Helping the Gardens Grow

Olearia phologappa (Murray Fagg, ANBG)
Olearia phologappa (Murray Fagg, ANBG)

Australian native plant sales are presented by the Growing Friends every spring and autumn.  Plants offered for sale are propagated from material sourced from the Australian National Botanic Gardens and all proceeds go to support the Gardens.

This year’s spring sale will be held on Saturday 11th November in the small carpark behind the Crosbie Morrison Building in the Gardens. 

Dr Suzi Bond will be available to sign copies of her book Field Guide of the Butterflies of the ACT and discuss plants that attract butterflies to the garden.

Information about some of the plants for sale cn be found here. A detailed list of plants for sale with information about the characteristics and growing requirements is available here

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

  Latest edition, 22 November - 5 December 2017




On Saturday 28 October the Friends hosted a lively ceremony in the Theatrette to award the prizes for the 21st Schools Photographic Competition.
Sunday, 29 October 2017
The Flowers of War is a project to uncover, perform, discuss and celebrate the music and art that talented men used to cope with the horror of war. Members of the Friends are invited, and offered discount prices, to concerts at the High Court on 10 October and 8 November.
Saturday, 7 October 2017
Paul Ramsay’s Garden Legacy The late Paul Ramsay’s Burradoo home ¨Yarrawin¨ will be open to the public for two days on the 21st and 22nd October 2017. It is a garden filled with year round colour, and diverse plantings. Spontaneously filled with a diverse range of plants sprawling across the property, combining both formal and informal planting. Yarrawin, is a truly gorgeous and relaxed place where you can spend hours wandering around and getting lost in the beautiful surrounds.
Friday, 29 September 2017
You are invited to attend the book launch of Vanished and Vanishing Parrots: Profiling Extinct and Endangered Species by Joseph Forshaw and Frank Knight. The book will be launched by Dr Le
Sunday, 24 September 2017


ANBG Friends Photographic Group - November meeting
Friday, 24 November 2017 - 7:30am
Dr Bryan Lessard ‘All the buzz on Australia’s secret gardeners’
Thursday, 30 November 2017 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
Weeding Work Party 2 December 2017
Saturday, 2 December 2017 - 8:30am to 11:30am
ANU Public Lecture 11 December - Joseph Banks' Florilegium
Monday, 11 December 2017 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm
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