Helping the Gardens Grow

Celia Rosser with a volume of The Banksias. Photo: M.Fagg, ©Australian National Botanic Gardens 2001
Celia Rosser with a volume of The Banksias. Photo: M.Fagg, ©Australian National Botanic Gardens 2001

Are you aware that one of the benefits of being a Friend of the ANBG is membership of the ANBG library?

The ANBG library’s first priority is, of course, to meet the needs of the ANBG staff and the staff of other associated organisations. However, the library has a large collection of general books that would be of interest to Friends. Specialist Friends interest groups such as the Growing Friends and the Botanic Art Groups are well catered for. The more general collection includes biographies of botanists and explorers, books about national parks and botanic gardens worldwide and a comprehensive collection of periodicals such as Gardening Australia. The library also has a valuable collection of botanical art works, which can be viewed at special exhibitions throughout the year and for research. The library catalogue can be searched. If you would like to join the library, please contact librarian Jane Black.

We are a diverse group of people who love and support our beautiful Gardens – the world’s largest collection of Australian native plants. We have an extensive program of talks, visits and social events. There are many opportunities for members and visitors to meet, learn, grow and enjoy the riches of this very special place. This website will help you find events that most interest you.

We were formed in 1990 as a community support group for the Gardens. Since then we have raised and spent over $1.2 million on projects in the Gardens and now have over 2500 members. And we support the Gardens in many other ways, such as leading guided walks to show visitors the wonders of the Gardens, and hands-on support of research programs.

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Your guide to what’s fresh and flowering in the Gardens now.

   Latest edition, 22 May - 18 June 2019  (PDF, 711 KB)




The June 2019 edition of Library Connect includes articles on a new mobile app and plant key, Plants of South Eastern New South Wales; the new 3rd edition of Guidelines for the Translocation of Threatened Plants in Australia; a lecture on 13 June by former artist-in-residence at the ANBG, Julie Ryder; a selection of new books; an e-journal; and a glimpse of the old ANBG Kiosk from the Archives.
Tuesday, 4 June 2019
The May 2019 edition of Library Connect includes articles on Library and Information Week, Seed Bank helps Rare Queeensland Rainforest Species, Congratulations to Dr Lydia Guja from the National Seed Bank for an article on Pomaderris, a selection of new books, an e-journal and information from the Archives on Postcards.
Tuesday, 7 May 2019
A book containing images of many of the artworks exhibited at the recent 2019 Botanic Art Exhibition, is available for purchase for $25.
Sunday, 5 May 2019
The April 2019 edition of Library Connect (PDF, 310 kB) includes: More Than Just a Pretty Plant / Friends Botanical Art Group of the Australian National Botanic Gardens; a feature on Banksia paludosa ‘Little Pal’, in the April edition of Hort Journal; 2018 print journal of the Western Australian Herbarium, Nuytsia; and a selection of new books.
Tuesday, 9 April 2019
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