Thursday talks

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The Friends of the ANBG have run a program of popular weekly lunchtime talks for many years, known as the Thursday Talks. Botany is naturally the principal focus of these talks, though they can range anywhere across the natural world.

There is always an interesting program and an informative experience is assured. During the second half of 2016 there was a fascinating diversity of topics which included Tasmanian devils, Wattles in Australian art, plant growth in a changing climate, Montague Island, and the Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney on its 200th anniversary. The talks are held in the ANBG Theatrette unless advised otherwise.

During the year there are also some special talks to mark regular events such as Science Week and Wattle Week.

Who can come

All the talks are public events; you are invited to all - or to any that take your attention. Entry is by voluntary gold coin donation to support the activities of the Friends, who in turn work for projects in the Gardens.

Limited numbers: Thursday Talks have become so popular that, for safety reasons, we have to ensure that we don't exceed the upper limit of 90 in the Theatrette. Please arrive early to ensure a seat.

When, where, and what’s on

The talks are held at 12:30 pm each Thursday from February to November, in the ANBG Theatrette (Clunies Ross Street, Acton, ACT). Talks last an hour (including questions and conversation).

Upcoming speakers and their topics, or other events in their stead, are advertised on the Calendar page of this website, in the Friends magazine Fronds, and on the ANBG website at

Tim Fischer AO gives the first talk in the 2017 series (Photo: Alan Munns)
Tim Fischer AO gives the first talk in the 2017 series (Photo: Alan Munns)

Contact information

The organising committee is always pleased to hear of interesting potential speakers. Contact us by email at

The committee members are:

  • Doug Laing (Convenor)
  • Linda Beveridge
  • Jan Finley
  • Elizabeth Truswell

How to find us

Map of the Gardens showing the Theatrette