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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
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.

Catherine Ross ‘Bettongs, bulbs and biodiversity’ Thursday, 15 March 2018 - 12:30pm

Digging mammals such as bettongs, bandicoots and bilbies have been described as ecosystem engineers, and Catherine will ask whether the return of an ecosystem engineer helps to restore biodiversity in grassy woodlands?

Dr Mike Bourke ‘The role of staple food crops in food security in Papua New Guinea’ Thursday, 22 March 2018 - 12:30pm

Mike will briefly cover population distribution and food consumption and then more comprehensively many aspects of food security in PNG.

Roger Farrow ‘Wild Madagascar: from Baobabs to an Aye-aey’ Thursday, 29 March 2018 - 12:30pm

Roger is a field naturalist who observes how plants and animals interact in their natural environment.  After a career in entomology, Roger joined Australian Native Plants Society to further his identification skills of native plants.

Further details to be advised.

Lynne Bean ‘What is to be found in the Talbragar Fossil Fish Bed?’ Thursday, 5 April 2018 - 12:30pm

Lynne will concentrate on the fossil fish and plants from the Talbragar Fossil Fish Bed, NSW, which date from the Upper Jurassic.

Dr Rosemary Purdie ‘Immersed in the Larapinta’ (repeat) Thursday, 12 April 2018 - 12:30pm

Rosemary will talk about her Larapinta Trail walk – end to end - in July 1917, and the plants and stunning landscape en route.

This is a repeat presentation - Rosemary's talk on 8 February attracted many more people than the Theatrette could hold, and she has kindly agreed to speak again for those who missed out.

Dr Leo Joseph ‘News from the Front: An update on bird research at the Australian National Wildlife Collection (ANWC) and around the world’ Thursday, 19 April 2018 - 12:30pm

Leo will talk about thorny taxonomic problems in our birds, such as the Chestnut Quail-thrush, White-eared Honeyeater, and natural selection starring the Eastern Yellow Robin.

Dr John Bradshaw ‘Rocks, climate changes and trees’ Thursday, 26 April 2018 - 12:30pm

John will assemble an eclectic mix of his recent adventures, including working on technical climate change solutions associated with his profession as a geologist, mixed with his passion for the natural environment, native plants and trees.