'Dig a Little Deeper'

These Special Interest Themed Walks are offered each month, usually on the second Sunday, commencing at 2.00 pm, weather permitting. This Year (2022) we have some special event walks, please note the different starting times of these walks.

Meet your Volunteer Guide on the front steps of the Botanic Gardens. 

Gold coin donation.

Sunday, February 13,  2.00 pm: 'Perennial & Silver Border'
GBG has a colorful display of perennial plants and silver plants on its borders. Come and learn about the value of these plants that not only give a great display but help to conserve water in our gardens.

GEELONG DESIGN WEEK
Sunday, March 20: 200 pm: The Wadawurrung Connection
Geelong Botanic Gardens, on Wadawurrung land, celebrates the traditional owners and features many of the plants they used for food, medicine, tools, and celebrations. New developments in garden design and signage will highlight our connection with the Wadawurrung, from the time of the Gardens’ first curator. We welcome representatives of the Wadawurrung who will be involved in this walk.

GEELONG DESIGN WEEK
Sunday, March 20: 3.00 pm and 3.00 pmExplore the newest area in the Geelong Botanic Gardens. Ancient trees are a key feature of this beautifully landscaped section of our Gardens. Tree-lined avenues intersect with paths, seating areas allow contemplation, and rocks invite children to enjoy this place. 

Sunday, April 10, 2.00 pm: 'The Plant Legacy of Gondwana'
What does Australia share with Africa, India, New Zealand, South America, and New Caledonia?  We were all once joined to Antarctica in the southern supercontinent of Gondwana and have a common plant ancestry from that time. This walk will introduce you to this Gondwana heritage.

Sunday, May 8, 11.00 am and 2.00 pm: 'Changing Planet. Changing Plants: Plant Adaptation'
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!

Sunday, June 12, 2.00 pm: 'Our Plant Heritage from Gondwana'
What does Australia share with Africa, India, New Zealand, South America, and New Caledonia?  We were all once joined to Antarctica in the southern supercontinent of Gondwana and have a common plant ancestry from that time. This walk will introduce you to this Gondwana heritage. 

                                                                                                                                                       

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday, July 17, 2.00 pm: 'Eastern Park Walk'
Eastern Park has a diverse collection of trees including several with heritage status, heritage structures, a statue, and a well-watered garden. It also has a missing statue that reflects the attitudes of the local community.
As the walk is 3-4 km, mostly on paths, please wear suitable shoes and bring rain gear if showers are forecast.

Sunday, August 14, 2.00 pm: 'Wattle It Be'
National Wattle Day is on 1st September, celebrating the beginning of spring and our unity as a nation. Wattles have survived drought and bushfires and provided food, medicine, and timber for all Australians. Australia’s national flower is the Golden Wattle, and many wattles make excellent garden plants.

Sunday, September 11, 2.00 pm: 'Chinese Plants in our Garden'     
China had the first Botanical Garden in 138 BC, an enormous park with 2,000 different plants and hothouses.  2nd emperor Yang Di in the Sui dynasty (581-618AD) built the largest gardens in history and searched far and wide for rare and beautiful plants.  2,000 years of Chinese horticultural endeavor enrich gardens all over the world. You won’t believe how many of our plants have Chinese origins!

Sunday, October 9, 2.00 pm: 'Australian Plants in Flower'
Many Australian plants are displaying their glorious best in spring.  Pollinators are active then, seeds are set and the plants go into retirement mode for the heat of summer.  October is a wonderful time to experience all the colorful and more delicate blooms of the Australian plants in our Gardens.

Sunday, November 13, 2.00 pm: 'Geelong's Long Green Spine'
Come for a guided walk through the centre of Geelong, to see mature trees and recently-planted garden beds. Explore why a garden is sunken, visit pines from Gallipoli, see plants in full spring bloom, look at imaginative use of diverse, and some unusual, plants in the middle of the shopping area and enjoy the peak of the rose flowering season.