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.




A new Constitution for the Friends has been developed during 2015 by a Friends’ Constitution Committee involving consultation with Council and the Friends. The consultation process was most rewarding and contributed significantly to enhancing the final version of the Constitution.                               At its meeting on 1 September 2015, Council agreed to recommend the Constitution as a Special Resolution for ratification by the Friends at its Annual General Meeting on 8 October 2015. The proposed Constitution can be downloaded from the website. To read more, click on the blue heading above.
Thursday, 3 September 2015
The Gardens' volunteer guides will help celebrate National Wattle Day this year. Our regular guided walks, at 11.00am and 2.00pm every day from Monday 31 August to Sunday 6 September will focus on wattles in the Gardens. The walks are free and leave from the Visitor Centre in the Gardens.
Wednesday, 19 August 2015
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


Parkcare Display at Jamison Centre
Friday, 4 September 2015 - 9:00am to Sunday, 6 September 2015 - 4:30pm
Black Mountain Nature Reserve, Weeding Working Party
Saturday, 5 September 2015 - 9:00am to 12:00pm
ANBG Friends Plant Science Group Technical Talk: Dr Mark Wallace
Monday, 7 September 2015 - 10:30am to 11:30am
Wattle Walk, Black Mountain
Sunday, 13 September 2015 - 9:00am to 11:30am
Third Alison McKenzie Memorial Lecture: Geoffrey Dabb-Ten Birds of Canberra
Thursday, 17 September 2015 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
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