Helping the Gardens Grow

Practicing flash photography (Photo: Liz Kay)
Practicing flash photography (Photo: Liz Kay)

Members have recently been seen with cameras in hand and fingers on the button at various activities, including:

  • A guided tour of the eucalypts with David Taylor, ANBG
  • Early morning walks in the Gardens capturing the early light
  • Practicing flash photography in the Visitors Centre with Irene Lorbergs, Canberra School of Photography
  • At the Australian Botanic Garden Mt Annan photographing and admiring the extensive plant collections held in the Gardens.  

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.




Council has been developing a new Strategic Plan 2016-20 during the year (download in PDF format, 335 KB or Microsoft Word .docx format, 37 KB). Careful attention has been given to Friends’ organisational material, including the Constitution and the Memorandum between the ANBG and the Department. Consideration has also been given to the current work and future directions of the Friends. We would be pleased now to receive comments from the Friends’ membership. Please send by email to by 22 August 2016.
Thursday, 14 July 2016
The May 2016 edition of Eucalypt, the journal of the Australian Association of Friends of Botanic Gardens, is now available. Issue 46 includes a report on the 2016 AAFBG biennial Conference held at Geelong Botanic Gardens, 29 April to 3 May; other news from botanic gardens in Australia, New Zealand - and Fiji; and the AAFBG calendar of events 2016-17.
Monday, 16 May 2016
Making new collections from the ACT to the National Seed Bank (NSB) is becoming more difficult as we narrow our target species to complete the collection of the total ACT flora. By 2020 we are aiming to have representative collections of all 1070 vascular plant taxa in the NSB. Click on the heading to read on.
Thursday, 21 April 2016
The combined Friends' Botanic Art Groups present a collection of botanic art featuring Australian native plants in the Visitor Centre Gallery. The exhibition is open to the public from Saturday 19 March until Sunday 17 April. The majority of paintings are for sale with a proportion of proceeds going to support Friends activities.  All of the art works exhibited portray native Australian plants many of which can be found in the Australian National Botanic Gardens.  
Wednesday, 23 March 2016


John Turnbull ‘Trees, Woods and Man’
Thursday, 28 July 2016 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
Black Mountain Summit Walk #2
Saturday, 30 July 2016 - 9:30am to 12:00pm
Ben Walcott ‘Gardens that have influenced us’
Thursday, 4 August 2016 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
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