Helping the Gardens Grow

Tricia Morton receives her award from Neville Page (photo: ANBG)
Tricia Morton receives her award from Neville Page (photo: ANBG)

Genevieve Jacobs, ANBG’s 50th Anniversary Champion, was guest speaker at the 2020 Volunteer Recognition ceremony, hosted by Dr Judy West, Executive Director ANBG, and Neville Page, President of the Friends of the ANBG, on 10 November at the Crosbie-Morrison Amphitheatre and Lawn.

Genevieve spoke of the diverse talents and experience that volunteers bring to any organisation, and how their contribution brings so much to fruition. Max Bourke AM, immediate past-President of the Friends, spoke of such valuable commitment being a key element of the successful Friends of the ANBG.

The 2020 award recipients were recognised for their voluntary commitment for several years in different areas of activity, including several who have served for as long as 25 and 20 years. Many are involved in several areas of activity because of their multiple interests.

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.

We were formed in 1990 as a community support group for the Gardens. Since then we have raised and spent over $1.6 million on projects in the Gardens and now have over 2500 members. And 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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The November edition of Eucalypt, the newsletter of the Australian Association of Friends of Botanical Gardens, has been published and is available online on the AAFBG website.
Thursday, 26 November 2020
Things have been busy behind the scenes in the ANBG Library this year with a major upgrade to a new library computer system. The new system offers significant improvements to the previous ten-year-old system, and will enable you to keep track of your loans and renew items online. With the transition completed, borrowing for the Friends is now available. Thank you for your patience and understanding while this major project was taking place.
Monday, 9 November 2020
The new Banksia Garden was officially opened by the Minister for the Environment, the Hon Sussan Ley MP, on Wednesday 21 October. The opening took place on the day after the actual 50th anniversary of the opening of the Gardens by then-Prime Minister John Gorton. The Friends of the ANBG contributed $130,000 towards the cost of the Banksia Garden, as our 50th birthday present to the ANBG. 
Saturday, 24 October 2020
The 32nd AGM of the Friends was held on Thursday 15 October 2020 at the Shine Dome, Acton. Friends Council members for 2020-2021 are:  President: Neville Page Vice President: Linda Beveridge Secretary: Lynden Ayliffe Treasurer: Helen Elliot Non-executive members: Wendy Antoniak, Wanda Filsell, Alan Henderson, Lesley King, David More  
Friday, 16 October 2020


Sunset Cinema
Thursday, 10 December 2020 - 5:30pm to Sunday, 14 February 2021 - 11:00pm
Black Mountain Weeding Work Party
Saturday, 6 February 2021 - 8:30am to 11:30am
Botanic Art Group Exhibition - From the Desert to the Sea
Saturday, 3 April 2021 - 9:30am to Sunday, 2 May 2021 - 4:30am
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