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Black Mountain Symposium 2018

Black Mountain was declared a nature reserve on 23 July 1970. In the lead-up to the 50th anniversary of this declaration, the Friends of Black Mountain in association with the Molonglo Catchment Group is holding a Symposium at which invited speakers will give presentations summarising what we know about the area.

The Symposium is now fully booked. All 150 seats at the CSIRO Discovery Centre Theatre will be occupied.

Themed talks will be on Friday 24 August, followed by drinks and nibbles. Themed walks will be held on Black Mountain on the morning of Saturday 25 August 2018.

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12th Australasian Plant Conservation Conference (APCC12)

“Moving house – a new age for plant translocation and restoration”

12 to 16 November 2018, Canberra

The Centre for Australian National Biodiversity Research (CANBR) at CSIRO, and the Australian Network for Plant Conservation (ANPC) will host a week of exciting presentations, local field trips and a 1-day threatened plant translocation workshop. The biennial Australasian Plant Conservation Conference has become the premier event in Australia to discuss plant conservation issues with a variety of groups, from practitioners to researchers.

Call for Abstracts opens 2 May 2018, and Early Bird registrations open 21 May 2018.

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Library Connect, May 2018

The May 2018 edition of Library Connect (PDF, 873KB) features Library & Information Week, 21 - 27 May 2018, as well as new books and other topics.

Access to Visitor Centre and Theatrette during re-paving work

Access to the Visitor Centre and Theatrette will be affected from Tuesday 8 May for several days by re-paving works between their entrances.

Re-paving will now be done Tuesday 8 and Wed 9 May, with no access on those days through the automatic doors to either building. Visitors to the Visitor Centre will use the the door to the north into the exhibition space. From Thursday 10 May there will be pedestrian access to both buildings, including access to the Theatrette for the Thursday talk at 12:30pm. There will be no access for vehicles until further notice.

Road closures from 4th May 2018 until further notice

Due to the high winds and two trees falling, both the path between sections 159/64 and the top of the road between the rainforest gully and the rainforest verge will remain closed till cleared.

Barricades and signage are in place. Please avoid the area and note there is no vehicle access to the botany building via the rainforest gully road.

Intrusion into the Friends web server

An important message for members of the Friends.

The security of the server that hosts the Friends website and our membership database has recently been compromised, and unauthorised intruders have been detected. This message explains what happened, how we have dealt with the situation, and how members may have been affected.

Photo Group Workshop - Introduction to Photography

Want to get to know your Digital Camera better and take great photos? The Friends of the ANBG Photographic Group is running an introductory-level workshop for all Friends that could be just what you need!

When & where: Saturday, 19 May 2018 - 9:00am to 4:00pm in the Crosbie Morrison building.

Cost: $150.00 and must be a member of Friends of the ANBG.

Booking: Please download and complete this form and return it by email, to the Visitor Information Centre, or by post.

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Library Connect - news from the ANBG Library

ANBG Librarian Jane Black has published Library Connect (PDF, 920KB), a brief newsletter about the Library's services and collection - including new books.

Photo : John Connolly

A very successful plant sale

A long queue of keen gardeners was lined up by 8:30, waiting for the Growing Friends to open shop. Some knew exactly what they wanted and some were happy for one of the ‘Ask me’ Growing Friends to make suggestions about what would be best to fill that gap in their garden. There was even someone who had moved out of a Mr Fluffy house and had to re-establish an entire garden.

There were very few plants left when we closed 'the gates' at 11am. Whilst we could have sold more Banksias and Grevilleas, we had over-achieved in our propagation of Hakeas. However, the mix of plants is different in each sale, as we need to work with the material which is available in the gardens for us to use.

More than $6,800 was raised, all of which will go towards Friends projects. And there will be plenty of plants for sale again by 10th November, when the spring plant sale will take place.

Telopea speciosissima - watercolour by Margaret Steele

2018 Art in the Gardens with Friends

The Friends Botanical Art Groups are proud to present their annual exhibition in the Visitors Gallery from Saturday 17th March to Sunday 15th April.

The exhibition comprises work using a variety of mediums including watercolour, coloured pencil, graphite and scraperboard. All artwork exhibited will portray native Australian plants, many of which can be found in the Gardens. This year we have had a special theme with many works featuring Threatened and Endangered Plants; these will be clearly marked. There will also be a selection of cards and bookmarks for sale, and a fund-raising raffle. All money from commissions on the sale of paintings and from the raffle will be donated to the Friends.