Helping the Gardens Grow

Relax into summer with a month long program featuring some of the best band and dance talent in the nation’s capital. As the sun goes down over the Gardens, the concerts are a popular way to enjoy the summer holidays in Canberra with outdoor picnicking, live music, socialising and dancing - all within a beautiful landscape of Australia's largest collection of native plants.

The concert program, presented over 8 nights, offers a diverse selection of music and dance performances.

Concerts are on the Eucalypt Lawn at the Gardens in Clunies Ross Street, Acton, on the lower slopes of Black Mountain. Concerts start at 5.30 pm and finish at 7.30. Bring a picnic or enjoy a BBQ meal and cold drinks for sale on site.

Proudly sponsored by The Central by Goodwin 

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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.




Many Friends will have seen recent media reports about the appointment of a consortium of architects and landscape architects to develop a 20-year Master Plan for the Australian National Botanic Gardens. There are many ideas on the table, including a new visitor centre, cafe, pathways and learning experiences for children. The scope of the Master Plan will also include a new seed bank and horticultural facilities designed to increase the horticultural, research and conservation capabilities of the ANBG. It is anticipated that the final Master Plan will be developed by June 2015.
Wednesday, 10 December 2014
A daily limit of three hours free parking for Friends of the ANBG will be introduced on 1 January 2015. Exemptions will apply to volunteers and to members of committees and special interest groups. Find out more about about the issuing of passes (PDF, 290 kB)
Wednesday, 19 November 2014
A major report entitled Australian alpine plant research, conservation and management was released on 21 October at the AGM of the Friends.
Sunday, 2 November 2014
The 26th Annual General Meeting of the Friends of the ANBG was held in the Gardens' Theatrette on 21 October 2014. For details, click on the heading above.
Wednesday, 22 October 2014


Dr Susan Serjeantson ‘The Banksia Story’
Thursday, 19 February 2015 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
Twilight Dinner 2015
Thursday, 19 February 2015 - 6:30pm
Dr Richard Groves ‘My Life in Weeds’
Thursday, 26 February 2015 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
Ben Walcott ‘Some notable gardens of England, France and Spain’
Thursday, 5 March 2015 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
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