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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.

Matthew Higgins ‘Elyne Mitchell: mountain author’ Thursday, 14 February 2013 - 12:30pm

Elyne Mitchell is remembered fondly for her wildly successful Silver Brumby books from the 1950s onward.  But not only did she write children’s fiction, Elyne also wrote a number of pioneering non-fiction works addressing Australians’ relationship with their environment.  Elyne’s passionate connection with the upper Murray and the Snowy Mountains had a fundamental influence on her and her work.  She was also a very keen skier and horse rider and she helped run the family's Towong Hill property.

Centenary Chat: Jocelyn Plovits ‘The National Arboretum Canberra: relationship and synergy’ Thursday, 7 February 2013 - 12:30pm

The bushfires that ravaged Canberra in 2003 were the catalyst for the creation of the National Arboretum Canberra first envisaged by the Burley Griffins. The National Arboretum, which will open in early 2013, provides an opportunity to conserve threatened species, a place for community recreation and a valuable resource for ongoing education and research. 

Optus Flix in the Stix Saturday, 2 February 2013 - 6:30pm

Flix combines a unique award winning collection of short films with live music performances featuring The Whitlams. See for all event and ticketing details.

Delicious! afterDARK Friday, 1 February 2013 - 7:30pm

Summer night tours of the Gardens featuring live string music and gourmet tastings of locally produced food and wine at Floresco. A wonderful way to spend a hot evening in the cool ambience of the Rainforest Gully, Rock Garden & Eucalypt Lawn.

$35 per person (over 18 years only)
Online bookings essential:
Note: This is not a Friends event but members may be interested.
Centenary Chat: Ian Warden ‘Tiptoe through the Telopeas: Why Marion Mahony Griffin would have boycotted Floriade’ Thursday, 31 January 2013 - 12:30pm

Ian Warden, Gang Gang columnist of the Canberra Times, will launch the 2013 lunchtime talks program, with a Centenary Chat on Marion Mahony Griffin’s enthusiasm for Australian native flora. January’s theme is Family and Friends in the Capital, appropriately, given the extent to which Marion’s enthusiasm for our native flora is shared by modern-day Canberrans; they flock to the Gardens each January to listen to music in a setting of magnificent eucalypts.

Centenary Summer Sounds Concert Sunday, 27 January 2013 - 5:30pm

Annie and the Armadillos is the featured band.

Concerts start at 5.30pm and finish at 7.30.