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.


Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 July, 10.00 am to 4.00 pm.

Featuring a wide selection of Australian plants, colourful perennials, hardy shrubs, pelargoniums and salvias, sourced from the Geelong Botanic Gardens. The Friends’ Nursery and Carpark is located at the rear of the Gardens.


Monday 7: Winter Luncheon with guest speaker Simon Rickard 'Japanese Gardens'
Simon is a botanical guide for Botanica World Discoveries, helping to bring the world's most significant gardens to Australian gardeners.  Simon has lectured and held masterclasses for the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation, the University of Melbourne and many local horticultural societies. Simon has contributed to Your Garden and ABC Organic Gardener and The Digger's Club Notes; he has featured on radio and television, including the much-loved Gardening Australia. We are delighted to invite you to join us. Bookings and payment by Wednesday 26 July.Read More
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Guest Speaker Simon Rickard



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

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.