What's On




The Friends Office closes on Wednesday 21 December at 2.30 pm and will reopen Thursday 5 January at 10.00 am. There are no guided walks on Sunday 25 December, 1 January, and Wednesday 28 December. The Plant Nursery will be closed on Wednesday 28 December.  From Everyone at the Friends of Geelong Botanic Gardens, we wish you a happy and safe festive season and look forward to seeing you all in 2023! 


Saturday 7 and Sunday 8: ‘THE BEAUTY OF SEED PODS’ Botanic Art Workshop, 9.30 am to 4.00 pm
This 2-day workshop focuses on the simple seed pod. You will construct careful graphite drawings of varying compositions looking closely at the details. Tutor, Amanda Blake Sutterby.  $180 members and $210 non-members. To book this workshop, please contact the office at 03 5222 6053 or info@friendsgbg.org.au 

Artwork by Amanda Blake Sutterby

Friday 20, Saturday 21, Sunday 22: ‘INTRODUCTION TO BOTANIC ART’ Botanic Art Workshop, 9.30 am to 4.30 pm
This intensive 3-day workshop will focus on drawing from observation starting with graphite pencils and moving to watercolor to achieve realistic renderings of botanical subjects. Tutor, Craig Lidgerwood. $290 for members and $320 for non-members.  To book this workshop, please contact the office at 03 5222 6053 or info@friendsgbg.org.au.



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 at 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).