Helping the Gardens Grow

Spotted Pardalote (Photo: Chris Rogers)
Spotted Pardalote (Photo: Chris Rogers)

The wattles are beginning to flower in Canberra's Nature Parks - a sure sign that spring is around the corner.

The ANBG provides a fantastic habitat for many of Canberra’s birds, with water and nectar in abundance. Quite a few birds have already been sighted collecting nesting materials and it is marvellous to be in the Gardens early in the morning when the birds are active.

Join us for Wake up with the Birds, a 1½ hour guided early morning walk, to see many of our amazing birds. Following the walk you are welcome to stay on for a coffee or breakfast at Pollen, the Gardens Café (bookings at: The walks take place during Floriade.

Wake Up With the Birds is on at 7.45am each Saturday and Sunday from 22 September to 14 October.

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 2200 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.


Flowers,Fruit & Foliage logo

Your guide to what’s fresh and flowering in the Gardens now.

  Latest edition, 12-25 September 2018 (PDF, 271 KB)




The Friends recently upgraded the mobility scooters at the ANBG, replacing those purchased by the Friends in 2005.
Monday, 17 September 2018
Do you have a passion for Australian plants? Do you enjoy the outdoors and spending time with like-minded people? Do you embrace the challenge of expanding your knowledge and skills? Does meeting people from around Australia and from overseas sound like fun? Then the Volunteer Guides Program at the Gardens is for you. Applications are now open; for details see the Gardens website. Information sessions in the ANBG Theatrette will be held on Wednesday 19th September at 12.30pm and Tuesday 25th September at 5.30pm.
Friday, 7 September 2018
The September 2018 edition of Library Connect (PDF, 844KB) provides information on the Australian Reading Hour to be held on the 20th September 2018, features new books on native bees, agriculture and WA wildflowers, and recommends books on Banksias, Wattles and Daniel Solander, as well as spotlighting an e-journal on Biodiversity and Conservation and a golden memory from the Archives.
Wednesday, 5 September 2018
This year’s 2018 AGM will be held on Thursday 27 September at the ANBG, starting with drinks in the Dickson Room from 5pm, with the AGM proper beginning in the Theatrette at 5:30pm.
Tuesday, 4 September 2018


Bushland Nature Trail - walks
Thursday, 20 September 2018 - 10:00am to 11:30am, Thursday, 18 October 2018 - 10:00am to 11:30am
Dr Matthew Colloff ‘Landscapes of our hearts’
Thursday, 20 September 2018 - 12:30pm
Wake Up with the Birds
Saturday, 22 September 2018 - 7:45am to 9:15am
Wake Up with the Birds
Sunday, 23 September 2018 - 7:45am to 9:15am
Annual General Meeting 2018
Thursday, 27 September 2018 - 5:00pm
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