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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.

Acacia pravissima             Photo: Pam Rooney

Wattles and Spring flowers

Wattle Day (1st of September) has passed but the wattles still have a story to tell. Come and see the glorious display in the Gardens. Also, from 14 September to 13 October​ the free guided walks at 11.00am and 2.00pm will feature the spring flowers. Keep an eye on our Calendar for more details.

Read more about the significance of Wattle Day and why wattles are important.

Pittosporum undulatum. Photo: D. Greig

Weeding Black Mountain

The Friends of Black Mountain (FoBM) and Friends of ANBG have joined ranks to protect the Black Mountain Nature Reserve from invasive weeds, some of which have escaped from the ANBG. Read more about the causes and outcomes of weeding activities in the ANBG between March and July 2013.

Searching for labels during the stocktake

ANBG Friends helping with the living collections stocktake

Have you noticed a sudden profusion of pale green ribbons adorning some of the plants in the Gardens? As you may have guessed, a stocktake of the ANBG's living collection is underway by Gardens staff with help from some hardy volunteers from among the Friends.

The green ribbons may indicate several things. Some have lost their metallic identification labels, others may be self-seeded or are not recorded on the Gardens database.

ANBG featured in ABC TV's Gardening Australia program

ABC TV's Gardening Australia on Saturday 18th May featured the ANBG - you can see it on iview until 1 June.

Murray Fagg

Murray Fagg: sale of books benefits Friends and Gardens

Murray Fagg retired from the Gardens staff in 2012 after a long and outstanding career in native plant horticulture. At retirement, Murray was the Manager of the Botanical Information Group at the Gardens and the Gardens website.