Helping the Gardens Grow

Callistemon Acuminatus Nabiac Red         Photo: Liz Kay
Callistemon Acuminatus Nabiac Red Photo: Liz Kay

In February and March members of the Friends’ Photographic Group held their inaugural photographic exhibition at the Gardens called, appropriately, ANBG...through the Lens. The exhibition comprised photographs inspired by the plants, animals, birds, insects, light and landscapes of the Botanic Gardens and the Group's pleasure in exploring and photographing the Gardens was very evident.

More information is available about the exhibition and Photographic Group activities.

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.




ANBG Botanic Art Group member Nilavan Adams has done it again! Nilavan has been awarded the Silver Gilt medal at the Royal Horticultural Society 2014 Botanical Art Show in London.
Sunday, 13 April 2014
The Red Centre Garden, which opened in October 2013 after four years of careful planning and an immense amount of work by the Gardens staff, has become a major attraction for visitors to the ANBG and to Canberra in general. A warm and dry summer resulted in wonderful displays of colour, the blues and purples of the massed Swan River Daisies, Sturt’s Nightshade and Sturt’s Desert Rose together with the brilliant greens and silvery greys of the young acacias, Silky Heads and ‘tobacco’ plants contrast beautifully with the red sand and dramatic rocks in the Rocky Outcrop and Rocky Escarpment. Many visitors are taking advantage of the Flora Explorer tours to enjoy the spectacle of the Red Centre Garden in comfort. Click on the heading for more information.
Thursday, 27 March 2014
Banks’ Florilegium is a collection of colour prints based on the 955 field drawings made by artist Sydney Parkinson to accompany the botanical specimens, collected by Joseph Banks and Daniel Solander, on the 1768-1771 Endeavour voyage of discovery and circumnavigation of the globe, which was lead by Captain James Cook. Three groups of Friends were privileged to attend a viewing of prints based on the Australian component of Banks’ Florilegium at the NLA on 19 March 2014. The viewing followed an excellent talk by Catriona Anderson from the NLA at the Friends' Twilight Dinner in February. Click on the heading to see Catriona Anderson’s notes prepared for the viewing.
Monday, 24 March 2014
The popular Art in the Gardens with Friends botanical art exhibition is back for its seventh year at the Australian National Botanic Gardens. From 22 March to 21 April, visitors can explore a collection of botanical paintings and drawings. For the first time, this year’s exhibition includes fired ceramic wall pieces. Many of the artists will be on hand throughout the exhibition to talk about their work and about the Friends’ Botanic Art Group. The exhibition is on display from 9.30 am to 4.30 pm daily in the Gardens’ Visitor Centre. Entry is free. Click on the heading above for information on the exhibition opening.             
Saturday, 22 March 2014


'Offshoots' exhibition of works by Julie McEnerny
Friday, 25 April 2014 (All day) to Monday, 16 June 2014 (All day)
Photographic Group monthly meeting
Friday, 2 May 2014 - 10:30am to 11:30am
Weeding Black Mountain
Saturday, 3 May 2014 - 9:00am to 12:00pm
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