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New Master Plan for the ANBG

In case you missed it in the weekend news, the Australian National Botanic Gardens has just released a new Master Plan for 2015 – 2035. See the ANBG website for details. The  initiatives were welcomed by the Friends President Lesley Jackson. The Friends has an extensive group of active volunteers who work alongside paid gardens staff to fundraise and provide interpretive tours.

Key features of the Plan include:

Gang-gang    Photo: Pam Rooney

Of black cockatoos and gang-gangs

Members walk with the Birds

Over 60 Friends responded to the call of the birds on an early morning guided walk in the Gardens on Sunday 12th April. Overcoming multiple road closures due to the Canberra marathon, they arrived with their binoculars to share the beautiful weather with the birds.

enlighten - on the lawn

Luminous Botanicus – Friends in the dark

The Friends of the ANBG were closely involved in preparing and presenting Luminous Botanicus, the Gardens' contribution to the Enlighten festival in February.

Welcoming screen at graduation

Botanical interns graduation

A key aspect of Friends’ involvement with the Gardens has been in the area of research into native flora. A recent example was the Friends’ support for the internship program run by the Centre for Australian National Biodiversity Research for a group of students from Australia and overseas.

Don Beer, guest speaker

25th Anniversary Dinner, 19 February 2015

This year we celebrate the 25th anniversary of the founding of the Friends of the Australian National Botanic Gardens. Our anniversary dinner on 19 February was sold out weeks ahead.

Ninety members gathered at Café Floresco in the Gardens. We were especially delighted to be joined by two key people from our early days, Anne Joyce and David Young.

Dr Stovepipe performs at Summer Sounds 2015 (Photo: Ann Eldridge)

Summer Sounds 2015 a great success

Weekend evening concerts in the Botanic Gardens have been a feature of summer in Canberra for many years. This year we, the Friends and the Gardens, staged eight very successful concerts. There was a little more singing in the rain than we might have wanted, but everyone had a great time.

ANBG

Master Plan for the Gardens

Many Friends will have seen recent media reports about the appointment of a consortium of architects and landscape architects to develop a 20-year Master Plan for the Australian National Botanic Gardens. There are many ideas on the table, including a new visitor centre, cafe, pathways and learning experiences for children. The scope of the Master Plan will also include a new seed bank and horticultural facilities designed to increase the horticultural, research and conservation capabilities of the ANBG. It is anticipated that the final Master Plan will be developed by June 2015.

New parking arrangements for Friends

A daily limit of three hours free parking for Friends of the ANBG was introduced on 1 January 2015.

Exemptions apply to volunteers and to members of committees and special interest groups.

Find out more about about the issuing of passes (PDF, 290 kB)

Cover of Alpine plant research report

Alpine plant research report

A major report entitled Australian alpine plant research, conservation and management was released on 21 October at the AGM of the Friends. This report is an important outcome of a joint Australian Research Council research program covering 4 years between the ANBG, ANU, the Friends and the University of Queensland. The project greatly increased the knowledge of alpine plants, which are under increasing pressure from climate change and environmental degradation in the alps. It has also led to the ANBG seed bank becoming the major centre for collection and study of alpine seeds.

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. 

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