News and Events
MBG Plant Species
Use Garden Explorer to view the plants and features in the garden on your smart phone, mobile device or computer
Lists ofthe garden's plant species with links to information sources about the species -> Click on Plant Species to see the developing list.
Dryland Eucalypts of the MBG - A garden guide (Version 2 Aug 2019) (5MB download - higher quality version available on request 23MB)
MBG Guide to the Plants of WA/SA Garden Beds (PDF download 5MB).
If you would like to be part of our IrisBG plant collection records team to audit and record the plants in garden please contact us.
The Amphitheatre is available for use. Contact council (9747 7200) if you wish to have an event there.
The Eastern Australian Dryland Garden is being planted from May 2021.
The Southern African Garden has more planting being done in some of the beds.
The Mediterranean Garden was built and planted in 2017. We continue to add and refresh plantings.
The Mixed Garden Beds North area is in the northern section of the garden.
The beds are: a Mediteranean Garden, a Californian, Central and Southern American Garden, a Western Australian and South Australian bed, two Eucalypt beds, an Eastern Australian Dryland bed, an Indigenous Grassland area and the Southern African bed.
Indigenous plants can be enjoyed along the Lake Walk for 1km arounds the lake.
The Lake Island is having more grasses added to improve the bird habitat and to provide a seed source for birds.
Volunteer to help build, enhance and maintain the Botanic Garden
Everyone is welcome to join in with any group or activity (Volunteering Information)
Grow the Garden Days - 4th Sunday every month 10am to noon - planting, watering, muching and weeding etc.
Regular Volunteer Groups (we also have a Centrelink Volunteer Program Tuesday to Wedesday 8am-1pm.)
Work in the Bushfoods Garden every Tuesday 8am-noon. John Bentley,
Project Manager (9743 3819)
This group meets every Thursday 8am-noon and work on Ryans Creek rehabilitation - Contact: Alan Partridge
in the Eastern Australian Dryland Garden. Tues, Wed and/or Thurs. Contact John Bentley.
Gumnuts work in the Eucalyptus Arborteum or the Western Australian/South Australian Garden Tuesdays and Wednesdays 8am-noon - Contact: John Bentley or Michael Marshall
Lakers work around the Lake 2nd, 3rd and 4thd Tuesdays every month - Contact: Jill Bentley (9743 3819)
Work in the Southern African Garden on Wednesdays - Contact: Steve and Ella Parker
Generally work in southern gardens that are north of Ryans Creek and the lake and west of the lake wall - Contact Ian Barnes
Mediterranean Garden Group - 8.00am-noon Tuesdays Contact: John Bentley (9743 3819)
Victorian Volcanic Plains
We have a number of
VVP garden beds you can volunteer to help in. Contact: John Bentley (9743 3819)
Odd Jobbers undertake various handyperson jobs at the Depot and in the garden - Usually every Tuesday and Thursday 8am-noon or when required - Contact John Bentley (9743 3819)
Meet at the Plant Nursery
inside the Depot to sell, tend and propagate plants - Tuesday 9am-noon Contact: Anne Langmaid
Assitant with adminstration tasks at the depot. Tuesday and Thursday mornings. Some tasks can be done from home. Contact: Janet Dyke
Plant Collection Records Officers Team
Assist with recording plants, adding photos, features, tours, information etc
onto the FMBG plant database IrisBG. Contact John Bentley or Jennifer Peters. See Garden Explorer for the public interface with the data.
Bird watching and bird surveys. Dates are advised by email and social media - Contact Margaret Smith or Jill Bentley
FMBG Depot - 21 Williams Street, Melton (near corner of Williams and Tullidge Streets)
Clean Up Days
2nd Sunday of every 2nd month 10am to noon (Feb, April, June, August, October)
Also Clean Up Australia Day is on the first Sunday in March at 10am.
Melton Botanic Garden - Meet at the Depot - 21 Williams St (Cnr Williams and Tullidge Streets)
Membership Renewal - due 30th June annually (See: Membership
City of Melton Budget 2015-2023 commitment to development of the MBG by the Friends
July 2023 - $36,500 allocated in the Melton City Council budget 2023/2024 for development of the Garden
July 2018 - $35,000 allocated in the Melton City Council budget 2018/2019 for development of the Garden as recurrent base funding to 2023
July 2017 - $35,000 allocated in the Melton City Council budget 2017/2018 for development of the Garden
July 2016 - $50,000 allocated in the Melton City Council budget 2016/2017 for development of the Garden
July 2015 - $35,000 allocated in the Melton City Council budget 2015/2016 for development of the Garden
Melton Botanic Garden on ABC Gardening Australia -
The Melton Botanic Garden has featured on national television in ABC Gardening Australia:
2022 Series 33 Episode 8 - The MBG Southern African Garden on 8 April 2022 with Jane Edmanson,
2018 Series 29 Episode 17 - The Eucalyptus Arborteum and Gumnuts featured on 18 May 2018 with Jane Edamanson.
2014 Series 25 Episode 10 - The Melton Botanic Garden on 24 May 2014 with Jane and Costa.
"Protection of the Environment" - Keep Victoria Beautiful Sustainable Cities Award 2018
"Best Environmental Development NPO Western Melbourne" - Australian Enterprise Awards 2017, APAC Insider Magazine
"Resource Recovery and Waste Management" - Sustainable Cities Keep Victoria Beautiful Award 2016 jointly with Melton City Council
"Best Access and Inclusion" - City of Melton Business Excellence Awards 2016
"Best Community Enterprise Business"- City of Melton Business Excellence Awards 2015
"Victorian Compost User Demonstrating Innovation and Advocacy in Amenity Markets" - Australian Organics Recycling Association 2015
"Best Community or Not for Profit Organisation"- City of Melton Business Excellence Awards 2014
"Community Action and Leadership" - Keep Australia Beautiful Victoria Sustainable Cities Award 2013
"Best Community or Not for Profit Organisation"- Melton Business Excellence Awards 2012
"Leaders in Sustainability"- Melton Business Excellence Awards 2011