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Book Launch: Vanished and Vanishing Parrots

You are invited to attend the book launch of Vanished and Vanishing Parrots: Profiling Extinct and Endangered Species by Joseph Forshaw and Frank Knight. The book will be launched by Dr Leo Joseph.

Partners, friends and colleagues are welcome, but RSVP is requested.

Macleay Swallowtail Butterfly in the ANBG (Photo: Tony Woods)

Butterfly walks - change of dates

The Butterfly Walks previously scheduled for 18 November 2017 at 10 am and 1:30 am have been re-scheduled, due to unforeseen circumstances. The new dates and times are:

Saturday 11 November @ 2pm: book at https://register.eventarc.com/38154/butterfly-walk-2-pm-saturday-11-november-2017

Sunday 12 November @ 2pm: book at https://register.eventarc.com/38155/butterfly-walk-2-pm-sunday-12-november-2017

Our sincere apologies to anyone inconvenienced by the changed dates and times. Everyone already registered for the previous dates will he contacted and asked to select a new date.

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.

Jim Gould at work charring. Photo : Bill Hall

A very charry day

On the very last (and somewhat chilly) day of winter various Friends assembled on the Paperbark Lawn of the Gardens, just below the site of the Paperbark Treehouse, to find out about the mysterious Japanese art of yakisugi, or carbonising wood. As Nici Long from Cave Urban has explained, charring is very appropriate for this work as a symbol of bushfire and regeneration; it also preserves the timber and provides a textural finish that reduces the fire risk.

Friends' discount at Cool Country Natives plant nursery, Pialligo

The Friends have negotiated a 5% discount for members with Cool Country Natives in Pialligo, an Australian native plant nursery specialising in species for cool climates. Friends claiming the discount will need to show a current Friends of the ANBG membership card. With spring fast approaching this is a lovely time of year to drop in and buy some Australian native plants. The nursery address is 5A Beltana Road Pialligo, on the left as you enter Pialligo.

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Annual General Meeting 2017 – 31 October

The 29th Annual General Meeting of the Friends of the ANBG will be held on 31 October, 2017 at 5.30 pm in the Theatrette at the Gardens.

Light refreshments will be served from 5 pm in the Dickson Room.

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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.

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.

Volunteering in the Gardens. Photo: Pam Rooney

Volunteering in the Gardens

Are you interested in becoming more involved in the Gardens? Information on how you can do this is on our new Volunteering webpage. There are lots of enjoyable and rewarding things to do.