Helping the Gardens Grow

Bird watching in the Gardens (Photo: Jill More)
Bird watching in the Gardens (Photo: Jill More)

Bookings are now open for Breakfast with the Birds, an outstanding opportunity to observe some of Canberra’s amazing birdlife in the beautiful surrounds of the Australian National Botanic Gardens. In a small group, experience the Gardens early on a spring morning, when the birds are nesting and at their most active, followed by a delicious hot breakfast in Floresco in the Gardens café.

The Flora Explorer timetable has changed. Read more..

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 $3/4 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.




The new Asteraceae Garden, a new garden dedicated to native daisies, is rapidly transforming from a plan on paper to another major achievement for the Gardens, with the the first major planting on
Monday, 15 September 2014
A recent review of the popular Flora Explorer tours showed demand for extra tours on weekends, public holidays and school holidays. In response, morning tours have now been introduced at 10.30 am on weekends and public holidays. The afternoon tour time has changed to 1.30 pm. There will also be a morning tour (at 10.30 am) on week days in school holidays. The Friends recently purchased a microphone and audio system to allow the Flora guide to provide a guided commentary to passengers, whilst the bus is in motion. The length of the tour has been changed to 45 minutes.  
Tuesday, 9 September 2014
At the Thursday Talk on August 21 by Professor Elizabeth Minchin of ANU on ‘Exploring Ancient Gardens of the Roman World’, demand for a handout she brought along greatly exceeded supply.
Friday, 22 August 2014
Very appropriately, the 19 June Thursday Talk on the Gardens public art management plan began with the handover of two paintings from the Friends to the Gardens. Mr David Coutts, President of the Friends, formally handed the two artworks to Dr Judy West, Executive Director of the Gardens. Click on the heading above for more information.
Monday, 30 June 2014
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