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Here you will find a calendar of Friends’ activities in the Gardens including lunchtime talks, social events, exhibitions and the ever-popular spring and autumn plant sales. In addition to events arranged by the Friends, we include some events arranged by the Gardens and by other organisations. A full list of events arranged by the Gardens is in their What's On webpage.

Lunchtime talks are held at 12.30pm every Thursday from February to November in the Gardens’ Theatrette. Talks last for 1 hour. Admission is by gold coin donation. There is no need to book. Some other events do require booking – please see individual items.

The ANBG Theatrette has a capacity of 90 seats. To avoid a breach of fire regulations, event organisers will monitor numbers and decline entry once all seats have been filled. We recommend that audience members arrive early to secure a seat.

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Event title Date Details
Promiscuous Provenance Friday, 17 January 2020 - 9:30am to Sunday, 1 March 2020 - 4:30pm

An exhibition by artist Anna Glynn exploring a new world of flora and
fauna while re-interpreting images of Australian colonial painters.

Summer Sounds 25th January - Tribute Weekend – POSTPONED Saturday, 25 January 2020 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm

POSTPONED: Due to hazardous air quality and ongoing fire danger, the Australian National Botanic Gardens’ has announced that the 'Summer Sounds 2020' concert season has been postponed. The ANBG will provide updates on revised concert dates as they become available, via the ANBG website and Facebook page.

The program for Saturday 25th January and Sunday 26thJanuary features a celebration of music icons Fleetwood Mac and Aussie rock and pop legends

Tonight’s entertainment will be provided by Sweet Little Lies with Kokoloco

Entry charges apply: $5 adults, $3 child and concession, 3 years and under free. Pay on arrival, or for online bookings see the ANBG website (a booking fee applies)

Summer Sounds 26th January - Tribute Weekend – POSTPONED Sunday, 26 January 2020 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm

POSTPONED: Due to hazardous air quality and ongoing fire danger, the Australian National Botanic Gardens’ has announced that the 'Summer Sounds 2020' concert season has been postponed. The ANBG will provide updates on revised concert dates as they become available, via the ANBG website and Facebook page.

The program for Saturday 25th January and Sunday 26thJanuary features a celebration of music icons Fleetwood Mac and Aussie rock and pop legends.

Tonight’s entertainment will be provided by The Bad Henrys with the National Capital Bootscooters

Entry charges apply : $5 adults, $3 child and concession, 3 years and under free. Pay on arrival, or for online bookings see the ANBG website (a booking fee applies)

ANBG Weeding Work Party Saturday, 1 February 2020 - 8:30am to 11:30am

We shall be removing tagged weeds in specific sections of the ANBG.

Meet: Top row, South car park, ANBG. Come through the main gates, turn left very soon after, follow the perimeter of the parking lot up to the top row. Park near the Parking meter. Look for balloons.

Bring:  Enthusiasm, your family and friends, water. Everyone is welcome.

Please let us know if you are planning to join us.  (The work party will be cancelled if there is a Total Fire Ban on the day.)

Summer Sounds 1st February - Jazzy Weekend – POSTPONED Saturday, 1 February 2020 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm

POSTPONED: Due to hazardous air quality and ongoing fire danger, the Australian National Botanic Gardens’ has announced that the 'Summer Sounds 2020' concert season has been postponed. The ANBG will provide updates on revised concert dates as they become available, via the ANBG website and Facebook page.

The program for Saturday 1st February and Sunday 2nd February features Smooth Jazz and Swing.

Tonight’s entertainment will be provided by Annie and the Armadillos with Canberra Swing Katz

Entry charges apply: $5 adults, $3 child and concession, 3 years and under free. Pay on arrival, or for online bookings see the ANBG website (a booking fee applies).

Summer Sounds 2nd February - Jazzy Weekend – POSTPONED Sunday, 2 February 2020 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm

POSTPONED: Due to hazardous air quality and ongoing fire danger, the Australian National Botanic Gardens’ has announced that the 'Summer Sounds 2020' concert season has been postponed. The ANBG will provide updates on revised concert dates as they become available, via the ANBG website and Facebook page.

The program for Saturday 1st February and Sunday 2nd February features Smooth Jazz and Swing.

Tonight’s entertainment will be provided by The Liam Budge Jazz Quartet with Jumptown Swing.

Entry charges apply: $5 adults, $3 child and concession, 3 years and under free. Pay on arrival, or for online bookings see the ANBG website (a booking fee applies).

ANBG Plant Science Group Technical Talk Monday, 3 February 2020 - 10:30am

Place: Theatrette, ANBG

Title: Linking Indigenous botanical knowledge and western plant species concept

Speaker: Linda Broadhurst, Director CANBR

Professor Peter Kanowski ‘Forests Near and Far: Issues in a Warming World’ Thursday, 6 February 2020 - 12:30pm

Peter, Professor of Forestry, ANU, will talk about the world’s forests which are under pressure from deforestation and degradation and increasingly from climate change.  Australian forests, and those locally that make Canberra liveable, are also threatened.  Peter will review the situation, and our options and priorities in responding to these challenges.

Dr Todd McLay ‘Phylogenomics and Taxonomy of Native Hibiscus’ Thursday, 13 February 2020 - 12:30pm

Todd, from CSIRO, will talk about his work on Hibisceae species which occur in Australia, and are common in rainforests, monsoon tropics, and the arid zone.  Many of the taxa associated with the drier parts of Australia have not had a taxonomic treatment since their original description in the mid-1800’s.  Todd’s research shows the power of collections-based research to combine new molecular methods with traditional taxonomy for species discovery and broad-ranging insights on the evolution of the Australian flora.

Dr Jason Sharples ‘Understanding Extreme Bushfire Development’ Thursday, 20 February 2020 - 12:30pm

Jason, from the University of New South Wales, will highlight the role that dynamic fire propagation plays in driving ‘deep flaming’ events, which appear to be critical in triggering the ‘violent pyroconvection’ characteristic of extreme bushfires, as well as recent work aimed at predicting extreme bushfire occurrences.

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