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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
Ingrid Singh ‘Camp and Colonies: Bats in the Australian Capital Territory’ Thursday, 30 May 2019 - 12:30pm

Ingrid, a volunteer wildlife carer, has been helping to rescue, rehabilitate and release bats around Canberra with ACT Wildlife since it was established.  She will talk about the hidden creatures around us, so that you can decide whether they are pollinators, pest-controllers or terrifying 'children of the night'!

Peter Byron ‘Update on ANBG Management Plan, Including Conservatory and Announcement of Seed Bank Design’ Thursday, 6 June 2019 - 12:30pm

Peter, General Manager of the ANBG, will provide an update on the ANBG Management Plan, Including the Conservatory and an Announcement of the Seed Bank Design.

Robert Spiers ‘Conservation of the Pink-tailed Worm-lizard Aprasia parapulchella at Googong’ Thursday, 13 June 2019 - 12:30pm

Robert, Capital Ecology’s principal ecologist, will talk about this lizard that lives in ant galleries under small surface volcanic rocks in our region.  Much of the species’ habitat is being destroyed or modified by agriculture and urban development leading to its decline and its listing as ‘vulnerable’.

Dr Stephen Utick ‘National and International Focus on Conserving Camellia Collections’ Thursday, 20 June 2019 - 12:30pm

Stephen is a recognised world expert on Camellias.  While not endemic to Australia, the genus Camellia is of immense horticultural and cultural significance internationally.  This presentation will examine initiatives in Australia and internationally to conserve rare and endangered cultivars, with a special emphasis on the work of Camellia Ark Australia.

Sharon Field ‘Monaro Runes: an Artist’s Response to Dieback on the Monaro’ Thursday, 27 June 2019 - 12:30pm

Sharon, a renowned botanic artist will discuss how the impact of dieback on Eucalyptus viminalis in the Monaro region has been widespread and dramatic.  Sharon will tell the story of a visual artist’s response to dieback.

Dr Graeme Worboys ‘Flinders Ranges Geo-heritage: Potential World Heritage’ Thursday, 4 July 2019 - 12:30pm

Graeme, from the ANU, will present the core Outstanding Universal Value narrative for the Flinders Ranges that will help to underpin a World’s Heritage nomination under Criteria (viii) geological phenomena.  His presentation will present ancient climates and four attempts at the emergence of animal life on Earth.

Geoffrey Dabb ‘Nine Interesting Canberra Birds’ Thursday, 11 July 2019 - 12:30pm

Geoffrey, a lifelong birdwatcher, will present an illustrative talk, that will concentrate on nine species of birds that have a particular connection with Canberra.  Three of the birds are residents, three are migrants, and three come and go, to some extent, throughout the year.  There are different views on what birds are migrants and what are notable

Dr Ben Walcott ‘Garden Design with Native Plants’ Thursday, 18 July 2019 - 12:30pm

Ben will talk about garden design using native plants including some well-known native gardens.

Brendan Lepschi ‘Your Time Would Be Better Spent Digging Holes – Taxonomy, Plant Names and Why Nothing Ever Stays the Same’ Thursday, 25 July 2019 - 12:30pm

Brendan, Curator at the Australian National Herbarium, will discuss some of the reasons plant names change and outline the principles of botanical nomenclature and the rules governing it, using members of the iconic Australian family Goodeniaceae as an example.

Dr Jane Roberts ‘Value of Wetlands and Swamps’ Thursday, 1 August 2019 - 12:30pm

Jane, a wetland ecologist, will talk about wetlands, and how they are currently of scientific interest for their role in carbon storage, but that has not always been how they have been valued.  An historical perspective of wetland values and their changes say more about human society than about wetlands.