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.



Thursday 2: Permaculture Workshop with Ben Shaw, 10.00 am - 12.00 am
The 2-hour workshop will cover urban garden design, garden bed preparation, building great soil, integrated pest management, planting strategies, fruit trees - what, where, and other tips including espaliering, building diversity into your garden, chooks and gardens. Morning tea is included. $45 members and $55 non-members. Bookings and payment by Friday 26 April.

Sunday 5: Themed guide walk - 'Kiwi Colour Fest', 2.00pm
The rain-shrouded hills and cool climate of New Zealand produce a luxuriant kaleidoscope of every shade of green foliage.  From dripping ferns in sun-dappled gullies to majestic kauri trees. Meet your Guide at the GBG front steps.

Wednesday 22: Volunteer Luncheon with guest speaker Matt Crawley, 12.30pm
Friends Volunteers are invited to join us for a special luncheon in appreciation of our wonderful volunteers.  Special guest Matt Crawley will present an illustrated talk ‘Flora and Fauna on the Bellarine’. Lunch at 12.30 and Presentation at 1.00-2.00 pm in the meeting room. This is a free event for Friends’ volunteers.

Sunday 26: National Botanic Gardens Day, 11.00am - 3.00 pm
Connect with plants as you explore this amazing regional garden.  A program of activities in the Gardens will be available soon on the Friends’ website closer to the time.


Monday 17: Winter Luncheon with Guest Speaker Alison Pouliot - Bookings now open
Join the Friends at Truffleduck, Balmoral for a two course luncheon with guest speaker Alison Pouliot who will give an illustrated and interactive talk which explores these fascinating relationships and looks at ways to encourage their flourishing in our gardens, parks and local environments. Alison will include some excerpts from her recent book The Allure of Fungi in which she interacted with fungi and their followers in the forests of a dozen countries. Bookings and payment by Friday 7 June. $75 members   or   $85 non-members













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.