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Sunday 9: ‘Majestic heritage trees’ NATIONAL TRUST HERITAGE WALK, 11.00 am and 2.00 pm
Geelong Botanic Gardens are the fourth oldest botanic gardens in Australia.  The first curators were avid plant collectors and many of the splendid trees they planted now have heritage status. Several historic structures have also found a home here. Meet your guide at the front steps

Thursday 13: Self Drive Tour to Lambley and Ballarat Botanic Gardens
Gather some friends together for a Self Drive tour to Lambley Nursery and Ballarat Botanic Gardens: First, we will visit Lambley Nursery which is an extraordinary world-renowned garden that is considered by many to be amongst the most beautiful in Australia. After a walk, talk by David Glen and morning tea we will drive to Ballarat Botanic Gardens for a BYO picnic lunch and a walk through these remarkable Gardens. Members $25, Non-members $35.   CANCELLED

Wednesday 19: Volunteers Week Luncheon, 12.45 pm
A luncheon to celebrate National Volunteers Week. Enjoy homemade soup and bread, with delicious cake, tea and coffee. RSVP by Friday 16 May. 

Sunday 30: National Botanic Gardens Day, 11.00am - 3.00 pm
Connect with plants as you explore this amazing regional garden, meet the Volunteer Friends who help to maintain the wonderful garden beds, discover beautiful Botanic Art and Plants for sale. More information can be found on BGANZ, who coordinate this event. 


Sunday 13: Themed Walk - 'Our plant heritage from Gondwana',  2.00 pm
What does Australia share with Africa, India, New Zealand, South America and New Caledonia?  We were all once joined to Antarctica in the southern supercontinent of Gondwana and have a common plant ancestry from that time. This walk will introduce you to this Gondwana heritage. Meet your guide at the front steps, cost - gold coin donation.

Thursday 24: Cooking with Gwen 
Join Gwen in her large kitchen just made for group cookinh, and learn how to make a memorable winter stew. Enjoy this fun session and eating a scrumptious multi course meal together after. Contact the office for more information. $30 Members only, Limited tickets, bookings open June.


Sunday 11: Themed Walk 'The First Australians', 2.00 pm
Geelong Botanic Gardens is on Wadawurrung land. Learn about our first people: their lifestyle, conservation of resources and traditional use of plants for food, medicine, weapons, transport, musical instruments and religious ceremonies. Find out what happened to the Wadawurrung when Europeans arrived here. Meet your guide at the front steps, cost - gold coin donation.

Thursday 20: Movie Night 'Dare to be Wild' , 5.30pm
5.30 pm for supper, then enjoy the movie. 'Dare to be Wild' is a movie for the dreamer in all of us. Starring Emma Greenwell and Tom Hughes, the true story of Mary Renolds, a feisty landscape designer whose goal is to share the beauty of wild nature with the world. $25 Members, $30 non-members, limited tickets. Bookings open July.


Thursday 5: Winter Lunch with Guest Speaker Lynsey Poore, 12.00 am - 3.00 pm
Enjoy a fabulous two corse lunch at Truffle Duck, special winter lunch raffle and guest speaker Lynsey Poore speaking on the Physics Garden at Chelsea. $75 Members, $85 non-members. More detail will be available soon.



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).