A combination of electron microscopy and fluorescence microscopy has provided us with a global picture of the structure of the plant Golgi apparatus. However, the components that shape this structure remain elusive. In other organisms, members of the golgin family of coiled-coil proteins are essential for Golgi structure and organisation. Putative Arabidopsis and rice homologues of some golgin family members can be identified using database searches. Likewise, the heterogeneous group of multi-subunit-tethering complexes is responsible for crucial transport steps that affect Golgi structure and cisternal organisation in animals and yeasts. The Arabidopsis genome harbours possible homologues for the majority of the subunits of these complexes, suggesting that they also operate in the plant kingdom.