What's On


Our Volunteer Guides also have many activities to help vistors 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.



 Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday 15-16-17 : Botanic Art 3 day workshop - 'Fashion with flowers' with Dolores ski-Malloni

This workshop aims to provide a different and innovative view for fashion design.   Basic model shapes will be provided and a good selection of suitable plant line drawings will be supplied.  CREATE dresses, hats and custom jewellery with flowers, through composition, drawing and painting.  ENJOY this fun summer inspirational workshop.$210 members or $225 non-members

Saturday, Sunday 20-21 : Botanic Art Beginners Workshop : Booked Out

Monday 22 - Culinary Demonstration with Gwen Anderson - 'Summer Salades with Pizazz', 11.30 am @ Gwen’s House (details upon booking) Watch our ‘Passionate Baker and Cook’ and FGBG Guide in action, pick up some culinary tips and stay to taste the delicious results.  Maximum 20 people.  FGBG Members Only. Bookings essential by Monday 15 January.  $20 per person, delicious lunch included.


Tuesday 6 - Fundraiser film night - 'Painting the modern garden: Monet to Matisse" 7.00pm at The Shirley Mills "Plaza Theatre"
From the Royal Academy of Arts, London. This horticultural blockbuster examines the impact of gardens on art from the 1860s to the 1920s. The Shirley Mills “Plaza Theatre’ is located in St Mary of the Angels Parish and seats an intimate group of 37. Bookings are open now, at the Friends’ Office. Read More

Monday 26 - Guest speaker, Dolores Ski-Malloni -' The History of Botanic Art' 5.30pm for a 6.00pm start
Join the Friends to hear Dolores Skowronski-Malloni (international artist and tutor at Geelong School of Botanical Art) give an illustrated talk on the History of Botanical Art, from 300 AD through to present day. A light supper will be provided.  Located in the meeting room at the rear of the Gardens. $5 members or $10 non-members. RSVP by Wednesday 24 February 2018. Read More


Monday 19 - Cranbourne Royal Botanic Garden ferry and bus tour - Booking open now!






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 Demonstartion 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

In 2017, the tour revisited the Bellarine region and visited four stunning gardens in the Torquay and Bellarine Peninsula 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 Pope's Patch.  At Pope's Patch, there was a Plant Stall (plants from gardens of Growers and Friends) and Lucky Ticket Prizes.