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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
Leah Dann ‘When Aliens Invade: The Impact of Invasive Species on Norfolk Island’s Native Vegetation’ Thursday, 14 November 2019 - 12:30pm

Leah, a PhD Student at the University of Queensland will discuss Norfolk Island’s vegetation and some major threats to native plant establishment, particularly the impact of invasive species such as rats and feral chickens.  Strategies to mitigate key threats and secure native vegetation communities are vital.

Dr Penny Olsen ‘Night Parrot the Bird and the Politics’ Thursday, 21 November 2019 - 12:30pm

Penny, an Honorary Professor at the ANU, will talk about the Night Parrot.  The first museum specimen of the Night Parrot was collected in 1845 but lay unrecognized until well into the 20th century.  Since then the parrot has continued to elude seekers, revealing itself only intermittently.  The recent discoveries of small populations in south-east Queensland and Western Australia, have heightened interest in the bird.

Michael Doherty ‘Vegetation Types, Vegetation Dynamics and Fire Ecology on Black Mountain’ Thursday, 28 November 2019 - 12:30pm

Michael, a plant ecologist, will focus on the long-term ecological monitoring which is an essential component of sound fire management practice on Black Mountain.  Given the proximity of Black Mountain to Canberra’s academic institutions and an engaged and interested community, the mountain remains a fertile ground for ongoing botanical and ecological research.