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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
Spring Walk - The ABCs of the Amazing Bryophytes and other Cryptogams Wednesday, 25 September 2019 - 9:30am to 10:30am

Can you distinguish between a bryophyte and other cryptogams? Where do fungi and lichens fit in?  What is their importance in the plant world? Discover the amazing world of bryophytes and other cryptogams with Dr Chris Cargill, Curator of the Cryptogam collections of the Australian National Herbarium, on this one-hour stroll through the ANBG. Free, but bookings are essential.

Jennifer Rowland ‘Alexander von Humboldt, Scientific Traveller’ Thursday, 26 September 2019 - 12:30pm

Jennifer is a former demographer, and also a member of the Friends of the ANBG and Cactus and Succulent Societies. To mark the 250th anniversary of the birth of Alexander von Humboldt, Jennifer will discuss his life, plant discoveries, trip to Central America and legacies which are still being considered as the foundation of many scientific and artistic endeavours today.

ANBG Friends Photographic Group - September meeting Friday, 27 September 2019 - 10:30am to 12:00pm

Composition by Graham Gall

Graham Gall will take us back to the basics of composition. 
Most of our Guest Speakers talk about composition as they present in their specialist topic area, but they mention these in passing e.g. Rule of Thirds and Leading Lines etc.
So for this presentation we will take time out with one of our own while Graham takes us carefully and clearly through the key aspects of composition being conscious we do have quite a few Members in their early stages of serious photography. But even for the advanced of those amongst us it never hurts to review and refresh our knowledge.

Wake Up With The Birds Saturday, 28 September 2019 - 7:45am to 9:15am

The Friends of the Australian National Botanic Gardens present Wake Up With the Birds.

This is a wonderful opportunity to observe some of Canberra's amazing bird life in the beautiful surrounds of the Australian National Botanic Gardens.

Stroll through the Gardens early on a spring morning when the birds are nesting and are at their most active. Each small group is led by a knowledgeable guide. After the walk you are welcome to stay on for coffee or breakfast at Pollen, the Gardens Café.

Wake Up With The Birds Sunday, 29 September 2019 - 7:45am to 9:15am

The Friends of the Australian National Botanic Gardens present Wake Up With the Birds.

This is a wonderful opportunity to observe some of Canberra's amazing bird life in the beautiful surrounds of the Australian National Botanic Gardens.

Stroll through the Gardens early on a spring morning when the birds are nesting and are at their most active. Each small group is led by a knowledgeable guide. After the walk you are welcome to stay on for coffee or breakfast at Pollen, the Gardens Café.

Annual Schools Photographic Competition - entries close Wednesday, 2 October 2019 - 4:30pm

All school-age students can now enter this competition, which highlights our Gardens’ hidden gems. Cash prizes will be awarded in various categories, as well as certificates for Commended and Highly Commended entries.

Closing date for entries: 2 October 2019
Exhibition: 30 October - 17 November 2019

Professor Kate Auty ‘Sustainability and the Environment’ Thursday, 3 October 2019 - 12:30pm

Kate, the ACT Commissioner for Sustainability and the Environment, will talk about innovative new strategies for the ACT’s reporting on the State of the Environment which include: providing accurate, timely, and accessible information; evaluation; and increased community and government understanding of environmental and sustainability trends and interaction.        

Wake Up With The Birds Saturday, 5 October 2019 - 7:45am to 9:15am

The Friends of the Australian National Botanic Gardens present Wake Up With the Birds.

This is a wonderful opportunity to observe some of Canberra's amazing bird life in the beautiful surrounds of the Australian National Botanic Gardens.

Stroll through the Gardens early on a spring morning when the birds are nesting and are at their most active. Each small group is led by a knowledgeable guide. After the walk you are welcome to stay on for coffee or breakfast at Pollen, the Gardens Café.

Black Mountain Weeding Work Party Saturday, 5 October 2019 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

We shall focus on the small remaining area of woodland in the south west corner of the Black Mountain Nature Reserve.

Meet: Caswell Drive entry on the mountain side. Drive from Belconnen Way southwards along Caswell Drive towards Glenloch Interchange / Woden / Tuggeranong. Note the yellow diamond shape advisory sign showing access road on left, and the blue and white “P” sign for parking. Pull into the carpark carefully. Look for banners.

Bring:  Enthusiasm, your family and friends, water. Everyone is welcome.

Wear:  hat, sunscreen, long-sleeved shirt, long pants, gloves, stout shoes.

We shall break for morning tea at about 10:30am

Please book: if you are planning to come, please email your name and phone number to cathikin@gmail.com  or phone 0406 976 751 as this helps with the catering.  Also, having your contact number helps us to let you know if arrangements need to change at the last minute (for example, adverse weather conditions).

Wake Up With The Birds Sunday, 6 October 2019 - 7:45am to 9:15am

The Friends of the Australian National Botanic Gardens present Wake Up With the Birds.

This is a wonderful opportunity to observe some of Canberra's amazing bird life in the beautiful surrounds of the Australian National Botanic Gardens.

Stroll through the Gardens early on a spring morning when the birds are nesting and are at their most active. Each small group is led by a knowledgeable guide. After the walk you are welcome to stay on for coffee or breakfast at Pollen, the Gardens Café.

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