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Black Mountain Summit Walks

Join us to celebrate the anniversaries of the declaration of the Black Mountain Nature Reserve and the creation of the Black Mountain Summit Walk. Two walks have been arranged to celebrate: on Sunday 23 July 2017 and Sunday 30 July 2017. 

Eastern Spinebill (Photo: David Cook)

Wake Up With the Birds

The Australian National Botanic Gardens provide a fantastic habitat for many of Canberra’s birds, with water and nectar in abundance.

It is marvellous to be in the Gardens early in the morning before they are open to the general public.

During Floriade we offer an early morning walk at weekends. Join us for a 1½ hour guided walk to see many of the Gardens' amazing birds. This year we are not including breakfast, but you are welcome to purchase a coffee or breakfast following the bird walk in Pollen – the Gardens Café.

Logo of the Australian Association of Friends of Botanic Gardens

Eucalypt - issue 48 published

Eucalypt is the journal of the Australian Association of Friends of Botanic Gardens. It is published online twice a year and contains a wealth of information about botanic gardens around Australia.

The current issue has details of the forthcoming Annual General Meeting of the Association at the ANBG on 20-21 May 2017. There are reports by Association officer holders. Read about birds and butterflies at the Arid Lands Botanic Garden, Port Augusta, guiding conference at the ANBG, WOMAD in Adelaide, low-tech propagation at Melton, developments at the National Arboretum, latest news from Orange, Melbourne, and Sydney and 150th anniversary celebrations at Warrnambool.

Association of Friends of Botanic Gardens - website updated

The Australian Association of Friends of Botanic Gardens (AAFBG) is a not-for-profit incorporated association. It involves the community and supports the growth of Friends groups interested in the well-being and public appreciation of botanic gardens through their conservation and development, scientific, educational, historical, cultural and recreational functions. Members represent a range of botanic gardens and parks in regional and metropolitan areas throughout Australia. 

ANBG Librarian Catherine Jordan

ANBG Library - continuing support by Friends

The Friends have decided to continue their support for the ANBG library by providing a further $2500 for book purchases. If members have suggestions as to books or periodicals that they would like to see in the library, they can contact Maureen Connolly on johnnmin123@bigpond.com. Members should note that the ANBG library is open to Friends and is well worth a visit.

Successful Summer Sounds 2017

Our annual Summer Sounds evening concert series on the Eucalypt Lawn in the Gardens is a favourite Canberra summer event. This year, despite some challenging hot weather, the atmosphere on the Eucalypt Lawn was always lively and concert-goers clearly enjoyed the opportunity to kick back and relax.

Tim Fischer AC at the ANBG, 2 February 2017 (Photo: Alan Munns)

Thursday Talks Resume for 2017

The Thursday Talks Program for 2017 resumed on 2 February with a talk by Tim Fischer AC. Tim Fischer, former Deputy Prime Minister and Ambassador to the Holy See, is currently the Vice-Chair, Global Crop Diversity Trust (GCDT) for the Svalbard Seed Vault, Norway. The talk was entitled Collecting Vital Seeds: from the Gallipoli Oaks collected by John Monash to the Crop Trust and Svalbard Vault today, collecting seeds matters more than ever!

Peter Byron, ANBG General Manager, opens the exhibition. Photo: Graham Brown

Friends' Photographic Group - 2016 Exhibition

Friends of the ANBG, guests and members of the Photographic Group gathered on Wednesday 23rd November for the opening of the annual photography exhibition. The evening started with various speakers, after which people had ample time to admire the photographs and other items on display. Food and drinks were provided. The exhibition highlighted the beauty and diversity of the Australian Native Flora and Fauna and brought together photographers of many different skills and experiences using a variety of equipment.

Award winners 2016 with competition judge Ken Crawford. Photo: Graham Brown

Schools Photo Competition 2016

Every year for 20 years the Friends have run a schools photographic competition. Many excellent images were submitted this year - a total of 337, a large increase on last year. The award ceremony was held on Saturday 12 November. Competition judge Ken Crawford congratulated students on the quality and originality of their work.

Helen Elliot, Kath Holtzapffel and Lesley Jackman, 2016 AGM. Photo: David Cox

Friends' Annual General Meeting, 19 October 2016

The 28th AGM was held on Wednesday 19 October.

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