Helping the Gardens Grow

Norfolk Island Plants Handbook - cover image
Norfolk Island Plants Handbook - cover

The Friends of the ANBG has supported a PhD research project into Norfolk Island's native plants, including many that are rare or threatened.

We provided a 3-year top-up scholarship for researcher Leah Dunn from the University of Queensland, and Friends volunteers have also travelled to Norfolk Island to assist with plant propagation.

One result of Leah's research is the handbook A guide to propagating Norfolk Island’s native plants and seeds. It details techniques for collecting, storing, and propagating some of Norfolk Island’s threatened or endemic plant species to improve seed-based conservation and restoration efforts on the island.

Digital copies are available for download from Several printed copies have been given to the Friends, including one to be kept in the Friends Lounge.

Unfortunately, the spread of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 has made it necessary to postpone all February Thursday Talks. New dates will be announced as soon as possible.

We are a diverse group of people who love and support our beautiful Gardens – the world’s largest collection of Australian native plants. We have an extensive program of talks, visits and social events. There are many opportunities for members and visitors to meet, learn, grow and enjoy the riches of this very special place.

Since 1990 we have raised and spent over $1.6 million on projects in the Gardens and now have over 2900 members. We support the Gardens in many other ways, such as leading guided walks to show visitors the wonders of the Gardens, and hands-on support of research programs.

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  Walk guide: 26 January - 8 February 2022 (PDF, 1.3 MB)




Canberra Bonsai Society and the Australian National Botanic Gardens are pleased to present the 2022 Exhibition of Australian Plants as Bonsai, which will be held in the Crosbie Morrison Building, ANBG on 26-27 February 2022.
Friday, 21 January 2022
The new Friends Lawn alongside the expanded cafe deck stretches out invitingly - but is still behind barriers while the new turf establishes itself!
Thursday, 30 December 2021
Lesley Harland and John Fitzgerald have won both the ACT Volunteer of the Year Award and the Canberra’s Choice Award!
Friday, 17 December 2021
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