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Mr Michael Bryce with Flora Explorer at the Red Centre Garden    Photo: Jill Mo

Flora Explorer, and The Red Centre Garden, acquires a new fan

The Patron of the Friends, His Excellency Mr Michael Bryce AM AE, recently enjoyed a ride up the mountainside to visit the upper reaches of the Gardens​ in Flora Explorer, the 12-seater electric vehicle donated by the Friends. Following the normal route of a Flora tour, he was accompanied by our President, David Coutts and the Curator of the Gardens, David Taylor, as well as Friends and Flora drivers Marion Jones, Barbara Podger and Jill More. His visit included a walk around the Red Centre Garden - which was aglow with colour in the midday sun.

Wendy Antoniak at the new Visitor Information Desk      Photo: Jill More

New faces in the Visitor Centre

If you have passed through the Visitor Information Centre in the last few months you may have noticed the new Visitor Information desk, and more importantly, some new faces behind the desk. Volunteers, mainly from among the Friends, are now greeting and directing visitors. If you would like to volunteer in this role and learn more about the Gardens, please contact Jennifer Salkeld.

At the opening         Photo: Graham Brown

Schools Photographic Competition 2013

An exhibition of photographs taken in the Gardens by ACT and Queanbeyan Region High School and College students is currently showing at the gallery in the Visitor Centre.

 Wollemi Pine

Wollemi Pine

The Friends have facilitated the donation of a further Wollemi pine to the Gardens. The pine was grown by Shirley Rutherford in Bombala and will be included in the small collection at the Gardens that may in the future form a dedicated Wollemi pine forest.

Walcott garden       Photo: Ben Walcott

Walcott Garden

Ben and Ros Walcott opened their magnificent native garden under the Open Garden scheme on 26/27 October.

The Friends provided guides and volunteers on the gate to support this event and the Walcotts have generously donated part of the proceeds to the Friends.

Botanic Art Group 2014 Annual Exhibition - call for entries

The Botanic Art Group’s 7th Annual Exhibition will be held in the ANBG Visitor Centre Gallery from Friday 21st March to Monday 21st April 2014.

Artists from the Botanic Art Groups are invited to submit entries of original paintings, drawings and similar artefacts, such as workbooks for exhibition. Entry forms must be received by Friday 31 January 2014.

Artwork by Frances McMahon

Frances McMahon, Watercolour Bird Artist - greeting cards available

Many members of the Friends will remember the wonderful watercolours of Canberra birds painted by Frances McMahon for the Birds of the Australian National Botanic Gardens brochure produced by the Friends. Frances tells us that she now has lots of beautiful (blank) greeting cards available, hot off the press.

Botanic ceramics by Cathy Franzi

Botanical ceramic exhibition

Members of the Friends are invited to view an exhibition by Cathy Franzi, a member of the Friends.  The exhibition is of ceramics carved and decorated with Australian plants based on the plan of Walter and Marion Mahony Griffin to revegetate the hills of Canberra in single coloured plantings.

Eucalypt Lawn Succession Planning

The Eucalypt working group, headed up by Murray Fagg, is working with artist Pamillle Berg to develop a succession plan for the Eucalypt lawn.

The concept sketch shows the proposed changes. Some additional species will be planted but it is accepted that it is essential to keep plenty of space for activities. Views from the Eucalypt Lawn to the Red Centre Garden and the city will be retained.

Photographic Exhibition - 'Natural Views'

This is not a Friends’ activity, but is included here for the interest of members. Fanny Karouta-Manasse is an active member of the Friends Photographic Group. Her photographic exhibition, ‘Natural Views’, will be held in the Kaori Gallery from Monday the 11th of November at 9am to Saturday the 7th of December at 1pm.