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Annual General Meeting 2019

The 31st Annual General Meeting of the Friends of the ANBG will be held on Thursday 17 October 2019 at 5.30 pm in the Theatrette at the Gardens.

Light refreshments will be served from 5pm in the Dickson Room.

Elections will be held for the position of Vice President, Secretary and two ordinary members of Council.

The AGM will be followed by a discussion of the arrangements for the 30th Anniversary of the Friends of the Australian National Botanic Gardens in 2020.

Cover of Friends Library Connect, September 2019

Library Connect, September 2019

The September 2019 edition of Library Connect covers Australian Reading Hour on Thursday 19 September; an article on the Flora of Australia online resource; a selection of new books; an e-journal; and a look at the Card sorting key to the identification, properties and uses of the principal commercial Australian timbers from the archive.

View from the bushland nature walk lookout

Bushland Nature Walks in October & November

Come and enjoy one of the free guided walks in the ANBG’s Bushland Precinct on Thursday mornings in October and November!

Cover of Friends Library Connect, August 2019

Library Connect, August 2019

The August 2019 edition of Library Connect describes (and links to) the Plants of the World online portal from The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew; a history of the ‘Kentgrove’ garden at Goulburn; the BGANZ Conference to be held in New Zealand in 20 – 23 October; a selection of new books; an e-journal; and a look at the 1908 book Bill Baillie: his life and adventures by Ellis Rowan.

Spotted Pardalote by Lindell Emerton

Wake Up with the Birds - bookings now open!

The wattles are beginning to flower in Canberra's Nature Parks - a sure sign that spring is around the corner. The ANBG provides a fantastic habitat for many of Canberra’s birds, with water and nectar in abundance. Quite a few birds have already been sighted collecting nesting materials and it is marvellous to be in the Gardens early in the morning when the birds are active.

Join us for Wake up with the Birds, a 1½ hour guided early morning walk, to see many of our amazing birds. After the walk you are welcome to stay on for coffee or breakfast at Pollen, the Gardens Café (book at

Cover of Friends Library Connect, July 2019

Library Connect, July 2019

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.

Cover of Friends Library Connect, June 2019

Library Connect, June 2019

The June 2019 edition of Library Connect includes articles on a new mobile app and plant key, Plants of South Eastern New South Wales; the new 3rd edition of Guidelines for the Translocation of Threatened Plants in Australia; a lecture on 13 June by former artist-in-residence at the ANBG, Julie Ryder; a selection of new books; an e-journal; and a glimpse of the old ANBG Kiosk from the Archives.

Schools Photographic Competition

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!

Library Connect May 2019

Library Connect, May 2019

The May 2019 edition of Library Connect includes articles on Library and Information Week, Seed Bank helps Rare Queeensland Rainforest Species, Congratulations to Dr Lydia Guja from the National Seed Bank for an article on Pomaderris, a selection of new books, an e-journal and information from the Archives on Postcards.

Cover of the 'More Than Just a Pretty Plant' book

Botanic Art Group Book available for purchase

A book containing images of many of the artworks exhibited at the recent 2019 Botanic Art Exhibition, is available for purchase for $25.

Details are available here.