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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
Seeds in the Bank Thursday, 5 March 2020 - 9:30am to Sunday, 12 April 2020 - 4:30pm

This exhibition in the Visitor Centre provides a glimpse into the collection of the National Seed Bank and the seeds collected to support the conservation of our native flora.

The exhibition is ongoing; new sales arrangements will be made for visitors interested in purchasing prints and other items.


Forests, Fires and Green shoots to Recovery Forum 2020 - CANCELLED Monday, 30 March 2020 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Monday 30 March, 12.30 – 1.30pm – Theatrette

A Forum inspired by green shoots from blackened trunks. The speakers will chronicle the natural and cultural recovery from two devastating forest fires – Namadgi 2020 and Kinglake 2009 - and invite questions from the public.

Unfortunately due to coronavirus fears, this event has had to be CANCELLED.  We will advise once a new date is confirmed for later this year.

Dr Si-Chong Chen ‘Latitudinal Gradients in Seed Predation, Seed Defence and Seed Dispersal’ - CANCELLED Thursday, 2 April 2020 - 12:30pm

CANCELLED - further information to follow

Si-Chong is an ecologist working on the macroecological patterns in seed ecology at the Millennium Seed Bank, Royal Botanic Gardens, Key, United Kingdom.  Dr Chen’s research tests the hypothesis that seed predation and seed defence are more intense at lower latitudes, finding that both pre-dispersal seed defences and predation are more significant in more tropical climates at higher latitudes than previously expected.

Telling the Time by the Sun – CANCELLED Friday, 3 April 2020 - 12:00pm

We regret that this event has been cancelled, due to the coronavirus prevention measures and their impact on the organisation of this event.

Workshop: Introduction to Digital Photography - CANCELLED Sunday, 5 April 2020 - 9:00am to 4:00pm

We regret that all public events due to take place at the ANBG in April have been cancelled, due to the coronavirus prevention measures.

Dr Francisco Sánchez-Bayo ‘The Decline of the Entomofauna and its Drivers’ - CANCELLED Thursday, 9 April 2020 - 12:30pm

CANCELLED - further information to follow

Francisco, from the Department of Environment and Energy, Canberra, works on the environmental impact and risk of chemical contaminant and ecology.  He will discuss the serious and dramatic rates of decline worldwide in the biodiversity of insects.  The main drivers are:  habitat loss; pollution; biological factors; and climate change.

Dr Anna Howe ‘Planting Democracy: Plantings, Places and People in the Parliamentary Triangle’ - CANCELLED Thursday, 16 April 2020 - 12:30pm

CANCELLED - further information to follow

Anna, an urban geographer, has discovered on her many walks around the Parliamentary Triangle, how those who created this landscape have expressed our democracy and changing national identity.  Now facing increasing and diverse demands, how will this centre of the nation continue to evolve?

Botanic Art Groups Exhibition - Banksias - POSTPONED Saturday, 18 April 2020 - 9:30am to Sunday, 17 May 2020 - 4:30pm

The Botanic Art Groups exhibition 'Legacy of Banks and Solander' has been deferred and will now take place between 14 August and 13 September 2020 in the Visitor Centre.

The exhibition will display botanical paintings and drawings featuring Banksias and other plants collected by Banks and Solander 250 years ago on Cook's voyage to Australia.

Dr Chris Cargill ‘The 3 R’s: Riccia, Riella and Research’ - CANCELLED Thursday, 23 April 2020 - 12:30pm

CANCELLED - further information to follow

Chris, Curator of the Cryptogam Collections at the Australian National Herbarium, will talk about her latest research on the fascinating and beautiful thalloid liverwort Riccia.  Chris will also discuss her collaborative projects with colleagues from Victoria to Valencia on the enigmatic, aquatic liverwort Riella and the halophytic Monocarpus sphaerocarpus.

Banksia Festival - POSTPONED Friday, 24 April 2020 - 9:30am to Saturday, 30 May 2020 - 4:30pm

2020 marks the 50th Anniversary of the ANBG and the 30th Anniversary of the Friends. 24th April to 3rd May was to be a week-long celebration of all things Banksia, including the Banksia Garden Grand Opening. Unfortunately the coronavirus preventive measures mean that the Banksia Festival and the opening of the Banksia Garden have been postponed to Spring. A new date will be announced in due course.

Watch the Friends website for details of all the events planned for this special week...

Friends Bubbles and Banksias - CANCELLED Tuesday, 28 April 2020 - 4:30pm to 8:30pm

We regret that this event has been cancelled, due to the coronavirus prevention measures and their impact on the organisation of this event.

30 April, 12.30 pm David Taylor and Kevin Collins ‘The New Banksia Garden at the ANBG’ - POSTPONED Thursday, 30 April 2020 - 12:30pm

POSTPONED - further information to follow

David Taylor, Curator of Living Collections, ANBG, and Kevin Collins, Banksia specialist from Western Australia, will talk about the new Banksia Garden at the ANBG.  They will take you through some of the challenges, thinking, planning and collaboration that has gone into bringing this garden to reality and why all the efforts are worthwhile.