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Charring Party on Thursday 31st August 2017

The Cave Urban team is now in the early stages of work on the treehouse. If you continue past the café in a pretty straight line you will soon find the site in the melaleucas and above the Paperbark lawn. The treehouse design involves recycled timber preserved by yakisugi, a traditional Japanese design for carbonising wood.

Cave Urban will start charring wood next Thursday 31 August from 10am until late afternoon, on the lawn immediately below the melaleucas  and is inviting Friends of the ANBG to help with the charring as a gesture of thanks for the Friends’ support of this exciting project.

Black Mountain Summit Walks

Join us to celebrate the anniversaries of the declaration of the Black Mountain Nature Reserve and the creation of the Black Mountain Summit Walk. Two walks have been arranged to celebrate: on Sunday 23 July 2017 and Sunday 30 July 2017. 

Association of Friends of Botanic Gardens - website updated

The Australian Association of Friends of Botanic Gardens (AAFBG) is a not-for-profit incorporated association. It involves the community and supports the growth of Friends groups interested in the well-being and public appreciation of botanic gardens through their conservation and development, scientific, educational, historical, cultural and recreational functions. Members represent a range of botanic gardens and parks in regional and metropolitan areas throughout Australia. 

Growing Friends Plant Sale - 25th March 2017

The Growing Friends autumn sale will be held on Saturday 25 March, 8.30am to 11.00am unless sold out earlier, in the small carpark behind the Crosbie Morrison building. A plant list will be available a week prior to the sale. Included in this year’s autumn plant sale is a selection of plants from groundcovers, to small and medium shrubs, to medium and large trees. There will be the old favourites  - Acacia, Banksia, Correa, and Crowea as well as the more unusual Hypocalymma angustifolium, Indigofera adesmiifolia, and Teucrium racemosum.

Westbourne Woods

Westbourne Woods Arboretum - monthly guided walks

Members of the Friends of the Gardens may be interested in guided walks, on the second Sunday of every month, in the Westbourne Woods, Yarralumla. The walks program for 2017 is here. Walks in Feb and March are led by John Turnbull, and in April by Max Bourke. Both are long-time members of the Friends of the ANBG.

Luminous Botanicus - lights paths in the rainforest

Volunteers needed for Luminous Botanicus at Enlighten 2017

Luminous Botanicus will be in its third year at Enlighten 2017. This popular and successful event will be held on Thursday and Friday evenings 2 & 3 March and 9 & 10 March.

Volunteers from the Friends are supporting Luminous Botanicus III on each night of the event. They are needed to assist staff at the gate, as well as directing visitors at key points along the route to ensure they do not go astray. Find out more...

Tim Fischer AC at the ANBG, 2 February 2017 (Photo: Alan Munns)

Thursday Talks Resume for 2017

The Thursday Talks Program for 2017 resumed on 2 February with a talk by Tim Fischer AC. Tim Fischer, former Deputy Prime Minister and Ambassador to the Holy See, is currently the Vice-Chair, Global Crop Diversity Trust (GCDT) for the Svalbard Seed Vault, Norway. The talk was entitled Collecting Vital Seeds: from the Gallipoli Oaks collected by John Monash to the Crop Trust and Svalbard Vault today, collecting seeds matters more than ever!

Peter Byron, ANBG General Manager, opens the exhibition. Photo: Graham Brown

Friends' Photographic Group - 2016 Exhibition

Friends of the ANBG, guests and members of the Photographic Group gathered on Wednesday 23rd November for the opening of the annual photography exhibition. The evening started with various speakers, after which people had ample time to admire the photographs and other items on display. Food and drinks were provided. The exhibition highlighted the beauty and diversity of the Australian Native Flora and Fauna and brought together photographers of many different skills and experiences using a variety of equipment.

Award winners 2016 with competition judge Ken Crawford. Photo: Graham Brown

Schools Photo Competition 2016

Every year for 20 years the Friends have run a schools photographic competition. Many excellent images were submitted this year - a total of 337, a large increase on last year. The award ceremony was held on Saturday 12 November. Competition judge Ken Crawford congratulated students on the quality and originality of their work.

A well-laden customer - Photo: Alan Munns

Growing Friends Plant Sale - November 2016

Fortunately, the rain and thunderstorm did not arrive on Saturday morning as predicted. A queue of people, many of them happy returning customers, had arrived by 8:30.

Thanks to the Growing Friends who helped with the sale, both with the setting up on Friday afternoon and on Saturday morning and also in the weeks leading up to the sale. Many of the volunteers at the sale were Growing Friends who have joined us recently – thank you, and once again, welcome to the Growing Friends.

The next plant sale will be on 25th March 2017.

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