Helping the Gardens Grow

Celia Rosser with a volume of The Banksias. Photo: M.Fagg, ©Australian National Botanic Gardens 2001
Celia Rosser with a volume of The Banksias. Photo: M.Fagg, ©Australian National Botanic Gardens 2001

Are you aware that one of the benefits of being a Friend of the ANBG is membership of the ANBG library?

The ANBG library’s first priority is, of course, to meet the needs of the ANBG staff and the staff of other associated organisations. However, the library has a large collection of general books that would be of interest to Friends. Specialist Friends interest groups such as the Growing Friends and the Botanic Art Groups are well catered for. The more general collection includes biographies of botanists and explorers, books about national parks and botanic gardens worldwide and a comprehensive collection of periodicals such as Gardening Australia. The library also has a valuable collection of botanical art works, which can be viewed at special exhibitions throughout the year and for research. The library catalogue can be searched. If you would like to join the library, please contact librarian Jane Black.

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.

We were formed in 1990 as a community support group for the Gardens. Since then we have raised and spent over $1.2 million on projects in the Gardens and now have over 2500 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, 17-30 July 2019  (PDF, 561 KB)




The July 2019 edition of Library Connect celebrates NAIDOC Week and includes articles on a series of six books on indigenous knowledge, donated by our colleagues in the Northern Territory Herbarium; an article in Australasian Plant Conservation by Damian Wrigley, National Coordinator of the Australian Seed Bank Partnership; a selection of new books; an e-journal; and a look at the 1995 brochure Aboriginal people of the Canberra area.
Wednesday, 3 July 2019
Primary school students can now enter our annual Schools Photographic Competition. Up to now, only secondary and college students were eligible but this year, primary school students can win prizes too. Just take a photograph of your favourite place, plant or animal in the Garden to enter. Entries close on Wednesday 2 October 2019. Download the entry forms, or email for further information. Bring your parents, grandparents and explore our wonderful gardens!
Friday, 24 May 2019
A book containing images of many of the artworks exhibited at the recent 2019 Botanic Art Exhibition, is available for purchase for $25.
Sunday, 5 May 2019
The Friends send out 'News of Coming Events' email newsletters, usually monthly, and occasional notifications of special events. These emails are also available from our web archive. If you're not receiving these emails, and you wish to, you can use our email opt-in form to subscribe.
Friday, 5 April 2019
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