The Friends' Photography Group is fairly new. For the first time, members are mounting an exhibition in the Visitor Information Centre. They share a common bond of photography and pleasure in exploring the Gardens. The Exhibition’s contributing members have different photographic experiences and skills, and use a wide variety of cameras.
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Lyndley Craven, of the Australian National Herbarium has very generously donated to the Friends a copy of the book on Melaleucas he has written with Joseph Brophy from UNSW and John Doran from the Australian Tree Seed Centre at CSIRO. This book is the first comprehensive consolidated account of the taxonomy, essential oils, silvicultural characteristics and utilisation of Melaleucas. It will undoubtedly be the major reference work for Melaleucas in coming years. Click on heading above for more details.
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.
The latest issue of Campsis, the newsletter of the Association of Friends of Botanic Gardens, has just been published. This issue marks the 20th anniversary of the founding of the Association. Click here to download it.
The Patron of the Friends, His Excellency Mr Michael Bryce AM AE, recently enjoyed a ride up the mountainside to visit the upper reaches of the Gardens in Flora Explorer, the 12-seater electric vehicle donated by the Friends. Following the normal route of a Flora tour, he was accompanied by our President, David Coutts and the Curator of the Gardens, David Taylor, as well as Friends and Flora drivers Marion Jones, Barbara Podger and Jill More. His visit included a walk around the Red Centre Garden - which was aglow with colour in the midday sun.
The Association of Friends of Botanic Gardens holds its national conference every 2 years. The next conference will be held on the Gold Coast over the weekend of 8-10 August 2014. A preliminary announcement is on the Association's website. Please keep an eye on that website for more details. Click on the heading above for more information.
If you have passed through the Visitor Information Centre in the last few months you may have noticed the new Visitor Information desk, and more importantly, some new faces behind the desk. Volunteers, mainly from among the Friends, are now greeting and directing visitors. If you would like to volunteer in this role and learn more about the Gardens, please contact Jennifer Salkeld.
Visitors to the Australian National Botanic Gardens will, from later this year, be able to experience its new Red Centre Garden showcasing the iconic significance of the continent's red centre as the physical and spiritual heart of Australia, right here in the nation's capital.