The Guides

Guiding is one of the most important activities offered to the community by the Friends of Geelong Botanic Gardens.  In fact, volunteer guiding in the Gardens was the reason the Friends came to exist in Geelong in 1985!

The Guides are an active group of trained volunteers who introduce the Gardens to visitors. They have the pleasure of meeting with local, interstate and overseas visitors while telling many interesting stories about the Gardens and its history.  Read more about the activities of the Guides -  Walks, Talks and the Gardens

Guides may also assist with the School Holiday Programs and the Education Program at the Geelong Botanic Gardens  

Have you ever thought that you might like to become a Volunteer Guide with the Friends at the Gardens? Not sure what it involves or whether you would enjoy it?

New Guide training is conducted regularly in small groups and continues at monthly business and training meetings.

Meetings and plant discussions are held on the third Monday of each month, supported by additional study sessions and occasional outings.

If you would like to learn about the Gardens and to help visitors enjoy them, please contact the Friends’ Office.

Our guides regularly meet with other guides from botanic gardens from all over Australasia.  

Australasian Conference of Volunteer Guides in Botanic Gardens

Sydney, 21-25 September 2015

Against the spectacular backdrop of Sydney Harbour, this conference will highlight the extensive plant collections of the Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust; discuss current botanical research; explore issues of climate change; and provide opportunities for an exchange of ideas between volunteer guides in botanic gardens.

Geelong Botanic Gardens Volunteer Guides will be represented at this conference and will be supported by the Friends