Friends of the AALBG Guest Speaker Series 

Saturday, March 25- WA eucalypt expert Malcolm French & SA eucalypt expert Dean Nicolle

The Friends of the AALBG are pleased to have two of Australia's most respected eucalypt experts at the Garden and this is your chance to find out more about eucalypts and ask any questions.  The talk will be held in the WMC Herbarium Conference room at the AALBG on Saturday March 25 starting at 1pm.

Saturday, April 8 - Botanical Artist Dolores Skowronski-Malloni,

Respected botanical artist, Dolores will be presenting a talk at the Garden on April 8 from 1.30pm-3pm.  Dolores studied art in Buenos Aires and has lived in Geelong for many years where she leads a very active botanical art group within the Friends of Geelong Botanic Garden.  If you would like to find out more about botanical art, this will be an ideal opportunity. The talk will be held in the WMC Herbarium Conference Room at the AALBG.

Saturday September 2 - Pat and Warwick Wright

More information to follow.  The talk will be held at 1pm in the WMC Herbarium Conference room at the AALBG.

Saturday, December 2 - Friends wrap up of garden successes and projects in 2017

Share in the successes of the AALBG over 2017 and find out what 2018 may hold.  Hosted by Peter Hall and Brian Riechelt.

Other Events

Wednesday, April 5 - Opening of the Arid Explorers Children's Garden

On April 5 we will open the gates to our newest garden area, the Arid Explorers Children's Garden.  This new area has been designed for children and families and is a fenced section of the garden near the visitor centre.  Children can freely explore this special garden with their caregivers and it includes a mini bird hide, walking paths, creek crossings with wooden bridges, shaded seating areas, a 'desert' sandpit, climbing mounds and much more.  Under construciton for almost a year, we are excited to be able to share this wonderful space with families.  An official opening will be held at a yet to be confirmed date.

Sunday, April 9 - Botanical Artist workshop with Dolores Skowronski-Malloni SOLD OUT

Sunday, April 16 - Easter Egg Hunt

A great way for children to learn more about the 'Easter Bilby' and spend time exploring the garden.  Call into the gift shop to find out more about the hunt, and once you've found all the answers in the garden, return to the giftshop for a chocolate prize. 

Mother's Day, Sunday May 14

Our cafe and garden is a popular place to celebrate Mother's Day so book early for a morning or afternoon tea, or lunch.  Places are limited.  Our giftshop is also the perfect place to shop for an ideal Mother's Day gift with plants and gift vouchers also available.  For table reservations please call 8641 9117.

Sunday, May 28 BGANZ Open Day

Visit the Garden on this national day of celebration for botanical gardens across Australia and New Zealand.  Coordinated by the Botanic Gardens of Australia and New Zealand (BGANZ) it is a wonderful day to celebrate the AALBG and learn more about the garden, and the plants and animals that live here from one of our many volutneers that will be around on the day.  Childrens activities and tours on the day.

Children's Discovery Walk - FREE and always available

Explore the eremophila garden and discover the hidden rusty animals hiding among the bushes. Start at the Visitor Centre and collect an animal discovery brochure from the gift shop so children can mark off the animals as they find them. Ideal for children aged 2-12 and is a wonderful way for families to explore the garden.

School Holiday Activity Table and Sand Play Table

Every school holidays, including interstate holidays, a free activity table is set up at the Visitor Centre to keep children entertained while parents spend time browsing the gift and plant shop, or enjoying a relaxing coffee in the picturesque cafe. In the plant sales area, children can enjoy sand play and create their own landscapes using natural materials gathered from the garden.

For any event enquiries please call (08) 8641 9116.