Helping the Gardens Grow

Summer Sounds
Summer Sounds

A picnic on the lawn among the Gum Trees… Children dancing to the music… The sound of Kookaburras preparing for nightfall…. What better way to spend a warm summer evening in Canberra?

The Australian National Botanic Gardens’ popular Summer Sounds concerts will be held during the first two weekends of February, featuring some of Canberra's best-loved bands, street food stalls and dance workshops on the Eucalypt Lawn.

Bring your own picnic or sample the delicious food and drinks on offer. Save the dates and book your family and friends to join you.

Sponsored by Icon Water and the Friends of the Gardens.

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 over $1.2 million on projects in the Gardens and now have over 2500 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, 16-29 January 2019  (PDF, 680 KB)




The December 2018 edition of Library Connect (PDF, 497 kB) includes an article about the new Banksia Garden, scheduled to open April 2020; information on the new Plant Humanities Initiative; Library Christmas Arrangements and a great collection of new books.
Tuesday, 4 December 2018
The ever-popular Summer Sounds concerts will be held again on the first two weekends in February 2019. The programs and performers are being finalised now and will be announced shortly. We are looking for volunteers to come and help Summer Sounds continue its tradition as one of the Gardens' headline public events.
Wednesday, 21 November 2018
The entries from this year's competition are now on display in the Visitors Centre exhibition space until Sunday 19 November. The entries were judged by Ms Helen McFadden of the Canberra Photographic Society, who presented the awards on Saturday 3 November. Congratulations to the prizewinners.
Tuesday, 6 November 2018
The November 2018 edition of Library Connect (PDF, 822 kB) features a new book dedicated to Australia’s tomatoes: Tomato: Know, Sow, Grow, Feast as well as other new books and topics.
Friday, 2 November 2018
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