Guilfoyle's Volcano in Melbourne's Royal Botanic Gardens is the setting for a lesson in succulents.

Guilfoyle's Volcano in Melbourne's Royal Botanic Gardens is the setting for a lesson in succulents. Photo: Wayne Taylor

The succulents planted over and around Guilfoyle’s Volcano will be examined on Sunday in a tour of the water-holding feature at the Royal Botanic Gardens. There will be instruction in how to propagate and plant succulents at home, with a take-home specimen provided by the Growing Friends. The tour runs from 10am to 11.30am, $20/ $17 concession or friends member. Book on 9252 2300, meet at the Visitor Centre, Observatory Gate. The event will be repeated on July 20 and August 5.

Photographing gardens

Simon Griffiths will speak next week about photographing gardens using examples of his own work. The Australian Garden History Society lecture is next Wednesday, June  25, at 6 for 6.30pm, Mueller Hall, the Herbarium (Birdwood Avenue, South Yarra), $25/ $20 members/ $10 students. Go to trybooking.com/EFVZ to book.

Exotic gardens

Renaissance and baroque gardens in Italy and temple and imperial palace gardens in Japan will be the topics of discussion during illustrated talks next Thursday, June  26. The Friends of the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne lectures will be given by Cathy Trinca and Catherine Drew at 9.45am for 10am, Domain House (Dallas Brooks Drive, Melbourne), $30/ friends $25. Phone 9650 6398 for bookings and inquiries.

Art fair

There’s an art fair ring to the three-day Contemporary Garden Fair that opened in London on Friday and highlights how garden shows (like art fairs) are proliferating. The new event, called Grow London and launched on Hampstead Heath, boasts an extensive line of speakers (including landscape designers, beekeepers, florists, organic farmers, broadcasters, writers) and four feature gardens. Go to growlondon.com for more information.