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Doug Laing - 'Wallace, Wilsons and Other Wonders of West Papua' Thursday, 9 May 2013 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

An enduring fascination in the life and times of Alfred Russel Wallace, the ‘father of biogeography’, encouraged Mr Laing, in 2012, to undertake his own voyage of discovery to this extraordinary part of Indonesia.

"Friends Around the Lake' event at National Museum Wednesday, 8 May 2013 - 6:00pm to Thursday, 9 May 2013 - 5:45pm

Glorious Days : Australia 1913

Friends of National Institutions are invited to join senior curator Michelle Hetherington for an exclusive look at objects borrowed from fellow institutions in Canberra for the above fabulous exhibition. This features stunning artworks and ordinary and extraordinary objects from the period. Immerse yourself in the music, photographs and newsreel footage of Australian life as it was 100 years ago.

Visit to Parliament House Gardens - a Friends only tour Wednesday, 8 May 2013 - 10:00am to Thursday, 9 May 2013 - 9:45am

This a rare opportunity for a guided tour of the interior gardens at Parliament House in autumn. The tour will take around one and one half hours. Our guide will be Paul Janssens from Landscape Services at Parliament House, and previously Curator of the Living Collection at the ANBG.

Andrew Young: The Biology of the Daisy Monday, 6 May 2013 - 10:00am to Tuesday, 7 May 2013 - 9:45am

You are invited to the monthly meeting of the Botanical Resource Centre Facilitators where Andrew Young will speak on 'The Biology of the Daisy - Rudidosis leptorhynchoides'. 10am for a 10.30 talk in the Crosbie Morrison Building.

At the conclusion of the talk, about 11.30am, there will be a short meeting of the Plant Science group of the Friends of ANBG (about 10 minutes or so). That will provide an update on the group and what it might do, as well as briefings on several current activites of relevance to the group (eg the review of the Botanical Resource Centre, the Gardens stocktake etc). All are welcome to stay on for this meeting.
Centenary Chat: Linda Groom - Natural History Illustration in the First Fleet Thursday, 2 May 2013 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Linda Groom, former Curator of Pictures at the National Library of Australia, will give an illustrated talk about the art of George Raper and John Hunter. 

There will be no Thursday Talk on the ANZAC Day Public Holiday. Thursday, 25 April 2013 - 12:30pm
2013 Volunteer guide intake information session Friday, 19 April 2013 - 12:30pm

Applications for the next volunteer guide intake close on 6 May. Application forms and details of the information sessions and the training course are available on the ANBG website. Application forms are also available from the Visitor Centre. The Friends website has more information about what is involved in being a volunteer guide. If you are interested, you can attend one of the three information sessions in the ANBG Theatrette - Wednesday 3rd April at 12:30; Monday 8th April at 5:30; and Friday 19th April at 12:30.

Dr Tony Fischer AM ‘Feeding the Billions: Can Crop Yield Increase Continue to Meet Growing Demand?’ Thursday, 18 April 2013 - 12:30pm

Crop yield increases since 1960 have permitted the world to feed more than a doubling of its population at an improved per capita calorie level with only a very modest increase in arable land. The question is whether yield increase can continue to cover growing demand, and indeed eliminate the persistent hunger, without recourse to acceleration of land area expansion. Future yield growth possibilities will be discussed, in the light of new challenges, and the need to check, and hopefully lessen, the environmental impact of agriculture.

Growing Friends Autumn Plant Sale Saturday, 13 April 2013 - 8:30am

Australian Native Plant Sale

The sale of plants propagated and sold by The Growing Friends of the Australian National Botanic Gardens from material sourced from the Gardens. The list of plants for sale is available now.

In conjunction with the plant sale there will be a sale of books - for details click here.

Time: 8.30am – 11.00am or earlier if sold out

Where: Small car park behind the Crosbie Morrison Centre, Australian National Botanic Gardens

Cost: $3 and $5 each

Centenary Chat: Peter Ollerenshaw and Cathy Franzi ‘Developing and Interpreting Correa ‘Canberra Bells’ Thursday, 11 April 2013 - 12:30pm

The Correa ‘Canberra Bells’ was selected as the floral emblem for Canberra’s Centenary celebrations and has become part of Australia’s botanic heritage. Nurseryman Peter Ollerenshaw will talk about developing ‘Canberra Bells’, while ceramicist Cathy Franzi will discuss interpreting this Correa artistically. 

This plant was developed at the Bywong Nursery, established by Peter and Jennifer Ollerenshaw in 1984; the nursery has a programme of breeding and selecting new varieties of Australian plants, including cultivars of  Correas, Leptospermum, and Grevillea.