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1-31 : Geelong Seniors Festival
The Friends of Geelong Botanic Gardens would like to offer vouchers for free morning tea at the TeaHouse in the Geelong Botanic Gardens worth $10 each, we have 45 to give away for Geelong Seniors Festival. So please come and enjoy Morning tea at the Teahouse on us, while exploring the Geelong Botanic gardens from October 1- October 30. Limit of 2 per person. Vouchers Here SOLD OUT

Enjoy a virtual tour of the Geelong Botanic Gardens: The Geelong Botanic Gardens are a local treasure.  Your guide will take you on a virtual tour of this special placed discovering some of the varied, beautiful areas of these Gardens.  With accessible paths and facilities, trees, flowers, the exotic displays of the Conservatory and thousands of fascinating plants, we hope that this will become a favourite place for you to visit.  The Gardens are open during the Covid restrictions, and spring is a wonderful time to explore.

Sunday 10, 2.00 pm: Themed Guided Walk - Chinese Plants in Our Garden, 2.00 pm

China had the first Botanical Garden in 138 BC, an enormous park with 2,000 different plants and hot houses. Second emperor Yang Di in Sui dynasty (581-618AD) built the largest gardens in history and searched far and wide for rare and beautiful plants. 2,000 years of Chinese horticultural endeavour enrich gardens all over the world. You won’t believe how many of our plants have Chinese origins! Meet your Guide at the front steps of the GBG. Gold coin donation. Maximum 10 people.

Sunday 10: BGANZ Botanic Gardens Day - Cancelled


Monday 8: Through the Garden Gates, 10.00 am - 4.00 pm
Four wonderful gardens, three coastal and one rural showing diversity and clever ideas to adapt at home. First we visit a 2.5 acres with coastal natives, feature trees being original ironbarks, bellarine yellow gums, messmate. Landscaped areas for Vegies and fruit, Berry garden, Flower garden and a Labyrinth based on the inside pattern of the Chartres cathedral. The next garden is a short walk, with a long driveway leading to Natives interspersed with a Rose garden, Succulent garden, Salvias, Grevilleas, Proteas and open lawn with sweeping views across the ocean. The next garden is 3000sqm block featuring extensive container grown fruit and vegetables, mature natives and a highlight being a Bare Foot sensory area called a Reflexology Path. Finally a garden featuring many and varied established exotic and native trees and shrubs, many underplanted with flowering garden beds. In other areas, , smaller natives, ground covers and a vegie garden with beautiful home built features. Members $30, non-members $40. Booking close 21 October.*Please note, it is a requirement that participants of this event are double vaccinated. BOOK THIS EVENT

Sunday 14, 2.00 pm: Themed Guided Walk - Changing Planet, Changing Plants: Plant Adaptation, 200.pm
Many plants have developed impressive features for coping with drought conditions. These adaptations are vital in a time of climate change. We will explore some of the plants in Geelong Botanic Gardens demonstrating the strategies which they employ. You may be inspired to alter the character of your garden! Gold coin donation, meet your guide at the front steps. Max 10 people.

Tuesday 16: Guest Speaker Evening, Speaker Luke Keogh - The History of the Wardian Case, 5.30 pm -7.00 pm
Luke will be speaking on the history of the Wardian Case, the invention which revolutionised Horticulture around the world.  His research and the story are available in his book "The Wardian Case". $15 Members, $20 non-members, numbers limited (preference to members) Where: FGBG Large meeting room. Call office to book 03 522 6053




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.


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).