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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
Mary Lovett ‘The Wonders of the Pilbara’ Thursday, 26 October 2017 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Mary, a volunteer guide at the Gardens, will talk on the significant biodiversity in the Pilbara of W.A.

Mary is an active member of Friends of ANBG and has been a seed collector, and a volunteer guide for several years.

Mary’s recent trip to the Pilbara area of W.A., highlighted its landscape within the context of its geological history and its significant floral biodiversity.

ANBG Friends Photographic Group - Monthly meeting and AGM Friday, 27 October 2017 - 10:30am

The Photographic Group AGM will be held with the election of a new Committee.

This will be followed by a workshop on Macro Photography to be facilitated by the current Photographic Group Convenor, David Cox, and Committee Member Bill Hall. The workshop is a follow-up on their presentation earlier in the year. 

Location: Crosby Morrison Room [NOTE CHANGE OF VENUE]

Annual General Meeting 2017 Tuesday, 31 October 2017 - 5:30pm

The 29th Annual General Meeting of the Friends of the ANBG will be held on 31 October, 2017 at 5.30 pm in the Theatrette at the Gardens.

Light refreshments will be served from 5 pm in the Dickson Room.

Dr Ted Edwards ‘The night shift: moths of the ACT’ Thursday, 2 November 2017 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Ted, a Lepidopterist, CSIRO Fellow and author, will reveal what is known – and just as importantly, what is not known – about some of the moths in the ACT; a home rich in moth fauna.

Bushland Nature Trail - Saturday walk Saturday, 4 November 2017 - 9:30am to 11:30am

Join us in an early celebration of the first anniversary of the opening of the Bushland Nature Trail. The trail is in the Bushland Precinct of the Gardens and is part of the local Black Mountain environment. Black Mountain is the most diverse nature reserve in Canberra with more than 650 species of plants.

Stroll along this trail in the company of a guide and discover the plants flowering at this time of year and, at the same time, enjoy the spectacular views over Lake Burley Griffin. Our walk will end at the Lookout and then return back along the trail to the Visitor Centre. See full details...

ANBG Friends Plant Science Group - Technical Talk Monday, 6 November 2017 - 10:30am

Life, the Universe and Pittosporaceae

Our speaker will be Dr Lindy Cayzer, Associate Scientist with the Queensland Herbarium and a visiting scientist at the Australian National Herbarium.

Associate Professor Cris Brack ‘How trees surprise us’ Thursday, 9 November 2017 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Cris, an Associate Professor at ANU, will encourage us to wonder about a future where trees could provide many of society's needs. Trees produce some beautiful wood, but they can also produce some incredible things too.

Growing Friends Plant Sale - November 2017 Saturday, 11 November 2017 - 8:30am to 11:00am

The Growing Friends Spring Sale will be held on Saturday, 11 November 2017.

Plants are propagated and tended by the Growing Friends from material sourced from the Gardens. All proceeds go to support the Gardens. Be early for the best selection.  Information about some of the plants that are for sale can be found here. A Plant List will be available on this website closer to the sale date.

Butterflies in ANBG - Saturday walk - rescheduled Saturday, 11 November 2017 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm

Butterflies have been described as an inexhaustible of spiritual and aesthetic delight. They have a practical value as well. We all love sunlight, and we owe many glorious and sweet-scented flowers, at least those of long tubular form, to the butterflies and moths that pollinate them. This is a wonderful opportunity to observe these elusive creatures in the Gardens. Join our local expert, Suzi Bond, to see and hear about butterflies and the plants they like. It will be an easy walk: see full details of morning walk.

NOTE: Change of date! This walk was originally scheduled for the morning of 18 November. Our apologies to anyone inconvenienced by the change.

Butterflies at ANBG - Sunday walk - rescheduled Sunday, 12 November 2017 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm

Butterflies have been described as an inexhaustible of spiritual and aesthetic delight. They have a practical value as well. We all love sunlight, and we owe many glorious and sweet-scented flowers, at least those of long tubular form, to the butterflies and moths that pollinate them. This is a wonderful opportunity to observe these elusive creatures in the Gardens. Join our local expert, Suzi Bond, to see and hear about butterflies and the plants they like. It will be an easy walk: see full details of afternoon walk.

NOTE: Change of date! This walk was originally scheduled for the afternoon of 18 November. Our apologies to anyone inconvenienced by the change.

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