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Here you will find a calendar of Friends’ activities in the Gardens including lunchtime talks, social events, exhibitions and the ever-popular spring and autumn plant sales. In addition to events arranged by the Friends, we include some events arranged by the Gardens and by other organisations. A full list of events arranged by the Gardens is in their What's On webpage.

Lunchtime talks are held at 12.30pm every Thursday from February to November in the Gardens’ Theatrette. Talks last for 1 hour. Admission is by gold coin donation. There is no need to book. Some other events do require booking – please see individual items.

The ANBG Theatrette has a capacity of 90 seats. To avoid a breach of fire regulations, event organisers will monitor numbers and decline entry once all seats have been filled. We recommend that audience members arrive early to secure a seat.

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Event title Date Details
Wake Up With the Birds Sunday, 24 September 2017 - 7:45am to 9:15am

During Floriade we offer an early morning walk at weekends. Join us for a 1½ hour guided walk to see many of the Gardens' amazing birds. This year we are not including breakfast but you are welcome to purchase a coffee or breakfast following the bird walk in Pollen – the Gardens Café.

Tom North: 'Kakadu – collecting, sweat and tears' Thursday, 28 September 2017 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Tom North is Curator of the National Seed Bank. He will talk about trips to Kakadu at various times of the year in order to capture as much as possible the seasonal variance in fruiting and masting events for target species. 

 
ANBG Friends Photographic Group - Monthly meeting Friday, 29 September 2017 - 10:30am

The speaker for our September meeting is Phil McFadden

Subject: Landscape Photography

Phil McFadden is a keen photographer whose images have won silver and gold awards in international competitions. He will discuss why it is so hard to get a great landscape image, and give some pointers as to how to overcome the difficulties. There will also be a Show and Tell segment where members have the opportunity to show their recent photographs. Venue: ANBG Theatrette

Wake Up With the Birds Saturday, 30 September 2017 - 7:45am to 9:15am

The Australian National Botanic Gardens provide a fantastic habitat for many of Canberra’s birds, with water and nectar in abundance.

It is marvellous to be in the Gardens early in the morning before they are open to the general public.

Wake Up With the Birds Sunday, 1 October 2017 - 7:45am to 9:15am

During Floriade we offer an early morning walk at weekends. Join us for a 1½ hour guided walk to see many of the Gardens' amazing birds. This year we are not including breakfast but you are welcome to purchase a coffee or breakfast following the bird walk in Pollen – the Gardens Café.

Exposed - an exhibition by the Friends Photographic Group Thursday, 5 October 2017 (All day) to Sunday, 22 October 2017 (All day)

“Exposed” is the title for the 2017 annual exhibition of the Friends Photographic Group.

It will be on show in the Visitors Information Centre gallery from Thursday 5 October to Sunday 22 October 2017, coinciding with the Guides Conference and Floriade.

The exhibition will comprise framed works, unframed mounted prints, cards and bookmarks. These will all be for sale, with a percentage of sales going to support the Friends.

A photo slide show will also be installed in the exhibition space.

Brian Fox and Michael Keats ‘Gardens of Stone National Park’ Thursday, 5 October 2017 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Brian and Michael will describe their forays into the wilder parts of the Greater Blue Mountains National Parks. Along with learning about historic map makers and the origins of geographical names, abseiling, pack walking and canyoning add to the diversity of places to be visited and experiences to enjoy.

Brian Fox and Michael Keats jointly published “The Gardens of Stone National Park and beyond”, Books 1 to 6, 2011 to 2015.

Wake Up With the Birds Saturday, 7 October 2017 - 7:45am to 9:15am

The Australian National Botanic Gardens provide a fantastic habitat for many of Canberra’s birds, with water and nectar in abundance.

It is marvellous to be in the Gardens early in the morning before they are open to the general public.

Wake Up With the Birds Sunday, 8 October 2017 - 7:45am to 9:15am

During Floriade we offer an early morning walk at weekends. Join us for a 1½ hour guided walk to see many of the Gardens' amazing birds. This year we are not including breakfast but you are welcome to purchase a coffee or breakfast following the bird walk in Pollen – the Gardens Café.

Catriona Donnelly & Julie Ryder ‘Flowers of the Sea, and unravelling the identity of the Port Phillip seaweed album collector Thursday, 12 October 2017 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Catriona, a curator at National Museum of Australia, and Julie, a textile designer, reveal an album of pressed algae from Ireland, the Cape of Good Hope and the Port Phillip areas, and the sea-weed collector’s identity.

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