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.

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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.



Saturday 27 and Sunday 28: Spring weekend plant sale, 10.00 am - 4.00 pm

All the plants in the Friends’ Nursery are sourced from the Geelong Botanic Gardens, showcasing a wide selection of Australian plants, colourful perennials, hardy shrubs, pelargoniums and succulents. The Friends’ Volunteers are a wealth of gardening information and are always happy to be of assistance. The Nursery entrance is located at the rear of the Gardens, gate close 4.00pm sharp.


Monday 5: Through the Garden Gates, 10.00 am - 4.00pm
This year we offer a self-drive tour of five garden locations in the Drysdale, Portarlington areas and East Geelong – offering an incredible variety of design and location. BYO picnic lunch or choose from a variety of cafés in Drysdale or Portarlington. Finishing with a delicious afternoon tea at Arundel in East Geelong, along with a plant stall and lucky ticket prizes. Garden entry and tour details are by pre-purchased ticket ONLY. NO tickets available on the day. $30 members, $40 non-members.(Afternoon Tea included). Read More





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.