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Seniors Week guided walk, morning tea and botanic art exhibition viewing Thursday, 21 March 2013 - 9:45am

The Friends of Australian National Botanic Gardens invite you to enjoy a guided walk, morning tea and botanic art exhibition viewing during Seniors Week.

Take a stroll through the Gardens with an expert guide, then relax with delicious Devonshire Tea at Floresco in the Gardens Café.

Finish your morning with a viewing of the Botanic Art Group’s exhibition Art in the Gardens with Friends, and meet some of the artists.

Barbara Allan ‘COG’s bird blitz: the first eight years’ Thursday, 14 March 2013 - 12:30pm

In 2005 the Canberra Ornithologists’ Group began an ACT-wide bird count over the last weekend in October, involving up to 100 members each year. The talk will look at the overall results of the surveys, the variability between years, the influence of land use types and role the bird blitz plays in our knowledge of the ACT avifauna. Do Rufous Fantails come through your garden before or after the last weekend in October? Are fairy-wrens breeding by then? Are the koels back? These are some of the issues the blitz results can explore.

Viewing of the Ellis Rowan Collection, National Library of Australia Wednesday, 13 March 2013 - 9:15am

This is a Friends only event.

Members of the Friends are offered an exclusive opportunity to view the Ellis Rowan Collection of botanical art at the National Library on 13 March. There are still places for the 9:15 am session, but the 10:45 session is now fully booked. We are grateful to Barrie Hadlow, a good friend of the ANBG, for facilitating the visit. Meet in the foyer of the National Library 15 minutes ahead of the session start time. Parking around the NLA is very tight, so allow plenty of time to find parking.

Numbers are limited and bookings are essential, by phone: 62558441, or email: indicating name/s and contact phone number.

ANPC Workshop Wednesday, 13 March 2013 - 12:00am to Thursday, 14 March 2013 - 11:45pm

The ANPC (Australian Network for Plant Conservation) will be running a two day workshop on plant identification for grassy ecosystems at the ANBG on 13th and !4th March. Registration closes on 6th March. The cost of registration is $225. Full details, including the procedure for registration, is available from the ANPC website. When enrolling, you should indicate that you are a member of the Friends of the ANBG,

2013 Botanic Art Exhibition Friday, 8 March 2013 - 9:30am to Sunday, 7 April 2013 - 4:30pm

The combined Friends' Botanic Art Groups will present a collection of botanic art featuring Australian native plants in the Visitor Centre from Friday 8th March. Many of the plants featured are in the ANBG collection. The majority of paintings will be for sale with a proportion of proceeds going to support Friends activities. More information on calendar page

Centenary Chat: Hazel Davies ‘Celebration: Say it with Flowers’ Thursday, 7 March 2013 - 12:30pm

The ‘Centenary Chats’ in March 2013 will focus on Celebration.  Hazel Davies will describe how Australian and exotic floras have been intrinsic to our culture when marking significant life and society milestones.

Hazel Davies is a Senior Floristry Teacher at the CIT Floristry Program. As well as teaching floristry over the past 12 years, Hazel has enjoyed an extensive career in floristry since 1978, including being Florist at the Sydney Opera House, and exhibiting at major centres such as the Floriade Exhibitions at the Canberra Centre and for the 2007 APEC Summit.

Seasonal Colours Concert Saturday, 2 March 2013 - 1:00pm to Sunday, 3 March 2013 - 1:45pm

Enjoy choral performances by Sing Australia on the Cafe Lawn. Celebrating the start of autumn; there will performances at 1pm and 2pm.

Centenary Chat: Dr Penny Olsen ‘Collecting Ladies: Women Botanical Illustrators’ Thursday, 28 February 2013 - 12:30pm

Addressing the theme of the Role of Women in Nation-building and Sport, Dr Penny Olsen will describe the women who illustrated and promoted Australian flora, and the influence of prominent botanist Baron von Mueller on their work. These Collecting Women were part of a worldwide interest in the science and art of native plants. Some undertook local and distant expeditions to capture images of these plants. Their art fostered a national appreciation of native plants.

Friends Centenary Twilight Dinner at Floresco Cafe Thursday, 21 February 2013 - 6:30pm

Sold out! The Centenary Twilight Dinner is now fully booked.

The 2013 Friends Twilight Dinner will have a Canberra Centenary theme. The menu will be based on banquet recipes served 100 years ago, and our speaker will also have a centenary flavour. Cost: $65 for three course meal including one drink. Members of the Friends are welcome to invite one guest.

Michael Bryce AM AE 'Travels with the Governor-General Thursday, 21 February 2013 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Michael Bryce, Patron of the Friends of the ANBG, will talk about his travels with Australia’s first female Governor-General – his wife.

Michael Bryce is an architect and designer acknowledged in Australia and overseas for his distinguished work in graphic, urban and environmental design. Michael and Quentin Bryce were married in 1964. They have five children and ten grandchildren.