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1-31 : National Seniors Month
The Friends of Geelong Botanic Gardens would like to offer vouchers for free morning tea at the TeaHouse in the Geelong Botanic Gardens worth $10 each, we have 45 to give away for Seniors Week/Month. So please come and enjoy Morning tea at the Teahouse on us, while exploring the Geelong Botanic gardens from October 1- October 30. Limit of 2 per person. Vouchers Here

A virtual walk through the Gardens will be available to watch after October 8.
Sunday 10, 2.00 pm: Themed Guided Walk - Rare and Endangered Plants, 2.00 pm

Over the last 200 years, many species of plants and animals have become extinct. During today’s walk, we will look at a selection of threatened species grown here in the Geelong Botanic Gardens and learn the important role Botanic Gardens play in plant conservation. Meet your guide at the front steps. Max 10 people.

Sunday 10: BGANZ Botanic Gardens Day - Cancelled

Monday 25: Through the Garden Gates
Four wonderful gardens, three coastal and one rural showing diversity and clever ideas to adapt at home. More details to come.


Sunday 14, 2.00 pm: Themed Guided Walk - Changing Planet, Changing Plants: Plant Adaptation, 200.pm
Many plants have developed impressive features for coping with drought conditions. These adaptations are vital in a time of climate change. We will explore some of the plants in Geelong Botanic Gardens demonstrating the strategies which they employ. You may be inspired to alter the character of your garden! Gold coin donation, meet your guide at the front steps. Max 10 people.

Tuesday 16: Guest Speaker Evening, Speaker Luke Keogh - The history of the Wadian Case
Luke will be speaking on the history of the Wardian Case, the invention which revolutionised 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. 




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).