Helping the Gardens Grow

Detail from ACT Government roadmap summary document
Detail from ACT Government roadmap summary document

In line with the ACT Government's 'road map' on lifting of COVID restrictions (see summary), the ANBG as an ‘outdoor attraction’ is proposed to reopen on 29 October.

This is subject to any changes that the ACT Government may make prior to this date.

The health and safety of Gardens staff and volunteers has priority. A staged return and resumption of activities is proposed after 29 October – more information will come out during October.

We are a diverse group of people who 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 events. 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 raised and spent over $1.6 million on projects in the Gardens and now have over 2500 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.




A reminder to all members of the Friends that our 33rd Annual General Meeting is fast approaching. Friday 29 October 2021 at 3.15 pm for 3.30pm at the Ian Wark Theatre, Shine Dome, 15 Gordon Street, ACTON The Ian Wark Theatre is now accessible through the front entrance of the Shine Dome, and Friends may use the main car park. Masks must be worn. Participants are required to use the Check In CBR app and show a printed or digital copy of your vaccination record when entering. Dr Judy West, ANBG Executive Director, will be our guest speaker. The agenda and meeting papers can be downloaded from these links. Please ensure that you check these, as we will not be providing hard copies to everyone at the meeting.
Sunday, 17 October 2021
The 33rd Annual General Meeting of the Friends of the ANBG will be held on 29 October 2021, at 3.15 pm for 3.30pm. Ian Wark Theatre at the Shine Dome, 15 Gordon Street, Acton ACT OR via Zoom, if COVID restrictions prevent assembly. Should a Zoom meeting be required, details will be published on the Friends’ website and in the Friends’ e-newsletter.  
Wednesday, 29 September 2021
The 2021 Schools Photographic Competition has been cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions. Sadly, the extended ACT lockdown and the closure of the Gardens have made it impossible for young photographers to visit the ANBG, and for the competition organisers to arrange for the judging, awards and exhibition of prizewinners. The Friends understand how disappointing this decision will be for students, schools, and the wider community of photographers and supporters of the Gardens. We remain determined to hold the competition as soon as it is safe and practical to do so.
Wednesday, 1 September 2021
As there is no separation between the office and library areas of the Botany Building at the ANBG, the Gardens has made the decision to close the ANBG Library to external users until further notice. This will be revisited in line with health advice from the ACT Government. Friends can still access library materials via the "click and collect" service: please contact the Librarian to discuss your requirements. Please be aware that the Library is currently staffed part-time (usually Wednesday–Friday).
Wednesday, 30 June 2021


50th Black Mountain Spring Wildflower Ramble
Saturday, 23 October 2021 - 9:00am to 12:00pm
2021 Annual General Meeting - change of date
Friday, 29 October 2021 - 3:15pm
Professor David Lindenmayer ‘The Great Forest’ - CANCELLED
Thursday, 11 November 2021 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
CANCELLED - Growing Friends plant sale
Saturday, 13 November 2021 - 9:30am to 12:00pm
Ian Fraser ‘How Did Australian Birds Get English Names?’ - CANCELLED
Thursday, 18 November 2021 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
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