Helping the Gardens Grow

Official ribbon-cutting ceremony (Photo: Jim Gould)
Official ribbon-cutting ceremony (Photo: Jim Gould)

Progress has been excellent on the Paperbark Treehouse, which was officially opened on Wednesday 29 November in a lively ceremony by Acting Deputy Secretary Matt Cahill of the Department of the Environment and Energy. The treehouse has been attracting much media interest and many visitors.

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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Your guide to what’s fresh and flowering in the Gardens now.

  Latest edition, 6-19 December 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.
Saturday, 9 December 2017
Our hard-working Membership team will be processing membership renewals and applications each week almost up to Christmas, and then take a short break:
Saturday, 9 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
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


Summer Sounds 2018 with Annie and the Armadillos
Saturday, 27 January 2018 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Summer Sounds 2018 with Laura Alyce Ingram
Sunday, 28 January 2018 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Summer Sounds 2018 with Gypsy Jazz Project
Saturday, 3 February 2018 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Summer Sounds 2018 with the Royal Military College Band
Sunday, 4 February 2018 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm
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