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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
Associate Professor Christopher Fulton & Ms Mae Noble ‘Murray crayfish as icons of healthy streams’ Thursday, 19 October 2017 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Chris and Mae, aquatic ecologists at ANU, will explain why this iconic species can be an effective indicator of riverine health, and be a flagship for community efforts to conserve freshwater streams in south-east Australia.

Mary Lovett ‘The Wonders of the Pilbara’ Thursday, 26 October 2017 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Mary, a volunteer guide at the Gardens, will talk on the significant biodiversity in the Pilbara of W.A.

Mary is an active member of Friends of ANBG and has been a seed collector, and a volunteer guide for several years.

Mary’s recent trip to the Pilbara area of W.A., highlighted its landscape within the context of its geological history and its significant floral biodiversity.

Dr Ted Edwards ‘The night shift: moths of the ACT’ Thursday, 2 November 2017 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Ted, a Lepidopterist, CSIRO Fellow and author, will reveal what is known – and just as importantly, what is not known – about some of the moths in the ACT; a home rich in moth fauna.

Associate Professor Cris Brack ‘How trees surprise us’ Thursday, 9 November 2017 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Cris, an Associate Professor at ANU, will encourage us to wonder about a future where trees could provide many of society's needs. Trees produce some beautiful wood, but they can also produce some incredible things too.

Dan Carmody ‘All things Range ring true and Uluru Kata-Tjuta National Park’ Thursday, 16 November 2017 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Dan is a Visitor Services Ranger at the ANBG, whose talk will reveal his experiences of the Uluru Kata-Tjuta Park’s flora, fauna, and one of the world’s oldest living cultures still managing the land today.

Dan Carmody has shown his enthusiasm for native plants and encouraging others to understand them for several years as a Visitor Services Ranger at the ANBG. He has spent several months at Uluru-Kata Yjuta National Park this year.

Dr Darren Leroux ‘The Urban Frontier: Rethinking ecological opportunities in a changing world’ Thursday, 23 November 2017 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Darren, an Environmental Project Officer with the ACT Parks and Conservation Service, will argue from recent urban ecology research for new and new and exciting restoration and conservation strategies for cities.

Darren Le Roux is an Environmental Project Officer, ACT Parks and Conservation Service, whose research and work experience to date has had a strong focus on wildlife conservation and biodiversity monitoring in human dominated landscapes.

Dr Bryan Lassard ‘All the buzz on Australia’s secret gardeners’ Thursday, 30 November 2017 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Bryan, an OCE Postdoctoral Fellow at CSIRO, will challenge many of the popular myths about Australian flies, and emphasise their status as essential pollinators of (and composters for) many iconic Australian plants.