'Dig a Little Deeper'
Sunday February 10: Cabbage and Jelly: a garden rich in palms
Palms capture the essence of the warm lands discovered by Europeans in the 19th Century, coinciding with the establishment of the Geelong Botanic Gardens
Sunday March 10: Perennials and Silver Border
Come and join me as we will look at why such enduring plants in both our perennial and silver borders will help to transform the garden in the Summer months.
Sunday April 14: The First Australians
Aboriginal people have lived on this continent for 60,000 years, depending on native plants and animals for all necessities and managing the limited resources well. Learn about the ways they used plants for food, fibre, medicine, weapons, transport, musical instruments and religious ceremonies.
Sunday May 5: Kiwi Colour Fest
The rain-shrouded hills and cool climate of New Zealand produce a luxuriant kaleidoscope of every shade of green foliage. From dripping ferns in sun-dappled gullies to majestic kauri trees, there is something for every lover of nature’s plant kingdom. The Geelong Botanic Gardens has a range of New Zealand plants that whet the appetite.
Sunday June 9: Winter in the Gardens
Enjoy an exhilarating walk in our Botanic Garden when deciduous trees have lost their leaves and the evergreen conifers reveal their grandeur.
Sunday July 21: Endangered Trees and Conservation
Over the last 200 years, many species of plants and Animals have become extinct. For those species whose Survival is threatened, a range of management and Conservation measures are in place. During today’s walk, we will look at a selection of threatened species grown here in the Geelong Botanic Gardens and discuss the important role botanic gardens play in plant conservation.
Sunday August 11: Plants from the Gondwana Continent
What do Chile, South Africa, New Zealand, New Caledonia and Australia have in common? They were all once joined to Antarctica as part of the southern supercontinent of Gondwana. As they broke away, they carried with them families of plants that they share but are unknown in the northern hemisphere. Come and see these plants of Gondwana ancestry. Geelong Botanic Gardens has a collection of them.
Sunday September 1: Around the World in 60 minutes
Travel around the world as we explore the plants of the Geelong Botanic Gardens. These plants carry with them tales of exploration, adventure and their own development and survival.
Sunday October 13: Plants from China
China had the first Botanical Garden in 138 BC, an enormous park with 2,000 different plants and hothouses.2nd emperor Yang Di in Sui dynasty (581-618AD) built the largest gardens in history and searched far and wide for rare and beautiful plants. 2,000 years of Chinese horticultural endeavour enrich gardens all over the world. Join me on a walk on 9th September at 2.00 to see how many of our plants have Chinese origins!
Sunday November 10: A Spice filled journey in the Gardens
Spices and herbs have been used from the earliest recorded history as aids to the health and wellbeing of humans. Since they were easy to collect and prepare every household has at hand simple remedies for illness, ways to provide a more interesting and wholesome diet, dyes for cloth and aids to crop growing. On this walk, we will take a look at plants with a history of culinary value for rich and poor. If your appetite has been whetted, come and hear their stories.
Sunday December 8: Flora of the Pacific Islands
A walking presentation of the Geelong Botanic Gardens collection of flora of the Pacific Islands such as New Caledonia, Lord Howe Island and New Zealand. Join your Guide at the front gates of the GBG and explore the fascinating plants of Gondwana. In modern times, plants developed unique characteristics in response to changing ecological conditions in the Pacific region.