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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
Summer Sounds concert – Bewitched with Jumptown Swing Saturday, 2 February 2019 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm

The ever-popular Summer Sounds concerts will be held again on the first two weekends in February 2019.

Program for Saturday 2 February:   Bewitched with Jumptown Swing

Concerts are held on the Eucalypt Lawn at the Gardens in Clunies Ross Street, Acton, on the lower slopes of Black Mountain. Entertainment starts at 5.00 pm, with the concert performances starting at 6pm and finishing at 7.30.

Book online for early bird ticket prices: $7.50 adults, $5 Friends member, concession and students, $3 children; under 3 are free.

Purchase tickets on arrival at the Botanic Gardens: $10 adults, $7.50 Friends member, concession and students, $5 children; under 3 are free.

Summer Sounds concert – Royal Military College Band with Jumptown Swing Sunday, 3 February 2019 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm

The ever-popular Summer Sounds concerts will be held again on the first two weekends in February 2019.

Program for Sunday 3 February: Royal Military College Band with Jumptown Swing

Concerts are held on the Eucalypt Lawn at the Gardens in Clunies Ross Street, Acton, on the lower slopes of Black Mountain. Entertainment starts at 5.00 pm, with the concert performances starting at 6pm and finishing at 7.30.

Book online for early bird ticket prices: $7.50 adults, $5 Friends member, concession and students, $3 children; under 3 are free.

Purchase tickets on arrival at the Botanic Gardens: $10 adults, $7.50 Friends member, concession and students, $5 children; under 3 are free.

ANBG Friends Plant Science Group Technical Talk Monday, 4 February 2019 - 10:30am

Do plants evolve differently?  Dr Rob Lanfear  ANBG Theatrette
It's often assumed that animals and plants evolve differently because animals have a segregated germ line but plants don't.  If this is true, then plants should accumulate a lot of heritable and potentially harmful mutations in their genomes as they grow. Recent work, including from my lab, is now challenging this long-held view, potentially upending a century of thinking.

Dr Prame Chopra 'Dangerous Eruptions: Volcanoes Past, Present and Future’ Thursday, 7 February 2019 - 12:30pm

Prame, previously a Reader in Geophysics at the ANU, will talk about his longstanding interest in the earth's internal heat, the processes that are driven by it and the green energy opportunities it presents - volcanic eruptions are some of the most impressive manifestations of this astonishing heat.

Summer Sounds concert – Big Boss Groove with Canberra Swing Katz Saturday, 9 February 2019 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm

The ever-popular Summer Sounds concerts will be held again on the first two weekends in February 2019.

Program for Saturday 9 February:   Big Boss Groove with Canberra Swing Katz

Concerts are held on the Eucalypt Lawn at the Gardens in Clunies Ross Street, Acton, on the lower slopes of Black Mountain. Entertainment starts at 5.00 pm, with the concert performances starting at 6pm and finishing at 7.30.

Book online for early bird ticket prices: $7.50 adults, $5 Friends member, concession and students, $3 children; under 3 are free.

Purchase tickets on arrival at the Botanic Gardens: $10 adults, $7.50 Friends member, concession and students, $5 children; under 3 are free.

Summer Sounds concert – Annie and the Armadillos with Canberra Swing Katz Sunday, 10 February 2019 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm

The ever-popular Summer Sounds concerts will be held again on the first two weekends in February 2019.

Program for Sunday 10 February:   Annie and the Armadillos with Canberra Swing Katz

Concerts are held on the Eucalypt Lawn at the Gardens in Clunies Ross Street, Acton, on the lower slopes of Black Mountain. Entertainment starts at 5.00 pm, with the concert performances starting at 6pm and finishing at 7.30.

Book online for early bird ticket prices: $7.50 adults, $5 Friends member, concession and students, $3 children; under 3 are free.

Purchase tickets on arrival at the Botanic Gardens: $10 adults, $7.50 Friends member, concession and students, $5 children; under 3 are free.

 

Boronia Halstead 'South Western Australia Flora: What a Hotspot’ Thursday, 14 February 2019 - 12:30pm

Boronia would like to spark our curiosity with the extraordinary diversity of plants growing in south-west Western Australia, and the area being the first Global Biodiversity Hotspot to be recognised by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature.

 

Australian Trees and their Botanists – Summer Walk Sunday, 17 February 2019 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Join Volunteer Guide, John Turnbull, on this fascinating walk uncovering stories of adventure, mystery, sex, and even murder, associated with Australian trees and overseas botanists! 

Please note that this walk is also open to the general public. Numbers are limited. Bookings essential.

Dr Marcel Cardillo 'Australian Plant Biodiversity: Past, Present and Future’ Thursday, 21 February 2019 - 12:30pm

Marcel, from the ANU, will discuss how extracting DNA from plant tissues helps us reconstruct the evolutionary history of the Australian biota over tens of millions of years. He will explain why south- west Australia is a 'biodiversity hotspot’ and the increasingly important role that molecular phylogenetics plays with examples from research on Australian Proteaceae.

Associate Professor Andy Leigh 'How do Plants 'do ' Heat Stress? Further Lessons from the Australian Desert’ Thursday, 28 February 2019 - 12:30pm

Andy, from the University of Technology Sydney, will explore what factors determine whether high temperatures become stressful to plants.  Does water stress make a difference; is thermal tolerance static or fluctuates; and over what time scale?

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