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Luminous Botanicus IV – please help!

As part of the 2019 Enlighten Festival, the ANBG is presenting Luminous Botanicus IV.

The Friends have supported Luminous Botanicus since its beginning. We are again looking for volunteers to assist staff at the entry point and at key positions along the route. For each evening we need seven people.

Guided walks in March

In the month of March some of the regular guided walks will have a special focus. The regular guided walks at 11:00 am and 2pm on Saturday March 9th, will feature bush tucker plants. During Eucalypt week (23rd March to 31st March), the 11:00 am walks will focus on Eucalypts.  Two special walks looking at things that aren't quite what they seem, will also be held on the 30th and 31st March.

Cover of Friends Library Connect, February 2019

Library Connect, February 2019

The February 2019 edition of Library Connect (PDF, 522 kB) includes:

  • A new A-Z alphabet book, Alphabotanical, featuring botanical illustrations of Australian native plants;
  • Opportunities for Friends to view Dr Gillian Scott’s award-winning Australian mistletoe watercolour paintings in the Library;
  • Other new books and topics.
Friends Library Connect December 2018

Library Connect, December 2018

The December 2018 edition of Library Connect (PDF, 497 kB) includes an article about the new Banksia Garden, scheduled to open April 2020; information on the new Plant Humanities Initiative; Library Christmas Arrangements and a great collection of new books.

Summer Concerts 2019 - please help!

The ever-popular Summer Sounds concerts will be held again on the first two weekends in February 2019. The programs and performers are being finalised now and will be announced shortly.

We are looking for volunteers to come and help Summer Sounds continue its tradition as one of the Gardens' headline public events.

Amy Jones receives the first prize in the Colour section for 'Fuzz Berry'. Photo: Brian Moir

2018 Schools Photographic Competition

The entries from this year's competition are now on display in the Visitors Centre exhibition space until Sunday 19 November.

The entries were judged by Ms Helen McFadden of the Canberra Photographic Society, who presented the awards on Saturday 3 November. Congratulations to the prizewinners.

Cover of Friends Library Connect, November 2018

Library Connect, November 2018

The November 2018 edition of Library Connect (PDF, 822 kB) features a new book dedicated to Australia’s tomatoes: Tomato: Know, Sow, Grow, Feast as well as other new books and topics.

Cover of Library Connect, October 2018

Library Connect, October 2018

The October 2018 edition of Library Connect (PDF, 892 kB) features the Black Mountain Symposium papers and journal articles about the ANBG, as well as other new books and topics.

2018 Annual General Meeting report

The Friends 30th AGM was held this year on Thursday 27 September at the ANBG Theatrette.

After the President's and Treasurer's reports, the  Executive Director Dr Judy West presented her report on the Gardens progress and goals.

At the election for Friends Council, Lesley Jackman retired as President after serving two two-year terms, to be succeeded by Max Bourke. Lynden Ayliffe and Alan Henderson were elected as new ordinary members.

David Coutts (former President and Secretary of Friends Council, and Chair of the Project Committee) was awarded Life Membership.

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Friends Annual General Meeting, 27 September 2018

This year’s 2018 AGM will be held on Thursday 27 September at the ANBG, starting with drinks in the Dickson Room from 5pm, with the AGM proper beginning in the Theatrette at 5:30pm. After the formalities, guest speaker Dr Sally Box will tell us about her new job as Threatened Species Commissioner.

This year the positions of President, Vice President, Treasurer and three general Council member positions will become vacant. For the Friends to continue, we need to fill these positions. Please consider nominating - contact Lesley Jackman on 0413 766 624 to find out more about what's involved, or to express interest.

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