Geelong Botanic Gardens (GBG)

Geelong Botanic Gardens, GBG for short, conserves different plants from different parts of the world. This botanical place occupies 7 hectares of land, taking the whole space of Eastern Park. Located at the Eastern Park on the eastern part of Central Business District, this place is opened in 1851 and is considered the Australia’s 4th oldest Botanic garden.

Geelong Botanic Gardens Overview


Late 1800s – Facilities were built including a fish hatchery, a monkey house, a 3 mile carriage drives, a wooden fernery and an aviary.

Year 1857 – A curator was appointed for the garden named Daniel Bunce.

Year 1859 – During this year, a greenhouse and conservatory were built.

Year 1872 – The first curator of the Geelong Botanic Gardens died. John Raddenberry served as the new curator as replacement for the old curator.

Year 1885 – A large fernery which measures 120 feet in length and 60 feet in width was opened on the month of October of the said year.

Year 1886 – The extension of fernery was done. A pond was also added underneath it.

Year 1887 – The fernery was again extended, making it 300 feet in total.

Year 1920 – On this year, the fernery structure was not in good condition. It is about to fall due to the overgrown ferns. Since it is wooden, it can no longer hold for long. So, it has been demolished.

Year 2002 – It has been renovated through the efforts of the City of Greater Geelong. Local native plants were added along with different sections of the botanical garden that suits plants on different climates. Sculptures can also be found along with the plants.

The Friends

Geelong Botanic Gardens has volunteers helping to support botanic garden’s activities like programs, botanical art, functions and tours. They are called FGBG or Friends of Geelong Botanic Gardens. Currently, it has over 300 members. It celebrates the GBG’s events and different activities. It is a place for people to discover, learn, contemplate, engage, and conserve. It also supports different programs for the Gardens.

Why Go to Geelong Botanic Gardens?

This garden plays an important role in conserving different species of plants. It stimulates the senses upon visiting the place. Various colors and scents of the garden’s plant collection will help you relax. In addition, the peaceful place and green lawns will make you feel at ease.

Plant Collection

GBG has a nursery area, which is now called heritage garden. They contain different species of plants. Some have been provided a special room, with glass walls for people to see. Here are some of its plant collections:

Heritage Roses Collection

It was in the year 1995 when rose beds were planted. It shows various types of roses and how it changes and develops over time. Some species and hybrids featured in the collection are Gallicas, Rugosa roses, Bourbons, Damasks and Albas roses. They also feature Tea Roses, China roses and Australian bred roses.

Pelargonium Collection

This collection of species includes Geraniums and Pelargoniums. The cultivars are divided into four groups. The main groups are Regal Pelargonium, Ivy Leafed, Zonal and Scented.

Salvia Collection

GBG has Salvia collection with different species that comes from around the world. Salvia plant belongs to the mint family.

Tree Collection

From the start of the GBG, exotic trees have been planted. Currently, these trees have matured. The trees came from around the world. Some of the trees include Copper Beech, Black Walnut, Cork Oak, and many more amazing trees with the wow factor.

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