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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.

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Honorary Professor Penny Olsen ‘Feather and Brush’ Thursday, 9 February 2023 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Penny, from the ANU, will briefly trace the 300-year history of Australian bird art — from the crude engravings illustrating accounts of the earliest European voyages of discovery to the diversity of artwork available today.  Penny is happy to sign copies of the book after the talk. Bookings can be made from the Friday before the talk until Wednesday night or until seating limits are reached. (Tickets are Free but a gold coins donation on entry is appreciated.) This talk will be held in the ANBG Theatrette. Booking Link: https://www.trybooking.com/CELUI

Professor Justin Borevitz ‘Precision Landscape Regeneration’ Thursday, 16 February 2023 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Justin, from Research School of Biology, ANU, will introduce precision landscape regeneration, including methods in Eucalyptus foundation species to re-build agro-ecosystems, methods for boosting soil carbon with microbes and management, and the outsized role Australia can have for world’s planetary health and resilience. Bookings can be made from the Friday before the talk until Wednesday night or until seating limits are reached. (Tickets are Free but a gold coins donation on entry is appreciated.) This talk will be held in the ANBG Theatrette. Booking Link: https://www.trybooking.com/CELUK

Emeritus Professor Patrick De Deckker ‘The extraordinary scientific achievements of the French Baudin expedition (1800-1804) in Australian waters’ Thursday, 23 February 2023 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

In this talk, Patrick will outline the numerous discoveries and achievements made by the French expedition. He will discuss some of its cartographic accomplishments and compare some with those made by Matthew Flinders at about the same time. Bookings can be made from the Friday before the talk until Wednesday night or until seating limits are reached. (Tickets are Free but a gold coins donation on entry is appreciated.) This talk will be held in the ANBG Theatrette. Booking Link: https://www.trybooking.com/CELUL

Dr James Clugston ‘Towards a better understanding into the Bush Peas Mirbelieae (Fabaceae) in Australia’ Thursday, 2 March 2023 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Recent evidence shows that the tribe Mirbelieae is greatly underdescribed and James, from the Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney, will talk about recent advances in DNA sequencing of Mirbelieae that has helped a consensus on the taxonomic relationship of species and genera within the tribe. Bookings can be made from the Friday before the talk until Wednesday night or until seating limits are reached. (Tickets are Free but a gold coins donation on entry is appreciated.) This talk will be held in the ANBG Theatrette. Booking Link: https://www.trybooking.com/CELUR

Dr Melissa Snape ‘Connecting Nature, Connecting People: joining the dots for wildlife connectivity across Canberra’ Thursday, 9 March 2023 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Mel, from ACT Government’s Conservation Research, will focus on urban habitat connectivity, and government initiative to incorporate biodiversity considerations more fully into our planning system. Bookings can be made from the Friday before the talk until Wednesday night or until seating limits are reached. (Tickets are Free but a gold coins donation on entry is appreciated.) This talk will be held in the ANBG Theatrette. Booking Link: https://www.trybooking.com/CELUS

Dr Heide Zimmer ‘Orchids of Norfolk Island and their place within the Australasian Orchidaceae’ Thursday, 16 March 2023 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Heidi, of the Australian National Herbarium, will talk about her recent fieldwork on Norfolk Island (alongside Mark Clements), from retracing the steps of Bauer to find the critically endangered Adelopetalum apetalum to literally falling over orchids on well-worn walking tracks!  Bookings can be made from the Friday before the talk until Wednesday night or until seating limits are reached. (Tickets are Free but a gold coins donation on entry is appreciated.) This talk will be held in the ANBG Theatrette.  Booking Link: https://www.trybooking.com/CELUT

Dr Bryan Lessard ‘Eyes on Flies: Why we should love flies and the wonderful things they do.’ Thursday, 23 March 2023 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Without flies there would be no chocolate! What native plant species rely on flies for pollination? Join Bryan, from Australian Biological Resources Study, as he talks about these misunderstood creatures and the essential services they provide free of charge. Bryan is happy to sign copies of his new children’s book after the talk. Bookings can be made from the Friday before the talk until Wednesday night or until seating limits are reached. (Tickets are Free but a gold coins donation on entry is appreciated.) This talk will be held in the ANBG Theatrette. Booking Link: https://www.trybooking.com/CELUU

Dr Peter Thrall ‘Why Digitise Biological Collection?’ Thursday, 30 March 2023 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

The presentation by Peter, from the National Research Collections Australia, will focus on digitisation projects and added value that these efforts can bring to biological specimen collections for use in research from about 15million specimens. Bookings can be made from the Friday before the talk until Wednesday night or until seating limits are reached. (Tickets are Free but a gold coins donation on entry is appreciated.) This talk will be held in the ANBG Theatrette. Booking Link: https://www.trybooking.com/CELUV

Professor David Lindenmayer AO ‘Natural Asset Farming – key ways to integrate woodland conservation and agricultural production’ Thursday, 6 April 2023 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

David, from ANU Fenner School of Environment & Society, will provide an overview of the key findings from 24 years of the Sustainable Farms project at the Australian National University that focused on temperate woodland conservation on farmland. David is happy to sign copies of this new book after the talk.Bookings can be made from the Friday before the talk until Wednesday night or until seating limits are reached. (Tickets are Free but a gold coins donation on entry is appreciated.) This talk will be held in the ANBG Theatrette. Booking Link: https://www.trybooking.com/CELUW

Dr John Turnbull ‘Lindsay Pryor: A Man of the Trees’ Thursday, 13 April 2023 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

John, formerly from CSIRO, will cover the career of Lindsay Pryor (1915-1998). He was a forester, botanist, landscape architect and educator whose legacy involved the biology and cultivation of native and exotic trees in Canberra, elsewhere in Australia and internationally. Bookings can be made from the Friday before the talk until Wednesday night or until seating limits are reached. (Tickets are Free but a gold coins donation on entry is appreciated.) This talk will be held in the ANBG Theatrette. Booking Link: https://www.trybooking.com/CELUZ

Genevieve Wright & Pete Bredell ‘The story of three threatened Eucalypts Thursday, 20 April 2023 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Genevieve and Pete will talk about three threatened species of Eucalyptus and research into their conservation; the Mongarlowe Mallee (Eucalyptus recurva), the Mount Imlay Mallee (Eucalyptus imlayensis) and the Suggan Buggan Mallee (Eucalyptus saxatilis) Bookings can be made from the Friday before the talk until Wednesday night or until seating limits are reached. (Tickets are Free but a gold coins donation on entry is appreciated.) This talk will be held in the ANBG Theatrette. Booking Link: https://www.trybooking.com/CELVE