What's On


Our Volunteer Guides also have many activities to help visitors to discover more about the Gardens - find out more at Walks, Talks and the Gardens.

What's On this month: Read more


Third Sunday of Every Month, 1.00 – 3.00 pm

Meet the Friends’ Guides for interesting information and direction to key plants and seasonal change. Copies of the Self-guided Walks and information sheets are available at the Discovery Table and the Teahouse.



Christmas Holiday closures:

  • No Guided Walk on Sunday 23 December or Sunday 30 December
  • The Friends' Plant Nursery is closed on Wednesday 26 December
  • The Friends' office will close on Wednesday 19 December and re-open Monday 7 January


Friday - Sunday, 11-13: Three-day workshop advanced watercolour- 'A Picture of a Pitcher' 9.30am - 4.30pm
The three-day workshop with tutor John Pastoriza-Pinol will cover the painting of a pitcher (Nepanthes sp), these may be fresh or dried specimens. Students will learn techniques of using masking fluid to conserve vital elements of the specimens and learn dry brush techniques to complete their painting. Tutor: John Pastoiza-Pinol. $210 members or $225 non-members

Friday 18: Workshop - 'Botanic Art Merchandise and Framing'   9.30am - 4.30pm
Focusing on the advantage of scanning artwork to produce merchandise encompassing Email, downloads, professional scans, USB Duplicating, cropping, adjusting exposure and colour Use of online Photoshop Designing and producing your merchandise Printing companies. The second segment of the workshop will be looking at the different possibilities for successful framing, so bring some unframed artwork to discuss problem-solving. Tutor: Dolores Sk-Malloni. $90 members or $100 non-members


Tuesday 22: Culinary Demonstration with Gwen-'Summer Entertaining', 11.00am
Watch our ‘Passionate Baker and Cook’ and FGBG Guide in action, pick up some culinary tips and stay to taste the delicious results.  Maximum 20 people.  FGBG Members Only. Bookings essential by Tuesday 15 January.  $20 per person, delicious lunch included. Read more


Saturday 2, Sunday 3: Two-day workshop -'Introduction to Botanic Art'
Students will learn the basics of botanical art including drawing to composition, painting techniques and introduction to colour theory.  Students who enrol in this beginner’s workshop may have completed some level of art but may wish to learn more about botanical art. There are no prerequisites to enrol in this class just an eagerness to learn and a sense of adventure. Tutor: John Pastoriza-Pinol. $140 members $150 non-members.







The Friends’ Plant Nursery is open every Wednesday 9.30 am to 12.30 pm showcasing a wide selection of plants sourced from the Geelong Botanic Gardens.

Located at the rear of the GBG.


Every Wednesday at 11.00 am, and Sunday at 2.00 pm.


For more information, or to make a booking, contact the Friends’ office on 5222 6053 between 10.00 am and 1.00 pm Monday to Friday.


Teahouse @GBG Bookings can be made by phone 0413 706 535.

Members recently enjoyed a Cooking Demonstartion with Gwen Anderson and absolutely enjoyed the luncheon which followed.  (Photos: Annie McGeachy)

Through the Garden Gates
The Friends have held these very popular self-drive garden tours, visiting private gardens in the areas:
  • 2012 - the Bellarine
  • 2013 - the Surf Coast
  • 2014 - Geelong
  • 2015 - the Bellarine
  • 2016 - Golden Plains
  • 2017 - the Bellarine

In 2017, the tour revisited the Bellarine region and visited four stunning gardens in the Torquay and Bellarine Peninsula areas – offering an incredible variety of design and location.

Afternoon Tea was included in the ticket price - and this was again a delicious event, held at Pope's Patch.  At Pope's Patch, there was a Plant Stall (plants from gardens of Growers and Friends) and Lucky Ticket Prizes.