Helping the Gardens Grow

Telopea speciosissima - watercolour by Margaret Steele
Telopea speciosissima - watercolour by Margaret Steele

The Friends Botanical Art Groups are proud to present their annual exhibition in the Visitors Gallery from Saturday 17th March to Sunday 15th April.

The exhibition comprises work using a variety of mediums including watercolour, coloured pencil, graphite and scraperboard. All artwork exhibited will portray native Australian plants, many of which can be found in the Gardens. This year we have had a special theme with many works featuring Threatened and Endangered Plants; these will be clearly marked.

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 $¾ million on projects in the Gardens and now have 2200 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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  Latest edition, 14-27 Mar 2018




David Taylor, the Curator of Living Collections at the Gardens, has asked if the Friends can publicise the ANBG’s approach to tree management, being undertaken by the tree team, Dan, Anthony, Mark and Pete (returning soon) guided by Phil. As Dave notes, it can be difficult to see large trees go, but his hope is that knowing more about how the ANBG makes such decisions will allow better appreciation of the considered way this happens.
Wednesday, 14 March 2018
The Biennial Conference of Members of the Australian Association of Friends of Botanic Gardens (AAFBG) will be held at Benalla, VIC from 20 – 22 April 2018 The conference will be hosted by Friends of the Benalla Botanic Gardens and Riverine Parklands Inc. The program includes: (see more)
Friday, 16 February 2018
The Friends Botanical Art Groups are proud to present their annual exhibition in the Visitors Gallery from Saturday 17th March to Sunday 15th April. A special preview has been arranged for Friends on Friday 16th March from 1.30pm to 4.30pm. The official opening will follow in the gallery of the Visitors Centre at 5.30pm for 6.00pm. Sadly the opening is by invitation only, due to the limited space available. All paintings are for sale, so Friends will have one of the first opportunities to purchase work at the Preview.
Tuesday, 13 February 2018
Sponsored by Icon Water and the Friends of the Gardens. 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 2018 concerts will be on two weekends: Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 January followed by Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 of February.
Saturday, 9 December 2017
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