Calendar

You are here

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.

See all lunchtime talks | See all recent events

Event title Date Details
Botanic Art Groups Exhibition - The Legacy of Banks and Solander Saturday, 26 September 2020 (All day) to Sunday, 25 October 2020 (All day)

The Botanic Art Groups exhibition 'Legacy of Banks and Solander' will now take place between 26 September and 25 October 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.

Banksia caleyi - by Leonie BubbBanksia Caleyi - Leonie Bubb

Schools Photographic Competition - Retrospective Thursday, 29 October 2020 (All day) to Sunday, 15 November 2020 (All day)

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic and the closure of the Gardens earlier this year, the Friends will not hold the Schools Photographic Competition in 2020. Instead, there will be a retrospective exhibition of first-prize-winning entries from the past 23 years on show at the ANBG Visitor Centre Gallery from 29 October to 15 November.

Ngunawal and National Capital Stories of Black Mountain - morning - FULLY BOOKED Sunday, 15 November 2020 - 9:30am

Fully booked.

Wally Bell, Ngunawal elder, and Mark Butz, environmental historian, talk about the Aboriginal, historic and natural heritage of Black Mountain. Due to popular demand, Wally and Mark will conduct walks in both the morning and afternoon. Bookings essential.

Ngunawal and National Capital Stories of Black Mountain - afternoon - FULLY BOOKED Sunday, 15 November 2020 - 1:30pm

Fully booked.

Wally Bell, Ngunawal elder, and Mark Butz, environmental historian, talk about the Aboriginal, historic and natural heritage of Black Mountain. Due to popular demand, Wally and Mark will conduct walks in both the morning and afternoon. Bookings essential.

Bubbles, Birthdays & Banksias – Celebrating 30 Years Wednesday, 18 November 2020 - 4:30pm to 6:30pm

The Friends’ Council has much pleasure in inviting members to celebrate the Friends 30th Anniversary.

We hope you will join us, to catch up over a sparkling wine and canapés at the Crosbie Morrison Lawn and Amphitheatre. After speeches and birthday cake, members are invited to explore the Banksia Garden, the cost of which was supported by a donation of $100,000 from the Friends. This was our gift to the Gardens in their 50th Anniversary year.

Bookings are essential. Tickets are $35 per person. Numbers are limited due to COVID-safe restrictions, so please book early to avoid missing out.

Reflections: Friends Photographic Group exhibition Thursday, 19 November 2020 (All day) to Sunday, 6 December 2020 (All day)

Beautiful photographs taken within the Gardens by the Friends Photographic Group. Unframed prints and cards for sale.