What's On



January 2022

21-23 Friday to Sunday: Beginners' Botanical Drawing Workshop in Graphite and Coloured Pencil, 9.90 am - 4.30 pm 
This intensive 3-day workshop is an introduction to botanical art learning the basics of drawing.  The focus will be on drawing from observation starting with graphite pencils (day 1) and moving to coloured pencils (days 2-3) to achieve realistic renderings of botanical subjects.  This will incorporate developing skills such as tonal variation, different mark making techniques, understanding how basic geometric shapes can be found in nature and translating them into your drawings.  This workshop is suitable for beginners with little to no experience in botanical drawing and is presented in a friendly and supportive environment within the setting of the beautiful Geelong Botanic Gardens. Contact the Friends' office to book your place and for the course description and material list.


Cost: Members $295, Non-members $325. Places are filling fast, please call the office to secure your spot in this workshop.



Sunday 13: Themed Guided Walk ' Perennial and Silver Border, 2.00 pm
GBG has an impressive display of perennial plants and silver plants in its borders. Come and learn how these plants not only have the ability conserve water but at the same time offer a colourful addition to our  gardens. Meet your guide at the front gates, cost: gold coin donation.

Monday 21: High Tea and Guided Walk for new members 2.00 pm - 4.00 pm

Monday 28: Self-Drive tour 'Ecletic Rural Gardens' 10.00 am - 4.30 pm


1 - 31: Geelong School of Botanical Art Exhibition 'Inspired by Nature 7' 


Friday 8: Coach tour to Gardens and Nurseries near Daylesford





The Friends’ Plant Nursery is open every Wednesday from 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 Demonstration 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
  • 2018 - the Bellarine
  • 2019 - the Surf Coast

In 2019, the tour revisited the Surf Coast region and visited four stunning gardens in the Freshwater Creek, Moriac and Bellbrae 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 Bellbrae.  At Bellbrae, there was a Plant Stall (plants from gardens of Growers and Friends).