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.



Thursday 24: Senior Week Guided walk and Morning Tea, 10.00 am- 12.00 pm
A special Guided Walk exploring Geelong Botanic Gardens, presented by the Friends’ Guides, with morning tea provided after the walk. This is a free event offered to seniors in the general public and FGBG senior members, to celebrate the Seniors Festival. Bookings are essential.  Please ring the Friends' Office on 5222 6053 to book your place. Meet at the front steps of the Geelong Botanic Gardens. Corner of Podbury Drive and Eastern Park Circuit, Geelong

Saturday and Sunday 26-27: Spring Plant Sale, 10.00 - 4.00 pm
All the plants in the Friends’ Nursery are sourced from the Geelong Botanic Gardens, showcasing a wide selection of Australian plants, colourful perennials, hardy shrubs, pelargoniums and succulents. The Friends’ Volunteers are a wealth of gardening information and are always happy to be of assistance. The Nursery entrance is located at the rear of the Gardens. Rear Carpark gates close at 4.00 pm sharp.



Monday 10: Themed guided walk - 'A spice-filled journey around the Gardens', 2.00 pm

Spices and herbs have been used from the earliest recorded history as aids to the health and wellbeing of humans.  Since they were easy to collect and prepare every household had at hand simple remedies for illness, ways to provide a more interesting and wholesome diet, dyes for cloth and aids to crop growing.  On this walk, we will take a look at plants with a history of culinary value for rich and poor.  If your appetite has been whetted, come and hear their stories.  Meet your guide at the GBG front steps.  Gold Coin Donation.

Monday 11:Guest Speaker -  Ian Rogers 'Kangaroo Grassland to Geelong Botanic Gardens & Eastern Park' 5.30 pm for 6.00 pm start
Ian Rogers, former Geelong Botanic Gardens Director, will provide an insight into the social and horticultural history of our Botanic Gardens, the fourth oldest in Australia. Ian’s book will be for sale on the night.  Bookings by Thursday 7 November. Held in the meeting room $5 members or $10 non-members, includes supper.

Friday 29: Friends' Christmas drinks and Christmas fair opening, 5.30 pm - 7.30 pm


Saturday 30 and Sunday 1 December: Christmas Fair 10.00 am - 4.00 pm

  • No Guided Walk on Sunday 22 December
  • The Friends' Nursery will be closed on Wednesday 25 December and Wednesday 1 January
  • The Freinds' Office will be closed on Friday 20 December

January 2020

  • The Office will re-open on Monday 6 January at 10.00 am






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).