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.





Sunday 21: Themed Guided Walk - Endangered Trees and Conservation, 2.00 pm
Over the last 200 years, many species of plants and animals have become extinct. For those species whose survival is threatened, a range of management and conservation measures are in place. During today’s walk, we will look at a selection of threatened species grown here in the Geelong Botanic Gardens and discuss the important role Botanic Gardens play in plant conservation.

Saturday and Sunday 27-28: Winter Plant Sale, 10.00 am - 4.00 pm
All the plants in the Friends’ Nursery are sourced from the Geelong Botanic Gardens, showcasing a wide selection of Australian plants, colourful perennials, hardy shrubs, pelargoniums and succulents. The Friends’ Volunteers are a wealth of gardening information and are always happy to be of assistance. The Nursery entrance is located at the rear of the Gardens. Rear Carpark gates close at 4.00 pm sharp.

Tuesday 30: Fund Raiser Film Night 'Greenfingers' 6.00 pm Supper, 6.45p m screening
A blooming comedy starring Clive Owen, Helen Mirren and David Kelly, the film is loosely based on the true story about the prisoners of HMP Leyhill, a minimum-security prison in the Cotswolds, England, a story published in The New York Times in 1998.    The Shirley Mills ‘Plaza Theatre’ is located in St Mary of the Angels Parish and seats an intimate group of 37.   Bookings are essential and now open at the Friends’ Office.   $18 members or $23 non-members, delicious supper included before the movie. 

August 2-30: Inspired by Nature 6’ Botanic Art Exhibition  - Exhibition Gallery at Waterfront, Deakin University
Cnr Cunningham Street and Western Beach Road, Geelong

Gallery open Monday to Friday, 10.00 am to 4.00 pm

Presenting the sixth biennial Inspired by Nature exhibition showcasing over eighty watercolour paintings and pencil drawings.  The artists attend classes held at the Geelong Botanic Gardens and many of whom have received numerous awards and are represented in botanical collections both nationally and internationally.

Membership renewals 2019-2020
Your membership renewal forms will be mailed to you at the end of June.  If you would like a membership card please indicate at the time of payment.  Membership discounts apply to GSBA classes and workshops, FGBG events, tours and outings, as well as plant sales from the Growers’ Nursery.










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
  • 2018 - the Bellarine

In 2018, the tour revisited the Bellarine region and visited four stunning gardens in the Drysdale, Portarlington 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 Arundel.  At Arundel, there was a Plant Stall (plants from gardens of Growers and Friends) and Lucky Ticket Prizes.