THE GARDENS

The Gardens

2015

The Warrnambool Botanic Gardens (WBG) team is pleased to report on our achievements over the past year.

 Achievements by the team include:

  • Continued mulching of existing specimen trees.
  • Infill plantings of shrub beds to add to the diversity of plant material and to increase the ‘bulk’ of these beds.
  • Mulching of these beds continues along with some reshaping to define bed edges and to assist with turf management.
  • Installation of new poly pipe to bypass existing and clogged galvanised pipes.
  • Installation of underground wiring for future automation of irrigation.
  • Installation of automated irrigation to beds 8, 12,14 and 16.
  • Uplifting of the Cypress and Pine plantings along the western boundary.
  • Installation of a new picnic table generously donated by the Jones Family and reshaping of bed 15 to accommodate it.
  • Planting assistance given to the Friends of Swan Reserve.
  • Display bed plantings using both annual displays and perennial displays.
  • Planting and mulching of specimen trees within lawn areas.
  • Mulching and planting out under the ‘Money Tree’.
  • Fernery drainage – reducing risk of slipping and making for all weather access.
  • Kings College involvement within WBG for community service – supervised by Murtle.
  • Continued management of WBG Facebook page that enables the team to post events, works and general interest photos of WBG for followers to see.
  • Continued close association with South West TAFE in which apprentice’s gain much needed practical experience within WBG.

Ros, Murtle and I, again look forward to continuing our close working relationship with the Friends of Warrnambool Botanic Gardens particularly given the significance of next year being the 150th anniversary.

Personally I would like to take this opportunity to thank the FOWBG committee for their continued support of the team’s work within WBG.

Happy gardening!

John Sheely

Curator, Warrnambool BG

2014

The Warrnambool Botanic Gardens (WBG) team is pleased to report on our achievements over the past year.

Achievements by the team over the past year include:

  • Removal of Cypress Arch to reinstate intended views of the palm avenue.
  • Continued mulching of existing specimen trees and shrub beds.
  • Infill plantings of shrub beds to add to the diversity of plant material and to increase the ‘bulk’ of these beds.
  • Mulching of these beds continues along with some reshaping to define bed edges and to assist with turf management.
  • Planting of bulbs within strategic locations to increase the diversity of flowers within WBG and also to highlight certain areas at certain times of the year.
  • Installation of a new bore line through the central lawn area.
  • Removal of woody weeds on the western island (bed 17) and the replanting of more suitable plants.
  • Installation of solenoid valves to beds 8, 10, 13, 14 and 16 for future automated irrigation within these beds.
  • Display bed plantings using both annual displays and perennial displays.
  • Installation of fixed sprinklers within the fernery that are now automated.
  • Planting and mulching of specimen trees within lawn areas.
  • Collection of Lone Pine cones for potential propagation and distribution.
  • Dead wooding and selective pruning of high profile trees was undertaken resulting in significant aesthetic improvements along with proactive mature tree management.
  • Planting out, mulching and tree guarding of significant pines within the pinetum.
  • Continued management of WBG Facebook page that enables the team to post events, works and general interest photos of WBG for followers to see.
  • Continued close association with South West TAFE in which apprentices gain much needed practical experience within WBG.

The WBG team, Ros, Murtle and I, again look forward to continuing our close working relationship with the Friends of Warrnambool Botanic Gardens. Personally I would like to take this opportunity to thank the FOWBG committee for their continued support of the team’s work within WBG.

I encourage all of you to visit the WBG and take the time to grab a team member and have a chat.

Happy gardening!

John Sheely

Curator, Warrnambool BG

2013

Achievements by the team over the past year include:

  • Preliminary clearing out of bed 13 in preparation for new plantings in Spring 2013.
  • Continued mulching of existing specimen trees and shrub beds.
  • Infill plantings of shrub beds to add to the diversity of plant material and to increase the ‘bulk’ of these beds.
  • Mulching of these beds continues along with some reshaping to define bed edges and to assist with turf management.
  • Planting of bulbs within strategic locations to increase the diversity of flowers within WBG and also to highlight certain areas at certain times of the year.
  • Creation and installation of Rotunda signage including the use of a QR code for immediate access to booking forms for the rotunda via a smart phone.
  • Display bed plantings using both annual displays and perennial displays.
  • Demonstration garden highlighting vegetables that can be grown at home in small spaces.
  • Planting and mulching of specimen trees within lawn areas.
  • Continued participation in a community program with Kings College where students are undertaking gardening works within WBG fortnightly.
  • Dead wooding and selective pruning of high profile trees was undertaken resulting in significant aesthetic improvements along with proactive mature tree management.
  • Planting out, mulching and tree guarding of significant pines within the pinetum.
  • Creation and management of WBG Facebook page that enables the team to post events, works and general interest photos of WBG for followers to see.

Continued close association with South West TAFE in which apprentice’s gain much needed practical experience within WBG.

 

2012

Despite fluctuations in staffing levels we managed to achieve a thing or two. 

Projects undertaken by the team over the past year include:

  • Continued mulching of existing specimen trees
  • Realignment of garden beds to eliminate ‘dead’ areas and create more planting opportunities
  • Installation of metal edging in the parterre display beds and sundial display beds
  • Drainage works to pathways
  • Planting and maintaining of annual displays within the display beds
  • Planting and mulching of specimen trees in lawn areas
  • Continued mulching of shrub beds
  • Sourcing and planting of Acanthus species to continue our plant collection
  • Levelling and returfing certain higher profile lawn areas (e.g. Rotunda)
  • Continued planting out of Bill Funk pines within the Pinetum
  • Removal of the Cypress archway closest to the fountain
  • Removal of 4 over-mature Cypress from northern boundary (near children’s crossing)
  • Participation in a community program with Kings College where students are undertaking gardening work within WBG every fortnight
  • Continuing our close association with South West TAFE in which apprentices gain much needed practical experience within WBG

Planting out around the Giraffe swing

 

2011

Projects undertaken by the team over the past year include:

  • Removal of the Bamboo in front of the ladies toilet and planting of a display garden.
  • Planting and maintaining of annual displays within the display beds.
  • Boxing of the giraffe swing and commencement of new plantings around this area.
  • Installation of an ‘access for all’ drinking fountain adjacent to the giraffe swing.
  • Extension of the bore line to complete the ring main – northeast corner.
  • Stage 2 of the waterwise garden has been completed.
  • Planting and mulching of specimen trees in lawn areas.
  • Planting of Pines within the Pinetum – material sourced from Bill Funk and grown on in the WBG nursery
  • Continued mulching of beds.
  • Renovating garden beds in accordance with Master Plan.
  • Thinning of the water lilies – western end.
  • Installation of drainage to redirect pond overflow from the path network into stormwater.
  • Creation of a new ‘main’ entrance from Botanic Road that aligns the entrance way with the bridge.
  • Under planting of trees within shrub beds.
  • Development of new garden beds where ‘dead’ areas are a maintenance issue.
  • Sourcing of Acanthus species to make up our first plant collection.

 

2010

The team has been busy ensuring that the landscape doesn’t remain static but rather dynamic to reflect the natural changes that occur within a garden.

Projects undertaken by the team over the past year include:

  • Reworking of the front gate bed to clearly distinguish between the annual displays and the perennial/shrub border. This has been achieved with the installation of metal edging.
  • Reworking of the Urn bed again to delineate between the annual displays and shrubs. Again metal edging was installed.
  • Mulching of both beds has ensured a better environment for plant growth and weed suppression.
  • Pruning, mulching and fencing of the ‘Money Tree’ in an attempt to prolong its life expectancy. Mulching and fencing has enabled the ‘Money Tree’ to be further enhanced as a prominent part of the landscape. Mulching has also permitted the under planting of bulbs within the mulched exclusion zone.
  • Stage 2 of the waterwise garden has commenced with clearing works finalised and planting due to start shortly.
  • Removal of the Pampas Grass around the fountain and replanting of more ‘environmental friendly’ screening species.
  • Planting of specimen trees in lawn areas.
  • Mulching of the Cedars in the northeast corner.
  • Removal of a dead Lawson Cypress.
  • Continued mulching of beds.
  • Thinning of the water lilies.

The continued support of the FOWBG is greatly appreciated and we again look forward to further developing this relationship.

I look forward to seeing you all at the gardens over the coming year and would encourage you to grab a team member and have a chat.

 

2009

Firstly, it would be remiss of me not to thank the ‘immediate’ botanic gardens team of Ros and Mark for all that we have achieved in the previous 12 months. 

Also the efforts of the parks and gardens staff that assist in the maintenance of the gardens should also be acknowledged.

Looking back we have been able to achieve the following in the past 12 months:

  • Installation of sub-surface irrigation in the fernery
  • Replanting of the fernery with key Otway ferns and path rectification works
  • Removal of ‘inappropriate’ plant material within beds and lawn areas.
  • Propagating key plant material within WBG
  • Planting of new trees and shrubs
  • Establishing contact with professional sources outside of WCC
  • Continued planting of annuals within key areas
  • Mulching of both beds and specimen trees
  • Planning and implementation of the waterwise garden including interpretative signage
  • Uplifting of boundary Cypress trees

The monthly FOWBG mornings in the garden have seen a wide range of activities undertaken. These mornings are an opportunity for the Friends to mix with the team and learn and/or develop gardening skills.

The assistance by the Friends on these mornings is appreciated by the team as it assists us with achieving set tasks (many hands make light work!) and gives everyone an opportunity to get to know each other.

The continued support of the FOWBG is greatly appreciated and we look forward to further developing this relationship.

For those that haven’t visited the gardens for a while, please come in and have a walk around.

 

2007

John started at the gardens early this year and has already made some major in-roads into the restoration of the gardens.

He has started propagation of garden plants, mulching around all the major trees and has just re planted the first of around 11 garden beds. 

He is organising the staff to visit other gardens, and conscious that the Friends and Staff have a good working relationship. 

With John’s employment at TAFE he is forming a good bridge between the gardens and the students.

John has plans to assist us with the growing area where we hope to build on our membership involvement.

We are very excited about the coming years and us helping John in his endeavours.