Helping the Gardens Grow

Photo: Fanny Karouta-Manasse, Calytrix tetragona (Fringe Myrtle)
Photo: Fanny Karouta-Manasse, Calytrix tetragona (Fringe Myrtle)

The Friends Photographic Group is holding its third exhibition of photographs in the Visitor Information Centre at the ANBG from 23rd November to 11th December 2016.

Photographs in the Exhibition are taken by members of the Photographic Group. All items will be for sale, with a portion of the proceeds supporting the work of the Friends of the Gardens.

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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.


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Every year for 20 years the Friends have run a schools photographic competition. Many excellent images were submitted this year - a total of 337, a large increase on last year. The award ceremony was held on Saturday 12 November. Competition judge Ken Crawford congratulated students on the quality and originality of their work.
Thursday, 17 November 2016
Eucalypt issue 47 for November 2016 is now available for download. Find out about Gardens you can visit when travelling round Australia or overseas. In this issue of Eucalypt there are three new members of the Australian Association of Friends of Botanic Gardens, in Queensland, South Australia and Scotland. There is a five star bee hotel at the Waite Institute Arboretum in Adelaide that you can compare with our very own bee hotel in the ANBG. The Friends at Redcliffe in Queensland have been cooking up a storm in their garden and then Don Bourke came to visit. And in Edinburgh there are actually four gardens you can visit. Read this issue of Eucalypt to discover a heap about Gardens, including that the next AGM of the Australian Association of Friends of Botanic Gardens will be held at the ANBG on 20 May next year.
Monday, 14 November 2016
Fortunately, the rain and thunderstorm did not arrive on Saturday morning as predicted. A queue of people, many of them happy returning customers, had arrived by 8:30. Thanks to the Growing Friends who helped with the sale, both with the setting up on Friday afternoon and on Saturday morning and also in the weeks leading up to the sale. Many of the volunteers at the sale were Growing Friends who have joined us recently – thank you, and once again, welcome to the Growing Friends. The next plant sale will be on 25th March 2017.
Sunday, 13 November 2016
The 28th AGM was held on Wednesday 19 October. Click on the heading above for full details.
Friday, 21 October 2016
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