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.                               



  • 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 DecemberJanuary 2020


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

Saturday 11 and Sunday 12: Botanic Art Masterclass - Two-day workshop, 9.30 am - 4.30 pm
"The Anatomy of Flowers: After Auther Harry Church"
The revolutionary drawings of Arthur Harry Church (1865-1937) are considered some of the finest botanical illustrations of the twentieth century. This workshop will cover techniques on how to draw and paint flowers in the style of Arthur Harry Church. You will learn about plant morphology and the variation flowering parts. Tutor, John Pastoriza-Pinol. $160 members or $180 non-members, bookings due by Friday 20 December.

Friday 17 and Saturday 18: Botanical Perforations - Two-day workshop,  9.30 am - 4.30 pm
Tutor, Dolores Skowronski-Malloni
Learn how to transfer a simple botanical drawing onto watercolour paper using perforating techniques.
$160 members or $180 non-members 



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).