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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
Schools Photographic Competition - Retrospective Thursday, 29 October 2020 (All day) to Sunday, 15 November 2020 (All day)

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic and the closure of the Gardens earlier this year, the Friends will not hold the Schools Photographic Competition in 2020. Instead, there will be a retrospective exhibition of first-prize-winning entries from the past 23 years on show at the ANBG Visitor Centre Gallery from 29 October to 15 November.

Ngunawal and National Capital Stories of Black Mountain - morning - FULLY BOOKED Sunday, 15 November 2020 - 9:30am

Fully booked.

Wally Bell, Ngunawal elder, and Mark Butz, environmental historian, talk about the Aboriginal, historic and natural heritage of Black Mountain. Due to popular demand, Wally and Mark will conduct walks in both the morning and afternoon. Bookings essential.

Ngunawal and National Capital Stories of Black Mountain - afternoon - FULLY BOOKED Sunday, 15 November 2020 - 1:30pm

Fully booked.

Wally Bell, Ngunawal elder, and Mark Butz, environmental historian, talk about the Aboriginal, historic and natural heritage of Black Mountain. Due to popular demand, Wally and Mark will conduct walks in both the morning and afternoon. Bookings essential.

Bubbles, Birthdays & Banksias – Celebrating 30 Years Wednesday, 18 November 2020 - 4:30pm to 6:30pm

The Friends’ Council has much pleasure in inviting members to celebrate the Friends 30th Anniversary.

We hope you will join us, to catch up over a sparkling wine and canapés at the Crosbie Morrison Lawn and Amphitheatre. After speeches and birthday cake, members are invited to explore the Banksia Garden, the cost of which was supported by a donation of $100,000 from the Friends. This was our gift to the Gardens in their 50th Anniversary year.

Bookings are essential. Tickets are $35 per person. Numbers are limited due to COVID-safe restrictions, so please book early to avoid missing out.

ANBG Photographic Group exhibition - Reflections Thursday, 19 November 2020 - 9:30am to Sunday, 6 December 2020 - 4:30pm

ANBG PHOTOGRAPHIC GROUP EXHIBITION – REFLECTIONS
VENUE – ANBG VISITORS CENTRE
TIME: 9.30AM – 4.30PM

Photography exhibition by the Friends Photographic Group.  Framed and unframed photographs and other items for sale.