Helping the Gardens Grow

Plaque acknowledging the Friends contribution
Plaque acknowledging the Friends contribution

The new Friends Lawn and associated works, including the re-aligned and re-modelled Main Path, the extended cafe deck and extensive new plantings, have now been completed.

At a launch event on Wednesday 27 April, the Friends' substantial contribution to the project was acknowledged and this is now marked by a plaque adjoining the deck.

The Friends put $235,000 towards the Friends Lawn project and a further $50,000 for re-modelling the Main Path intersection, with pathways to key attractions in the Gardens including the Treehouse and children’s trail, Banksia Centre and Garden, café, Ian Potter National Conservatory, Crosbie Morrison and other surrounding buildings. The Friends Public Fund contributed $30,000 towards the new plantings.

We have diverse backgrounds, but we all love and support our beautiful Gardens – the world’s largest collection of Australian native plants. We have an extensive program of talks, visits and social activities. There are many opportunities for members and visitors to meet, learn, grow and enjoy the riches of this very special place.

Since 1990 we have donated around $2 million for projects in the Gardens and now have nearly 3000 members. We support the Gardens in many other ways, such as leading guided walks to show visitors the wonders of the Gardens, and hands-on support of research programs.

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This month’s Library Connect (PDF, 718 KB) has the usual listing of new books, plus a note about the publications of Professor David Lindenmayer, who is giving the Friends’ Thursday Lunchtime Talk on 26 May.
Thursday, 19 May 2022
Richard Aitken has been invited, on the recommendation of Tim Entwisle, by the Commonwealth Heritage Forum to give an illustrated lecture as part of its ‘Botanical Gardens of the Commonwealth and their Built Heritage’ series.His lecture, entitled ‘An historical overview of Australian botanic gardens’, will be live streamed next Wednesday, 25 May 2022, at 8 30pm AEST, as per the accompanying link: The stream will be live but we believe the lecture will also be available afterwards on YouTube via the CHF website. The lecture is free of charge, but viewers must book via the link to participate in the live stream. The evening timing has been chosen to accommodate a wide variety of international time zones.
Thursday, 19 May 2022
The ANBG Library re-opened to visitors in April. The opening hours are Mon-Fri 9:30-4:30, but there are still restrictions on visitor numbers, so please call (02) 6250 9480 or email before visiting. Friends can still access library materials via the 'Click and Collect' service: please contact the Librarian to discuss your requirements. The Library Connect newsletter is now also being published again, as a new books bulletin for the time being. The three most recent issues, with a list of the new books covered, are available for download.
Tuesday, 3 May 2022
Helen Elliot has now stepped down as Treasurer of the Friends after 7 years in this vital and demanding role. Council, and all the Friends who had dealings with Helen, extend their gratitude and appreciation for the tremendous job that she has done over the last 7 years. Our new Treasurer is Anne Holmes, who recently moved to Canberra and joined the Friends. As well as being appointed to the Friends Council, Anne is now a member of the Friends Public Fund Management Committee.
Monday, 25 April 2022


Professor David Lindenmayer ‘The great forest’
Thursday, 26 May 2022 - 12:30pm
Photographic Group May meeting
Friday, 27 May 2022 - 10:00am
Plant Science Group - June activities
Monday, 13 June 2022 - 10:30am
Fire and Water Walk
Monday, 13 June 2022 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
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