Helping the Gardens Grow

Epacris impressa (Margaret Steele)
Epacris impressa (Margaret Steele)

Saturday 18 March until noon Monday 17 April, 2017

The Friends’ Botanic Art Groups will present an exhibition of botanical art using a variety of mediums and featuring Australian native plants in the Visitor Centre from Saturday 18 March.  Many of the plants are found growing in the ANBG collection.  A special eucalypt collection will be featured. All work is for sale with proceeds from commissions going to support the Friends’ activities.

The 2017 Australasian Botanic Gardens Volunteer Guides Conference will be hosted by the ANBG in October 2017.

We are a diverse group of people who love and support our beautiful Gardens – the world’s largest collection of Australian native plants. We have an extensive program of talks, visits and social events. There are many opportunities for members and visitors to meet, learn, grow and enjoy the riches of this very special place. This website will help you find events that most interest you.

We were formed in 1990 as a community support group for the Gardens. Since then we have raised and spent around $¾ million on projects in the Gardens and now have 1700 members. And we support the Gardens in many other ways, such as leading guided walks to show visitors the wonders of the Gardens, and hands-on support of research programs.


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Your guide to what’s fresh and flowering in the Gardens now.

   Latest edition, 15-28 February 2017




The Friends have decided to continue their support for the ANBG library by providing a further $2500 for book purchases. If members have suggestions as to books or periodicals that they would like to see in the library, they can contact Maureen Connolly on Members should note that the ANBG library is open to Friends and is well worth a visit.
Tuesday, 14 February 2017
Our annual Summer Sounds evening concert series on the Eucalypt Lawn in the Gardens is favourite Canberra summer event.
Monday, 13 February 2017
Members of the Friends of the Gardens may be interested in guided walks, on the second Sunday of every month, in the Westbourne Woods, Yarralumla. The walks program for 2017 is here. Walks in Feb and March are led by John Turnbull, and in April by Max Bourke. Both are long-time members of the Friends of the ANBG.
Thursday, 9 February 2017
Luminous Botanicus will be in its third year at Enlighten 2017. This popular and successful event will be held on Thursday and Friday evenings 2 & 3 March and 9 & 10 March. Volunteers from the Friends are supporting Luminous Botanicus III on each night of the event. They are needed to assist staff at the gate, as well as directing visitors at key points along the route to ensure they do not go astray. Find out more...
Thursday, 9 February 2017


Dr Penny Olsen ‘Louisa Atkinson: A voice from the country.’
Thursday, 2 March 2017 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
Black Mountain, weeding work party
Saturday, 4 March 2017 - 8:30am to 11:30am
ANBG Friends Plant Science Group - Technical Talk
Monday, 6 March 2017 - 10:30am
Dr Mark Clements ‘Australian Orchids’
Thursday, 9 March 2017 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
Deirdre Slattery ‘Kosciuszko, Alpine and Namadgi National Parks.’
Thursday, 16 March 2017 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
10th Anniversary Art in the Gardens with Friends Exhibition
Saturday, 18 March 2017 - 9:30am to Monday, 17 April 2017 - 4:30pm
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