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Life membership presented to Denise Newman (Photo: Les Fielke/Barbara Podger)

Friends' Annual General Meeting 2014

The 26th Annual General Meeting of the Friends of the ANBG was held in the Gardens' Theatrette on 21 October 2014.

For details, click on the heading above.

Photo competition award presentation ceremony 2014 (Photo: Alan Munns)

Annual Schools Photographic Competition, 2014

There was an excited buzz around the Gardens’ Theatrette on Saturday 18 October as award winners in the 18th annual Friends’ schools photographic competition gathered to receive their prizes.

The competition is run for students from ACT and Queanbeyan Region high schools and colleges. All photos must be taken in the Australian National Botanic Gardens and feature some aspect of the Gardens, and in categories involving black and white, colour and images altered digitally or in dark room processing. 

Planting daisies in the Asteraceae Garden (Photo: Barbara Podger)

Asteraceae Garden planting day

The new Asteraceae Garden, a new garden dedicated to native daisies, is rapidly transforming from a plan on paper to another major achievement for the Gardens, with the the first major planting on Thursday September 11. A healthy band of volunteers from the Friends equipped with gloves, trowels and a gleam in the eye kept the Gardens staff busy, planting hundreds of seedlings as fast as the staff could remove them from their containers. The plants were then watered in and the volunteers enjoyed a BBQ lunch at the site.

The Flora Explorer (Photo: Alan Munns)

Changes to Flora Explorer Tours

A recent review of the popular Flora Explorer tours showed demand for extra tours on weekends, public holidays and school holidays.
In response, morning tours have now been introduced at 10.30 am on weekends and public holidays. The afternoon tour time has changed to 1.30 pm.
There will also be a morning tour (at 10.30 am) on week days in school holidays.
The Friends recently purchased a microphone and audio system to allow the Flora guide to provide a guided commentary to passengers, whilst the bus is in motion.
The length of the tour has been changed to 45 minutes.
 

David Coutts, Margaret Steele and Judy West (Photo: Liz Kay)

A Gift for the Gardens from the Friends

Very appropriately, the 19 June Thursday Talk on the Gardens public art management plan began with the handover of two paintings from the Friends to the Gardens. Mr David Coutts, President of the Friends, formally handed the two artworks to Dr Judy West, Executive Director of the Gardens. Click on the heading above for more information.

Her Excellency Lady Cosgrove, new Patron of the Friends

Welcoming our new Patron, Her Excellency Lady Cosgrove

We are honoured that Her Excellency Lady Cosgrove has accepted the role of Patron of the Friends.

Her official biography lists her personal interests as including art and architecture, nature and gardens, and she is a keen sports follower. Lady Cosgrove has been actively involved in the welfare of partners in the defence community and became the inaugural Patron of Partners of Veterans Australia. She has worked with numerous voluntary organisations supporting aged and disabled people, and endangered Australian wildlife.

Vegie Might: RHS Medal winner Nilavan Adams

RHS Medal winner Nilavan Adams

ANBG Botanic Art Group member Nilavan Adams has done it again!

Nilavan has been awarded the Silver Gilt medal at the Royal Horticultural Society 2014 Botanical Art Show in London.

This exhibition showcases work from some of the world’s best botanical artists. The official guidelines note that:

Artist Teresa Purla with 'Grandmother's Country' (Photo: Peter Byron)

Red Centre Garden

The Red Centre Garden, which opened in October 2013 after four years of careful planning and an immense amount of work by the Gardens staff, has become a major attraction for visitors to the ANBG and to Canberra in general. A warm and dry summer resulted in wonderful displays of colour, the blues and purples of the massed Swan River Daisies, Sturt’s Nightshade and Sturt’s Desert Rose together with the brilliant greens and silvery greys of the young acacias, Silky Heads and ‘tobacco’ plants contrast beautifully with the red sand and dramatic rocks in the Rocky Outcrop and Rocky Escarpment. Many visitors are taking advantage of the Flora Explorer tours to enjoy the spectacle of the Red Centre Garden in comfort. Click on the heading for more information.

Banks' Florilegium visit    Photo: Jill More

Banks' Florilegium at the National Library of Australia

Banks’ Florilegium is a collection of colour prints based on the 955 field drawings made by artist Sydney Parkinson to accompany the botanical specimens, collected by Joseph Banks and Daniel Solander, on the 1768-1771 Endeavour voyage of discovery and circumnavigation of the globe, which was lead by Captain James Cook.

Three groups of Friends were privileged to attend a viewing of prints based on the Australian component of Banks’ Florilegium at the NLA on 19 March 2014. The viewing followed an excellent talk by Catriona Anderson from the NLA at the Friends' Twilight Dinner in February.

Click on the heading to see Catriona Anderson’s notes prepared for the viewing.

Westbourne Woods (Photo: environment.gov.au)

Walks in Westbourne Woods

Westbourne Woods Arboretum was established by Charles Weston in 1913 on a 120 hectare site at Yarrulumla. More than 200 different species of conifers, exotic hardwoods and native Australian trees were planted between 1914 and 1918, with additional plantings in 1949. The Royal Canberra Gold Club was established in the Woods from 1949. More information may be found on the ACT Government Libraries website.

Free guided 2-hour walks are conducted through the Woods on the second Sunday of every month. Guides are volunteers, a number of whom are closely linked to the Friends of the Botanic Gardens. For details of when and where to meet, and the schedule of walks and guides for 2014, click here.