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Michèle Adler Gates at Burnley Gardens

 

Next time you are in the city (Melbourne), check out the Burnley campus of the University of Melbourne where Michèle (and Rod) worked for many years.  There you will find a new set of magnificent wrought iron gates at the entry of the former orchard area of the Gardens – and they were recently ‘opened’ in honour of Michèle.

The idea and the design were generated by Michèle to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Gardens.  The gates were commissioned by the Friends of Burnley Gardens (FOBG) and constructed by David Dawson from Overwrought, Daylesford.

Michèle says: “The Gardens have a very special place in my heart. They were and still are an important part of my life.  The gardens were my classroom and my laboratory. I feel so fortunate to have been able to work in them every day – sun, rain or moonshine. Thousands of horticulture students have shared their majesty. A gate between the Ornamental Gardens and the former orchard (now Field Station) signifies the past, the present and the future of The Gardens.”

Michèle is an honorary life member and currently Vice Chair of FOBG, organizing lectures, activities and the annual Pruning Day (Open Day). The major focus of the Friends of Burnley Gardens is to support the heritage-listed Gardens.

How to find them:  The Burnley Gardens are at 500 Yarra Boulevard, Richmond 3121.

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