Helping the Gardens Grow

Banksia Man (Photo: Janelle Chalker)
Banksia Man (Photo: Janelle Chalker)

Take a walk with a guide and meet the plants that have shaped the Australian psyche.  Get up close to floral film stars, poetic flowers and literary leaves as you uncover the stories of Australia’s iconic plants.

When ?  11 am each Saturday and Sunday during June and July, and each Saturday in August.
Where ?   Visitor Centre
How much ?   Free

Groups of 8 or more should contact to book an exclusive group tour at a time that suits you.  $5 per person (min $30)

The ANBG phone system has  broken down. This affects the Friends Office phone. Click here for more.

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.




Bookings will soon open for Breakfast with the Birds, an outstanding opportunity to observe some of Canberra’s amazing birdlife in the beautiful surrounds of the Australian National Botanic Gardens.
Sunday, 27 July 2014
Very appropriately, the 19 June Thursday Talk on the Gardens public art management plan began with the handover of two paintings from the Friends to the Gardens. Mr David Coutts, President of the Friends, formally handed the two artworks to Dr Judy West, Executive Director of the Gardens. Click on the heading above for more information.
Monday, 30 June 2014
The Association of Friends of Botanic Gardens holds its national conference every 2 years. The next conference will be held on the Gold Coast over the weekend of 8-10 August 2014. A conference flyer, registration form and program details are now available. Click on the heading above for more information.
Monday, 23 June 2014
The Australian National University, Australian National Botanic Gardens (ANBG) and the ANBG Friends are sponsoring a half day symposium on 12 June 2014 on alpine plant research and management, buil
Wednesday, 4 June 2014


Weeding Black Mountain
Saturday, 2 August 2014 - 9:00am to 12:00pm
ANBG Friends Plant Science Group Technical Talk
Monday, 4 August 2014 - 10:30am to 11:30am
Dr Mike Gore: The Genesis of Questacon
Thursday, 7 August 2014 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
Dr John Turnbull: Dr Lindsay Pryor and His Walk
Thursday, 14 August 2014 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
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