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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
Honorary Professor George Wilson ‘Can vulnerable animals find new homes on private land?’ Thursday, 18 October 2018 - 12:30pm

George, from the ANU will reflect on the many and complex issues that need to be considered in addressing the protection of vulnerable animals.



Associate Professor Jamie Pittock ‘Can the world feed 10 billion people sustainably?’ Thursday, 25 October 2018 - 12:30pm

Jamie, from the Fenner School at the ANU will explore if it will be possible to eradicate hunger and sustain a healthy environment as the population approaches 10 billion people.


Dr Laura Dawes ‘Hedgerows for victory! Wild plant gathering to keep the wartime medicine cabinet stocked’ Thursday, 1 November 2018 - 12:30pm

Laura, a medical historian, and author of Hedgerows for Victory will tell the story of the scientific inventiveness by many volunteers who rambled Britain

Nicki Taws ‘Birds in revegetated habitat’ Thursday, 8 November 2018 - 12:30pm

Nicki, is from Greening Australia.  It is often said ‘plant it and they will come’.  Greening Australia has been revegetating the ACT region for 35 years.  This talk will explore what we know about birds’ response to re-establishment of native vegetation

Emeritus Professor Jim Hone ‘In the footsteps of Alfred Russel Wallace’ Thursday, 15 November 2018 - 12:30pm

Jim will review aspects of the British naturalist’s life and work in Indonesia, based on his travels from Sumatra in the west to New Guinea in the east.  He wrote a joint paper with Charles Darwin on what is now called the theory of evolution.

Dr Francisco Encinas-Viso ‘Plant-pollinator networks in Kosciuszko National Park’ Thursday, 22 November 2018 - 12:30pm

Following his first Thursday Talk on the extraordinary natural history of his homeland, Venezuela, Francisco returns to the ANBG to speak on his current research which is using historic natural history specimens and field data to unravel the past structure of pollen transport networks in Kosciuszko National Park.  After matching the historic field data and plant specimens in the Australian National Herbarium, Francisco visits the areas where these specimens originated to find out how plant-pollinator communities have changed in the last decades.


Dr Pep Canadell ‘Climate change: tales of the future today' Thursday, 29 November 2018 - 12:30pm

Australia has seen unprecedented impacts of climate change over recent years associated with climate extreme events superimposed on an always increasing warming trend.  Pep, from CSIRO, will discuss some of the impacts, what makes them unprecedented, their future evolution and current and emerging opportunities for mitigating climate change.