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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
Dr John Evans ‘The Physiology of Leaf Photosynthesis’ Thursday, 23 May 2019 - 12:30pm

John, a chief investigator in the ARC Centre of Excellence for Transitional Photosynthesis, will describe how it has been possible to link photosynthetic properties to underlying biochemical and structural elements resulting in the application of increasing photosynthesis by crop plants to assist in raising yield potential.

Ingrid Singh ‘Camp and Colonies: Bats in the Australian Capital Territory’ Thursday, 30 May 2019 - 12:30pm

Ingrid, a volunteer wildlife carer, has been helping to rescue, rehabilitate and release bats around Canberra with ACT Wildlife since it was established.  She will talk about the hidden creatures around us, so that you can decide whether they are pollinators, pest-controllers or terrifying 'children of the night'!

ANBG Friends Photographic Group – May meeting Friday, 31 May 2019 - 10:00am

Our guest will be Paul Jurak – Canberra's ‘Kayakcameraman’

Paul is a shining example of a person who has immersed himself in photography for personal healing, both mental and physical. His photography is self-taught and embraces the use of lighting and location.

Weeding Work Party Saturday, 1 June 2019 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

The next weeding work party is a special one to remove Hawthorn weeds from the area near Pryor’s notable Snow Gums at the Glenloch Interchange, a core conservation area site in the midst of high volume traffic.  This small area of Snow Gum Woodland includes an ancient tree that is listed as a notable tree in Trees and Shrubs of Canberra by Lindsay Pryor and JCC Banks.

Meet: At the stile on the fence of Aranda Snow Gums at the corner of William Hovell and Caswell Drives. Park your car near Black Mountain Reserve Car Park.

ANBG Friends Plant Science Group Technical Talk Monday, 3 June 2019 - 10:30am

Alasdair Grigg, Manager, Christmas Island Minesite to Forest Rehabilitation Program, Christmas Island NP will speak on 'Christmas Island: its flora and the rainforest rehabilitation program'

Peter Byron ‘Update on ANBG Management Plan, Including Conservatory and Announcement of Seed Bank Design’ Thursday, 6 June 2019 - 12:30pm

Peter, General Manager of the ANBG, will provide an update on the ANBG Management Plan, Including the Conservatory and an Announcement of the Seed Bank Design.

Robert Spiers ‘Conservation of the Pink-tailed Worm-lizard Aprasia parapulchella at Googong’ Thursday, 13 June 2019 - 12:30pm

Robert, Capital Ecology’s principal ecologist, will talk about this lizard that lives in ant galleries under small surface volcanic rocks in our region.  Much of the species’ habitat is being destroyed or modified by agriculture and urban development leading to its decline and its listing as ‘vulnerable’.

Black Mountain mid-winter talk Tuesday, 18 June 2019 - 11:00am to 12:30pm

Mid-Winter Talk: Black Mountain - its geological origins and evolution.

Dr Stephen Utick ‘National and International Focus on Conserving Camellia Collections’ Thursday, 20 June 2019 - 12:30pm

Stephen is a recognised world expert on Camellias.  While not endemic to Australia, the genus Camellia is of immense horticultural and cultural significance internationally.  This presentation will examine initiatives in Australia and internationally to conserve rare and endangered cultivars, with a special emphasis on the work of Camellia Ark Australia.

Sharon Field ‘Monaro Runes: an Artist’s Response to Dieback on the Monaro’ Thursday, 27 June 2019 - 12:30pm

Sharon, a renowned botanic artist will discuss how the impact of dieback on Eucalyptus viminalis in the Monaro region has been widespread and dramatic.  Sharon will tell the story of a visual artist’s response to dieback.