That Tree You Love The Most

To celebrate National Tree Day on Sunday 30 July, Friends of Buninyong Botanic Gardens is inviting members of the community to enter a lighthearted competition and nominate their favourite tree in Buninyong.
Perhaps it’s a tree that had a swing slung from its branches, or hosted your childhood treehouse, where you smooched with a sweetheart, adored its shade on scorching summer days, or a tree that is just so magnificently beautiful!
If your entry wows the judges, you’ll win a Fleming’s Nurseries
gift voucher to take to Formosa Gardens Nursery and select your prize from the extensive range of ornamental and fruit trees on display. And it is the perfect time for planting trees.
Entering the competition is simple. Just send in a photo of your favourite tree with up to 100 words on why it is special to you.

Information My Favourite Buninyong Tree, Poster

Send these by email to
or mail to Trees at PO Box 28 Buninyong, 3357.

Please include a phone contact number.
Entries must arrive no later than 10 July 2017 and judging will be conducted by a panel comprising Friends of Buninyong
Botanic Gardens and the editorial team at Buninyong & District Community News.

Past Events


June 15th

Burnley Gardens

Burnley Gardens formerly Burnley Horticultural College Gardens and now a campus of Melbourne University.

Como House

“Como House” where a lot of recent work has been done on the gardens.


“Villa Alba” in Kew where the garden is a comparatively recent installation supervised by Dr James Broadbent and based on extensive research by Mrs Jessie Serle.


Mysteries in the Buninyong Botanic Gardens  Sunday 21st May

A guided tour of the beautiful hidden treasure, the Buninyong Botanic Gardens, which are more than 150 years old, and the historic court buildings that date from the beginnings of legal administration on the Ballarat Goldfields. Expert guides highlighted the  important early trees, and recreational structures like the old swimming baths.


Thursday 27th October

Gardens Tour – three gardens which are a legacy of noted designer William Guilfoyle

Two private homestead gardens in the Birregurra area.

“Turkeith”and “Mooleric” are both woTurkeithrking farms with heritage listed buildings and large gardens where the influence of Guilfoyle holds firm.


Colac Botanical Gardens which were developed in the 1870s and later enhanced by William Guilfoyle.

The COLAC BOTANICAL GARDENS cover some 15 Hectares and contain over 1000 specimens including many listed trees.




  • Garden and House Tours – Geelong was visited on Thursday May 19th, 2016.  Two National Trust properties at Geelong –
  • “The Heights” The Heights1        and “Barwon Grange” Barwon Grange1and for a catered lunch at the Geelong Botanical Gardens.
  •  Official Opening of the Old Police Station, Buninyong Primary School was held on Friday 22nd April, 2016 at 10am.


  • And, if you would like to join the Nursery group – they meet every Monday between 1-3pm at the Old Police Station behind the Buninyong Botanic Gardens.