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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 Friends Photographic Group - Monthly meeting Friday, 28 April 2017 - 10:30am
Speakers for the April meeting are Photographic Group Convenor David Cox and Committee Member Bill Hall, who will give a combined presentation on Macro Photography. There will also be a 'Show and Tell' segment where members have the opportunity to show their recent photographs.
The meeting will take place in the ANBG Theatrette.
ANBG Friends Plant Science Group - Technical Talk Monday, 1 May 2017 - 10:30am

All things Pelargonium - genetic variation and evolution in South African and Australian Pelargonium.

Dr Caroline Chong, currently Research Technician with the ANBG's Seed Bank, will share some of her recent research to capture and document population-level variation using South African and Australian Pelargonium as the example. The meeting will take place in the ANBG Theatrette.

Professor Geoffrey Hope ‘How have our mountain peatlands withstood fire over time?’ Thursday, 4 May 2017 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Geoffrey, Visiting Fellow in the Fenner School, ANU, will discuss the vulnerability of peatlands in the Australian Alps.

Bogs and fens in Namadgi are a startling contrast to the water-limited slope vegetation of our region, staying green and luxuriant when grasslands and woodlands brown off each summer. Carbon dating shows that some bogs have been around for more than 15,000 years and during that time there have been changes in vegetation and fire regime that reflect changing climates and perhaps human use. Although threatened by climate change, the swamps have shown high resilience in the face of changing environments and large fires.

John Blay ‘Engaging with wilderness of the coastal ranges; strange plants, yowies and the old ways’ Thursday, 11 May 2017 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

In 1981 John Blay was awarded the Parks Writers Award to spend 12 months by himself in the wild country between Araluen and Bemboka. It confirmed ongoing researches into south-eastern Australia's forests, settlers and Aboriginal people that have resulted in projects such as the Bundian Way, an ancient pathway between Kosciuszko and Twofold Bay.

John is a writer, naturalist and walker. The author of ‘On Track’ and ‘Back Country’ reflects on how walking changes your relationship to the countryside.

Doug Laing “A Stroll on Table Mountain” Thursday, 18 May 2017 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Doug will take the audience for a sunny January morning stroll on the slopes of Table Mountain in summer bloom. This special place, part of the wider Cape Floral Kingdom, has  fascinating parallels and equally fascinating differences with  the Australian flora, particularly that of southwestern Australia. Some of these will be discussed in this talk, especially as they relate to the interaction between birds and plants in the two regions”.

Dr Brian Cooke ‘Galapagos: the continuing battle against invaders’ Thursday, 25 May 2017 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Brian, retired CSIRO scientist, recalls his time as resident scientist at the Charles Darwin Research Station on the island of Santa Cruz.

Dr Brian Hawkins ‘Birds and plants in subtropical NSW’ Thursday, 1 June 2017 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Brian, now a scientist with Bush Blitz in Canberra, describes his earlier work as an ecologist in Northern NSW studying the relationship between birds and their food plants in the forests of the Dorrigo-Bellingen-Coffs Harbour area.

Dr Brett Howland ‘Recent results of the effects of fire on grassland plants and animals’ Thursday, 8 June 2017 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Brett will describe his work within the ACT Conservation Research Unit. Over the last seven years he has been involved in the implementation of a kangaroo monitoring program using pellet counts; the creation of an ACT vegetation map; and the establishment of a research monitoring program looking at the effects of kangaroo grazing on reptiles and grass.

Ben Walcott ‘A walk through some great gardens’ Thursday, 15 June 2017 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Ben will walk us through some gardens in Britain, Europe and other countries, with differing styles and plant choices.

Dr Rolf Oberprieler and Dr Thomas Wallenius ‘A necessary weevil: the pollination biology and evolution of cycads’ Thursday, 22 June 2017 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Of the seven groups of weevils associated with cycads in the world, four have evolved exclusive pollination mutualisms with their hosts, depending on cycad cones for breeding while the cycads depend on them for pollination. The physiology of the cycad cones is tightly correlated with the behaviour of the weevils, in that the cones release specific odours and heat up in the evening to both attract and repel the weevils.

Rolf will talk to the broad evolutionary relationship between weevils and cycads, and Thomas will place this in the Australian context.