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Steve Thomas 'Problems and opportunities for Canberra’s urban forest' Thursday, 2 August 2012 - 12:30pm

Steve Thomas will present some thoughts about tree management in Canberra from his experience of looking closely at trees in the urban setting, as well as considering the future of the urban forest which has been developed over the last 99 years.

For over ten years Steve has conducted tree assessments in Canberra. He is a member of the Friends of ACT Arboreta and the Chair of the Canberra Monaro Branch of Australian Forest Growers. He has nurtured over 25000 trees on land near Captain’s Flat for the last 23 years and grown thousands of native trees in the past. 

David Coutts: ‘Where are we going: future direction for the Gardens and the Friends in the light of the new Management Plan’ Thursday, 26 July 2012 - 12:30pm

David Coutts is the current President of the Friends. He is an agricultural scientist, and has worked with the Australian Government in a variety of roles and overseas with the OECD and FAO.

As President of the Friends, David has been closely involved with the process of delivering the new Management Plan for the Gardens. David will speak about what he sees as the opportunities and challenges for the next few years—for the Gardens and for the part the Friends might play. 

Stephen Midgely ‘Global uses of Australian acacias – recent trends and future prospects' Thursday, 19 July 2012 - 12:30pm

Stephen Midgley is a forester and development specialist who runs his own consulting business, Salwood Asia Pacific Pty Ltd. He is an Asia-specialist, and has worked continuously in Asia for over 37 years with long-term assignments in Laos, Nepal, Sri Lanka and China and via many short-term projects.

Exhibition: Reflections of Country Sunday, 15 July 2012 - 9:00am to Tuesday, 28 August 2012 - 5:30pm

Visitor Centre Gallery

A special exhibition by Duncan Smith, recipient of the 2003 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Artist of the Year Award.

Dr Murray Evans ‘Saving the Northern Corroboree Frog in the ACT’ Thursday, 12 July 2012 - 12:30pm

Dr Murray Evans joined the ACT Government as an ecologist after several years with the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service, which included studying endangered species and managing the Kangaroo Management Unit. He completed his honours thesis on brushtail possums in the Tanami Desert with the help of the local aboriginal people and studied the ecological energetics of wombats for his PhD.

Dr Roslyn Russell ‘Travel writers, botanic gardens and the nineteenth century British empire in Australia’ Thursday, 5 July 2012 - 12:30pm

Roslyn Russell is a historian, author, editor and museum consultant who has lived and worked in Canberra since 1982. Her published works include Literary Links: Celebrating the Literary Relationship between Australia and Britain, and One Destiny! The Federation Story: How Australia Became a Nation (with Philip Chubb). She edited a selection of Manning Clark’s correspondence, published in 2008 as Ever, Manning: Selected Letters of Manning Clark 1938–1991.

Exhibition: Working on Country Tuesday, 3 July 2012 - 9:00am to Monday, 16 July 2012 - 4:45pm

Visitor Centre Gallery

A photographic exhibition displaying works of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as they capture and convey the spirit and feel of their country.

Ian Lawrence ‘The place of home gardens in a sustainable world’ Thursday, 28 June 2012 - 12:30pm


Dr Judy West Executive Director ANBG ‘The new ANBG Management Plan' Thursday, 21 June 2012 - 12:30pm

In 2009 Dr Judy West was appointed Executive Director of the ANBG and head of Parks and Biodiversity Science within the then Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts. Judy has also been Director of the Australian National Herbarium since 1989 and has held a number of other scientific appointments during her career.

Every ten years the ANBG must develop a detailed plan to guide its management and development for the next decade; the latest such Plan is expected to be finalised by mid-2012. Judy will discuss the new Plan’s vision for the future of the Gardens.

David Taylor ‘Pruning Australian native plants’ Thursday, 14 June 2012 - 12:30pm

David Taylor is the ANBG’s Curator of Living Collections.

David will demonstrate pruning native plants with assistance from his staff. The session will begin in the Theatrette with an introduction to pruning at the ANBG, followed by some hands-on pruning using a selection of very different techniques from mild to wild!