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.

What's On this month: Read more


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.



Christmas Holiday closures:

  • The Friends' office be open from Monday 7 January 2019


Tuesday 22: Culinary Demonstration with Gwen-'Summer Entertaining', 11.00am

Watch our ‘Passionate Baker and Cook’ and FGBG Guide in action, pick up some culinary tips and stay to taste the delicious results.  Maximum 20 people.  FGBG Members Only. Bookings essential by Tuesday 15 January.  $20 per person, delicious lunch included. Read more


Saturday 2, Sunday 3: Two-day workshop -'Introduction to Botanic Art'
Students will learn the basics of botanical art including drawing to composition, painting techniques and introduction to colour theory.  Students who enrol in this beginner’s workshop may have completed some level of art but may wish to learn more about botanical art. There are no prerequisites to enrol in this class just an eagerness to learn and a sense of adventure. Tutor: John Pastoriza-Pinol. $140 members $150 non-members.

Sunday 10: Themed Walk - 'Cabbage and jelly: a garden rich in palms', 2.00 pm
Palms capture the essence of the warm lands discovered by Europeans in the 19th Century, coinciding with the establishment of the Geelong Botanic Gardens. Meet your guide at the front steps, cost- gold coin donation.







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
  • 2017 - the Bellarine
  • 2018 - the Bellarine

In 2018, the tour revisited the Bellarine region and visited four stunning gardens in the Drysdale, Portarlington and Bellarine Peninsula 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 Arundel.  At Arundel, there was a Plant Stall (plants from gardens of Growers and Friends) and Lucky Ticket Prizes.