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 topics can range anywhere across the natural world.

Lunchtime talks are held at 12.30 pm every Thursday from February to November. Talks last for 1 hour. We welcome donations by gold coins, notes, or electronically. The Friends use donations received at each talk to support Gardens’ programs and development and we thank all those who have donated.

Please note: unless otherwise indicated, talks are in the ANBG Theatrette.

It is a good idea to reserve a seat at the talks that you wish to attend; several talks are booked out very quickly. The booking link for each talk is on the entry for the talk. Bookings can be made from about 30 days in advance until Wednesday night before the talk.

The Friends of the ANBG thank the speakers who volunteer their time and talents to further the knowledge of all attending events in the Gardens. Many summaries or PowerPoint presentations of Thursday talks are available to Friends at the ANBG Library. Please direct queries about the talks to the Thursday Talks Team: email



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:

  • Linda Beveridge
  • Patrick De Deckker
  • Barbara Hamburger
  • Elaine Staples

How to find us

Map of the Gardens showing the Theatrette