Family Picnic Day

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Sunday, 7 April 2013 - 11:00am to Monday, 8 April 2013 - 9:45am

Venue: Cafe & Crosbie Morrison Lawns

11.00am to 3.00pm

A delightful day out for the entire family with a special focus on celebrating our senior members and their extended families. The program will include displays, guided walks, garden workshops, presentations and performances. Learn about the variety of lively, stimulating and essential support groups that operate within the Gardens and how they offer opportunities to explore new skills, experiences and knowledge. Bring your own picnic or partake in the special bush BBQ service available from the Floresco cafe deck.

A number of the Friends groups will be at the Picnic to speak to you. Details of the entertainment and of the other participating groups can be found on the ANBG website.

Bird Watching Walk 10.00am

Join our experienced guides and search out some of the amazing bird life in the Gardens. Bring binoculars if you can; some will be provided. The walk will take about one hour.

The walk is free, but booking is essential: book by sending an email to with names and a mobile phone number - we will send a confirmatory email.

Meet at the Visitor Centre.

Botanic Art Group

Two members of the Botanic Art Group will be doing demonstrations of botanic art between 11:00 am and 3:00 pm. The Botanic Art Group's 6th  Exhibition is currently on display in the Visitor Centre – be sure to have a look at it while you are in the Gardens.

Friends of the ANBG

The Friends’ stall will introduce many of the Friends interest groups and volunteer groups including the Botanic Art Group, the Guides, Growing Friends and the Photography Group. There will be a photographic display, and information about the Friends and about volunteering opportunities in the Gardens. Volunteer guides will provide free Bird Walks, short tours on the Gardens electric vehicle “Flora Explorer”, guided walks, and Friends merchandise will be available for sale.


Have you considered becoming a volunteer guide at the ANBG ? There will be an intake of new guides in May this year. You can talk to some of the guides about what it’s like to be a guide at the Family Picnic Day on Sunday 7th April.

You can experience some of their activities for yourself on the day. Some of the guides will be driving Flora Explorer, the electric vehicle, taking visitors to the developing Red Centre Garden. The guides are being trained to act as roving guides in the Red Centre Garden when it is opened to the public towards later this year and this training will also be given to new guides. And you will be able to join one of the free guided walks at 11:00 am and 2:00 pm on Sunday the 7th.

Growing Friends

The Growing Friends propagate plants from the ANBG living collection and sell these plants at their autumn and spring plant sales. All proceeds from the sales go to the Friends, for supporting their many projects in the Gardens. Follow the Growing Friends signs to the igloo where two of the Growing Friends will be able to show you around the propagating area. This will be an opportunity to see some of the plants that will be for sale at the autumn plant sale.

Photography Group

Members of the Photography Group will be at the Family Picnic Day. There will be a display of photographs taken in the Gardens by members of the group.