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Dr Rosemary Purdie ‘Immersed in the Larapinta’ (repeat) Thursday, 12 April 2018 - 12:30pm

Rosemary will talk about her Larapinta Trail walk – end to end - in July 2017, and the plants and stunning landscape en route.

This is a repeat presentation - Rosemary's talk on 8 February attracted many more people than the Theatrette could hold, and she has kindly agreed to speak again for those who missed out.

Black Mountain Weeding Work Party Saturday, 7 April 2018 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Our next Weeding Work Party will be after Easter;  9:00 to 12:00 Saturday 7 April 2018 (yes, daylight saving will be finished on Sunday 1 April).

Growing Friends 2018 Autumn Plant Sale Saturday, 7 April 2018 - 8:30am to 11:00am

Plants are propagated and tended by the Growing Friends from material sourced from the Gardens. All proceeds go to support the Gardens. Be early for the best selection.  information about some of the plants that are for sale can be found here. A plant list will be available on this website closer to the sale date.

Lynne Bean ‘What is to be found in the Talbragar Fossil Fish Bed?’ Thursday, 5 April 2018 - 12:30pm

Lynne will concentrate on the fossil fish and plants from the Talbragar Fossil Fish Bed, NSW, which date from the Upper Jurassic.

Roger Farrow ‘Wild Madagascar: from Baobabs to an Aye-aye’ Thursday, 29 March 2018 - 12:30pm

Roger is a field naturalist who observes how plants and animals interact in their natural environment.  After a career in entomology, Roger joined Australian Native Plants Society to further his identification skills of native plants.

Further details to be advised.

ANBG Friends Photographic Group - March meeting Friday, 23 March 2018 - 10:30am to 12:00pm


Will Tatnell, Retail Sales Manager of Teds in Canberra, together with a representative of Nikon cameras, will demonstrate the current Nikon range of cameras and lenses, discuss the difference between lenses etc., and talk about some of the latest trends in camera technology.

Weather permitting, they will lead a photo walk in the gardens following the meeting.


Gardens Theatrette


Dr Mike Bourke ‘The role of staple food crops in food security in Papua New Guinea’ Thursday, 22 March 2018 - 12:30pm

Mike will briefly cover population distribution and food consumption and then more comprehensively many aspects of food security in PNG.

Botanic Art Groups' 11th Annual Exhibition Saturday, 17 March 2018 (All day) to Sunday, 15 April 2018 (All day)

The 11th annual art exhibition will be held from 17 March – 15 April 2018 at the Visitor Centre, Australian National Botanic Gardens.  All artworks will be original paintings, drawings and other related works of Australian native flora, focussing on Threatened and Endangered species.  All works will be by artists from the Friends of the Australian National Botanic Gardens Botanic Art Groups.  All works will be for sale.

Catherine Ross ‘Bettongs, bulbs and biodiversity’ Thursday, 15 March 2018 - 12:30pm

Digging mammals such as bettongs, bandicoots and bilbies have been described as ecosystem engineers, and Catherine will ask whether the return of an ecosystem engineer helps to restore biodiversity in grassy woodlands?

Dr Ben Wallace ‘Yunnan, land of plant plenty’ Thursday, 8 March 2018 - 12:30pm

With his lifetime fascination in plants Ben will discuss the floristic diversity of the province of Yunnan in China, and contributing ecological and geographic factors.