Helping the Gardens Grow

Voluntary Guide and visitors at the ANBG (Photo: Alan Munns)
Voluntary Guide and visitors at the ANBG (Photo: Alan Munns)

The Australian National Botanic Gardens is currently seeking applications from people interested in becoming a voluntary guide at the Gardens.

Applications close on 23 October and more information, including the application form, can be found on the Gardens' Volunteers webpage, towards the bottom of the page.

The Friends 2015 Annual General Meeting is on Thursday 8 October at 5.00pm. Details are in the Calendar entry 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.




What a wonderful way to start the day - breakfast is not just for the birds!  For the past three weekends Friends and visitors joined in the early morning activities in the Gardens.
Wednesday, 7 October 2015
We celebrated our 25 Anniversary on 1 October this year. To read more, click on the blue heading above.  
Friday, 2 October 2015
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 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


Breakfast with the Birds
Saturday, 10 October 2015 - 7:45am
44th Black Mountain spring wildflower ramble
Saturday, 10 October 2015 - 9:30am to 12:00pm
Breakfast with the Birds
Sunday, 11 October 2015 - 7:45am
Schools Photographic Competition: Exhibition
Wednesday, 14 October 2015 - 9:30am to Sunday, 8 November 2015 - 4:30pm
Darren Le Roux ‘Biodiversity-sensitive cities: fact or fiction’
Thursday, 15 October 2015 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
Schools Photographic Competition: Prize Ceremony
Saturday, 17 October 2015 - 12:00pm
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