Helping the Gardens Grow

Fungi in the Gardens - photo by Graham Gall

Illuminate '23 is the 10th annual exhibition by the Friends Photographic Group.

'Illuminate' has two meanings: one is about physical light, and the other is about intellectual or spiritual enlightenment. The exhibition invites us to discover, appreciate and value Australia’s unique flora and fauna.

The exhibition features photographs taken within the Gardens, and of Australian fauna and flora in their natural environment. The works include plant portraits, close-up shots of flowers, birds and insects, intimate landscapes within the Gardens, and fauna from our local region.

All photographs on show are for sale – and they make great Christmas presents! Additional copies of some works can be ordered, and other items for sale include unframed prints, greeting cards, and specialty calendars.

The exhibition runs from Thursday 23 November until Sunday 10 December, from 9.30 am to 4.30 pm at the ANBG Visitor Centre.

Photo: detail from 'Fungi in the Gardens' by Graham Gall - click to view

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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View the latest issue of e-ucalypt, the email newsletter of the Australian Association of Friends of Botanic Gardens (AAFBG).
Tuesday, 5 December 2023
We are looking for people who are passionate about engaging our visitors in the stories of the Gardens. New Volunteer Guides will be recruited in early 2024 with training starting in March 2024.  Please share this exciting opportunity with friends, family and your wider community so we can ensure we recruit an enthusiastic and dedicated group for our 2024 intake.  For further information email Sue Norman, the Volunteer Manager on  You can find further information here.
Friday, 17 November 2023
The November edition of Library Connect is now available. It has the usual listing of new books and a reminder about the Botanic Images exhibition which runs to Sunday, 19 November in the Visitor Centre Gallery. The exhibition showcases the talents of the Botanic Art and Photographic Groups in depicting botany, and comprises the unique collection of botanic art and photographic works donated to the Gardens by the Friends of the ANBG over the years. The library is staffed Mon - Fri 9.30 - 4.30, or Alex can be contacted by email or phone (02 6250 9480) if you need assistance.
Friday, 17 November 2023
With the release of our new Friends website expected in early 2024, we are seeking additional volunteers for our IT & Communications team.  Have you ever wanted to choose and edit stories for the website or ebulletin?  Do you want to learn how to update a website or send out the monthly Friends newsletter?  Would you like to oversee the backend of the Friends IT infrastructure?  Do you have skills in WordPress or Google apps or media?  Image editing?  We are happy to train new volunteers in any or all of these skills.  If you are interested in helping out we’d love to hear from you.  Please email and we’ll be in touch.
Sunday, 12 November 2023


PhotoGroup exhibition - illuminate '23
Thursday, 23 November 2023 - 9:30am to Sunday, 10 December 2023 - 4:30pm
Volunteer Guide Intake Information Sessions
Thursday, 18 January 2024 - 10:30am to Wednesday, 24 January 2024 - 5:00pm
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