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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
Brendan Lepschi ‘Your Time Would Be Better Spent Digging Holes – Taxonomy, Plant Names and Why Nothing Ever Stays the Same’ Thursday, 25 July 2019 - 12:30pm

Brendan, Curator at the Australian National Herbarium, will discuss some of the reasons plant names change and outline the principles of botanical nomenclature and the rules governing it, using members of the iconic Australian family Goodeniaceae as an example.

ANBG Friends Photographic Group - July meeting Friday, 26 July 2019 - 10:30am to 12:30pm

Rodney Garnett – “An overview of Panoramic photography”

Rodney has had a passion for photography for over 55 years, and for last two years has presented a 10-week course on Photography for Travellers through the U3A. In an overview of Panoramic photography he will touch on their evolution, what works and the equipment behind them.  He will concentrate on the technique of stitching images and its application beyond just panoramic. He will demonstrate nodal point rotation and other essentials for exceptional quality stitched panoramas.  Then a look at stitching software and in in particular the tools in Lightroom, Photoshop and ON1 Photo Raw. 

Black Mountain Summit Ramble Saturday, 27 July 2019 - 9:30am to 12:00pm

Join our ANBG Guide, and FoBM guide Michael Doherty, a local ecologist to hear about some of the winter flowering plants in the gardens and on the mountain as well as other plants during a ramble up the north-eastern slopes from the Visitor Information Centre up to the Summit of Black Mountain. Michael Doherty, a local ecologist, will also be talking about some very old trees (with ‘elephants’ feet’?), and how trees and shrubs that show scars and rejuvenation cope with fire.

Guided Walk - Mosses, Lichens, Fungi and Plants in the Days of Dinosaurs Sunday, 28 July 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

About 50  million years ago,  Australia was part of Gondwana, a supercontinent in the southern hemisphere.  Dinosaurs roamed this great landmass.  Join Volunteer Guide Linda Beveridge on this one hour guided walk through the ANBG discovering the plants that are similar to those the dinosaurs would have been familiar with.

This walk is now sold out.

Dr Jane Roberts ‘Value of Wetlands and Swamps’ Thursday, 1 August 2019 - 12:30pm

Jane, a wetland ecologist, will talk about wetlands, and how they are currently of scientific interest for their role in carbon storage, but that has not always been how they have been valued.  An historical perspective of wetland values and their changes say more about human society than about wetlands.

Guided Walk - Mosses, Lichens, Fungi and Plants in the Days of Dinosaurs Sunday, 4 August 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

About 50  million years ago,  Australia was part of Gondwana, a supercontinent in the southern hemisphere.  Dinosaurs roamed this great landmass.  Join Volunteer Guide Linda Beveridge on this one hour guided walk through the ANBG discovering the plants that are similar to those the dinosaurs would have been familiar with.

This walk is now sold out.

ANBG Friends Plant Science Group Technical Talk Monday, 5 August 2019 - 10:30am

Francisco Encinas-Viso (CANBR - CSIRO) will talk on 'A window to the past: using museum specimens to study temporal changes of plant-pollinator interactions'

Damian Wrigley ‘Australian Seed Bank Partnership’ Thursday, 8 August 2019 - 12:30pm

Damian, from the Australian Seed Bank Partnership (ASBP), will outline how the ASBP is contributing to global conservation efforts and will give an update on the Seed Science Forum to be held at the ANBG in 2020.

Anke Maria Hoefer ‘Frogwatch Successfully Marrying Citizen Science and Community Engagement Since 2002’ Thursday, 15 August 2019 - 12:30pm

Anke Maria, from the ACT and Regional Frogwatch Program, will introduce you to the program that engages hundreds of volunteers each year. The data collected feeds into a wide range of frog projects, including frog census, climate change investigations and frog habitat studies. NOTE: Changed date

Dr Laura Rayner ‘Parrot Central for a Bird on the Edge’ Thursday, 22 August 2019 - 12:30pm

Laura, a conservation ecologist, will bring us up-to-date on her research on Superb Parrots – a superb bird pushed to the very edge of its natural range by climate change and land clearing.  It is now a race against time to determine what pressures the parrot is facing and what needs to be done to secure its future.

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