What's On


Our Volunteer Guides also have many activities to help vistors 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.



Thursday 28 : Bus Trip to Castlemaine

Join the Friends for an interesting and informative day. Castlemaine Botanic Gardens, entry to historic ‘Buda’, visit to ‘Shades of Gray’- internationally acclaimed sculpture studio and gallery. Afternoon tea and visit to Munro Court, an Australian housing development of 8 energy-smart houses set in low maintenance water wise gardens.$65 members or $75 non-members Price will include coach travel for the day, entry and tour of Buda Historic House and Garden, morning tea and afternoon tea.Bookings with payment by Friday 22 September 2017 Read More


Friday 29 : Inspired by Nature 5 Botanic Art Exhibition Opens @ Wintergarden
An exhibition of exquisite Botanical Art celebrating the Geelong School of Botanic Art.  Visit art@wintergarden, 51 McKillop and enjoy a coffee in the café and the world of botanic art upstairs in the gallery. 





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 Demonstartion 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

In 2016, the tour visited four stunning gardens in the Golden Plains region around Teesdale and Inverleigh. We had not visited these gardens before on a Through the Garden Gates tour; they offered an amazing variety of design, location and purpose.

Afternoon Tea was included in the ticket price - and this was again a delicious event, held at Lullote.  At Lullote, there was a Plant Stall (plants from gardens of Growers and Friends) and Lucky Ticket Prizes.