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Summer Sounds 2018: Jazz in the Gardens

Sponsored by Icon Water and the Friends of the Gardens.

Relax into summer with a two-weekend program featuring some of the best bands in the nation’s capital. As the sun goes down over the Gardens, the concerts are a popular way to enjoy the summer holidays in Canberra with outdoor picnicking, live music, socialising and dancing – all within a beautiful landscape of Australia's largest collection of native plants.

The 2018 concerts will be on two weekends: Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 January followed by Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 of February.

Christmas break for the Membership team

Our hard-working Membership team will be processing membership renewals and applications each week almost up to Christmas, and then take a short break:

  • Last processing for 2017 - Tuesday 19th December (items sent out this day won't reach people before Christmas – unless Santa delivers them !!)
  • First processing for 2018 - Tuesday 9th January.

 

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Successful Growing Friends Plant Sale

The 2017 spring plant sale was held on Saturday 11th November in the small carpark behind the Crosbie Morrison Building in the Gardens. Suzi Bond was there to talk about plants that provide food for butterflies. She found it interesting to see the sale and to talk to some of the customers and Growing Friends. The sale raised $5918, all of which will go towards the many projects supported by the Friends.

New Life Members, John and Maureen Connolly, with their awards

New faces and old friends at the 2017 AGM

The 29th AGM of the Friends was held at the Gardens on Tuesday 31 October.

Three new Council members were elected: Jann Ollerenshaw as Secretary, and Wendy Antoniak and Linda Beveridge as Council members.

The President, Lesley Jackman, welcomed the new members and thanked the retiring Council members (David Cox, Jan Finley, and Rita Maclachlan) for their work and support.

John and Maureen Connolly were invested as life members of the Friends for their excellent and continuing contributions over many years.

Winner's ribbons on one of the panels of entries at the 2017 exhibition

Award ceremony for the 21st Friends of the ANBG Schools Photographic Competition

On Saturday 28 October the Friends hosted a lively ceremony in the Theatrette to award the prizes for the 21st Schools Photographic Competition. Many students were present, along with their families and teachers. See the list of prizewinners.

Flowers of War concerts - Friends are invited

The Flowers of War is a project to uncover, perform, discuss and celebrate the music and art that talented men used to cope with the horror of war. Members of the Friends are invited, and offered discount prices, to concerts at the High Court on 10 October and 8 November.

Yarrawin Garden

Open Garden, Yarrawin, Bowral area

Paul Ramsay’s Garden Legacy

The late Paul Ramsay’s Burradoo home ¨Yarrawin¨ will be open to the public for two days on the 21st and 22nd October 2017. It is a garden filled with year round colour, and diverse plantings. Spontaneously filled with a diverse range of plants sprawling across the property, combining both formal and informal planting. Yarrawin, is a truly gorgeous and relaxed place where you can spend hours wandering around and getting lost in the beautiful surrounds.

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Book Launch: Vanished and Vanishing Parrots

You are invited to attend the book launch of Vanished and Vanishing Parrots: Profiling Extinct and Endangered Species by Joseph Forshaw and Frank Knight. The book will be launched by Dr Leo Joseph.

Partners, friends and colleagues are welcome, but RSVP is requested.

Macleay Swallowtail Butterfly in the ANBG (Photo: Tony Woods)

Butterfly walks - change of dates

The Butterfly Walks previously scheduled for 18 November 2017 at 10 am and 1:30 am have been re-scheduled, due to unforeseen circumstances. The new dates and times are:

Saturday 11 November @ 2pm: book at https://register.eventarc.com/38154/butterfly-walk-2-pm-saturday-11-november-2017

Sunday 12 November @ 2pm: book at https://register.eventarc.com/38155/butterfly-walk-2-pm-sunday-12-november-2017

Our sincere apologies to anyone inconvenienced by the changed dates and times. Everyone already registered for the previous dates will he contacted and asked to select a new date.

Eastern Spinebill (Photo: David Cook)

Wake Up With the Birds

The Australian National Botanic Gardens provide a fantastic habitat for many of Canberra’s birds, with water and nectar in abundance.

It is marvellous to be in the Gardens early in the morning before they are open to the general public.

During Floriade we offer an early morning walk at weekends. Join us for a 1½ hour guided walk to see many of the Gardens' amazing birds. This year we are not including breakfast, but you are welcome to purchase a coffee or breakfast following the bird walk in Pollen – the Gardens Café.

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