November 23, 2014

153rd anniversary picnic

A couple of hundred people (including lots of children) came to the 153rd anniversary picnic in the Gardens on 16 November.

The Port Phillip Show Band were great - they come highly recommended.

Soul Mama Kitchen and Bianco Latte provided delish refreshments for those who didn't byo picnic.

Thanks to our generous sponsors - Elwood Community Bank, Hocking Stuart, City of Port Phillip and CityWide.

October 1, 2014

14 tonnes of tree

An amazingly generous householder in Middle Park donated 14 tonnes of palm and two possums to the  St Kilda Botanical Gardens today.  Apparently it took all day yesterday and two large cranes to remove the tree, and today it took a crane, half a dozen men, and four hours to get the tree into its new home.

How lucky are we? Now the centre bed has four palms again.

September 11, 2014

A little movie

Terrible "movie" made using hyperlapse - it's good fun to use but better on the very small screen!

All these plants are for sale - come and buy. All funds raised through plant sales go back into the St Kilda Botanical Gardens.

September 9, 2014

Doryanthes excelsa

Sort of ordinary looking plants - but whoa - look at the flower stem! Up to 3m high.  Also known as Gymea Lily.

Doryanthes palmeri in flower can be found on the path near the glasshouses.

August 30, 2014

Under glass

The conservatory and the glasshouses are hosting the most gorgeous plants. Come sit quietly in the conservatory and discover the colours and shapes, and the new life waiting (pic immediately below).

 Succulents in the glasshouses are flowering.  They are also for sale!

July 19, 2014

Cold but not wet Saturday

It was interesting checking out the Asian bed today - the Japanese lantern is in good nick and the several of the surrounding camellias are flowering beautifully.

We are adding to our succulent collection - it will be some time before the plants are ready for sale though.

The bulbs in the Friends' bed seem not to have had the strength to power through 6" of wood mulch - or, at least, there's no sign of successful growth.  But this dichroa is starting to flower and will look gorgeous.

June 14, 2014


The jubaea chilensis and silver date palm have been netted to help prevent destruction by sulphur crested cockatoos. As the trees are fruiting at the moment, hopefully seeds can be collected if/when the netting comes off.

March 29, 2014

Planting bulbs

We spent a couple of hours this afternoon planting bulbs in the Friends' bed.

It was hard work - there are millions of tiny interlocking tree roots all through the bed.

At the south end of the bed there were some intriguing funghi.

March 1, 2014

January 30, 2014

Australia Day

Well - it's some days now since the debacle of Australia Day in the St Kilda Botanical Gardens - time to simmer down.  Council tried hard but there's no accounting for the great Australian desire to get wasted, make a massive amount of noise, leave as much rubbish as possible.

A squad of security guards were ineffective - scared in fact.  The police were understaffed. The party goers couldn't give a stuff.  Despite banks of portable loos being available the garden beds, surrounding streets, neighbours' front yards were used as urinals.  Despite several large rubbish skips it took eight cleaners three hours to clean up the remaining rubbish, left eskies, etc the next morning.

We're worried about the St Kilda Botanical Gardens, but in reality we're way more worried about the society that's raising and condoning the behaviour of these young people who appear to have little moral compass or awareness of their place in their/our community.  Sincere apologies to all those people who party without destruction - we certainly don't want to tar the whole community because of the recklessness of some.

January 22, 2014

Remembering Tilman Gloystein

One hundred and twenty years ago the designer of the St Kilda Botanical Gardens died. Tilman Gloystein was a skilled lithographer whose life - what little we've been able to find out - was a little unhappy and chaotic.  But he had great foresight - his design of the Gardens stands today, despite changing times and attitudes.  So we (the Friends) decided to celebrate his life by having a plaque installed at his last resting place. The Sunbury Cemetery.
L-R Jane, Patricia and Claude - Friends.
Lots more info about Tilman to come.

January 19, 2014

Australia Day in the Gardens

Well - it's less than a week until Australia Day. Let's hope it's more pleasant for the locals in the Gardens this year.  We all agree that the St Kilda Botanical Gardens is a great place to get together with friends.  But in a more convivial atmosphere than has happened in the past couple of years.