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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.

Stop 5 on the Eucalypt Discovery Walk - Eucalyptus mannifera (Photo: Alan Munns)

Eucalypt Discovery Walk (self-guided)

Discover a selection of Australia’s iconic eucalypts as you follow this recently updated self-guided walk through the Australian National Botanic Gardens.

Seed sorting in the Seed Bank

Plant Science Group

To bring together some activities and contributions by the Friends that have emerged in the last few years it has been decided to establish a Plant Science group. This will be the umbrella for the more research oriented activities of the Friends in the future.This group will welcome those who have an interest in the more scientific side of the gardens and native plants.

ANPC Workshop

The ANPC (Australian Network for Plant Conservation) will be running a two day workshop on plant identification for grassy ecosystems at the ANBG on 13th and 14th March. Registration for this workshop closes on 6th March. The cost to register is $225. For more information, click on the 'ANPC Workshop' heading above.

Ian Warden

Centenary Chats

During 2013 the Thursday Talks program will include a number of special talks designed to mark the Canberra Centenary. These are listed in the Calendar as Centenary Chats. The Centenary Chats will reflect the special themes chosen by the Centenary of Canberra for each month to celebrate a different aspect of Canberra. The series commenced on Thursday 31 January when Ian Warden spoke on the topic: ‘Tiptoe through the Telopeas: Why Marion Mahony Griffin would have boycotted Floriade’.

Garden History Society logo

Australian Garden History Society

The Friends have been talking to the Australian Garden History Society about cooperation. The AGHS has an interesting program for the centenary year, some of which is related to ANBG.

See the 2013 AGHS program for more details.