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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
Botanic Art Groups - 12th Annual Exhibition Saturday, 16 March 2019 - 9:30am to Sunday, 14 April 2019 - 4:30pm

'More Than Just a Pretty Plant' - native plant use then and now

The Friends of the ANBG's Botanic Art Groups will hold their 12th annual exhibition and sale, with the theme 'more than just a pretty plant'. The works on show will feature plants with traditional and modern uses as sources of food, medicine, and materials for making practical objects and artworks. There is a special Friends’ preview on the afternoon of Friday 15th March.

Emeritus Professor Mike Crisp ‘Callitris: an Evolutionary Chronicle of Extinction, Survival and Re-diversification ' Thursday, 21 March 2019 - 12:30pm

Mike, from the ANU, will discuss how the cypress family of conifers has been an important model for studying the way organisms came to be distributed, where they are found today, and how ancient changes in the earth's environment influenced their distribution

Photographic Group Twilight Walk Thursday, 21 March 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:15pm

For the information of Photographic Group members

Our 1st event for March is on Thursday the 21st  - A twilight walk/photography in the gardens. Gates will open for PG members at 6 to 615pm and gates close 7-7.15pm. Please identify yourself at the gate.
Guided walks during Eucalypt Week Saturday, 23 March 2019 - 11:00am to Sunday, 31 March 2019 - 12:00pm

Eucalypts are the sight and smell of the Australian Bush and our Volunteer Guides are celebrating this iconic species which has its own day:  National Eucalypt Day on Saturday 23 March.  Find out some amazing facts about these trees which come in all shapes and sizes and dominate our landscape from alpine regions to the outback and edges of rainforest on a one hour ramble through the ANBG.  The regular guided walks at 11am from  Saturday 23 March until Sunday 31 March will focus on eucalypts.  Please meet at the Visitor Information Centre about ten minutes before the start

Dr Ralph Ogden ‘ACT Healthy Waterways – an Update’ Thursday, 28 March 2019 - 12:30pm

Ralph is the new Program Manager, ACT Healthy Waterways Project, a joint initiative of the ACT and the Australian governments to improve the quality of water entering our lakes and waterways. It includes the construction of infrastructure – like wetlands, ponds and rain gardens, and involves research trials.

ANBG Photographic Group Macro Workshop Friday, 29 March 2019 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Macro photography makes images of very small subjects or very small details of larger objects. The final photograph is equal in size to the original subject, or larger than life-size.

The workshop will be ‘hands on’ and will allow members to try focusing rails, macro lenses, flash/lighting systems etc. Members are invited to bring their macro equipment setup so that others can participate and learn. Specimens of native flora, seed pods, insects etc. will be available for photographing as well as the gardens adjacent to the venue. A practical session in the gardens will follow lunch.

Growing Friends Autumn Sale Saturday, 30 March 2019 - 8:30am to 11:00am

The Growing Friends Autumn Sale will be held on Saturday, 30th March 2019. More information about some of the plants that are for sale can be found here. A full list of all the plants that are available for sale can be found here

Autumn Walk - Don't be Fooled by Plants Saturday, 30 March 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

April Fool’s Day is almost upon us.  Take this opportunity to look at things that aren’t quite what they seem in the plant world on this one hour guided ramble through the ANBG with Volunteer Guide Pam Cooke.

Please note that this walk is also open to the general public and that numbers are limited.

To join the walk on Saturday 30th March, please register at: https://register.eventarc.net/e/42346

Autumn Walk - Don't be Fooled by Plants Sunday, 31 March 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

April Fool’s Day is almost upon us.  Take this opportunity to look at things that aren’t quite what they seem in the plant world on this one hour guided ramble through the ANBG with Volunteer Guide Pam Cooke.

Please note that this walk is also open to the general public and that numbers are limited.

To join the walk on Sunday 31st March, please register at: https://register.eventarc.net/e/42347

ANBG Friends Plant Science Group Technical Talk Monday, 1 April 2019 - 10:30am

“Another look at eucalypt classification -- a 101-gene phylogeny: some taxonomic controversies resolved”
The speaker will be Emeritus Professor Mike Crisp, Ecology and Evolution, Research School of Biology, ANU.
The talk is to be held in the ANBG Theatrette, starting at 10:30am

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