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Lesley Harland & John Fitz Gerald receive their 2021 ACT Volunteer Awards

ACT Volunteer of the Year Award and the Canberra’s Choice Award

Lesley Harland and John Fitzgerald have won both the ACT Volunteer of the Year Award and the Canberra’s Choice Award!

Flora Explorer on the road around the Gardens          Photo: J.More

Guided walks are back again, together with Flora Explorer tours and booked walks

Good news for visitors! Guides walks, Flora Explorer tours and Booked walks have recommenced after the COVID-19 lockdown.

ANBG Volunteer Guides

Volunteer Guide Opportunity

Do you have a passion for Australian plants? Do you enjoy the outdoors and spending time with like-minded people? Do you wish to expand your skills and knowledge? Then the Volunteer Guides Program at the Gardens is for you!

The Australian National Botanic Gardens is now recruiting for Volunteer Guides to start in 2022. No botanical background is required to apply. We offer a training program, mentorship and professional development opportunities to equip you with the knowledge and skills you need for guiding. Find out more

New viewing platform for Ian Potter Conservatory

Follow the old path from Pollen cafe, past the Ellis Rowan building towards the mountain and follow the sign to the new viewing platform overlooking the buiding site.

Gang-Gang male

Gang-Gangs in the Gardens

Several Friends have been recording observations of Gang-gangs in the Botanic Gardens for a week in February, May, August and November since 2014-15 and contributing the information as citizen scientists to research being done by the Canberra Ornithologists Group (COG).

There is increased concern about Gang-gangs, and the following is an invitation from COG to participate in recording observations of Gang-gangs in urban and non-urban environments as part of the data collection by COG and friends, and sponsored by the Federal Government. COG asks that photographs and other information be submitted to Canberra Nature Map any time you see them. 

Dr Sophie Lewis, ACT Commissioner for Sustainability and the Environment

Thursday Talks start again in February 2022

COVID-19 restrictions have caused postponement of so many interesting talks this year. The ANBG Theatrette is not available for Thursday Talks this month, and neither is Telstra Tower. Thursday Talks that were scheduled for November are being re-scheduled for dates next year.

Group photo of attendees at November meeting

The Nature Journaling and Field Sketching Group is meeting again

The Nature Journaling and Field Sketching group meets once a month on the first Monday of each month. It is a relaxed group activity for members of the Friends of ANBG. Activities include drawing, painting, journal writing and sharing of information with other Group members.  It takes place in outdoor locations within the Australian National Botanic Gardens.

Contact persons: Lesley Page (Activities) and Neville Page (Administration and Compliance)

Contact number: 02 6238 0053

Contact email:

ANBG Library - online-only until further notice

As there is no separation between the office and library areas of the Botany Building at the ANBG, the Gardens has made the decision to close the ANBG Library to external users until further notice. This will be revisited in line with health advice from the ACT Government. Friends can still access library materials via the "click and collect" service: please contact the Librarian to discuss your requirements. Please be aware that the Library is currently staffed part-time (usually Wednesday–Friday).

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Eucalypt 56, May 2021

The latest issue of Eucalypt, the magazine of the Australian Association of Friends of Botanic Gardens (AAFBG), includes articles on the recent AGM, reports from associate members far and wide, Handbury Awards recipients, and many other interesting contributions.

Celebrating Botanic Art; the artists, Susan Spiller and Marjorie Roche, with other BAG members (Jann Ollerenshaw, Wendy Antoniak, Kate Ramsey), Dr Judy West and Neville Page

Botanic Art Group presentation to the Gardens

The Friends Botanic Art Groups exhibition in April to May this year featured plants from the sea to the desert, along with other native species. Two works were chosen by the Executive Director, Dr Judy West, and purchased by the Friends for the ANBG collection. On Thursday 3 June the works were presented to Dr West by the President, Neville Page.

Susan Spiller's Wahlenbergia species is a delightful painting of the floral emblem of the ACT. Judy selected Marjorie Roche's Arid because it shows the intricacies of a root, perhaps an unusual subject but an appealing painting in its own right.

Both Susan and Marjorie have been members of the Botanic Art Group for several years, and we congratulate them on their work being chosen from this exhibition for the ANBG’s collection.