Helping the Gardens Grow

Gang Gang Cockatoo in the Gardens (Photo: Pam Rooney)
Gang Gang Cockatoo in the Gardens (Photo: Pam Rooney)

The ever-popular Breakfast with the Birds program is celebrating its 13th season. The event operates this year on four Saturday and four Sunday mornings, starting on Saturday 24 September and ending on Sunday 16 October. Starting time is 7.45am.

This is an excellent opportunity for early morning access to the Gardens to view birdlife with a knowledgeable guide, followed by breakfast in Floresco in the Gardens Cafe. Bring binoculars if you have them. The walk will only be cancelled in extreme weather conditions.

The 2017 Australasian Botanic Gardens Volunteer Guides Conference will be hosted by the ANBG in October 2017.

We are a diverse group of people who love and support our beautiful Gardens – the world’s largest collection of Australian native plants. We have an extensive program of talks, visits and social events. There are many opportunities for members and visitors to meet, learn, grow and enjoy the riches of this very special place. This website will help you find events that most interest you.

We were formed in 1990 as a community support group for the Gardens. Since then we have raised and spent around $¾ million on projects in the Gardens and now have 1700 members. And we support the Gardens in many other ways, such as leading guided walks to show visitors the wonders of the Gardens, and hands-on support of research programs.




Thought of standing for Friends Council? At the Friends Annual General Meeting on 19 October 2016, elections will be held for the positions of President, Vice-President, Treasurer, Secretary and four (4) Council Members. Nominations are open now - please use this form (Word format, 60KB) and return it with a written ‘profile’ of 50 to 100 words, saying a little about your relevant background, experience and interests. Nomination forms and profiles must be received by 12 October 2016.
Friday, 29 July 2016
Council has been developing a new Strategic Plan 2016-20 during the year (download in PDF format, 335 KB or Microsoft Word .docx format, 37 KB). Careful attention has been given to Friends’ organisational material, including the Constitution and the Memorandum between the ANBG and the Department. Consideration has also been given to the current work and future directions of the Friends. We would be pleased now to receive comments from the Friends’ membership. Please send by email to by 22 August 2016.
Thursday, 14 July 2016
The May 2016 edition of Eucalypt, the journal of the Australian Association of Friends of Botanic Gardens, is now available. Issue 46 includes a report on the 2016 AAFBG biennial Conference held at Geelong Botanic Gardens, 29 April to 3 May; other news from botanic gardens in Australia, New Zealand - and Fiji; and the AAFBG calendar of events 2016-17.
Monday, 16 May 2016
Making new collections from the ACT to the National Seed Bank (NSB) is becoming more difficult as we narrow our target species to complete the collection of the total ACT flora. By 2020 we are aiming to have representative collections of all 1070 vascular plant taxa in the NSB. Click on the heading to read on.
Thursday, 21 April 2016


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