The Friends

Friends of Geelong Botanic GardensThe Friends of Geelong Botanic Gardens (FGBG) was formed in 1985 at a public meeting with people interested in supporting  our Botanic Gardens.  Incorporation and adoption of the Constitution was completed in1987.  The Friends is a 'non-profit' organisation with over 300 members enjoying our program of events, including botanical art, tours and functions.  Members may be able to volunteer their time or expertise to support the Friends or to do volunteer work at the Gardens.  All members receive a discount at our Nursery and at our events.  A discount is also available from some Geelong businesses.  

The Friends support and celebrate the Geelong Botanic Gardens (GBG) as a place for:

  • plants and people
  • discovery and learning
  • ideas and innovation
  • engagement and pride
  • conservation and environment
  • quiet contemplation.

The Friends support a range of programs and activities within the Gardens and beyond:

New members are always welcome.  If you would like more information, please contact the Friends' Office or download an Information Brochure.  An FGBG Membership Application Form is also available.



Friends of Geelong Botanic Gardens
PO Box 235   GEELONG  VIC   3220
Phone: (03) 5222 6053

Geelong Botanic Gardens Opening Hours 






Banner Photographs

The Bronze Cranes after Yarn Bombing 2012 (Helena Buxton)
The Pop-Up Gallery, February 2014 (Judith Kennedy)
The Silver Border and a 'Bunce Bollard' (Judith Kennedy)
Work in a Botanical Art Class (Helena Buxton)
The Perennial Border (Judith Kennedy)

Recent News



Sunday 22: Themed Guided Walk - 'Eucalypts - Not just Gum Trees', 2.00 pm CANCELLED

Wednesday 25, 11.00 am and Sunday 29, 2.00 pm: Geelong Design Week Guided Walk - 'Designed for the 21st Century' CANCELLED

Sunday 29: Geelong Design Week Guided Walk - 'A Clever and Creative Solution for Stormwater at Geelong Botanic Gardens'CANCELLED

Saturday 28 and Sunday 29: Weekend Plant Sale and Pop up Botanic Art Sale, 10.00 am - 4.00 pm CANCELLED


Friday 3: Bus Trip to Newbury, Daylesford and Blackwood, 8.30 am - 5.30 pm  CANCELLED

Every Week:           

  • Friends' Nursery       Wednesday 9.30 am - 12.30 pm (Temporarily closed from March 18, until further notice) 
  • Discovery Walks       Wednesday 11.00 am, and Sunday 2.00 pm. (Temporarily suspended from March 18)