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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
Australian Plants in Art: From Postcards to Politics - walks Wednesday, 10 October 2018 - 10:00am to 11:30am, Wednesday, 17 October 2018 - 10:00am to 11:30am

How have artists responded to Australian native plants over the last 200 years? Come for a free stroll with our Volunteer Guides to discover and discuss what have been the inspirations behind the artwork and the messages conveyed. Bookings essential.

Bushland Nature Trail - walks Thursday, 20 September 2018 - 10:00am to 11:30am, Thursday, 18 October 2018 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Join us on a free walk to discover the variety of plants on the Bushland Nature Trail. The trail is in the Bushland Precinct of the Gardens and is part of the local Black Mountain environment. Accompanied by a Volunteer Guide, discover the plants flowering at this time of year and enjoy spectacular views over Lake Burley Griffin. Our walk will end at the Lookout and return along the trail to the Visitor Centre. Bookings essential.

Honorary Professor George Wilson ‘Can vulnerable animals find new homes on private land?’ Thursday, 18 October 2018 - 12:30pm

George, from the ANU will reflect on the many and complex issues that need to be considered in addressing the protection of vulnerable animals.



ANPS Spring Native Plant Sale Saturday, 20 October 2018 - 8:30am to 1:30pm

The Australian Native Plant Society (Canberra Region) Spring plant sale will be on Saturday 20th October in the Southern Car Park of the Australian National Botanic Gardens from 8.30 am until 1.30 pm (or earlier if sold out). Plant lists will be available just before the sale from:

Associate Professor Jamie Pittock ‘Can the world feed 10 billion people sustainably?’ Thursday, 25 October 2018 - 12:30pm

Jamie, from the Fenner School at the ANU will explore if it will be possible to eradicate hunger and sustain a healthy environment as the population approaches 10 billion people.


Pollinators At Work In the Gardens - members walks Tuesday, 30 October 2018 - 10:00am to 12:00pm, Tuesday, 20 November 2018 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Join local expert, Dr Roger Farrow, a retired entomologist from CSIRO, on a free walk through the Gardens observing a variety of pollinators at work.  Discover the myriad of ways flowers attract pollinators and guide them to their pollen. Visual aids will be used to help identify pollinators. NOTE: This walk is only for Friends of the ANBG. See booking details.

Dr Laura Dawes ‘Hedgerows for victory! Wild plant gathering to keep the wartime medicine cabinet stocked’ Thursday, 1 November 2018 - 12:30pm

Laura, a medical historian, and author of Hedgerows for Victory will tell the story of the scientific inventiveness by many volunteers who rambled Britain

Nicki Taws ‘Birds in revegetated habitat’ Thursday, 8 November 2018 - 12:30pm

Nicki, is from Greening Australia.  It is often said ‘plant it and they will come’.  Greening Australia has been revegetating the ACT region for 35 years.  This talk will explore what we know about birds’ response to re-establishment of native vegetation

Growing Friends 2018 Spring Sale Saturday, 10 November 2018 - 8:30am to 11:00am

The Growing Friends Spring Sale will be held on Saturday, 10th November 2018.

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, 10th November 2018
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

Emeritus Professor Jim Hone ‘In the footsteps of Alfred Russel Wallace’ Thursday, 15 November 2018 - 12:30pm

Jim will review aspects of the British naturalist’s life and work in Indonesia, based on his travels from Sumatra in the west to New Guinea in the east.  He wrote a joint paper with Charles Darwin on what is now called the theory of evolution.