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 10: Themed Walk - 'Spices, Tastes and Flavours' 2.00 pm
While some plants provide our staple grains and pulses, other plants have been cultivated for millennia to make those staples more interesting and attractive. Using these plants to improve our eating experience enhances our daily lives.  On this walk, we shall take a look at plants with a history of culinary value in the kitchens of the rich and the poor.  Meet your Guide at the Front Steps of the GBG.

Monday 25: Fundraiser Film Night 'A Man Called Pearl'
A Man Named Pearl tells the inspiring story of self-taught topiary artist Pearl Fryar. It offers a message that speaks to respect for both self and others, and shows what one person can achieve when he allows himself to share the full expression of his humanity.
The Shirley Mills “Plaza Theatre’ is located in St Mary of the Angels Parish and seats an intimate group of 37.    Bookings are open now, at the Friends’ Office.   $18 members or $20 non-members, delicioussupper included before the movie. 

Membership Renewals 2018-2019

Your membership renewal forms will be mailed to you at the end of June.  If you would like a membership card please indicate at the time of payment.  Membership discounts apply to GSBA classes and workshops, FGBG events, tours and outings, as well as plant sales from the Growers’ Nursery.



Monday 2 and Tuesday 3 July, 9.30 am to 4.30 pm (During School Holidays).

Tutor, Dolores Sk-Malloni. $140 members or $150 non-members.   Focusing on the advantage of scanning art work to produce merchandise encompassing:
* Email, downloads, professional scans, USB
* Duplicating, cropping, adjusting exposure and colour
* Use of online Photoshop
* Designing and producing your merchandise
* Printing companies
The second segment of the workshop will be looking at the different possibilities for a successful framing so bring some unframed artwork to discuss problem solving.


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 , Saturday 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

In 2017, the tour revisited the Bellarine region and visited four stunning gardens in the Torquay 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 Pope's Patch.  At Pope's Patch, there was a Plant Stall (plants from gardens of Growers and Friends) and Lucky Ticket Prizes.