Helping the Gardens Grow

Detail from 'Dripping Bottle Brush' by Amy Lancaster - 2019 1st prize, Altered Reality
Detail from'Dripping Bottle Brush' by Amy Lancaster - 2019 1st prize, Altered Reality

After a 'year off' for 2020, the annual Schools Photographic Competition will again showcase the creativity of young photographers and their appreciation of Australian native plants.

Download the primary schools entry form and secondary schools entry form here. Entries close on Friday 24 September.

Photos must feature some aspect of the Gardens, such as its plants, wildlife, scenery or its community. There are prizes in several categories, commendations, prizes for schools, and a Peoples' Choice award. Prizes will be awarded in early November, followed by an exhibition of the winning entries in the Visitor Centre gallery.

Find out more about the Competition, download entry forms, and view prizewinning entries from previous years.

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.

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Your guide to what’s fresh and flowering in the Gardens. Read more...

  Walk guide: 28 July - 10 Aug  2021 (PDF, 1.5 MB)
  Video version (YouTube, 9:06 min)





On Friday 8 October, there will be a special event exploring the sundials of the ANBG and Mt Stromlo. We will start  at 1.30 pm in the ANBG Theatrette and finish at about 5.15 pm at the Mt Stromlo Observatory. This is a self-drive event.  Tickets are $25 including afternoon tea (plus booking fee). Bookings are essential as places are limited. Bookings open on Friday 6 August 2021 and can be made at Preferential bookings for Friends of the ANBG and Australian Garden History Society members from 6 to 21 August. General bookings from 22 August. Enquiries: or phone Christianna on 0410 577 677.
Wednesday, 21 July 2021
The Annual General Meeting this year will be held at 5.30pm on Thursday, 21 October, 2021.
Monday, 19 July 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
The latest issue of Eucalypt, the magazine of the Australian Association of Friends of Botanic Gardens (AAFBG), includes articles on the recent AGM, reports from associate members far and wide, Handbury Awards recipients, and many other interesting contributions.
Friday, 25 June 2021


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