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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
Emeritus Professor Mike Crisp ‘Callitris: an Evolutionary Chronicle of Extinction, Survival and Re-diversification ' Thursday, 21 March 2019 - 12:30pm

Mike, from the ANU, will discuss how the cypress family of conifers has been an important model for studying the way organisms came to be distributed, where they are found today, and how ancient changes in the earth's environment influenced their distribution

Dr Ralph Ogden ‘ACT Healthy Waterways – an Update’ Thursday, 28 March 2019 - 12:30pm

Ralph is the new Program Manager, ACT Healthy Waterways Project, a joint initiative of the ACT and the Australian governments to improve the quality of water entering our lakes and waterways. It includes the construction of infrastructure – like wetlands, ponds and rain gardens, and involves research trials.

Jane Black 'Artwork Delights from the ANBG Library and Archives Collection’ Thursday, 4 April 2019 - 12:30pm

Jane, ANBG Librarian and Archivist, will share some of the delightful and diverse artworks from the ANBG Library and Archives collection which have been inspired by Australia's native plants

Dr James Nicholls 'Manipulation of Host Plants by Herbivorous Insects’ Thursday, 11 April 2019 - 12:30pm

James, currently works at the Australian National Insect Collection at CSIRO, and will talk about how parasitic oak gallwasps manipulate their host plants to produce unusual structures and compounds to gain higher quality nutrition and increased protection from predatory wasps.

Dr Sue Fyfe 'Detecting Photosynthetic Stress in Temperate Australian Seagrasses’ Thursday, 18 April 2019 - 12:30pm

Sue, from the ANBG, will introduce the evolution of temperate Australian genera to their marine environment, and discuss photosynthesis in sea-grasses, their physiological response to light stress, and the potential for monitoring meadow health with remote sensing.

Dr Michael McKernan 'Selected Gallipoli Cemeteries’ Thursday, 25 April 2019 - 12:30pm

Michael, a social and military historian, will speak on some of the better-known cemeteries, their locations, the unique nature of each, and the stories of the men who lie buried in them.

Associate Professor Andy Leigh ‘How do Plants ‘do’ Heat Stress? Further Lessons from the Australian Desert Thursday, 2 May 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?

Dr Sonia Pertsinidis ‘Classifying People and Plants: The Extraordinary Works of Theophrastus’ Thursday, 9 May 2019 - 12:30pm

Sonia, a lecturer at the ANU will introduce Theophrastus, the successor to Aristotle and a pioneering botanist in the fourth century BC.  She will discuss some fascinating similarities between Theophrastus’ classification of plants in his botanic works and his classification of human types in the Characters.

Dr Rolf Oberpieiler ‘Unique Weevil Fauna Preserved in Burmese Amber (100 Million Years Old)’ Thursday, 16 May 2019 - 12:30pm

Rolf, a weevil taxonomist at the Australian National Insect Collection, CSIRO, will speak about this fascinating phenomenon, which dates back to early Upper Cretaceous deposits.   Like the plants, the weevil fauna in Burmese amber also exhibits distinct affinities to modern-day Gondwana taxa that are relictual in Australia.

Dr John Evans ‘The Physiology of Leaf Photosynthesis’ Thursday, 23 May 2019 - 12:30pm

John, a chief investigator in the ARC Centre of Excellence for Transitional Photosynthesis, will describe how it has been possible to link photosynthetic properties to underlying biochemical and structural elements resulting in the application of increasing photosynthesis by crop plants to assist in raising yield potential.