trail on the south side of the lake with indigenous plants.
The Lake Island is having 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

Generally work 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.
Work in the Bushfoods Garden every Tuesday 8.30am-noon. Steve Leyden
This group meets every Thursday 9.30am-noon and work on Ryans Creek rehabilitation - Contact Margaret Peters (5367 3328)
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 work around the Lake 2nd, 3rd and 4thd Tuesdays every month 10am-noon - Contact Jill Bentley (9743 3819)
Work in the Southern African Garden on Tuesdays 8.30am-noon
Mediterranean Garden Group - 8.30am-noon Tuesdays
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
Bird watching and bird surveys. Usually first Wed 9.30am each month but dates are advised by email- Contact Geraldine Kelly
Water Babies
WaterWatch - testing water quality at the Lake - 4th Thursday at 9.30am every month

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.

"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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