Helping the Gardens Grow

Volunteers staffing the wine tent     Photo: Liz Kay
Volunteers staffing the wine tent Photo: Liz Kay

Would you like to spend more time in the Gardens? There are many opportunities for Friends to volunteer at the ANBG, varying from hands-on activities such as plant propagation or participating in the plant stocktake, to guiding visitors around the gardens on foot or in Flora Explorer, to participating in social activities to raise money to support the Gardens, and many more. Read on to discover what the Friends got up to behind the scenes in the last year, and how you can become involved.

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 Summer Sounds concert series will be on again at weekends this coming January and early February. The concerts are a major drawcard, bringing many Canberra families to the Gardens. Volunteers from the Friends are vital to making the concerts a success. We need people to help with collecting entry donations, directing cars to the disability parking spaces, driving the electric vehicles up to the Eucalypt Lawn, and children’s educational activities at the Information Tent.
Tuesday, 1 December 2015
The latest issue of The Botanic Gardener, the Newsletter of Botanic Gardens Australia and New Zealand, has just been released. It contains lots of interesting reading.
Monday, 30 November 2015
Saturday’s cold and drizzly weather did not deter the many native plant enthusiasts who came to the Growing Friends plant sale.
Monday, 16 November 2015
Eucalypt is the new name of the journal of the Australian Association of Friends of Botanic Gardens, replacing Campsis. Issue 45 has now been published, sporting a new logo and look as well as the name change. The content is still stories from Botanic Gardens round Australia, about what they have done, what they plan, their successes and their problems.
Friday, 13 November 2015
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