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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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Dr Chris Cargill ‘Extremophiles: bryophyte discoveries in southwest Western Australia and Central Australia’ Thursday, 7 March 2024 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Liverworts, hornworts and their close relatives, mosses (collectively known as bryophytes) are often thought of as plants of dank, wet, cool, or tropical environments.  Come and hear about these fascinating plants but also see images of the breath-taking landscapes of these regions and some of the beautiful flowering plants that grow with them.  Bookings can be made from about 30 days in advance until the night before the talk or until seating limits are reached. (Tickets are Free but a donation on entry is appreciated.) This talk will be held in the ANBG Theatrette. Booking Link: https://www.trybooking.com/COBHS

Butterfly Rambles on Black Mountain Sunday, 10 March 2024 - 10:30am to 12:00pm, Sunday, 10 March 2024 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm

Morning and afternoon time slots available.  It will be a generally easy ramble with some steep sections and steps.  Meet: Lookout Terrace slightly uphill from Telstra Tower on Black Mountain (see banners).  Bring: Binoculars to see the butterflies more clearly if you wish. Water. Snacks if you wish.  Suggested donation of $5Wear: Sturdy walking gear, including hat and stout shoes.  Booking is essential: https://www.trybooking.com/COWFY 

Butterfly Rambles on Black Mountain Sunday, 10 March 2024 - 10:30am to 12:00pm, Sunday, 10 March 2024 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm

Morning and afternoon time slots available.  It will be a generally easy ramble with some steep sections and steps.  Meet: Lookout Terrace slightly uphill from Telstra Tower on Black Mountain (see banners).  Bring: Binoculars to see the butterflies more clearly if you wish. Water. Snacks if you wish.  Suggested donation of $5Wear: Sturdy walking gear, including hat and stout shoes.  Booking is essential: https://www.trybooking.com/COWFY 

Sharon Field ‘3000 days ... and counting ... - a botanical artist's response to Climate Change’ Thursday, 14 March 2024 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

At the end of 2021 an Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Report said that we have to keep global temperatures to not more than a 1.5 degree Celsius rise by 2030.  At that time, 2030 was 3000 days away.  As a botanical artist Sharon Field decided to do a drawing a day for 3000 days - one drawing a day until 2030.   Bookings can be made from about 30 days in advance until the night before the talk or until seating limits are reached. (Tickets are Free but a donation on entry is appreciated.) This talk will be held in the ANBG Theatrette. Booking Link: https://www.trybooking.com/COBHT

Toby Golson ‘Collaboration for conservation: Macadamia jansenii at the ANBG’ Thursday, 21 March 2024 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Toby, of ANBG, will provide an introduction to the species, his involvement in ex-situ conservation initiatives, and an overview of my BGANZ-funded trip to visit the species in the wild in 2022. Following on will be a guided tour to look at the ex-situ conservation planting of M. jansenii in the Rainforest Gully.  Bookings can be made from about 30 days in advance until the night before the talk or until seating limits are reached. (Tickets are Free but a donation on entry is appreciated.) This talk will be held in the ANBG Theatrette. Booking Link: https://www.trybooking.com/COBHU

Tom North ‘Seed Banking and National Parks, an ideal conservation partnership’ Thursday, 28 March 2024 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

This talk will cover recent examples of where the National Seed Bank has developed best practice protocols for the conservation of threatened plant species across our Commonwealth National Parks.  Bookings can be made from about 30 days in advance until the night before the talk or until seating limits are reached. (Tickets are Free but a donation on entry is appreciated.) This talk will be held in the ANBG Theatrette. Booking Link: https://www.trybooking.com/COBHW

Andrew Skeoch ‘Deep Listening to Nature’ Thursday, 4 April 2024 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Through vibrant recordings and spectrogram analysis that shows the beauty of birdsong, Andrew Skeoch will guide us into hearing the languages of nature; developing our auditory awareness, identifying species by ear, recognising behaviours and repertoire, and finding empathy with the voices of other beings.  Bookings can be made from about 30 days in advance until the night before the talk or until seating limits are reached. (Tickets are Free but a donation on entry is appreciated.) This talk will be held in the ANBG Theatrette. Booking Link: https://www.trybooking.com/COBIA

Botanic Art Group 2024 Annual Exhibition Saturday, 6 April 2024 - 9:00am to Sunday, 5 May 2024 - 4:30pm

The Friends of the ANBG's Botanic Art Group will hold its 17th annual exhibition and sale at the Visitor Centre Gallery, with the theme ‘Bush Fragrance’. A proportion of the proceeds of sales will be donated to the Friends to support the Gardens. Several works will be chosen to be donated by the Friends to the Gardens' permanent collection. As in previous years, there will also be a work to be won by the lucky winner of a raffle. There will also be some unframed works and greeting cards by the members of the Group.

Cormac Farrell ‘City living for pollinators’ Thursday, 11 April 2024 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Once considered concrete jungles with no place for nature, cities are emerging as a surprisingly important habitat for a range of pollinators.  Join urban beekeeper and environmental scientist Cormac Farrell on a journey covering food, urban gardens and the return of bees to Parliament House.  Bookings can be made from about 30 days in advance until the night before the talk or until seating limits are reached. (Tickets are Free but a donation on entry is appreciated.) This talk will be held in the ANBG Theatrette. Booking Link: https://www.trybooking.com/COBIC

Topic To Be Advised Thursday, 18 April 2024 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Topic to be advised. Bookings can be made from about 30 days in advance until the night before the talk or until seating limits are reached. (Tickets are Free but a donation on entry is appreciated.) This talk will be held in the ANBG Theatrette. Booking Link: https://www.trybooking.com/COBID

Scott Saddler AM ‘National Arboretum Canberra: A twenty-year story’ Thursday, 25 April 2024 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

The National Arboretum Canberra’s journey wasn’t without its complexities; from pine plantation ravaged by 2003 bushfires that devastated Canberra, drought, and a design that pushed digital fabrication technology at the time.  Bookings can be made from about 30 days in advance until the night before the talk or until seating limits are reached. (Tickets are Free but a donation on entry is appreciated.) This talk will be held in the ANBG Theatrette. Booking Link: https://www.trybooking.com/COBIF