September 20, 2012

Gardens in Focus photography competition

Pick up your cameras and start exploring the wonders of a botanic garden for the chance to share in $10,000 in prizes and a place for the winning photograph in the International Garden Photographer of the Year exhibition in the UK.

Use photography to reveal what makes the St Kilda Botanical Garden a real treasure.  Every photo entered counts for one vote for our Gardens.

More info here.

September 11, 2012

This summer's photographic project

This summer we're inviting locals to take a photo of themselves sitting on the 150th commemorative garden seat near the pond in the St Kilda Botanical Gardens.  Pics can be sent to, or uploaded via twitter @stkildabotgard or

Here's a photo to kick off the project.

September 8, 2012

Vale Kitty

Long time and very active member of the Friends, Kitty Barclay, died this morning (8 Sept). Despite major illness over the past year, Kitty continued to participate in Friends activities and on the committee until a couple of weeks ago. Kitty's contribution to the Friends and to the Gardens was significant.  She will be greatly missed.
Kitty holding the 1 of 150 at last November's 150th anniversary celebration

NB: A party to celebrate Kitty's life will be held on Saturday 22 September (4-6pm) at St Columba's School Hall, 24 Glenhuntly Road, Elwood.  Please get in touch ( if you plan to attend - this will  help with catering.

September 7, 2012

Coming down, going in

The high winds on Wednesday night brought down the crown of one of the pheonix palms in the centre of the Gardens. Looks impressive on the ground, would have looked amazing coming down.

The irrigation people have just about finished in the rose garden and are now heading towards the centre of the Gardens.

These beds are being lifted on Monday in prep for new irrigation to be installed

September 1, 2012

Sunday Age article on vandalism

The Sunday Age online article on the vandalism in the Gardens can be seen here.

Vandals apprehended

Good news - we heard this afternoon that last night the police arrested a dozen people for the damage to the conservatory.  The glass has been replaced; the graffiti is still to be removed.

Both police and security patrolled the gardens today.  But it's rare that damage occurs during the day - it's usually in the dead of night that appalling drunken behaviour occurs.