Helping the Gardens Grow

Oberonia titania & other cryptogams Norfolk Island
Oberonia titania & other cryptogams Norfolk Island

Our Thursday lunchtime talks are back! Thursday February 9th sees Honorary Professor Penny Olsen 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. Dr Heide Zimmer will be back March 16th to talk about Norfolk Island orchids. The Friends Calendar has information on all talks through until the 20th April.

Talks are held in the ANBG Theatrette from 12:30 to 1:30 each Thursday. We welcome gold coins donations. It is a good idea to reserve a seat at the talks you wish to attend. The booking link is included in the calendar entry for that talk.

The Friends love and support our beautiful Gardens – the world’s largest collection of Australian native plants.

Through our programs of talks, visits and social activities, our members and visitors meet, learn, grow and enjoy the riches of this very special place. Our special-interest groups are inspired by its unique artistic and scientific opportunities.

Since 1990 we have donated around $2 million for projects in the Gardens, and members actively contribute to its horticultural, educational and research programs as volunteers.

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Walk Guide: 8 - 21 February 2023 (PDF, 1.7 MB)




View the latest issue of e-ucalypt, the email newsletter of the Australian Association of Friends of Botanic Gardens (AAFBG).
Friday, 27 January 2023
This month’s Library Connect has the usual listing of new books and details of our new catalogue URI.  The library is staffed Mon - Fri 9.30 - 4.30.  Alex can be contacted by email or phone (02 6250 9480) if you need assistance.  The “click and collect” boxes in the Visitor Centre are still available for returning items, and Alex is very happy to leave items there for collection if that’s easier than visiting the library.
Wednesday, 18 January 2023
The Botanical Resource Centre (BRC), a former joint initiative of the Gardens, the Herbarium, and the Friends of the ANBG, has now closed. The Public Reference Herbarium specimens and the BRC's reference collection will be moved to the ANBG Library for storage. [Correction: an earlier draft stated that these materials would still be available to members of the Friends. This is not the case.]
Thursday, 22 December 2022
The ANU College of Science has just published an article and video all about the research on the superb fairy-wrens of the Australian National Botanic Gardens. This long-term project by researchers from the ANU Cockburn group has been happening since 1986. See the article here: Video on Youtube:
Friday, 21 October 2022
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