Helping the Gardens Grow

Volunteer Guide and visitors setting out on a guided walk

Each month this year, Volunteer Guides will dedicate a week to specially-themed walks.

As well as their regular 11am walks, they will conduct additional 2pm walks during the theme week. These walks will all be free.

The theme for 14-20 June is 'Off the Beaten Track'.

A volunteer guide will take you to parts of the Gardens not frequently visited to see beautiful plants in out-of-the-way spots. Each walk will feature some examples of work done by Gardens staff to conserve our vulnerable, threatened, and endangered native plants, as well as plants currently in flower.

The special walk themes for the rest of 2021 are:

  • July 12-18   Plants from Gondwana (complementing the Megafauna on display)
  • August 9-15  Colour in Winter
  • August 30 - Sept 5   Wattle Walks (celebrating Wattle Week)
  • October 4-10 Spring Flower Walks
  • November 8-14  Fire and Water Walks

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.

Since 1990 we have raised and spent over $1.6 million on projects in the Gardens and now have over 2500 members. 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.

Flowers,Fruit & Foliage logo

Your guide to what’s fresh and flowering in the Gardens. Read more...

  Walk guide: 16 - 29 June 2021 (PDF, 1.8 MB)
  Video version (YouTube, 8:52 min)





The Friends Botanic Art Groups exhibition in April to May this year featured plants from the sea to the desert, along with other native species. Two works were chosen by the Executive Director, Dr Judy West, and purchased by the Friends for the ANBG collection. On Thursday 3 June the works were presented to Dr West by the President, Neville Page. Susan Spiller's Wahlenbergia species is a delightful painting of the floral emblem of the ACT. Judy selected Marjorie Roche's Arid because it shows the intricacies of a root, perhaps an unusual subject but an appealing painting in its own right. Both Susan and Marjorie have been members of the Botanic Art Group for several years, and we congratulate them on their work being chosen from this exhibition for the ANBG’s collection.
Thursday, 17 June 2021
Work has begun on several construction projects that will affect access to various sections of the Gardens: Stage 1 of the East Core Precinct works (Café deck, lawn and new section of the Main Path) is scheduled for 17 May to 25 June. A fence has been erected around the Café deck worksite, and the rainforest bridge is closed. Access to the Café has changed (see yellow dotted line on map) - pedestrian access to the take-away window and toilets is now through the laneway between the Ellis Rowan building and the Horticulture Depot. The Ian Potter Conservatory site has been fenced off, and an alternative route will be in place for visitors to access the main path past the construction site.
Monday, 17 May 2021
The ANBG Library will reopen to external users, including the Friends of the ANBG and ANBG Volunteers, on Wednesday 31 March 2021 in line with Government COVID-19 directives. Janine Chandler will continue as interim ANBG Librarian until 30 June 2021, while Jane Black is engaged in projects to improve knowledge services across the Department. Janine's standard workdays are Wednesday to Friday. Self-service browsing and loans are available to those who are already registered borrowers on Monday and Tuesday.
Tuesday, 30 March 2021
John Blay, writer and naturalist, filled the Theatrette at the Thursday Talk on 18 March with his talk about 'Some Special Places of the South East Forests’. He spoke about the challenges of conservation in the region’s forests, along with its peoples and natural history, and the rediscovery of an important shared history pathway, the Bundian Way. After the talk, John signed copies of his books, and then led a group on a walk up to the plantings of Acacia blayana in the Gardens. John discovered this species of wattle in 1982 in the Brogo wilderness, and it was named in his honour.
Monday, 22 March 2021
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