Helping the Gardens Grow

Kristen O'Keeffe: syzygium australe
Kristen O'Keeffe: syzygium australe

The Botanic Art Group's 17th Exhibition – 'Bush Fragrance' – is on display at the Visitor Centre from 6 April to 5 May 2024, displaying artworks of native plants with an aroma or essence.

Many native flora are used for products such as flower essences, perfumes, and medicinal and cleaning products. On a personal level many people notice that familiar fragrances can evoke powerful memories. The exhibition this year highlights some of these plants in a variety of media including watercolours, acrylics, coloured pencil, pen and ink, mixed media and etchings.

As well as the framed works, there are also some unframed works, and a selection of greeting cards by the members of the Group. There is also a work to be won by the lucky winner of a raffle.

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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View the latest issue of e-ucalypt, the email newsletter of the Australian Association of Friends of Botanic Gardens (AAFBG).
Monday, 15 April 2024
This edition of Library Connect has the usual listing of new books, a game, and links to articles on digitizing handwritten data and on spectacular Australian plant fossils. The library is staffed Mon - Fri 9.30 - 4.30 or Alex can be contacted by email or phone (02 6250 9480) 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.
Friday, 29 March 2024
The Australian Government has changed the rules relating to environmental funds, and that includes the Friends of the ANBG Public Fund. The Register of Environmental Organisations has been abolished, and along with it the need for the Friends to have a separate Public Fund. Donations will now be made directly to the Friends, and will continue to be tax deductible. Donors will be issued with an official receipt which clearly shows that the donation is tax deductible.
Saturday, 17 February 2024
The AAFBG Biennial Conference 2024 theme is ‘The Challenge of Change: Relationships, Volunteering, Climate and Technology'. There are opportunities for Friends to present at the conference, lead workshops, and participate in a 'Rapid Fire' forum discussion. If you have achieved or are working on a desired change in any of the sub-areas above, this is your chance to share your experiences and conclusions. The conference will be held on 23–26 August, hosted by The Friends of Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Gardens. Submissions should be lodged by mid-February.
Friday, 26 January 2024
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