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One of the major objectives of the Friends of the Australian National Botanic Gardens is to fund projects to support all aspects of the Gardens roles.  Since 1990 when the Friends formed, over $2 million has been spent on hundreds of projects across the following categories:

  • scientific research and conservation
  • management of the horticultural and seed collections
  • support for school groups using ANBG resources, and
  • enhancing visitor experience within the ANBG.

The following table provides a summary of all projects funded by the Friends, including projects financed by the Friends' tax-deductible Public Fund.  Projects are listed for the year when they were completed.


Year Description $
2022-23 Iconic large plants display 27,500
  Research Scholarship 4,000
2021-22 Artworks and Photographs 600
  Banksia Garden Interpretation (Public Fund) 3,950
  East Core Precinct revegetation (Public Fund) 30,000
  East Core Precinct redevelopment including pathways and signage 285,000
  Metallic green carpenter bee signage 1,040
  Video – ANBG conservation activities (Public Fund) 9,090
  Visitor Centre – design for exhibition space 15,000
2020-21 Banksia Garden 1,867
  Artworks and photographs 1,825
  Norfolk Island PhD scholarship 14,000
  Australian Research Council: Thermal tolerance for arid and alpine plants 12,000
  Voice amplifiers for educators and guides 4,500
  Smartboard for Celia Rosser Room 7,580
  Microscopes for students 10,225
  Banksia Garden Interpretive signage (Public Fund) 8,611
  International speaker at the Australian Seed Science Conference (Public Fund) 6,878
2019-20 Banksia Garden 71,338
  Banksia Garden Interpretive signage (Public Fund) 2,350
  Find a Plant app 13,636
  Gift for Gardens from Photographic Exhibition 370
  Hearing Loop in Theatrette 7,645
  Norfolk Island Grant to Leah Dann 24,545
  Thermal Tolerance of Australian Native Plants 25,000
  Video Wall and Film in foyer 52,143
  Seed Bank Exhibition (Public Fund) 8,826
  Summer Concerts Donation 33,500
2018-19 Ex situ conservation of Macadamia jansenii (Public Fund) 3,000
  Equipment for Seedbank volunteers (Public Fund) 9,680
  X-ray assessment of legacy collections of National Seed Bank (Public Fund) 15,200
  Artwork gifts to Gardens from BAG  and photographic exhibitions 1,185
  Banksia Garden 26,758
  Carramar Koala 5,000
  Conservatory Interpretation consultant 18,600
  Eucalypt Trail (revamp) 3,438
  Norfolk Island PhD volunteers 1,134
  Paperbark Treehouse plaque 1,330
  Summer Concert Donation 15,000
  Guide Conference Support 5,800
2017-18 Treehouse 164,778
  Treehouse (Public Fund) 40,000
  Landscaping for Treehouse 35,420
  Replacement of mobility scooters 8,298
  Artwork gift for Gardens from BAG exhibition 480
  Threatened Species project 12,826
  Lichen Digitisation project (Public Fund) 10,000
  Rainforest species collection (Public Fund) 5,000
  Restoration of Florilegium prints 1,300
  Summer Concerts Donation 15,000
  Botanical Intern vouchers 900
  Schools Photo Competition prizes 2,675
  Gift for Gardens from Photographic exhibition 435
2016-17 Theatrette, new video projector 7,592
  Stereo display microscope in Visitor Centre 10,000
  Schools Photo Competition prizes 2,675
  Library books grant 2,500
  Botanical Intern vouchers 576
  Threatened Species project 12,893
  Artwork gift for Gardens from BAG exhibition 750
  Summer Concerts Donation 15,000
2015-16 Aboriginal Plant Use Trail (Public Fund) 10,665
  Seed Bank Drying Cabinet 16,395
  Support Seed Bank volunteers to National Seed Science Forum 1,000
  Roger Good Alpine Fund 1,000
  Botanic Resource Centre, new computer 600
  Schools Photo Competition prizes 2,330
  Guides Conference support 3,000
  Botanical Intern vouchers 790
  Library Books grant 485
  Artwork gift for Gardens from BAG exhibition 780
  Summer Concerts Donation 15,000
2014-15 Alpine Research Project symposium report 1,250
  Staff field trip, threatened & endangered plants 4,000
  Asteraceae Garden development, Stage 1 13,010
  Rainforest and Red Centre Garden Lighting 35,000
  Seed Bank Freezer (Public Fund) 7,425
  Seed Counter (Public Fund) 14,440
  Botanical Intern Vouchers 720
  Schools Photo Competition prizes 2,780
  Replace garden beds for Growing Friends 7,510
  Library Books grant 1,940
  Treehouse feasibility study 6,500
  Artwork gift for Gardens from BAG exhibition 820
  Summer Concerts Donation 31,146
2013-14 Red Centre Garden artwork 28,741
  Bush Capital Celebration 550
  Artwork gift for Gardens from BAG exhibition 700
  Botanical Intern vouchers 790
  Schools photo competition prizes 3,110
  Audio system for Flora Explorer 3,700
  Library Books grant 1,102
  Guides conference support 2,500
  Glasshouse interpretive signs 2,800
  Termite Mound in Red Centre Garden (Public Fund) 4,320
  Eucalypt Trail Brochure (Public Fund) 443
  Guides uniforms 1,230
  Summer Concerts Donation 11,920
2012-13 Theatrette equipment: data projector, computer, screen 8,957
  Seed Bank equipment 30,673
  Artwork gift for Gardens from BAG exhibition 200
  Schools photo competition prizes 2,743
  Eucalypt Discovery Walk (grant from Dahl Trust) 11,950
  Eucalypt Discovery Walk signage (Public Fund) 2,233
  Water Station 5,313
  Termite Mound in Red Centre Garden (Public Fund) 6,480
  Aboriginal Plant Use Trail (Public Fund) 594
  Red Centre Garden Artwork 86,784
  Botanical Intern Vouchers 432
  Summer Concerts Donation 10,250
2011-12 Display banners, for Gardens & Friends 7,300
  Climate Watch Trail Signage 2,731
  Artwork: gift for Gardens from annual BAG exhibition 600
  Birds of ANBG booklet 8,000
  Flora Explorer electrically powered people mover 33,655
  Rainforest Lighting 30,000
  Botanical Intern vouchers 630
  Schools photo competition prizes 2,600
  Guides conference support 3,000
  Alpine research project stage 3 22,245
1 Jan 2010 - Wattle Day Exhibition 3,600
- 30 June 2011 Gardens Souvenir booklet 16,800
(see Note below) Botanical Intern vouchers 630
  Lace Exhibition 1,850
    In Flower this Week signage 1,700
  Crosbie Morrison Amphitheatre shelter 47,300
  Section 175 (Grassy Woodland) signage 8,550
  Alpine research project, stage 2 22,000
  Orchid Display, Visitor Centre foyer 5,500
  Guides conference & uniforms 2,700
  Botanical Intern vouchers 690
  Schools photographic competition prizes 3,400
  Clock to publicise guided walks 1,300
  Australian Lichen Website (Public Fund) 14,820
  Environmental Monitoring System (Public Fund) 49,000
2009 Canvas for Growing Friends work area 1,200
  Fogging system extension 14,200
  Alpine research project, stage 1 22,000
  Botanical Intern vouchers 630
  Schools photo competition prizes 2,200
2008 Botanical Resource Centre 4,750
  Exhibition panels VIC 1,400
  Schools photo competition prizes 3,000
  Spring Flower display 7,000
  Guides Conference support 2,700
2007 Growing Friends’ tank 2,500
  BGANZ Conference sponsorship 2,500
  Schools photo competition prizes 3,000
  Rock Garden Lawn Shelter (Public Fund) 38,360
  Sydney Basin seat (Public Fund) 1,500
2006 Friends Cascades project 17,000
  Staff bursary, D Douglass snake study 3,000
  Schools photo competition prizes 3,000
2005 Library book 550
  Fungi website project 4,350
  Bryophyte website project 6,530
  Sponsorship BGANZ conference 1,500
  Natural water enhancement project 3,000
  Schools photo competition prizes 3,000
2004 Fogging system 4,500
  Electric scooters for disabled visitors 4,200
  Macrozamia moorei project 5,800
  Bottle Tree project 8,500
  Schools photo competition prizes 3,000
2003 Schools photo competition prizes 2,900
  Palms for Rainforest Gully 6,600
  Photo enlargements 575
  'I Spy' project, Education Centre 820
  Framing photos, ANBG collection 720
  Prototype for children’s self guided walk 3,000
  Stereo microscopes, Education Centre 1,500
  Refrigerator for plant propagation 600
  Electric scooters for disabled visitors 4,000
  Sponsorship BGANZ conference 2,000
  Redevelopment s131, Ellis Rowan Garden 5,000
2002 Sponsor PNG delegate to Botanic Gardens International Congress Sydney 3,000
  Rock garden project 8,000
  Ferns and palms for rainforest gully 8,500
2001 Ferns and palms for rainforest gully 5,000
  Enhancement of ANBG macrofungi website 4,900
  2nd payment bursary: A Joyce 1,880
  Sydney Basin seating 4,500
  Sponsorship  (Gardens Conference) 3,000
  'The Banksias' by Celia Rosser: book for Library 3,300
  Staff bursary: M Garratt 2,000
  Palms project 5,000
  'Art in the ANBG' consultancy 5,000
  Guides conference support 3,500
  'Fungi' website project 4,900
before 2001 Enlargement and framing of ANBG photos 720
  Printing of aboriginal food posters 2,725
  Initial payment, staff bursary: A Joyce 1,100
  Electric scooter for use by disabled visitors 1,450
  Staff bursary: A Lyne 2,000
  Sundial for Rock Garden Lawn 4,000
  Screenprinting for conference 1,450
  '300 years of Botanical Illustration' book for library 250

Note: This 18 month period is inserted to allow the table, from here on, to report on a financial year basis, rather than calendar year. This was done, in part, because the Friends' financial year changed at this time and it became too unwieldy to continue reporting on calendar years.