Activities outside FGBG

Corporate Members of FGBG

The Friends have several Corporate Members which meet regularly in the GBG Meeting Room.  Entrance is at the intersection of Holt  Road and Eastern Park Circuit in Eastern Park.  Melways 452 G4.  More information about the activities of the Corporate Members of the Friends is available:

Geelong Field Naturalists Club

This is a club for people interested in the study of the plants, animals and the environment of the Geelong region.   The club has regular meetings and an extensive program of activities and outings. The club is actively involved in conservation and habitat protection.  Read more

GFNC host the Wider Geelong Flora Lecture Series each year.  These are held in the GBG Meeting Room at 7.30 pm.

Fungi of the Great Otway National Park : Julene Cook
Tuesday October 11 at 7.30 pm. Meet and mingle from 7.00 pm
Enjoy Julene's photographic work and learn about fungi and their structures

  • types of fungi cap shape
  • edge and textures
  • gill types
  • attachment between stem and mushroom cap
  • types, textures and shapes of stems

Geelong Orchid and Indoor Plant Club

This club’s objective is to promote the hobby of keeping orchids and indoor plants and to provide members and the general public with cultural information and advice through meetings, shows and the newsletter.  Read more

Geelong Organic Gardeners

A friendly, diverse group of people sharing a common interest in gardening organically, and working with nature, rather than against it.  This group holds regular meetings and field trips and has a newsletter.  Read more

Geelong Pelargonium Club

A  group of people who meet once a month (fourth Thursday, not December) to discuss and share the joys of growing Pelargoniums (often called Geraniums) and to improve each other's knowledge.  The club has members with interests and expertise in most areas of the Geraniaceae family and welcomes any new members wishing to increase their knowledge of these plants.  Contact

The Geelong Herb Society

A group of herb enthusiasts who promote and encourage the cultivation of herbal plants, their history and their uses.  The Society has regularly scheduled activities and special events and provides volunteer support to local community gardens. Meet each month on the fourth Thursday (not December or January).  Read more





Open Gardens Victoria 

Cooking up Compost Workshop to be held at Arundel, Geelong on Saturday March 25 2017.

Victorian Open Gardens Scheme Inc is a new not-for-profit organization formed to continue the long tradition of opening private gardens throughout Victoria.

Victoria has a proud horticultural history - Australia's first open garden program was launched here in 1987 and over the years the much-loved scheme has proven irresistible to garden lovers. Open Gardens Victoria will continue to provide the opportunity to visit wonderful gardens in this State, building on the legacy handed down by Open Gardens Australia following its closure at the end of June 2015, after 27 years and almost 20,000 open gardens.

Each season OGV will offer a program of inspirational gardens encompassing the entire range from designer to owner-grown and maintained, huge to tiny, rural to metropolitan and everything in between! The program will feature a mix of gardens that have delighted visitors in the past along with a selection of wonderful new ones.  As well as general private garden openings, each year the program will include themed openings, select garden tours, talks and special events. Those visiting the 2016 Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show may also like to join OGV on a tour to wonderful gardens in the Macedon region.

Visit Open Gardens Victoria for more details.

Geelong Regional Library: Heritage Program

TREES, Artists Views: Capturing the Essence of the Geelong Botanic Gardens

Wednesday 3 May, one of the tutors from our Geelong School of Botanical Art, Dolores Skowronski-Malloni will present a talk about this book which she recently compiled. The book includes some of the trees in the Geelong Botanic Gardens which are Heritage Listed.  More details later.

U3A Course 2017

Geelong Botanic Gardens – a local treasure

Do you know your Gardens?  Geelong Botanic Gardens are one of the oldest botanic gardens in Australia.  Learn about its history, special collections, remarkable trees and the people who have made it all happen.  Each session includes a guided walk designed to focus on the study topic.  

This course is being coordinated by our members who are the Volunteer Guides at the Geelong Botanic Gardens. Read more

Kevin Hoffman Walk

The Kevin Hoffman Walk is Lara's native garden trail which stretches along the east side of Hovell's Creek and is a gentle walking track that showcases a unique collection of native plants, sculptures, birds and wildlife.

The Walk has been funded for more than 40 years; firstly by the Shire of Corio and more recently with the City of Greater Geelong.  It is supported by local businesses and community groups including the Lions Club of Lara, Lara Secondary College, Lara District Men's Shed and Lara Meats.

In 2013, Friends of Kevin Hoffman Walk Inc was formed to ensure that this walking trail continues to evolve for the enjoyment of all. Read more