What's On

Sunday 12: Themed Discovery Walk 'Gondwana' 2.00 pm at the Front Gates
This walk is an opportunity to see the plants in Geelong Botanic Gardens which are direct descendants of the plants that lived on the southern supercontinent of Gondwana,  the ancient landmass attached to Antarctica.  The many plants that have miraculously survived Australia's 45 million years of separation are well-represented in our Gardens for us to enjoy.  Gold coin donation is appreciated.  
Thursday 23: Seniors Week "Welcoming Seniors to the Geelong Botanic Gardens" 9.30 am: Guided Walk & 10.30 am:  Morning Tea
Join the Friends' trained Guides for a guided walk through the Camelia Walk and Fern Gully at Geelong Botanic Gardens. This will be followed by a professionally catered-for morning tea and a welcome to the Gardens by members of the Friends of Geelong Botanic Gardens. The Friends wish to encourage Seniors to actively enjoy the Gardens, and learn a little about the camellia and fern collections, in the company of other Seniors and the Friends.

Bookings are essential.  Please contact the Friends' Office to book your place and receive a confirmation itinerary.

Monday 27: New Members Welcome Morning Tea & Guided Walk, 9.30 am
New members will be invited to meet the Friends, with a guided walk through the Gardens, followed by a sumptuous morning tea. 


Sunday 12: Themed Discovery Walk 'Plants and Plates' 2.00 pm at the Front Gates
From the vegetables on our plates to the delicious fruit we eat; from spices and herbs to tubers and rhizomes - the Gardens has many of these amongst the thousands of plants growing here.  Join your guide to explore the stories and uses of these essential plants. Gold coin donation is appreciated. 
Friday 17: Self-Drive Tour to Basil Rose Estate, Lethbridge, 10.00 am- 2.00 pm
Join the Friends on a self-drive tour to Basil Rose Estate at Lethbridge, with a tour of Vasili Kanidiadis's magnificent 10-acre landscaped garden. All-inclusive of morning tea, garden tour and lunch. Book for this tour
Members $65 and Non-Members $75
Sunday 19: Geelong Botanic Gardens Open Day, 10.00 am - 2.00 pm. Free Event
Friday 21: Melbourne Historic Gardens Train Trip, 8.00 am - 4.00 pm
Travel to Melbourne by train to join the Friends in a self-guided tour of the historic Melbourne University Systems Garden in Parkville. We will take a tram to Spring St for a 2 pm guided tour (90 mins) of the Rooftop and other Parliamentary Gardens at Parliament House not accessible by the public outside a tour. Visit Treasury Gardens and the Conservatory in Fitzroy Gardens. BYO lunch or café in Fitzroy Gardens. Members $15 and Non-Members $20.
Sunday 9: Themed Discovery Walk 'Indigenous Plants' 2.00 pm at the Front Gates
Our indigenous plants from the Geelong and Bellarine regions are well represented in the Gardens, from the Red Gum by the gate to the yam daisies on the hillside and the vanilla lilies at the far end. Come and explore some wonders of our local plants. Gold coin donation is appreciated.
Sunday 7: Themed Discovery Walk 'Pacific Rim Garden' 2.00 pm at the Front Gates
Discover some of the amazing trees that grow around our Pacific Rim.  Some of these are rare and threatened in their native habitat.  This important collection is displayed in the attractive southern extension of the Geelong Botanic Gardens. Gold coin donation is appreciated. 
Wednesday 17: Volunteer Week Lunch, 12.30 pm - 3.30 pm
Volunteers are invited to celebrate Volunteers Week with a basket lunch and a viewing of the DVD movie “Juliet of the Herbs” – a whimsical documentary about the extraordinary life of a horticulturist who lived an alternative lifestyle amongst her goats and the natural world.   Free Event.
Sunday 11: Themed Discovery Walk 'Ferns' 2.00 pm at the Front Gates.
Come and learn about ferns and how fashions in the GBG have changed from John Raddenberry, the 2nd Curator’s renowned Fernery begun in 1885, to our modern natural Fern Glade established in 1982.  It has recently been refurbished with most species of ferns, the Conservatory allowing for the inclusion of tropical ferns. Gold coin donation is appreciated. 
Sunday 9: Themed Discovery Walk 'Wadawurrung' 2.00 pm
Sunday 13: Themed Discovery Walk 'Chinese Plants' 2.00 pm at the Front Gates
China had the first Botanical Garden in 138 BC, an enormous park with 2,000 different plants and hot houses.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 14th June at 2.00 to see how many of our plants have Chinese origins!. Gold coin donation is appreciated. 
Sunday 10: Themed Discovery Walk 'Sensory Walk' 2.00 pm
Sunday 8: Themed Discovery Walk 'Flora of the Pacific Rim' 2.00 pm
Sunday 12: Themed Discovery Walk 'Green Spine' 2.00 pm


The Friends’ Plant Nursery is open every Wednesday from 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.




Members recently enjoyed a Cooking Demonstration 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
  • 2019 - the Surf Coast
  • 2021 - the Jan Juc area
  • 2022 - the Bellarine
  • 2023 - Inner Geelong area

In 2022, the tour revisited the Surf Coast region and visited four stunning gardens in the Freshwater Creek, Moriac and Bellbrae 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 St. Lenards.  At St. Lenards, there was a Plant Stall (plants from gardens of Growers and Friends).