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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 Liz Truswell ‘The woman who mapped the oceans’ Thursday, 24 August 2017 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Liz, Visiting Fellow at ANU and practising artist, will describe how geologist/cartographer Marie Tharp, working with the artist Heinrich Berann, produced maps of the global sea floor that contributed significantly to the development of plate tectonics.

ANBG Friends Photographic Group - Monthly meeting Friday, 25 August 2017 - 10:30am

Speaker: Mark Mohell, Manager Imaging and Digitisation at the National Portrait Gallery

NOTE CHANGE OF VENUE: M16 Artspace, 21 Blaxland Crescent Griffith ACT 2603.

Mark Mohell will give a talk on his work in conjunction with the exhibition Lines of Site: Finding the Sublime in Canberra, curated by Grace Blakeley-Carroll.

Martin Butterfield ‘The Wide Black Land: reflections on the Carwoola bushfires’ Thursday, 31 August 2017 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

With his lifetime interest in birds, Martin will reflect on the responses to these fires by the vegetation, birds, animals and invertebrates in his garden and elsewhere as his property gradually recovers.

Catriona Donnelly ‘Wild Flowers of South Australia – the beautiful botanical illustrations of Fanny Elizabeth de Mole’ Thursday, 7 September 2017 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Catriona, a curator at National Museum of Australia, will explore the life and art of Fanny de Mole, one of a select group of colonial women botanical illustrators, in de Mole’s “Wild Flowers of South Australia” (1861).

Associate Professor Don Beer ‘Forgotten People and Hidden Secrets of the ANBG.’ Thursday, 14 September 2017 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

This talk will discuss influential but neglected staff-members from the early history of the Gardens and analyse the Gardens’ workforce - its composition, culture and the strategies that made it the way it has been.

Professor Rob Heinsohn ‘Can we save Swift Parrots from their introduced predators?’ Thursday, 21 September 2017 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Rob, Professor of Evolutionary and Conservation Biology at the ANU, will outline the impact of introduced sugar gliders on nesting Swift Parrots in Tasmania, and ponder the long-term future of these threatened birds.

Wake Up With the Birds Saturday, 23 September 2017 - 7:45am to 9:15am

The Australian National Botanic Gardens provide a fantastic habitat for many of Canberra’s birds, with water and nectar in abundance.

It is marvellous to be in the Gardens early in the morning before they are open to the general public.

Wake Up With the Birds Sunday, 24 September 2017 - 7:45am to 9:15am

During Floriade we offer an early morning walk at weekends. Join us for a 1½ hour guided walk to see many of the Gardens' amazing birds. This year we are not including breakfast but you are welcome to purchase a coffee or breakfast following the bird walk in Pollen – the Gardens Café.

Tom North: 'Kakadu – collecting, sweat and tears' Thursday, 28 September 2017 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Tom North is Curator of the National Seed Bank. He will talk about trips to Kakadu at various times of the year in order to capture as much as possible the seasonal variance in fruiting and masting events for target species. 

 
Wake Up With the Birds Saturday, 30 September 2017 - 7:45am to 9:15am

The Australian National Botanic Gardens provide a fantastic habitat for many of Canberra’s birds, with water and nectar in abundance.

It is marvellous to be in the Gardens early in the morning before they are open to the general public.

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