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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 2018 with Annie and the Armadillos Saturday, 27 January 2018 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Enjoy Jazz in the Gardens with Annie and the Armadillos and dance with Canberra Swing Katz

Sponsored by Icon Water and the Friends of the Gardens.

All Summer Sounds 2018 concerts are on the Eucalypt Lawn at the Gardens in Clunies Ross Street, Acton, on the lower slopes of Black Mountain. All concerts start at 6.00 pm and finish at 7.30. Bring a picnic or enjoy food and drinks for sale on site. Entry $5 adults, $2 concession, children 12 years and under free.

We need volunteers to help with collecting entry donations, supervising parking and transport for disabled patrons, driving the electric vehicles up to the Eucalypt Lawn, and answering queries at the Information Tent. Sign up online here.

Summer Sounds 2018 with Laura Alyce Ingram Sunday, 28 January 2018 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Enjoy Jazz in the Gardens with Laura Alyce Ingram and dance with Canberra Swing Katz

Sponsored by Icon Water and the Friends of the Gardens.

All Summer Sounds 2018 concerts are on the Eucalypt Lawn at the Gardens in Clunies Ross Street, Acton, on the lower slopes of Black Mountain. All concerts start at 6.00 pm and finish at 7.30. Bring a picnic or enjoy food and drinks for sale on site. Entry $5 adults, $2 concession, children 12 years and under free.

We need volunteers to help with collecting entry donations, supervising parking and transport for disabled patrons, driving the electric vehicles up to the Eucalypt Lawn, and answering queries at the Information Tent. Sign up online here.

Julian Cribb ‘Surviving the 21st century’ Thursday, 1 February 2018 - 12:30pm

Julian will talk about his latest book, which deals with the existential crisis facing humanity in our time - and what we can do about it.

Summer Sounds 2018 with Gypsy Jazz Project Saturday, 3 February 2018 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Enjoy Jazz in the Gardens with Gypsy Jazz Project and dance with Jumptown Swing Dance

Sponsored by Icon Water and the Friends of the Gardens.

All Summer Sounds 2018 concerts are on the Eucalypt Lawn at the Gardens in Clunies Ross Street, Acton, on the lower slopes of Black Mountain. All concerts start at 6.00 pm and finish at 7.30. Bring a picnic or enjoy food and drinks for sale on site. Entry $5 adults, $2 concession, children 12 years and under free.

We need volunteers to help with collecting entry donations, supervising parking and transport for disabled patrons, driving the electric vehicles up to the Eucalypt Lawn, and answering queries at the Information Tent. Sign up online here.

Summer Sounds 2018 with the Royal Military College Band Sunday, 4 February 2018 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Enjoy Jazz in the Gardens with the Royal Military College Band and dance with Jumptown Swing Dance

Sponsored by Icon Water and the Friends of the Gardens.

All Summer Sounds 2018 concerts are on the Eucalypt Lawn at the Gardens in Clunies Ross Street, Acton, on the lower slopes of Black Mountain. All concerts start at 6.00 pm and finish at 7.30. Bring a picnic or enjoy food and drinks for sale on site. Entry $5 adults, $2 concession, children 12 years and under free.

We need volunteers to help with collecting entry donations, supervising parking and transport for disabled patrons, driving the electric vehicles up to the Eucalypt Lawn, and answering queries at the Information Tent. Sign up online here.

Dr Rosemary Purdie ‘Immersed in the Larapinta’ Thursday, 8 February 2018 - 12:30pm

Rosemary will talk about her Larapinta Trail walk – end to end - in July 2017, and the plants and stunning landscape en route.

Matthew Higgins ‘What a high! Over three decades of exploring our mountain country’ Thursday, 15 February 2018 - 12:30pm

Canberra historian, writer and photographer, Matthew will talk about places that have inspired his publications and award-winning work.

He will be happy to sign your copies of his books.

Dr Chris Carter ‘Where the rivers run. The prehistory of south-west New South Wales’ Thursday, 22 February 2018 - 12:30pm

This talk will profile the key evidence that has come from Lake Mungo and in its immediate vicinity and the broader perspective on Aboriginal occupation and the natural environment that supported it.

Chris Davey and Richard Thackway, ‘Phillip Island (South Pacific) - Recovery from an ecological disaster’ Thursday, 1 March 2018 - 12:30pm

Richard will outline land management regimes that continue to transform vegetation and Chris will discuss the response of avifauna to vegetation on the Phillip Island.

Dr Ben Wallace ‘Yunnan, land of plant plenty’ Thursday, 8 March 2018 - 12:30pm

With his lifetime fascination in plants Ben will discuss the floristic diversity of the province of Yunnan in China, and contributing ecological and geographic factors.

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