Helping the Gardens Grow

Breakfast with the Birds in the Australian National Botanic Gardens (Photo: Alan Munns)
Breakfast with the Birds in the Australian National Botanic Gardens (Photo: Alan Munns)

The ever-popular Breakfast with the Birds program is celebrating its 12th season. The event operates this year on four Saturday and four Sunday mornings, starting on Saturday 19 September and ending on Sunday 11 October. The starting time is 7.45am.

This is an excellent opportunity for early morning access to the Gardens to view birdlife with a knowledgeable guide, followed by a delicious hot breakfast in Floresco in the Gardens Cafe. 

Please note: this walk is not suitable for children under eight. 

Bookings are essential.

Friends' 25th anniversary celebrations on Thurs 1 October - details on the Calendar page for that date on this website

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 $3/4 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.




The Eureka National Science Awards has highly commended the Friends of the Australian National Botanic Gardens’ National Seed Bank volunteers for their photography.  The Awards recognised their photo, Another Planet, as outstanding science photography and for ‘capturing the essence of scientific discovery’.  Another Planet is an image of a tiny seed of an Alpine heath plant, only 0.53 millimetres in length – not much wider than a human eyelash.  To read more, click on the blue headline above.
Sunday, 2 August 2015
A booklet that lists nurseries and other sources of Australian native plants in the Canberra region has been published by Rosemary Blemings, a Friend and member of the Australian Native Plants Soci
Wednesday, 22 July 2015
The Constitution of the Friends has been comprehensively reviewed during 2015 by the Friends’ Council, and a draft has
Thursday, 9 July 2015
Planning is now getting underway for a new project to be supported by the Friends. Two areas of the melaleuca swamp area have been selected as possible sites for a commission to create a ‘unique, magical, whimsical site-specific gazebo among the trees’, to be elevated within the vegetation or tree canopy level. The gazebo will provide an informal wildlife-watching platform within the canopy for early morning bird watchers and walkers, and a resting place and shelter from the heat or rain. It is also planned as a place of imagination and delight for children visiting the Gardens.
Tuesday, 7 July 2015
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