Helping the Gardens Grow

Summer Sounds 2016. Photo: Graham Brown
Summer Sounds 2016. Photo: Graham Brown

Relax into summer with a two-weekend program featuring some of the best bands in the nation’s capital. As the sun goes down over the Gardens, the concerts are a popular way to enjoy the summer holidays in Canberra with outdoor picnicking, live music, socialising and dancing – all within a beautiful landscape of Australia's largest collection of native plants.

The 2017 concerts will be on two weekends: Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 January followed by Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 of February - click below for details of performers. We also need volunteers to help on each day.

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.


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The Thursday Talks Program for 2017 will kick off on 2 February with a talk by Tim Fischer AC. Tim Fischer, former Deputy Prime Minister and Ambassador to the Holy See, is currently the Vice-Chair, Global Crop Diversity Trust (GCDT) for the Svalbard Seed Vault, Norway. He will inspire us with a talk entitled Collecting Vital Seeds: from the Gallipoli Oaks collected by John Monash to the Crop Trust and Svalbard Vault today, collecting seeds matters more than ever!  Read more ....
Sunday, 22 January 2017
The Summer Sounds concert series will be on again for two weekends this summer, starting on Saturday 28 January and finishing on Sunday 5 February. We need volunteers to help with: collecting entry donations, supervising parking and transport for disabled patrons, driving the electric vehicles up to the Eucalypt Lawn, and answering queries at the Information Tent. Sign up online here.
Sunday, 11 December 2016
Friends of the ANBG, guests and members of the Photographic Group gathered on Wednesday 23rd November for the opening of the annual photography exhibition. The evening started with various speakers, after which people had ample time to admire the photographs and other items on display. Food and drinks were provided. The exhibition highlighted the beauty and diversity of the Australian Native Flora and Fauna and brought together photographers of many different skills and experiences using a variety of equipment.
Thursday, 8 December 2016
Every year for 20 years the Friends have run a schools photographic competition. Many excellent images were submitted this year - a total of 337, a large increase on last year. The award ceremony was held on Saturday 12 November. Competition judge Ken Crawford congratulated students on the quality and originality of their work.
Thursday, 17 November 2016


Summer Sounds - concert on the Eucalypt Lawn
Saturday, 28 January 2017 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Summer Sounds - concert on the Eucalypt Lawn
Sunday, 29 January 2017 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Summer Sounds - concert on the Eucalypt Lawn
Saturday, 4 February 2017 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Summer Sounds - concert on the Eucalypt Lawn
Sunday, 5 February 2017 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Dr Rosemary Purdie ‘Walking the Blooming Simpson’
Thursday, 9 February 2017 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
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