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Monday 15: Guest Speaker Gail Thomas  ‘Geelong's Pioneering Vignerons and Orchardists'  5.30 pm to 7.30 pm – with supper.
Come and join the Friends for a fascinating talk by member and journalist Gail Thomas, as she pays tribute to Geelong’s Pioneering Vignerons, many of them also being early orchardists. $20 members $30 non-members.  Bookings by 12 April. Book online here or through the Friends’ office on 5222 6053.

Saturday 20: Weekend Plant Sale,  9.30 am - 4.30 pm

Sunday 21 April: Australian Heritage Festival Walk 'Geelong's Remarkable Garden' 2.00 pm at the Front Gates. 
Geelong Botanic Gardens, established in 1851, is the fourth oldest botanic garden in Australia. The first curators were avid plant collectors and many of the splendid trees they planted now have heritage status. Several historic structures have also found a home here, including some 'curiosities'.  Gold coin donation is appriciated.



Wednesday 1 May: Volunteer Week Lunch, 12.30 pm - 3.30 pm
Soup lunch to celebrate Volunteer week. 

Sunday 12 May: Themed Discovery Walk 'Gondwana Story' 2.00 pm at the Front Gates
This walk is an opportunity to see the plants in Geelong Botanic Gardens which are direct descendants of the plants that lived on the southern supercontinent of Gondwana,  the ancient landmass attached to Antarctica.  The many plants that have miraculously survived Australia's 45 million years of separation are well-represented in our Gardens for us to enjoy.  GMeet your guide at the front gates, gold coin donation is appreciated.

Thursday 16 May: Otways Day Out Coach Tour, 8.00 am - 5.00 pm
Start with a guided two-hour Forrest fungi discovery walk and talk – identify and learn about the forest and the amazing fungi that live here. Followed by authentic Palestinian cuisine at ‘Dar Teta’ in the Otways. Dar Teta is Arabic for Grandmother’s House – Ellam’s love shows in everything here from the cooking to the garden and décor. On the way home we stop at Colac Botanic Gardens for afternoon tea. Ticket includes Coach travel, morning/afternoon teas, guided fungi tour, and lunch at Dar Teta.  Members $110, Non-members $120. Book through the Friends’ office on 5222 6053.

Thursday 23 May: Gwen's Cooking Demo with Lunch, 11.00 am - 2.30 pm.
Join Gwen at her beautiful home for a fabulous Winter Soups demonstration, followed by a delicious gourmet lunch.  20 people maximum.  Printed recipes included. $35 members and $45 non-members


Sunday 9 June: Themed Discovery Walk 'Eastern Park and the Storm Water Facility' 2.00 pm at the Front Gates
A guided tour to explore the Stormwater Harvesting Project in Eastern Park.   The storm-water dam has created a natural wetland promoting diverse plant and animal life, as well as providing valuable water for Geelong’s parks, street trees, and Geelong Botanic Gardens. Meet your guide at the front gates, a gold coin donation is appreciated.

Tuesday 18 June: Winter Lunch at The Davidson Restaurant, 1200 pm - 3.30 pm
-Guest Speaker Amanda Blake-Sutterby "Capturing rare and threatened plants through botanic art' Members $80, non-members $90. Book through the Friends’ office on 5222 6053.


Tuesday 9 July: Supper and Movie at the Hub "Saving Grace, 6.00 pm - 8.30 pm
Enjoy supper and the movie "Saving Grace" at the Hub. Members $35, Non - members $45

Sunday 14 July: Themed Discovery Walk 'The Fern Collection' 2.00 pm at the Front Gates
Come and see our wonderful collection of ferns and find out more about these special plants and the conditions needed to grow them successfully. Hear how fern fashions have changed in our Botanical Garden Gold coin donation is appreciated


Monday 26 August: Friends AGM, 5.30 pm - 7.30 pm
Friends AGM, with suppe and guest speaker


Thursday 12 September: Melton Botanic Gardens Self-Drive Tour and Lunch, 10.00 am - 3.00 pm
Members $40, Non-members $50


Tuesday 1 October: Dandenong Coach Tour, 7.45 am - 6.15 pm
Chelsea Gardens and Dandenong Ranges Botanic Garden; Cloudehill; Kawarra. 
Members $85, Non-members $95.


Thursday 7 November: Through the Garden Gates, 10.00 am - 4.00 pm
A popular self-drive tour of upto four local private gardens, more details to come.
Members $40, Non-members $50



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.




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
  • 2021 - the Jan Juc area
  • 2022 - the Bellarine
  • 2023 - Inner Geelong area

In 2022, the tour revisited the Bellarine region and visited four stunning gardens in the Ocean Grove, Curlewis and St Leonards 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 St. Leonards.  At St. Leonards, there was a Plant Stall (plants from gardens of Growers and Friends).