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Saturday 27, 10.00 am - 2.00 pm Friends' Plant Nursery Clearance Sale
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 Nursery entrance is located at the rear of the Gardens. Rear Carpark, corner Eastern Park Circuit and Holt Road.



Sunday 21 , 2.00-3.00 pm and Wednesday 24 March, 11.00-12.00 am: GUIDED WALK ‘Adaptation to Climate Change: Geelong’s 21st Century Garden’
Take a guided tour of the Geelong Botanic Gardens’ 21st Century Garden. Designed and created in response to prolonged drought, the garden features plants that have adapted to water shortage both in Australia and around the world. The landscape is innovative and initially caused much discussion, both local and international. This unusual garden has much to teach us about adaptation to climate change.

Sunday 21 , 1.00-2.00 pm: GUIDED WALK ‘A Clever and Creative use of Storm-water in Geelong’
A guided tour to explore the Stormwater Harvesting Project in Eastern Park.   The storm-water dam has created a natural wetland promoting diverse plant and animal life, as well as providing valuable water for Geelong’s parks, street trees and Geelong Botanic Gardens. BYO hat, sunscreen and mosquito repellent. Location: Geelong Botanic Gardens (corner Podbury Drive and Eastern Park Circuit), East Geelong. Meet your guide at the front gates.
This event is part of Geelong Design Week 2021, an initiative of Geelong UNESCO City of Design and the City of Greater Geelong


Monday 29: Self Drive Tour and Picnic - Country Dahlias, Drol Kar Buddist Temple and Gardens, Cottage Farm Nursery
Set on 2.5 acres with over 20,000 Dahlias and 2,000 different varieties, spend time exploring and enjoying morning tea at Country Dahlias before visiting the Drol Kar Buddist Temple with its serenity and beautiful Garden. Finish off the day with afternoon tea at the Cottage Farm Nursery with an opportunity to buy unusual and hard to find plants. Cost: $35 Members, $45 Non-members. Online booking opens soon. BOOK ONLINE




Sunday 11: Guided Walk 'Eastern Park Walk" 2.00 pm


Thursday 13: Self Drive Tour to Lambley and Ballarat Botanic Gardens







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).