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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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.                               

 

 

February

Monday 24: Guest speaker - Dr Fred Cahir, Historian  ‘Aboriginal  fire and Agriculture in 19th Century Victoria: The invader's perspective’, 5.30 pm for a 6.00 pm start

Dr Cahir will present an illustrated talk about the Aboriginal plants and resources by the British colonists, from the perspective of the invaders in colonial Victoria. Copies of Dr Cahir's book will be available for sale on the night. Meeting Room, GBG. $5 members or $10 non-members. RSVP by Thursday 20 February.  

March

Sunday 8: Banks Festival Guided Walk -  ‘Banks, Solander and The voyage of the Endeavour 1768-1771’, 2.00 pm
On Cook’s first Endeavour voyage, 3,000 plants from the South Pacific were collected.  This walk will look at some of the plants Banks and Solander collected and discuss why they were botanically new and interesting. Meet your Guide at the front steps of the GBG.

Sunday 22: Themed Guided Walk - ‘Eucalypts - Not Just Gum Trees', 2.00 pm 
Eucalypts are superbly adapted to environments across Australia, from desert to snow country. They range from small stunted shrubs to the tallest flowering plants in the world. Find some of this diversity in the GBG.  Meet your Guide at the front gates.

Wednesday 25: Geelong Design Week Guided Walk - ‘Designed for the 21st Century, 11.00 am
The opening of the 21st Century Garden in 2002 created huge interest and some controversy with both locals and visitors. Its planting themes are increasingly relevant as climate change becomes a global concern. Meet your Guide at the front steps of the GBG.

Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 - Weekend Plant Sale, 10.00 am to 4.00 pm
The Friends’ Nursery holds a wide selection of plants sourced from the Geelong Botanic Gardens.   The Nursery and Carpark is located at the rear of the Gardens.  The gates of the rear carpark near the Nursery will close at 4.05 pm sharp.

Sunday 29: Guided Walk - A Clever and Creative Solution for Geelong Botanic Gardens’ 1.00 pm
This stormwater harvesting system was completed in 2016; the collection of suburban stormwater helps support the long term future of the GBG. The landscaping around the dam is a bird-attracting natural wetland encircled by a walking track. Meet your Guide at the front steps of the GBG.

Sunday 29: Geelong Design Week Guided Walk - ‘Designed for the 21st Century, 2.00 pm
The opening of the 21st Century Garden in 2002 created huge interest and some controversy with both locals and visitors. Its planting themes are increasingly relevant as climate change becomes a global concern. Meet your Guide at the front steps of the GBG.

 

April

Friday 3: Daylesford - Frogmore Bus Tour, 8.20 am - 5.30 pm
Visiting Frogmore Gardens and Nursery, Wombat Hill Botanic Gardens (with talk and mini tour by their Friends) and returning via Blackwood Ridge Nursery and Garden and the Lerderderg River. $65.00 FGBG members. $75.00 Non Members. Includes bus, entry fees, morning and afternoon tea, tours and talks.  

 

 

 

 

 
 


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.


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).