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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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.                               


Friday 29: Friends' Christmas drinks and Christmas fair opening, 5.30 pm - 7.30 pm
Celebrate Christmas and a successful year with like-minded people, delicious refreshments and fabulous artwork and merchandise.   For current members or by invitation for non-members, bookings are essential.  The meeting room is at the rear of the gardens. Please contact the Office to confirm attendance by Friday 22 November for catering purposes.   


Saturday 30 November and Sunday 1 December: Christmas Fair 10.00 am - 4.00 pm
A Christmas Fair showcasing artwork and merchandise from the Geelong School of Botanical Art and Friends of Geelong Botanic Gardens. Artwork, Prints, Books, Cards, general merchandise.  Located in the meeting room at the rear of the gardens.


  • No Guided Walk on Sunday 22 December
  • The Friends' Nursery will be closed on Wednesday 25 December and Wednesday 1 January
  • The Freinds' Office will be closed on Friday 20 DecemberJanuary 2020


The Office will re-open on Monday 6 January at 10.00 am

Saturday 11 and Sunday 12: Botanic Art Masterclass - Two-day workshop, 9.30 am - 4.30 pm
Tutor, John Pastoriza-Pinol. Details available soon.

Friday 17 and Saturday 18: Botanical Perforations - Two-day workshop,  9.30 am - 4.30 pm
Tutor, Dolores Skowronski-Malloni
Learn how to transfer a simple botanical drawing onto watercolour paper using perforating techniques.
More details will be available soon.





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.


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).