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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
Dr Liz Truswell ‘The woman who mapped the oceans’ Thursday, 24 August 2017 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Liz, Visiting Fellow at ANU and practising artist, will describe how geologist/cartographer Marie Tharp, working with the artist Heinrich Berann, produced maps of the global sea floor that contributed significantly to the development of plate tectonics.

Martin Butterfield ‘The Wide Black Land: reflections on the Carwoola bushfires’ Thursday, 31 August 2017 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

With his lifetime interest in birds, Martin will reflect on the responses to these fires by the vegetation, birds, animals and invertebrates in his garden and elsewhere as his property gradually recovers.

Catriona Donnelly ‘Wild Flowers of South Australia – the beautiful botanical illustrations of Fanny Elizabeth de Mole’ Thursday, 7 September 2017 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Catriona, a curator at National Museum of Australia, will explore the life and art of Fanny de Mole, one of a select group of colonial women botanical illustrators, in de Mole’s “Wild Flowers of South Australia” (1861).

Associate Professor Don Beer ‘Forgotten People and Hidden Secrets of the ANBG.’ Thursday, 14 September 2017 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

This talk will discuss influential but neglected staff-members from the early history of the Gardens and analyse the Gardens’ workforce - its composition, culture and the strategies that made it the way it has been.

Professor Rob Heinsohn ‘Can we save Swift Parrots from their introduced predators?’ Thursday, 21 September 2017 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Rob, Professor of Evolutionary and Conservation Biology at the ANU, will outline the impact of introduced sugar gliders on nesting Swift Parrots in Tasmania, and ponder the long-term future of these threatened birds.

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. 

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.

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.

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.