Helping the Gardens Grow

Chris Rogers with her photograph 'Red Wattle Bird', donated by the Friends to the Gardens
Chris Rogers with her photograph 'Red Wattle Bird', donated by the Friends to the Gardens

The Friends Photographic Group’s 2018 annual exhibition this year, called ‘Perspectives’ was held from 22nd November to 10th December 2018. It was the group's primary Friends fund raiser for the year and a chance to publicly exhibit their photographic skills.

The exhibition displayed over 50 framed works plus unframed prints and many beautiful cards, all produced from photographs taken of the flora and fauna of the Gardens and the wider surrounds. Most items were for sale and were popular choices for Christmas presents. One photograph, Bill Hall's Gang Gangs, was so popular that as well as the print on display, seven additional prints were ordered during the exhibition!

Two photographs were chosen to be donated by the Friends to the Gardens' permanent collection of artworks: Chris Rogers' Red Wattle Bird (above) and Pam Rooney's Flannel Flowers (see main article).

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. This website will help you find events that most interest you.

We were formed in 1990 as a community support group for the Gardens. Since then we have raised and spent over $1.2 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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Your guide to what’s fresh and flowering in the Gardens now.

   Latest edition, 19 December 2018 - 1 January 2019 (PDF, 621 KB)




The December 2018 edition of Library Connect (PDF, 497 kB) includes an article about the new Banksia Garden, scheduled to open April 2020; information on the new Plant Humanities Initiative; Library Christmas Arrangements and a great collection of new books.
Tuesday, 4 December 2018
The ever-popular Summer Sounds concerts will be held again on the first two weekends in February 2019. The programs and performers are being finalised now and will be announced shortly. We are looking for volunteers to come and help Summer Sounds continue its tradition as one of the Gardens' headline public events.
Wednesday, 21 November 2018
The entries from this year's competition are now on display in the Visitors Centre exhibition space until Sunday 19 November. The entries were judged by Ms Helen McFadden of the Canberra Photographic Society, who presented the awards on Saturday 3 November. Congratulations to the prizewinners.
Tuesday, 6 November 2018
The November 2018 edition of Library Connect (PDF, 822 kB) features a new book dedicated to Australia’s tomatoes: Tomato: Know, Sow, Grow, Feast as well as other new books and topics.
Friday, 2 November 2018


Butterflies in the ANBG – Summer Walk
Sunday, 13 January 2019 - 10:00am to 11:30am
Cook and the Pacific – The Australian Plants – Summer Walk
Monday, 14 January 2019 - 9:30am to 10:30am
Cook and the Pacific – The Australian Plants – Summer Walk
Sunday, 20 January 2019 - 9:30am to 10:30am
Summer Sounds concert – Bewitched with Jumptown Swing
Saturday, 2 February 2019 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm
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