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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.

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Illuminate - 11th annual Photo Group exhibition Thursday, 24 November 2022 - 9:30am to Sunday, 11 December 2022 - 4:30pm

The Friends Photographic Group encourages you to come and view their 11th annual exhibition “Illuminate” being held in the Visitors Centre at the ANBG.

Framed works and unframed prints are for sale. Unique gifts of cards, calendars, photo bags and more are on display. A percentage of sales go to the Friends for use in projects in the Gardens.

The exhibition supports and raises awareness of the aims and values of the Australian National Botanic Gardens and showcases the Gardens’ wide-ranging diversity of flora and fauna through the medium of photographs. Come along and see our beautiful natural environment through the camera lens in print and on screen with revolving images of plants, birds and animals in the ANBG.

Weeding Work Party Saturday, 3 December 2022 - 8:30am to 11:30am

Our next weeding work party is planning to remove weed creepers including Bluebell Creeper (Billardiera heterophylla) also known as Sollya.
Meet:   We’ll meet at the top of the ANBG’s Southern Car-park. Come through the main entry gates, turn left immediately. Look for banners.
Bring:  Other friends if you wish, as everyone is welcome.  
Wear:  Hat, sunscreen, long-sleeved shirt, long pants, gloves, stout shoes.
Please book: if you are planning to come, please email your name and phone number to friendsofblackmountain@gmail.com or phone 0437 298 711. This helps us to let you know if arrangements need to change at the last minute (for example, adverse weather conditions).

Summer Butterfly Walks Sunday, 22 January 2023 - 10:30am to 12:00pm, Sunday, 22 January 2023 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm

Walks available at 10:30 or 1:30.  Please select your preferred time.  Join our local expert, Dr Suzi Bond to see and hear about butterflies and the plants they like in the ANBG.  Meet: Visitor Centre, ANBG  Bring: Binoculars to see the butterflies more clearly if you wish. Water. Snacks if you wish.  Wear: Sturdy walking gear, including hat and stout shoes.  Cost: This event is for Friends Members only.  Bookings essential: Places are limited. Please book at this link https://www.trybooking.com/CBGGH

Summer Butterfly Walks Sunday, 22 January 2023 - 10:30am to 12:00pm, Sunday, 22 January 2023 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm

Walks available at 10:30 or 1:30.  Please select your preferred time.  Join our local expert, Dr Suzi Bond to see and hear about butterflies and the plants they like in the ANBG.  Meet: Visitor Centre, ANBG  Bring: Binoculars to see the butterflies more clearly if you wish. Water. Snacks if you wish.  Wear: Sturdy walking gear, including hat and stout shoes.  Cost: This event is for Friends Members only.  Bookings essential: Places are limited. Please book at this link https://www.trybooking.com/CBGGH

Dr Heide Zimmer ‘Orchids of Norfolk Island and their place within the Australasian Orchidaceae’ Thursday, 2 February 2023 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Heidi, of the Australian National Herbarium, will talk about her recent fieldwork on Norfolk Island (alongside Mark Clements), from retracing the steps of Bauer to find the critically endangered Adelopetalum apetalum to literally falling over orchids on well-worn walking tracks! Bookings can be made from the Friday before the talk until Wednesday night or until seating limits are reached. (Tickets are Free but a gold coins donation on entry is appreciated.) This talk will be held in the ANBG Theatrette. Booking Link: https://www.trybooking.com/CELUE

Honorary Professor Penny Olsen ‘Feather and Brush’ Thursday, 9 February 2023 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Penny, from the ANU, will briefly trace the 300-year history of Australian bird art — from the crude engravings illustrating accounts of the earliest European voyages of discovery to the diversity of artwork available today.  Penny is happy to sign copies of the book after the talk. Bookings can be made from the Friday before the talk until Wednesday night or until seating limits are reached. (Tickets are Free but a gold coins donation on entry is appreciated.) This talk will be held in the ANBG Theatrette. Booking Link: https://www.trybooking.com/CELUI

Professor Justin Borevitz ‘Precision Landscape Regeneration’ Thursday, 16 February 2023 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Justin, from Research School of Biology, ANU, will introduce precision landscape regeneration, including methods in Eucalyptus foundation species to re-build agro-ecosystems, methods for boosting soil carbon with microbes and management, and the outsized role Australia can have for world’s planetary health and resilience. Bookings can be made from the Friday before the talk until Wednesday night or until seating limits are reached. (Tickets are Free but a gold coins donation on entry is appreciated.) This talk will be held in the ANBG Theatrette. Booking Link: https://www.trybooking.com/CELUK

Emeritus Professor Patrick De Deckker ‘The extraordinary scientific achievements of the French Baudin expedition (1800-1804) in Australian waters’ Thursday, 23 February 2023 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

In this talk, Patrick will outline the numerous discoveries and achievements made by the French expedition. He will discuss some of its cartographic accomplishments and compare some with those made by Matthew Flinders at about the same time. Bookings can be made from the Friday before the talk until Wednesday night or until seating limits are reached. (Tickets are Free but a gold coins donation on entry is appreciated.) This talk will be held in the ANBG Theatrette. Booking Link: https://www.trybooking.com/CELUL

Dr James Clugston ‘Towards a better understanding into the Bush Peas Mirbelieae (Fabaceae) in Australia’ Thursday, 2 March 2023 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Recent evidence shows that the tribe Mirbelieae is greatly underdescribed and James, from the Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney, will talk about recent advances in DNA sequencing of Mirbelieae that has helped a consensus on the taxonomic relationship of species and genera within the tribe. Bookings can be made from the Friday before the talk until Wednesday night or until seating limits are reached. (Tickets are Free but a gold coins donation on entry is appreciated.) This talk will be held in the ANBG Theatrette. Booking Link: https://www.trybooking.com/CELUR

Dr Melissa Snape ‘Connecting Nature, Connecting People: joining the dots for wildlife connectivity across Canberra’ Thursday, 9 March 2023 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Mel, from ACT Government’s Conservation Research, will focus on urban habitat connectivity, and government initiative to incorporate biodiversity considerations more fully into our planning system. Bookings can be made from the Friday before the talk until Wednesday night or until seating limits are reached. (Tickets are Free but a gold coins donation on entry is appreciated.) This talk will be held in the ANBG Theatrette. Booking Link: https://www.trybooking.com/CELUS

Dr Bryan Lessard ‘Eyes on Flies: Why we should love flies and the wonderful things they do.’ Thursday, 23 March 2023 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Without flies there would be no chocolate! What native plant species rely on flies for pollination? Join Bryan, from Australian Biological Resources Study, as he talks about these misunderstood creatures and the essential services they provide free of charge. Bryan is happy to sign copies of his new children’s book after the talk. Bookings can be made from the Friday before the talk until Wednesday night or until seating limits are reached. (Tickets are Free but a gold coins donation on entry is appreciated.) This talk will be held in the ANBG Theatrette. Booking Link: https://www.trybooking.com/CELUU

Dr Peter Thrall ‘Why Digitise Biological Collection?’ Thursday, 30 March 2023 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

The presentation by Peter, from the National Research Collections Australia, will focus on digitisation projects and added value that these efforts can bring to biological specimen collections for use in research from about 15million specimens. Bookings can be made from the Friday before the talk until Wednesday night or until seating limits are reached. (Tickets are Free but a gold coins donation on entry is appreciated.) This talk will be held in the ANBG Theatrette. Booking Link: https://www.trybooking.com/CELUV

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