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Thursday 24: Cooking with Gwen, 11.00 am - 2.00 pm  UPDATE -  RESCHEDULED,  AUGUST 5

Join Gwen in her large kitchen just made for group cooking, and learn how to make a memorable winter stew. Today you will be cooking Osso Bucco, Rosemary Chicken, Lamb with Prunes and Honey and Chilli Con Carne. Enjoy this fun session and eating a scrumptious multi-course meal together after. Contact the office for more information. $15 Members, $20 non-members, Limited tickets, bookings essential. 


Sunday 11: Themed Walk 'The First Australians', 2.00 pm
Geelong Botanic Gardens is on Wadawurrung land. Learn about our first people: their lifestyle, conservation of resources, and traditional use of plants for food, medicine, weapons, transport, musical instruments, and religious ceremonies. Find out what happened to the Wadawurrung when Europeans arrived here. Meet your guide at the front steps, cost - gold coin donation.

Tuesday 20: Winter Guest Speaker Evening, 'Luke Keogh: History of the Wardian Case' 5.30 pm supper for 6.15 pm start.
Luke will be speaking on the history of the Wardian case, the invention which revolutionized the world of horticulture around the world. His research and the story are available in his book "the Wardian Case". $15 Members, $20 non-members, numbers limited (preference to members) Where: FGBG Large meeting room.


Thursday 26: Winter Lunch with Guest Speaker Lynsey Poore, 12.00 am - 3.00 pm
Enjoy a fabulous two-course lunch at Truffle Duck, a special winter lunch raffle, and guest speaker Lynsey Poore speaking on the Physics Garden at Chelsea. $75 Members, $85 non-members.

Monday 30: Friends of Geelong Botanic Garden AGM, with guest speaker Justin Buckley 'Nation Trust Gardens'.



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).