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Special lecture by artist Fiona Pfennigwerth Thursday, 11 December 2014 - 11:00am to Friday, 12 December 2014 - 10:45am

Fiona is returning to the ANBG for another exhibition of her artworks, entitled Illustrating Outback Australia: Visualising Blessing in the Gospel of John. The exhibition will be held in the Visitor Centre in December and January. Opening drinks and a talk by the artist will be held in the exhibition space at 11 am on Thursday 11 December.
Fiona’s books will be available for purchase at the Botanical Bookshop and would make a wonderful Christmas present. She will be happy to sign copies of her books.

ANBG Site Master Plan 'Have your say' Day Sunday, 7 December 2014 - 11:00am to Monday, 8 December 2014 - 2:45pm

Many Friends will have seen recent media reports about the appointment of a consortium of architects and landscape architects, Tonkin Zulaikha Greer and Taylor Cullity Lethlean, to develop a 20-year Master Plan for the Australian National Botanic Gardens.

The ANBG will hold a public consultation day on Sunday 7 December (from 11am to 3pm), following the release of the draft concept plan. Presentations will be held in the Theatrette at 12pm and also 2pm. This is an excellent opportunity to find out what is being discussed and have some input.

Click on the heading in the left-hand column for more information. And click here for media release.

Plant Science Group Technical Talk: Dr Russell Barrett, 'Seduced by Sedges – a Decade of Studies on Australian Cyperaceae'. VENUE: THEATRETTE at the ANBG Monday, 1 December 2014 - 9:00am to Tuesday, 2 December 2014 - 8:45am

Sedges are not the sexiest of plants - but they are not unimportant. As one of the larger families in the Australian flora, with species present in almost all environments across the continent, sedges play a key role in landscape ecology. Poorly studied, we are only now learning about their relationships (complex), ecological functions (many), and even how many species we have (lots!).

Karl van Dyke ‘The Perfumery in the Ancient World’ Thursday, 27 November 2014 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Perfumes have always been a part of the ancient world, linking the attractive smells of Nature directly to the human condition. While we think of perfumes as cosmetics, masking natural odours or acting as attractants, they have also been a part of human rituals, linked to marriage, religious ritual and the rituals associated with death and the afterlife.

Associate Professor Don Beer ‘The Great Fire of 1984, the Wettest Winter, Princess Di and Other Episodes: the ANBG under its First Director, 1979-89'. Thursday, 20 November 2014 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Dr Robert Boden, the Gardens' first director, set out to bring harmony to its workforce, develop its educational and conservation roles, and build up its support among the public.  He promoted the Gardens as a major cultural institution.  This talk will look at the reasons for and successes of this program.  It will place them in the context of the politics and society of the 1980s.  It will also refer to some of the more striking highlights of the decade.

Dr Roger Farrow ‘Plants of the Peruvian Andes and their Australian Connections’ Thursday, 13 November 2014 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

We are familiar with the Gondwanda connection between the Proteaceae, Podocarpaceae, Nothofagaceae and Podocarpaceae of South America and South Africa, but when the flowering plants arose in South America the ancestors of many other plant families got to Australia until it was set adrift in the Southern Ocean.  Some retained conservative values and other groups diversified and I will be discussing some of the connections between the plants that I encountered recently in the Andes and their counterparts in Australia across a range of families.

Native Plant Sale Saturday, 8 November 2014 - 8:30am to Sunday, 9 November 2014 - 10:45am

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. A plant list will be available on this website about a week before the sale. Plants cost $3 and $5 each. Read on to see some of the plants that will be available for sale.

When: Saturday 8 November 2014
Time: 8.30 am – 11.00 am or earlier if sold out
Where: Small car park behind the Crosbie Morrison Centre, Australian National Botanic Gardens

Kate Grarock ‘The Mulligans Flat-Goorooyarroo Woodland Experiment’ Thursday, 6 November 2014 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Mulligans Flat Woodland Sanctuary is situated within the Mulligans Flat Nature Reserve. The Sanctuary is owned by the ACT Government and contains the critically-endangered box gum grassy woodland ecosystem. In collaboration, the ACT government and the Australian National University have been working on a major research project entitled “The Mulligans Flat-Goorooyarroo Woodland Experiment” designed to aid our understanding and management of this critically endangered ecosystem. Kate Grarock is the Ecologist at Mulligans Flat Woodland Sanctuary.

Plant Science Group talk: Dr Mark Clements Monday, 3 November 2014 - 10:30am

The November talk to the Friends' Plant Science Group will be given by Dr Mark Clements, head of the Orchid Research Group in the Centre for Australian National Biodiversity Research. His topic is Australian Orchids: what we do and don’t know about them.

Venue is the Theatrette in the Australian National Botanic Gardens.

Dr Rod King ‘Could Plants Adapt to Increased Temperature Quickly Enough by Normal Evolutionary Pressures? Thursday, 30 October 2014 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Rod will look at whether Australian and exotic plants can adapt to increased temperature by normal evolutionary processes quickly enough.