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.                               




Wednesday 5: Demonstration - An introduction to SOGETSU IKEBANA with Christopher James, 2.00 – 3.00 pm
The presentation will briefly cover the historical development of Ikebana in Japan from its beginnings in Shinto and Buddhist practices through the codification in the 15th Century in Kyoto to the changes wrought by the opening up of Japan to the West in the late 19th century. The Sogetsu School was founded in 1927 by Sofu Teshigahara and is one of the three largest schools of ikebana. Meeting Room, GBG.   $5 members or $10 non-members.  RSVP by Monday 3 February.

Sunday 9: Themed Guided Walk - "Colour and Silver", 2.00 pm
GBG has a colourful display of perennial plants and silver plants in its borders. Come and learn about the value of these plants which not only give a great display but help to conserve water in our gardens. Meet your Guide at the front steps of the GBG. Gold coin donation.

Monday 24: Guest speaker - Dr Fred Cahir, Historian  ‘Aborigional  fire and Agriculture in 19th Century Victoria: The invader's perspective’, 5.30 pm for a 6.00 pm start
Dr Cahir will present an illustrated talk about the Aborigional plants and resources by the British colonists, from the perspective of the invaders in colonial Victoria. Copies of Dr Cahir's book will be available for sale on the night.. Meeting Room, GBG. $5 members or $10 non-members. RSVP by Thursday 20 February.  


Sunday 8: Banks Festival Guided Walk -  ‘Banks, Solander and The voyage of the Endeavour 1768-1771’, 2.00 pm
When James Cook embarked on his first voyage of discovery in the wooden barque Endeavour, he had with him two outstanding botanists. On the Endeavour voyage, they collected some 3,000 plants from the South Pacific, including plants of Australia.  This walk will look at some of the plants' Banks and Solander collected and discuss why they were botanically new and interesting.

Sunday 22: Themed Guided Walk - ‘Eucalypts - Not Just Gum Trees', 2.00 pm 

Thursday 26: Geelong Design Week Guided Walk - ‘Designed for the 21st Century, 11.00 am

Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 - Weekend Plant Sale, 10.00 am to 4.00 pm

Sunday 29: Guided Walk - Waste Not - Want Not - Water’ 1.00 pm

Sunday 29: Geelong Design Week Guided Walk - ‘Designed for the 21st Century, 2.00 pm






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 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).