Helping the Gardens Grow

ANBG Libarian, Jane
ANBG Librarian, Jane

Are you aware that one of the benefits of belonging to the Friends is that you are entitled to use the ANBG library? The Friends have always appreciated and supported the library and welcome Jane Black, who has recently joined the ANBG as their permanent full-time librarian. The library is open between 9:30 and 4:30 every day of the week. Jane produces a monthly newsletter, Library Connect, with information about recent acquisitions and other library news. Library Connect is available in the News section of the Friends Website

It is very easy to search the ANBG library catalogue for a particular book. The ANBG library collection covers a range of topics, such as Aboriginal plant use, herbaria, plant conservation, botanical illustration and horticulture. Many local native plant and botanical societies from around Australia contribute their newsletters, creating a valuable and unique sub-collection.

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. This website will help you find events that most interest you.

We were formed in 1990 as a community support group for the Gardens. Since then we have raised and spent over $¾ million on projects in the Gardens and now have 2200 members. And 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 now.

  Latest edition, 4-17 July 2018 (PDF, 721KB)




The July 2018 edition of Library Connect (PDF, 1108KB) features a new Wildflower app and journal articles about the ANBG, as well as new books and other topics. One new book, Flora of Australia: A Botanical Art Worldwide Exhibition from the Botanical Art Society of Australia, features local botanical artists Nilavan Adams, Cheryl Hodges, Wendy Antoniak and Morgyn Phillips among others.
Wednesday, 11 July 2018
The latest edition of Eucalypt, the bi-annual newsletter of the Australian Association of Friends of Botanic Gardens (AAFBG), is now available. In this edition, read all about the AAFBG biennial conference, held at Benalla back in April, plus an article about Camperdown’s use of Instagram, the ‘Care for the Rare’ project being introduced in Victorian Gardens, the Pangarinda BG where the Murray joins Lake Alexandrina, and details of the 2020 conference in Brisbane.
Friday, 6 July 2018
Friends of the ANBG are delighted to present a number of walks this spring. Last year the Volunteer Guides prepared specialised walks for the Australasian Botanic Gardens Volunteer Guides Conference held at the ANBG. You are invited to join a Guide on one of these walks. Please note there are a limited number of places available for each walks, so bookings are essential.
Friday, 29 June 2018
The June Library Connect includes a report on the very successful Library and Information Week last month. It also has reviews of some of the new books in the library, including 'Botanical Illustration : the essential reference' which members of the Botanical Art Groups will find particularly interesting. Sarah Martin's 'Bush Heritage Australia' will appeal to those of us who are interested in the preservation of Australia's wild places.
Saturday, 9 June 2018


Peter Byron ‘Canberra going tropical?’
Thursday, 19 July 2018 - 12:30pm
Scott Saddler ‘From the ashes’
Thursday, 26 July 2018 - 12:30pm
ANBG Friends Photographic Group - July meeting
Friday, 27 July 2018 - 10:30am to 12:00pm
Black Mountain Summit Ramble
Sunday, 29 July 2018 - 9:30am to 12:00pm
Dr Don Fletcher ‘Goannas in the ACT’
Thursday, 9 August 2018 - 12:30pm
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