News and events from the world of gardening

Tree Talk

Planting and managing urban trees will be discussed in a lecture by Dr Susan Murphy at Burnley next week. Murphy, an academic-turned-municipal-urban-tree-planner, will outline some of the different trees being planted in Melbourne and the benefits they provide, including creating shade, mitigating urban heat island effects and improving air quality. She speaks at 7.30pm on Wednesday, August 14, following the annual meeting of the Friends of Burnley Gardens, which starts at 6pm. The lecture costs $20/$10 Friends and is at 500 Yarra Boulevard, Richmond.

Climate Watch Walk

Learn how climate change is affecting the seasonal behaviour of plants and animals and help collect data to monitor biodiversity in a guided walk through Melbourne’s Royal Botanic Gardens on Tuesday, August 13. The free 90-minute walk starts at 11am, bookings essential, go to for information about this and other walks organised for this month.

Camellia Time

The Little Jen camellia.
The Little Jen camellia.CREDIT:QUENTIN JONES

Camellia-flowering season is in full swing and the Victorian Camellia Championships will be held next weekend as part of the Camellia, Garden and Floral Art Show. The event, which also includes the Floral Art Winter Championships and cut-flower, fruit, vegetable and bonsai exhibits, is presented by Camellias Victoria and the Waverley Garden Club. It is at the Mount Waverley Community Centre, 47 Miller Crescent, Mount Waverley, and runs from 1pm to 5pm next Saturday, August 17, and from 10am to 4.30pm on Sunday, August 18, $5.

Weed Tour

Adam Grubb, co-author of The Weed Forager’s Handbook, will lead an “edible weeds walk” near Merri Creek in Brunswick East on Saturday, August 31. The walk, organised by Very Edible Gardens, runs from 1.30pm to 3.30pm, $25.