Helping the Gardens Grow

Entrance to the Treehouse
Entrance to the Treehouse (Photo: Jill More)

Progress has been excellent on the Paperbark Treehouse, which will be officially opened on Friday 29 November by the Secretary of the Department of the Environment and Energy, Mr Finn Pratt.

This exciting artwork has been underwritten by the Friends and is a major activity of the Public Fund of the Friends. Our thanks to all who have donated so far to the Public Fund campaign: as of last week, the Public Fund had received around $24,000 in donations.

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.


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  Latest edition, 22 November - 5 December 2017




The 2017 spring plant sale was held on Saturday 11th November in the small carpark behind the Crosbie Morrison Building in the Gardens. Suzi Bond was there to talk about plants that provide food for butterflies. She found it interesting to see the sale and to talk to some of the customers and Growing Friends. The sale raised $5918, all of which will go towards the many projects supported by the Friends.
Friday, 24 November 2017
Sponsored by Icon Water and the Friends of the Gardens. Relax into summer with a two-weekend program featuring some of the best bands 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 2018 concerts will be on two weekends: Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 January followed by Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 of February.
Thursday, 23 November 2017
The 29th AGM of the Friends was held at the Gardens on Tuesday 31 October. Three new Council members were elected: Jann Ollerenshaw as Secretary, and Wendy Antoniak and Linda Beveridge as Council members. The President, Lesley Jackman, welcomed the new members and thanked the retiring Council members (David Cox, Jan Finley, and Rita Maclachlan) for their work and support. John and Maureen Connolly were invested as life members of the Friends for their excellent and continuing contributions over many years.
Wednesday, 22 November 2017
On Saturday 28 October the Friends hosted a lively ceremony in the Theatrette to award the prizes for the 21st Schools Photographic Competition.
Sunday, 29 October 2017


ANBG Friends Photographic Group - November meeting
Friday, 24 November 2017 - 7:30am
Dr Bryan Lessard ‘All the buzz on Australia’s secret gardeners’
Thursday, 30 November 2017 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
Weeding Work Party 2 December 2017
Saturday, 2 December 2017 - 8:30am to 11:30am
ANU Public Lecture 11 December - Joseph Banks' Florilegium
Monday, 11 December 2017 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm
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