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.





Sunday 11: Themed Discovery Walk -'Plants from the Gondwana Continant', 2.00 pm
What do Chile, South Africa, New Zealand, New Caledonia and Australia have in common? They were all once joined to Antarctica as part of the southern supercontinent of Gondwana. As they broke away, they carried with them families of plants that they share but are unknown in the northern hemisphere.  Meet your Guide at the GBG main entrance steps. Gold coin donation

August 2-30: 'Inspired by Nature 6’ Botanic Art Exhibition Exhibition Gallery at Waterfront, Deakin University
Cnr Cunningham Street and Western Beach Road, Geelong

Gallery open Monday to Friday, 10.00 am to 4.00 pm

Presenting the sixth biennial Inspired by Nature exhibition showcasing over eighty watercolour paintings and pencil drawings.  The artists attend classes held at the Geelong Botanic Gardens and many of whom have received numerous awards and are represented in botanical collections both nationally and internationally.


Monday 26 : FGBG Annual General Meeting, 5.30 pm for a 6.00 pm start
All Members are invited to attend our AGM with a light supper in the GBG Meeting Room. Parking is at the rear of the gardens. Our guest speaker is Heath Chasemore, Manager City Parks and Gardens, CoGG
AGM Notice & Nomination Form








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
  • 2018 - the Bellarine

In 2018, the tour revisited the Bellarine region and visited four stunning gardens in the Drysdale, Portarlington 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 Arundel.  At Arundel, there was a Plant Stall (plants from gardens of Growers and Friends) and Lucky Ticket Prizes.