Recent Events

You are here

See all current events

Event title Date Details
Science Week: Gardens Science Trail Saturday, 11 August 2012 - 12:00am to Sunday, 19 August 2012 - 11:45pm

Outdoor science engagement for all the family, with a hands-on self-guided trail investigating the science behind the Gardens’ plants. Free admission.

Cafe Scientifique 'Climate Change: Threat or Theatre?' Friday, 10 August 2012 - 5:00pm to Saturday, 11 August 2012 - 4:45pm

A Science Week activity at the Floresco at the Gardens Cafe

Cafe happy hour from 5pm, with presentation from 6pm. Free admission.

Lively and social science discussions facilitated by expert speakers. Learn, engage and consider a range of environmental science issues. Special Tapis menu available. 

Alison Russell-French ‘Shakespeare, the Tale of Genji and Migratory Shorebirds – what’s the connection?' Thursday, 9 August 2012 - 12:30pm

Alison Russell-French is Past President of Birds Australia.

How is decision-making about the conservation of our landscape influenced and, in particular, that relating to birds – especially migratory shorebirds and their habitat? Alison asks ‘how can we make a contribution?’

Dr Brendon Lepschi - 'The new ACT plant census' Monday, 6 August 2012 - 10:30am

The census is the work of the Australian National Herbarium (which is jointly managed by the Australian National Botanic Gardens and CSIRO) in association with ACT Territory and Municipal Services

Brendan will talk about the science that goes into it and some of the stories behind entries in the Census.

A thumbnail sketch about the new census taken from a recent article in The Canberra Times follows:

Steve Thomas 'Problems and opportunities for Canberra’s urban forest' Thursday, 2 August 2012 - 12:30pm

Steve Thomas will present some thoughts about tree management in Canberra from his experience of looking closely at trees in the urban setting, as well as considering the future of the urban forest which has been developed over the last 99 years.

For over ten years Steve has conducted tree assessments in Canberra. He is a member of the Friends of ACT Arboreta and the Chair of the Canberra Monaro Branch of Australian Forest Growers. He has nurtured over 25000 trees on land near Captain’s Flat for the last 23 years and grown thousands of native trees in the past. 

David Coutts: ‘Where are we going: future direction for the Gardens and the Friends in the light of the new Management Plan’ Thursday, 26 July 2012 - 12:30pm

David Coutts is the current President of the Friends. He is an agricultural scientist, and has worked with the Australian Government in a variety of roles and overseas with the OECD and FAO.

As President of the Friends, David has been closely involved with the process of delivering the new Management Plan for the Gardens. David will speak about what he sees as the opportunities and challenges for the next few years—for the Gardens and for the part the Friends might play. 

Stephen Midgely ‘Global uses of Australian acacias – recent trends and future prospects' Thursday, 19 July 2012 - 12:30pm

Stephen Midgley is a forester and development specialist who runs his own consulting business, Salwood Asia Pacific Pty Ltd. He is an Asia-specialist, and has worked continuously in Asia for over 37 years with long-term assignments in Laos, Nepal, Sri Lanka and China and via many short-term projects.

Exhibition: Reflections of Country Sunday, 15 July 2012 - 9:00am to Tuesday, 28 August 2012 - 5:30pm

Visitor Centre Gallery

A special exhibition by Duncan Smith, recipient of the 2003 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Artist of the Year Award.

Dr Murray Evans ‘Saving the Northern Corroboree Frog in the ACT’ Thursday, 12 July 2012 - 12:30pm

Dr Murray Evans joined the ACT Government as an ecologist after several years with the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service, which included studying endangered species and managing the Kangaroo Management Unit. He completed his honours thesis on brushtail possums in the Tanami Desert with the help of the local aboriginal people and studied the ecological energetics of wombats for his PhD.

Dr Roslyn Russell ‘Travel writers, botanic gardens and the nineteenth century British empire in Australia’ Thursday, 5 July 2012 - 12:30pm

Roslyn Russell is a historian, author, editor and museum consultant who has lived and worked in Canberra since 1982. Her published works include Literary Links: Celebrating the Literary Relationship between Australia and Britain, and One Destiny! The Federation Story: How Australia Became a Nation (with Philip Chubb). She edited a selection of Manning Clark’s correspondence, published in 2008 as Ever, Manning: Selected Letters of Manning Clark 1938–1991.