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.




Wednesday 22: Volunteer Luncheon with guest speaker Matt Crawley, 12.30pm
Friends Volunteers are invited to join us for a special luncheon in appreciation of our wonderful volunteers.  Special guest Matt Crawley will present an illustrated talk ‘Flora and Fauna on the Bellarine’. Lunch at 12.30 and Presentation at 1.00-2.00 pm in the meeting room. This is a free event for Friends’ volunteers.

Sunday 26: National Botanic Gardens Day, 11.00am - 3.00 pm 
Connect with plants as you explore this amazing regional garden and meet our enthusiastic team.  Families are welcome with fun & free activities for children, Guided Walks and Discovery Table, Plant Sales at the Friends’ Nursery and a Botanic Art ‘Pop Up Shop’.   Come and meet the Friends’ Perennial Border and Heritage Rose Growers for a chance to ask about growing perennials and see rose pruning demonstrations.   Our Teahouse will be open for coffee or a meal. 


Sunday 9: Themed guided walk - 'Winter in the Gardens', 2.00pm
Enjoy an exhilarating walk in our Botanic Garden when deciduous trees have lost their leaves and the evergreen conifers reveal their grandeur. Meet your Guide at the Front Steps of the GBG.

Monday 17: Winter Luncheon with Guest Speaker Alison Pouliot - Bookings now open
Join the Friends at Truffleduck, Balmoral for a two-course luncheon with guest speaker Alison Pouliot who will give an illustrated and interactive talk which explores these fascinating relationships and looks at ways to encourage their flourishing in our gardens, parks and local environments. Alison will include some excerpts from her recent book The Allure of Fungi in which she interacted with fungi and their followers in the forests of a dozen countries. Bookings and payment by Friday 7 June. $75 members   or   $85 non-members


Membership renewals 2019-2020
Your membership renewal forms will be mailed to you at the end of June.  If you would like a membership card please indicate at the time of payment.  Membership discounts apply to GSBA classes and workshops, FGBG events, tours and outings, as well as plant sales from the Growers’ Nursery.











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.