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'Cultivating Friends' - AAFBG Members Biennial Conference, Benalla 2018

The Biennial Conference of Members of the Australian Association of Friends of Botanic Gardens (AAFBG) will be held at Benalla, VIC from 20 – 22 April 2018

The conference will be hosted by Friends of the Benalla Botanic Gardens and Riverine Parklands Inc. The program includes: (see more)

Official ribbon-cutting ceremony (Photo: Jim Gould)

Paperbark Treehouse opens

The Paperbark Treehouse was officially opened on Wednesday 29 November in a lively ceremony by Acting Deputy Secretary Matt Cahill of the Department of the Environment and Energy. The treehouse has been attracting much media interest and many visitors.

This exciting artwork has been underwritten by the Friends and is a major activity of the Public Fund of the Friends. Our thanks to all who have donated so far to the Public Fund campaign: as of last week, the Public Fund had received around $24,000 in donations.

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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.

Friends' discount at Cool Country Natives plant nursery, Pialligo

The Friends have negotiated a 5% discount for members with Cool Country Natives in Pialligo, an Australian native plant nursery specialising in species for cool climates. Friends claiming the discount will need to show a current Friends of the ANBG membership card. With spring fast approaching this is a lovely time of year to drop in and buy some Australian native plants. The nursery address is 5A Beltana Road Pialligo, on the left as you enter Pialligo.

Volunteering in the Gardens. Photo: Pam Rooney

Volunteering in the Gardens

Are you interested in becoming more involved in the Gardens? Information on how you can do this is on our new Volunteering webpage. There are lots of enjoyable and rewarding things to do. 

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