'Dig a Little Deeper'

These Special Interest Themed Walks are offered each month, usually on the second Sunday, commencing at 2.00 pm, weather permitting. This Year (2020) we have some special event walks, please note the different starting times of these walks.

Meet your Volunteer Guide on the front steps of the Botanic Gardens. 

Gold coin donation.

Sunday February 9,  2.00 pm: 'Colour and Silver'
GBG has a colourful display of perennial plants and silver plants in its borders. Come and learn about the value of these plants that not only give a great display but help to conserve water in our gardens.

Sunday March 8, 2.00 pm:  BANKS FESTIVAL - 'Banks, Solander and the voyage of the Endeavour 1768-1771'
When James Cook embarked on his first voyage of discovery in the wooden barque Endeavour, he had with him two outstanding botanists. On the Endeavour voyage, they collected some 3,000 plants from the South Pacific, including plants of Australia. This walk will look at some of the plants' Banks and Solander collected and discuss why they were botanically new and interesting.

Sunday March 22, 2.00 pm: EUCALYPTUS DAY: 'Eucalypts – Not Just Gum Trees' CANCELLED
Eucalypts are trees that are superbly adapted to environments across Australia, from desert and snow country. They are diverse and interesting. They range from small stunted shrubs to the tallest flowering plants in the world. They still look healthy during a drought yet some can cope for months growing in standing water. Some even love fire. Find some of this diversity in the GBG.

Wednesday March 25,11.00 am: DESIGN WEEK - 'Designed for the 21st Century' CANCELLED
The opening of the 21st Century Garden in 2002 created huge interest and some controversy with both locals and visitors. It was unlike the traditional European botanic garden and some people were shocked by the stark landscaping and the absence of lush green lawns, but it was eye-catching and innovative. Its planting themes are increasingly relevant as climate change becomes a global concern.

Sunday March 29, 1.00 pm: DESIGN WEEK - 'A Clever and Creative Solution for Geelong Botanic Gardens' CANCELLED
This stormwater harvesting system was completed in 2016, funded by the Australian Government 'Water for the Future' initiative and from the Geelong City Council.   The collection of suburban stormwater helps support the long term future of the GBG and gives visitors emerald green lawns throughout the year.

Sunday March 29, 2.00 pm: DESIGN WEEK -  'Designed for the 21st Century' CANCELLED
The opening of the 21st Century Garden in 2002 created huge interest and some controversy with both locals and visitors. It was unlike the traditional European botanic garden and some people were shocked by the stark landscaping and the absence of lush green lawns, but it was eye-catching and innovative. Its planting themes are increasingly relevant as climate change becomes a global concern.

  

                                                                                                                                                         

 

Sunday April 12, 2.00 pm:  'Trees: Precious and Rare' CANCELLED

Over the last 200 years, many species of plants and animals have become extinct. For threatened species, a range of management and conservation measures are in place with the hope of preservation and protection. 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 May 17, 11.00 am and 2.00 pm: NATIONAL TRUST HERITAGE FESTIVAL: 'Majestic Trees and Heritage Structures' CANCELLED
Geelong Botanic Gardens, established in 1851 on Wadawurrung country,  holds many cultural treasures: plants used by our first people, majestic heritage trees and historic buildings and structures.  Here we have a significant collection dating back to the city's first days.

Sunday June 14, 2.00 pm: 'Around the World in 60 Minutes'
Where do the plants in our Gardens come from? How and when did they travel from their places of origin to gardens around the world? Hear the stories and meet your guide for a fascinating exploration. 18 People Maximum

Sunday July 12, 2.00 pm: NAIDOC WEEK: 'Australia’s First Peoples'
NAIDOC Week celebrates the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. This walk tells the story of Geelong’s first people, the Wadawurrung, and points out some of the many ways they used plants. 18 People Maximum 

Sunday August 30: WATTLE DAY: 'Wattle it Bee?'
National Wattle Day is on 1st September, celebrating the beginning of spring and our unity as a nation. Wattles have survived drought and bushfires and provided food, medicine and timber for the aboriginal people. Your guide will introduce you to many wattles including Australia’s national flower, the Golden Wattle. 18 People Maximum

Sunday September 13, 2.00 pm: 'Our Plant Inheritance from Gondwana'                     
What does Australia share with Africa, India, New Zealand, South America and New Caledonia?  We were all once joined to Antarctica in the southern supercontinent of Gondwana and have a common plant ancestry from that time. This walk will introduce you to this Gondwana heritage. 18 People Maximum

Sunday October 11, 2.00 pm: 'Fabulous Plants of China'
China had the first Botanical Garden in 138 BC, an enormous park with 2,000 different plants and hothouses.2,000 years of Chinese horticultural endeavour enrich gardens all over the world. You won’t believe how many of our plants have Chinese origins. 18 People Maximum

Sunday November 8, 2.00 pm: 'Changing Planet, Changing Plants'
Many plants have developed impressive features for coping with drought conditions. These adaptations are vital in a time of climate change. We will explore some of the plants in the GBG demonstrating the strategies which they employ. You may be inspired to alter the character of your garden! 18 People Maximum