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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
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...

Botanic Art Groups Exhibition - Banksias Friday, 14 August 2020 (All day) to Sunday, 13 September 2020 (All day)

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.

Growing Friends 2020 Spring Native Plant Sale Saturday, 14 November 2020 - 8:30am to 11:00am

The Growing Friends Spring Sale will be held on Saturday, 14th November 2020

Plants are propagated and tended by the Growing Friends from material sourced from the Gardens. All proceeds go to support the Gardens. Be early for the best selection.  A Plant List will be available on this website closer to the sale date.

When: Saturday, 14th November 2020
Time: 8.30 am – 11.00 am or earlier if sold out
Where: Small car park behind the Crosbie Morrison Centre, Australian National Botanic Gardens