What's On


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

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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.




Sunday 12: Discovery Walk - 'Heritage trees and artist's view' 2.00 pm, Gold coin donation
Geelong Botanic Gardens is well known for its magnificent heritage trees, many of which are classified by the National Trust.  Our botanic artists have been inspired by these and many others and their work is collected in the book ‘TREES Capturing the Essence of Geelong Botanic Gardens: Artists Views’.  Follow the tree trail with your Guide to find the originals. Meet at the front gates.


Friday 1: Friends' Christmas Drinks, 5.30 pm - 7.30 pm in the Meeting Room
Celebrate Christmas and a successful year with the Friends whilst supporting this unique Christmas Fair with the some of the artists of Geelong School of Botanical Art and the Friends of Geelong Botanic Gardens. For current members (non-members by invitation only); bookings are essential. Please contact the Office to confirm attendance by Wednesday 29 November.

Saturday and Sunday 2-3 : Christmas Fair, 10.00 am - 4.00 pm
A Christmas Fair showcasing artworkand merchandise from the Geelong School of Botanical Art and Friends of Geelong Botanic Gardens. Artwork, Prints, Books, Cards and general merchandise for sale.  Located in the meeting room at the rear of the gardens.



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 2016, the tour visited four stunning gardens in the Golden Plains region around Teesdale and Inverleigh. We had not visited these gardens before on a Through the Garden Gates tour; they offered an amazing variety of design, location and purpose.

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