Helping the Gardens Grow

Photo : Graham Brown
Artwork presentation, 2016 (Photo : Graham Brown)

Lesley Jackman, President of the Friends, presented two artworks to Judy West on 21st April at a brief ceremony before the regular Thursday Talk. Both the artworks, by Marjorie Roche and Vivien Pinder, were included in the Botanic Art Exhibition that was held in the Visitor Centre recently. Marjorie’s artwork is a very interesting scratchboard called ‘’Lace Leaf’ Brachychiton acerfolius (Illawarra Flame Tree)’ and Vivien’s is a watercolour entitled ‘Callistemon pinifolius’.  These artworks will probably be displayed in the Dickson room, where artworks donated to the ANBG previously can be viewed.

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.




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
The ACT Heritage Festival this year runs from 2 - 18 April. The Friends of Black Mountain have arranged a series of events. Click on the heading above for a link to details.
Wednesday, 23 March 2016
Another highly successful Summer Sounds season has just concluded here at the Gardens. This year’s season began in mid-January and ran for four weekends. And this year, apart from one damp and stormy weekend in which one concert was cancelled, the weather was perfect for summer evening relaxing with friends and family on the beautiful Eucalypt Lawn.
Monday, 29 February 2016
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