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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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Guided Walks to resume in the Gardens Monday, 17 August 2020 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

Regular guided walks will resume from 17 August after being cancelled for many months due to COVID-19. A lot has happened in the Gardens over the last 6 months and there is little evidence now of the terrible damage done during the hailstorm in January. The new Banksia Garden is open to visitors although some of the planting is being delayed until more favourable conditions return in Spring.

Initially guided walks will be limited to the 11.00am walk only, and walk numbers will be strictly limited to 2 family groups with a maximum of 10 people, Strict social distancing will apply and walks will be planned to accommodate this. Walks will start under the clock near the rainforest bridge.

From 17th to the 23rd August brighten your winter day and discover the spectacular colours of leaves, bark, flowers and seeds in the Gardens on a Colour in Winter walk, while from 29th August to the 6th September you can join a Volunteer Guide on a Wattle Walk and hear about the symbolism and cultural history of the beautiful flower which is our national floral emblem.

 

Colour in Winter Guided Walk Monday, 17 August 2020 - 11:00am to Sunday, 23 August 2020 - 12:00pm

From 17th to the 23rd August brighten your winter day with a walk in the Gardens with a Volunteer guide. Discover the spectacular colours of leaves, bark, flowers and seeds in the Gardens on our new Colour in Winter walk.

Walks will start under the clock near the rainforest bridge. At this stage walk numbers will be limited to 2 family groups with a maximum of 10 people due to COVID-19 social distancing requirements.

 

Wattle Walks Saturday, 29 August 2020 - 11:00am to Sunday, 6 September 2020 - 12:00pm

Spring is in the air and the wattles are beginning to display their beauty around Canberra. Come and join a Volunteer Guide on a Wattle Walk in the Gardens and hear about the symbolism and cultural history of this beautiful flower which is our national floral emblem.

Walks will start under the clock near the rainforest bridge. At this stage walk numbers will be limited to 2 family groups with a maximum of 10 people due to COVID-19 social distancing requirements.

Botanic Art Groups Exhibition - The Legacy of Banks and Solander Saturday, 26 September 2020 (All day) to Sunday, 25 October 2020 (All day)

The Botanic Art Groups exhibition 'Legacy of Banks and Solander' will now take place between 26 September and 25 October 2020 in the Visitor Centre.

The exhibition will display botanical paintings and drawings featuring Banksias and other plants collected by Banks and Solander 250 years ago on Cook's voyage to Australia.

Growing Friends 2020 Spring Native Plant Sale Saturday, 14 November 2020 - 8:30am to 11:00am

The Growing Friends Spring Sale will be held on Saturday, 14th November 2020

Plants are propagated and tended by the Growing Friends from material sourced from the Gardens. All proceeds go to support the Gardens. Be early for the best selection.  A Plant List will be available on this website closer to the sale date.

When: Saturday, 14th November 2020
Time: 8.30 am – 11.00 am or earlier if sold out
Where: Small car park behind the Crosbie Morrison Centre, Australian National Botanic Gardens