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Dr Ann Moyal ‘Robert Brown in Australia’ Thursday, 7 June 2018 - 12:30pm

Ann, an historian, will talk on Robert Brown who spent nearly four years in ‘New Holland’ from 1801-04.  He gathered an immense collection of plants that laid the foundation of Australian botanical knowledge, and revitalized botanical science internationally

Max Bourke ‘Kipos or paradeisos?’ Thursday, 14 June 2018 - 12:30pm

Max will illustrate how dry gardens of Greek Islands have given us a legacy of valuable foods but also some invasive species

Walk in the Rainforest with Toby Golson Thursday, 21 June 2018 - 10:00am

Join horticulturalist Toby Golson on a walk in the Rainforest to see and hear about the new plantings from material collected on his field trip in 2014. That trip, and one in November 2017, were supported by the Friends and Toby is keen to share the results. Numbers are limited, bookings are essential. Bookings may be made, from early April, on the Eventarc website.

This is a repeat of the walk on 7 June.

Dr Ceridwen (Crid) Fraser ‘Dispersal and disturbance shape global patterns of biodiversity’ Thursday, 21 June 2018 - 12:30pm

Crid will give an overview of how dispersal and disturbance interact to structure spatial patterns of biodiversity and will focus on research on diverse Southern Hemisphere systems including shallow water marine communities in the sub-Antarctic.

Honorary Professor Penny Olsen ‘Indigenous Australians early contributions to zoology’ Thursday, 28 June 2018 - 12:30pm

It is well known that indigenous Australians often acted as guides to European expeditions.  Much less recognized is that they also played a vital role in the scientific discovery and description of the continent’s unusual flora and fauna and understanding of its biology and ecology.

ANBG Friends Photographic Group - June meeting Friday, 29 June 2018 - 10:30am to 12:00pm


Joe Cali will share his passion for astrophotography, including many different eclipse events.

Joe, a long-term employee of the Research School of Earth Sciences at the ANU, follows a private passion for astrophotography including chasing and photographing eclipses at home and around the world. See

Brett McNamara ‘The art of community engagement in our parks’ Thursday, 5 July 2018 - 12:30pm

Join Brett, Manager of Namadgi National Park, in looking at more than ten years of artists and craft practitioners immersing themselves in the heart of the Park, drawing inspiration from their surroundings.  The talk will focus on their professional and personal journeys.

Dr Linda Broome ‘Relationships between the endangered Mountain Pigmy-possum, snow, moths and changing climate’ Thursday, 12 July 2018 - 12:30pm

Linda has been monitoring populations and undertaking research on the Mountain Pigmy-possum for over 30 years and will discuss interactions between the possums, snow, moths and projected impacts of climate change on this iconic alpine species.

Peter Byron ‘Canberra going tropical?’ Thursday, 19 July 2018 - 12:30pm

Peter, General Manager of the ANBG, will talk about the new conservatory for the Gardens which will establish it as the leading conservator of Australian native tropical flora from areas such as Christmas Island, Kakadu and northern Queensland

Scott Saddler ‘From the ashes’ Thursday, 26 July 2018 - 12:30pm

Scott, Executive Manager of the National Arboretum, will focus on the Arboretum which was born from the 2003 bushfire. The government decided to replace the pine plantations with a new national Arboretum.  Today the Arboretum provides a rich tapestry of patterns formed by the forest plantings in this world class facility.