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Here you will find a calendar of Friends’ activities in the Gardens including lunchtime talks, social events, exhibitions and the ever-popular spring and autumn plant sales. In addition to events arranged by the Friends, we include some events arranged by the Gardens and by other organisations. A full list of events arranged by the Gardens is in their What's On webpage.

Lunchtime talks are held at 12.30pm every Thursday from February to November in the Gardens’ Theatrette. Talks last for 1 hour. Admission is by gold coin donation. There is no need to book. Some other events do require booking – please see individual items.

The ANBG Theatrette has a capacity of 90 seats. To avoid a breach of fire regulations, event organisers will monitor numbers and decline entry once all seats have been filled. We recommend that audience members arrive early to secure a seat.

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Event title Date Details
ANBG Photographic Group, monthly meeting Friday, 28 July 2017 - 10:30am

Speaker for the July meeting is Brad Nichol

Subject: iPhoneography

Brad Nichol, of Zero One Imaging, Goulburn, will be speaking on how you can use your mobile phone as a powerful picture taking dynamo for close up photography. There will be lots of little hints, some killer tips and and of course plenty of sample images to explain the process. Brad will also discuss apps to use for both taking and editing your work and, as a bonus, provide a little insight into lighting up the smaller world.

Black Mountain Summit Walk #2 Sunday, 30 July 2017 - 9:30am to 12:00pm

This is one of 2 walks to celebrate the declaration of the Black Mountain Nature Reserve in 1970 and the creation of the summit walk in 2000.

Walk 2: Walk downhill from the summit to the ANBG

Walk down the Summit Walk with local ecologist, Michael Doherty, and an ANBG Guide. We shall see Acacia near the apex and the Zieria plants near the Visitor Centre, ANBG, and winter flowering plants.

Meet at the Lookout near the Telstra Tower (look for the balloons). If you do not wish to walk back uphill to the Summit, ask a friend to meet you at the Visitor Centre, ANBG.

Angus Stewart ‘History of Australian Plant Breeding’ Thursday, 3 August 2017 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Angus, an expert in Australian native plants and media personality, will talk about the history of Australian plant breeding and share his personal experience in breeding iconic kangaroo paws.

ANBG Friends Plant Science Group - Technical Talk Monday, 7 August 2017 - 10:30am

Dispersal and disturbance drive diversity

Dr Crid Fraser, Biologist, Fenner School, ANU. Current ACT Scientist of the Year.

Dr Fraser is broadly interested in the influence of environmental conditions, including past and future environmental change, on global patterns of biodiversity. She uses a wide range of techniques to address research questions, including ecological and genetic approaches, and has a particular focus on the high-latitude ecosystems of the Southern Hemisphere (the sub-Antarctic islands and Antarctica).

Dr Lydia Guja ‘News from the National Seedbank: from coast to desert’ Thursday, 10 August 2017 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Lydia, manager of the National Seedbank at ANBG, will outline her work with Parks Australia, from Christmas and Cocos Keeling Islands in the west to Norfolk Island in the east, to Uluru-Kata Tjuta in between.

Max Bourke AM ‘Out of the Woods’ Thursday, 17 August 2017 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Max, agricultural scientist and inveterate volunteer, will be talking about the early history of tree planting in Canberra and the planters themselves: Charles Weston, Max Jacobs and Lindsay Prior.

Dr Liz Truswell ‘The woman who mapped the oceans’ Thursday, 24 August 2017 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Liz, Visiting Fellow at ANU and practising artist, will describe how geologist/cartographer Marie Tharp, working with the artist Heinrich Berann, produced maps of the global sea floor that contributed significantly to the development of plate tectonics.

Geoffrey Kay ‘How the marbled gecko helps science reconnect fragmented farm landscapes' Thursday, 31 August 2017 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Geoff, research ecologist at the Fenner School, ANU, examines how the quality of farming landscapes influence the movements of small ground-dwelling fauna, like reptiles.

Catriona Donnelly ‘Wild Flowers of South Australia – the beautiful botanical illustrations of Fanny Elizabeth de Mole’ Thursday, 7 September 2017 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Catriona, a curator at National Museum of Australia, will explore the life and art of Fanny de Mole, one of a select group of colonial women botanical illustrators, in de Mole’s “Wild Flowers of South Australia” (1861).

Martin Butterfield ‘The Wide Black Land: reflections on the Carwoola bushfires’ Thursday, 14 September 2017 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

With his lifetime interest in birds, Martin will reflect on the responses to these fires by the vegetation, birds, animals and invertebrates in his garden and elsewhere as his property gradually recovers.