The Burnley Campus has a history of over 120 years of horticultural research and teaching. The campus is internationally recognised for its expanding profile in green infrastructure research and development.
Opportunities for visiting the Burnley Green Roofs are possible through the Open House Melbourne and Burnley Open Day.
Burnley Open Day 2015
Burnley was looking splendid for her annual Open Day on Saturday 5 September with the hint of a new spring season approaching; deciduous trees starting to leaf, bearded iris releasing their delicate fragrance and the wattles and thryptomene in the native garden flowering profusely. Our current Horticulture students welcomed visitors and provided excellent insight into their 'Burnley experience' at our course information sessions.
Burnley Open Day has traditionally been associated with demonstrations, such as fruit tree pruning which the Friends of Burnley Gardens Inc. duly delivered, along withtheir much-loved plant sale.The Heritage Gardens, Nursery Tours and the Green Roof showcase sessions also continue to be highly popular.
Burnley's tradition is about plants; their identification, use and management. With the current global focus on climate change adaptation, David Glenn of Lambley Nursery as keynote speaker, attracted visitors to a beautifully illustrated talk titled 'Selecting Perennials for a Dry Climate'. David's talk was peppered with wonderful anecdotes including one about artist Margaret Olley and the zinnias he supplied to her for a still life painting. David's main regret was that he couldn't possibly afford to buy it!
Burnley Open Day provides an opportunity to learn about our teaching, research and engagement activities. It is also an occasion to meet industry partners or employers keen to offer internship placements and other opportunities for our students.