What's On


Friends and their guests can look forward to a wonderful program of events when we are able to resume events and activities.

Depending on how soon Covid-19 restrictions are eased, and what restrictions remain in place during 2020, we are hopeful that these events MAY include:


  • Movie night at St Marys, featuring the movie ‘2040’, an optimistic Australian documentary investigating innovative projects around the world to mitigate climate change.
  • Silent plant auction and social evening, giving members the opportunity to silently bid on a range of spectacular plants, while enjoying drinks and nibbles.
  • Self-drive tour of historic homes and gardens in the Geelong area, with plant sale, morning and afternoon tea.
  • Annual Luncheon and Guest Speaker at Truffleduck
  • Friends AGM
  • Christmas Drinks for members





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. Closed until further notice

Located at the rear of the GBG.


Every Wednesday at 11.00 am, and Sunday at 2.00 pm. Cancelled until further notice.


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).