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Dan Carmody ‘Being on Christmas Island: Ranger, Reforestation and Other Experiences This Year’ Thursday, 2 October 2014 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Ranger Dan will talk about working with the ANBG and Parks Australia team on programs for the study and care of Christmas Island’s native plants. Christmas Island has more than 200 native plants species, and about half of the island’s plants are not known elsewhere in Australia.

Dr Patrick Schultheiss ‘How Do Ants Navigate the World?’ Thursday, 25 September 2014 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

In order to find food for the colony, ant foragers need to leave the safety of their nest and venture out into the world. Many ants rely primarily on their sense of smell to find their way from one place to another. Some, however, make good use of other senses to navigate the world.

Ian Fraser ‘Plants and Animals: the eternal partnership'. Alison McKenzie Memorial Lecture Thursday, 18 September 2014 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Alison McKenzie was passionate about both plants and animals, so it seems appropriate to explore some of the numerous and wonderful ways in which these two major strands of life are inextricably intertwined. Alison loved stories and this exploration will follow some quirky and unexpected byways as well as the more obvious paths; and Alison would have been relieved that neither snakes nor leeches get a mention today.

Spring Flower Walks Saturday, 13 September 2014 - 11:00am to Monday, 13 October 2014 - 1:45pm

Spring is a great time to visit the ANBG. Come on a free guided walk at 11:00 am or 2:00 pm on any day during Floriade (13th September to 12th October) to see how the variety of flowers at the Gardens rivals the mass plantings at Floriade. Every week will be different as new species come into flower.

Doug Laing ‘Canberra Birds: A Century of Change’ [Late program change] Thursday, 11 September 2014 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

As Australia’s capital and its people have changed over the last century, so too have its birds. This presentation explores the ways in which Canberra’s birds can be seen as emblematic of the ways nature adapts to humanised landscapes. It is largely a story of winners and losers in an avian Olympics that is still being run.

Doug Laing is a retired public servant and diplomat with a long interest in birds and natural history in general. He has been a Friend and volunteer guide at the ANBG since 2008 and also works as an Education Ranger at the Gardens.

Terry Fewtrell and Suzette Searle ‘National Wattle Day: its Relevance as a Day of Australian Celebration’ Thursday, 4 September 2014 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Terry and Suzette will present a brief history of the celebration of wattle days in Australia, covering the pre-colonial period and since 1910 and discuss how National Wattle Day is a unifying focus for all Australians to celebrate this land and being Australian.

Bring your memories of wattle days past to share.

Terry Fewtrell is President of the Wattle Day Association and Suzette Searle is the Association’s website and communication manager.


Wattle Walks - First week in September Monday, 1 September 2014 - 11:00am to Monday, 8 September 2014 - 10:45am

Every morning at 11: 00 am during the first week of September, you will be able to join a volunteer guide to celebrate Australia’s glorious wattles. Discover the amazing diversity and specific adaptations of Acacias during the peak wattle blooming season.  The humble wattles create such a wonderful splash of colour around Canberra and all over Australia in Spring. They manage to survive in Australia's harsh climates and have played a rich part in Australia's cultural history. From its place on the Australian coat of arms and as the Australian floral emblem to references in music, art and literature, the humble wattle lays claim to some interesting social history in Australia. The wattle has many uses, from reclaiming land to use in the bush food industry. Now let's see how much you know about Wattles .....

Plant Science Group Technical Talk: The chemistry of sexual deception in orchids Monday, 1 September 2014 - 10:30am

Sexual deception, the attraction of male pollinators by the false promise of sex, is perhaps the most intriguing of all orchid pollination strategies. Professor Rod Peakall, Environmental Biology, Research School of Biology, ANU, will talk about his research on the unique biology and chemistry of sex in these orchids, and their pollinators, which has led to exciting discoveries in biology and chemistry.

Lesley Pattinson ‘Fetherston Gardens – a project in restoration, regeneration and renewal’ Thursday, 28 August 2014 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Fetherston Gardens is located within the grounds of the old Weston CIT School of Horticulture which was established from 1973 and named after the Head of Horticulture, Tony Fetherston.  The extensive woodland gardens and Arboretum have had a reprieve from a housing development in north Weston and are now being restored and maintained by a community volunteer group, the Fetherston Gardens Friends, formed in 2010. Fetherston Gardens are a unique garden space where people and plants can thrive.

Professor Elizabeth Minchin ‘Exploring Ancient Gardens of the Roman World’ Thursday, 21 August 2014 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

The external view of most, if not all, of the townhouses of Pompeii and Herculaneum is unpromising and unrelieved. It is the interior of the house which reveals the individuality of the owner - and which would have been a source of delight to the visitor. In this talk Elizabeth looks at the garden area within the freestanding, atrium houses of Pompeii, to reconstruct the appearance - the layout, the plantings and the ornamentation - of gardens in this world and to assess, if we can, the importance which a garden assumed in the Roman world.