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Sources of Australian native plants in the Canberra region

A booklet that lists nurseries and other sources of Australian native plants in the Canberra region has been published by Rosemary Blemings, a Friend and member of the Australian Native Plants Society.

Download Sources of Australian native plants in the Canberra region (PDF, 71 KB).

Consultation on the Friends Constitution

The Constitution of the Friends has been comprehensively reviewed during 2015 by the Friends’ Council, and a draft has been prepared incorporating a number of proposed amendments.

A recent Friends project: Asteraceae Garden (Photo: Murray Fagg ANBG)

New Friends' project in the Gardens

Planning is now getting underway for a new project to be supported by the Friends. Two areas of the melaleuca swamp area have been selected as possible sites for a commission to create a ‘unique, magical, whimsical site-specific gazebo among the trees’, to be elevated within the vegetation or tree canopy level. The gazebo will provide an informal wildlife-watching platform within the canopy for early morning bird watchers and walkers, and a resting place and shelter from the heat or rain. It is also planned as a place of imagination and delight for children visiting the Gardens.

Growing Friends Shadehouse Upgraded

Early in 2014 the Growing Friends were asked if some surplus benches from the ANBG nursery could be used as a better support basis for the propagated plants being raised. 

'Edge 1' etching by John Pratt

Upcoming exhibition at the Visitor Centre

The Mt Ainslie Weeders Park Care Group have organised an exhition of drawings and prints by renowned Canberra artist John Pratt. The exhibition will be held at the ANBG Visitor Centre from 17 July to 28 August 2015.

John was a founding member of the Mt Ainslie Weeders Park Care group and the exhibition features works inspired by the flora and fauna of Mount Ainslie and the artist’s connection to this local nature park.

Tree fern frond ("fiddlehead") unfolding

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.

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