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.
MONTHLY DISCOVERY TABLE in the Gardens
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.
Saturday 25: Summer Plant Sale, 9.00 am - 2.00 pm
All the plants in the Friends’ Nursery at the rear of the Geelong Botanic Gardens are sourced from the GBG, 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 2.00 pm sharp.
Wednesday 5: Demonstration - An introduction to SOGETSU IKEBANA with Christopher James, 2.00 – 3.00 pm
The presentation will briefly cover the historical development of Ikebana in Japan from its beginnings in Shinto and Buddhist practices through the codification in the 15th Century in Kyoto to the changes wrought by the opening up of Japan to the West in the late 19th century. The Sogetsu School was founded in 1927 by Sofu Teshigahara and is one of the three largest schools of ikebana. Meeting Room, GBG. $5 members or $10 non-members. RSVP by Monday 3 February.
Sunday 9: Themed Guided Walk - "Colour and Silver", 2.00 pm
GBG has a colourful display of perennial plants and silver plants in its borders. Come and learn about the value of these plants which not only give a great display but help to conserve water in our gardens. Meet your Guide at the front steps of the GBG. Gold coin donation.
Monday 24: Guest speaker - Dr Fred Cahir, Historian ‘My Country All Gone – the White Men Have Stolen It’, 5.30 pm for a 6.00 pm start
As an Associate Professor in Aboriginal History at Federation University, Ballarat, Fred is a prolific researcher. His most recent book publication (May 2019) is a shared history chronicling the three waves of colonial invasion in the Ballarat and Geelong districts by the Ngamadjidj – the white strangers from the sea. This compelling book reveals how the Wadawurrung resisted the invaders encroaching on their Country - and actively sought cultural enrichment in the midst of frontier war. Meeting Room, GBG. $5 members or $10 non-members. RSVP by Thursday 20 February.
Sunday 8: Banks Festival Guided Walk - ‘Banks, Solander and The voyage of the Endeavour 1768-1771’, 2.00 pm
When James Cook embarked on his first voyage of discovery in the wooden barque Endeavour, he had with him two outstanding botanists. On the Endeavour voyage, they collected some 3,000 plants from the South Pacific, including plants of Australia. This walk will look at some of the plants' Banks and Solander collected and discuss why they were botanically new and interesting.
Sunday 22: Themed Guided Walk - ‘Eucalypts - Not Just Gum Trees', 2.00 pm
Thursday 26: Geelong Design Week Guided Walk - ‘Designed for the 21st Century, 11.00 am
Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 - Weekend Plant Sale, 10.00 am to 4.00 pm
Sunday 29: Guided Walk - ‘Waste Not - Want Not - Water’ 1.00 pm
Sunday 29: Geelong Design Week Guided Walk - ‘Designed for the 21st Century, 2.00 pm
WEEKLY PLANT SALES
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.
WEEKLY GUIDED WALKS
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.