Sunday May 22nd – 29th 2024

With Ballarat Heritage Festival upon us, Friends of Buniinyong Botanic Gardens are marking the occasion with two activities in the Gardens celebrating our diverse collection of the Pinaceae family – pines, spruces and cedars:

¬ A free week-long exhibition ‘Narrowed down to Needles’ 22-29 May in the Rotunda (open all day), illustrating each of the Pinaceae trees in our Gardens and describing their characteristics and history.

¬ A free one-hour tour of the Gardens themed ‘The Centurian Pines’ to be guided by Lorraine Powell on Saturday 25 May at 10:30am, starting from the Rotunda.

The attractive 100+ years-old Spanish Fir (Albies pinsapo) towering 21 metres over the Buninyong Botanic Gardens is an outstanding species of the Pinaceae family and is listed on the National Trust of Australia’s Register of Significant Trees. Spanish Fir trees are quite rare in garden settings and are only found in the wild in a small region of mountainous mainland Spain.


Past Events

Sunday May 28th 2023

Guided Tour of the Enduring Elms in the Buninyong Botanical Gardens – Meet at the Rotunda – Free

Botanic Gardens Day 29th May 2022


The Magic Pudding – The Bard in Buninyong


Sunday 5th December 3 sessions of this classic story – now Fully booked!


Past Events

Shakepeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” 7,8, 9 14, 15 16 Feb

This was a great success. The Friends again supported The Bard In Buninyong with the comedy of Shakepeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” in the beautiful Buninyong Botanic Gardens. Set in Ancient Greece; on a night of madness, mayhem, mischief, and young love gone awry. Where young lovers find themselves in a dream-like enchanted forest – where sprites lurk and fairies rule.

October Open Gardens 2019

It’s Springtime in Buninyong and in conjunction with the Buninyong Festival, the Friends of Buninyong Botanic Gardens are again hosting the opening of three delightful Buninyong Gardens over the weekend Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th October.
The three Gardens are:
Veronica & Steve’s Garden (1853) @ Mossmont, 1207 Winter Street
Suse & Stuart’s Garden (2007) @ 86 Hastie Street
Lois & Holly’s Garden (1867) @ Old Vicarage, 708 Warrenheip Street
Our Nursery group have also been busy potting up plants in readiness for sale at our stall in De Soza Park on Sunday 27th

Information Flyer – OGB 2019


Buninyong 2018

* Open Garden Saturday 27th October

Brim Brim  10:00am – 4.30pm

* Open Gardens & Springtime Festival  in Botanic Gardens Sunday 28th October

Brim Brim & 3 Yuille St Gardens 10:am – 4.30pm

Sustainable, Permaculture and Contemporary.

Gardens Entry:  Brim Brim $8, Yuille St $2 each, children free.

* Springtime Festival  in Botanic Gardens Sunday 28th October

Stalls in Botanic Gardens, Friends plant sales Old Police Station.

9.00am – 2.00pm

Bunyinyong Open Gardens & Spring Time Festival Flyer


17th November Gardens Tour

The Friends of Buninyong Botanic Gardens are pleased to announce that our Tours Organiser, Peter Hiscock, has again arranged another impressive bus tour to the Dandenong Ranges on Saturday 17th November.  The day will start at 8:30am, with visits to two private gardens “Chilcote” at Ferny Creek and “THE BRIARS” at Kallista and a picnic lunch will be enjoyed at George Tindale Memorial Gardens at Sherbrooke.

The cost, including morning and afternoon teas and a boxed lunch,  is $57 full price and a discount of $5 will be offered for Seniors.  Further information is attached and enquiries can be made with Peter on 0408 337 696.

Dandenongs 17 Nov 2018 Information

BUNINYONG FESTIVAL 29th October 2017

The Festival was an outstanding success and  the Friends would like to thank all who supported their plant stall.

Over 5,000 people attended on the day and the Festival Committee received an award for their event.


11-12 November

More information Ballarat Gardens in Spring 2017


That Tree You Love The Most

To celebrate National Tree Day on Sunday 30 July, Friends of Buninyong Botanic Gardens invited members of the community to enter a lighthearted competition and nominate their favourite tree in Buninyong.
Here are the winners:



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.