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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
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.

Dr Nerilie Abram ‘Australia’s changing climate from the perspective of the past millennium’ Thursday, 2 August 2018 - 12:30pm

Nerilie will discuss ways in which evidence can be unlocked from natural archives, such as corals and ice cores, to understand how different climate factors that impact Australian rainfall have evolved and interacted over the past millennium.

Dr Don Fletcher ‘Goannas in the ACT’ Thursday, 9 August 2018 - 12:30pm

Since retiring from various roles as a land manager with the ACT Government, Don has investigated the ACT’s two goanna species.  This talk will reveal what a research team funded and run by local volunteers, with in-kind support from the ACT Government, has been attempting to learn about the goannas of Namadgi National Park

Professor Emeritus Patrick de Deckker ‘Dust, dust everywhere! Implications for your health, that of the environment and climate change’ Thursday, 16 August 2018 - 12:30pm

Patrick is from the ANU, and will talk about ubiquitous airborne dust.  Where does it come from and where does it go, and have dust concentrations changed through time?  The talk will try to answer these questions by taking you on a fascinating dust collecting trip to many parts of Australia.

Doug Laing ‘The Apothecary’s garden – a gem in London’s heart’ Thursday, 23 August 2018 - 12:30pm

Doug, chair of the Thursday Talks Committee, will trace the history of the Chelsea Physic Garden in London – this tiny garden that has left an indelible mark on modern pharmacology and medicine.

Julie Ryder ‘Nature as muse: the interaction between art and botany’ Thursday, 30 August 2018 - 12:30pm

Julie, a Canberra textile designer and artist, will talk on the profound influences botany has had on her work.  She uses natural dyeing, mordant printing, screen-printing and embroidery as a language on cloth to tell narratives about place and people

Dr Richard Groves ‘The Genus Acacia at home and abroad’ Thursday, 6 September 2018 - 12:30pm

On this week’s anniversary of the 108th Wattle Day, Richard, formerly from CSIRO Plant Industry, will briefly summarise the biological significance of the genus Acacia in Australia – it is the most species-rich of any Australian genus.

Dr Erin Walsh ‘History, human brain and scientific illustration’ Thursday, 13 September 2018 - 12:30pm

Erin’s talk will bring together history, the human brain, and the place of scientific illustration in academia and the world at large. Drawing (pun intended) from her scientific and artistic practice, the talk will conclude with some step-by-step examples of how her illustrations are created

Dr Matthew Colloff ‘Landscapes of our hearts’ Thursday, 20 September 2018 - 12:30pm

Matt, from the CSIRO, will talk about the evolving relationship between people and landscapes; how non-Indigenous Australians are re-framing their perspectives on the nature of the Australian environment and how they contrast and overlap those of Indigenous Australians.