Helping the Gardens Grow

Wayne Haslam holds a truffle to be proud of (Photo: Paul Henderson-Kelly)
A truffle to be proud of. (Photo: Paul Henderson-Kelly)

At the next Thursday Talk we'll hear about truffles - the emerging truffle industry in Australia and its Canberra region focus.

Truffles have been around for more than 90 million years and there are many hundreds of truffle species in the world. They mature in winter and provide winter food for forest-dwelling animals.

Truffle production is a relatively new and emerging export industry in Australia, yet in 20 years we have become the fourth largest producer of black truffle (Tuber melanosporum), in the world.

Wayne Haslam, of Bluefrog Truffles, will talk about his experience and understanding of the cultivation of truffles in the Canberra region, and his involvement in the Australian truffle industry.

The talk will be held in the ANBG Theatrette on 23 March at 12:30pm. The booking link for this talk is

The Friends love and support our beautiful Gardens – the world’s largest collection of Australian native plants.

Through our programs of talks, visits and social activities, our members and visitors meet, learn, grow and enjoy the riches of this very special place. Our special-interest groups are inspired by its unique artistic and scientific opportunities.

Since 1990 we have donated around $2 million for projects in the Gardens, and members actively contribute to its horticultural, educational and research programs as volunteers.

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This month's Library Connect has the usual listing of new books, a video of a tiny, wooden device designed to plant seeds in remote locations, and a reminder to return all completed field notebooks. The library is staffed Mon - Fri 9.30 - 4.30.  Alex can be contacted on 02 6250 9480 or by email if you need assistance.  The “click and collect” boxes in the Visitor Centre are still available for returning items, and Alex is very happy to leave items there for collection if that’s easier than visiting the library.
Tuesday, 28 February 2023
View the latest issue of e-ucalypt, the email newsletter of the Australian Association of Friends of Botanic Gardens (AAFBG).
Wednesday, 22 February 2023
The Botanical Resource Centre (BRC), a former joint initiative of the Gardens, the Herbarium, and the Friends of the ANBG, has now closed. The Public Reference Herbarium specimens and the BRC's reference collection will be moved to the ANBG Library for storage. [Correction: an earlier draft stated that these materials would still be available to members of the Friends. This is not the case.]
Thursday, 22 December 2022
The ANU College of Science has just published an article and video all about the research on the superb fairy-wrens of the Australian National Botanic Gardens. This long-term project by researchers from the ANU Cockburn group has been happening since 1986. See the article here: Video on Youtube:
Friday, 21 October 2022
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