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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
Leah Dann ‘When Aliens Invade: The Impact of Invasive Species on Norfolk Island’s Native Vegetation’ Thursday, 14 November 2019 - 12:30pm

Leah, a PhD Student at the University of Queensland will discuss Norfolk Island’s vegetation and some major threats to native plant establishment, particularly the impact of invasive species such as rats and feral chickens.  Strategies to mitigate key threats and secure native vegetation communities are vital.

ANBG Friends Photographic Group - Exhibition Wednesday, 20 November 2019 - 9:30am to Sunday, 8 December 2019 - 4:30pm

The ANBG Friends Photographic Group's annual exhibition will be held from 20th  November 2019 to 8th December 2019

Bushland Nature Walk Thursday, 21 November 2019 - 10:00am to 11:30am

The Bushland Nature Walk meanders through the Bushland Precinct of the Australian National Botanic Gardens, and is part of the local Black Mountain environment. The walk takes you through open forest and features expansive views to Canberra City and Parliament House. Many of the plants are labelled and you will find interpretive signs about the biodiversity, fire ecology and soil of the area. The walk culminates at a viewing platform offering spectacular views across Lake Burley Griffin. Return is via the same path.

Dr Penny Olsen ‘Night Parrot the Bird and the Politics’ Thursday, 21 November 2019 - 12:30pm

Penny, an Honorary Professor at the ANU, will talk about the Night Parrot.  The first museum specimen of the Night Parrot was collected in 1845 but lay unrecognized until well into the 20th century.  Since then the parrot has continued to elude seekers, revealing itself only intermittently.  The recent discoveries of small populations in south-east Queensland and Western Australia, have heightened interest in the bird.

Michael Doherty ‘Vegetation Types, Vegetation Dynamics and Fire Ecology on Black Mountain’ Thursday, 28 November 2019 - 12:30pm

Michael, a plant ecologist, will focus on the long-term ecological monitoring which is an essential component of sound fire management practice on Black Mountain.  Given the proximity of Black Mountain to Canberra’s academic institutions and an engaged and interested community, the mountain remains a fertile ground for ongoing botanical and ecological research.

ANBG Photographic Group Show and Tell (Final Meeting of the Year) Friday, 29 November 2019 - 10:30am to 12:00pm

Meeting: 10.30 am – CROSBIE MORRISON BUILDING (follow the path and signs past the Pollen Café)

This meeting is a giant Show and Tell. 

Show and Tell allows you to showcase your photographs and contribute to the Group's photographic skills, knowledge and ideas.

Botanic Art Group Australian Wildlife Art Exhibition Saturday, 14 December 2019 - 9:30am to Sunday, 12 January 2020 - 4:30am

A special Australian wildlife art exhibition will be held from 14 December 2019 – 12 January 2020 at the Visitor Centre, Australian National Botanic Gardens.  The exhibition will feature original paintings, drawings and other works of Australian native wildlife and other art works relating to Australian wildlife, e.g. nests, bones, etc.  All works will be created by artists from the Friends of the Australian National Botanic Gardens Botanic Art Groups.