Pollen, a café featuring healthy, modern, wholesome food and a relaxed dining experience, is set to open at the Australian National Botanic Gardens. The present cafe, Floresco, will be closed to the public for renovations from Sunday 2 April through to Saturday 8 April. But don’t despair... coffee and snacks will be available from a coffee cart during this time. Following renovations, Pollen will officially open on Sunday 9 April.
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The Australian Association of Friends of Botanic Gardens (AAFBG) is a not-for-profit incorporated association. It involves the community and supports the growth of Friends groups interested in the well-being and public appreciation of botanic gardens through their conservation and development, scientific, educational, historical, cultural and recreational functions. Members represent a range of botanic gardens and parks in regional and metropolitan areas throughout Australia.
The Growing Friends autumn sale will be held on Saturday 25 March, 8.30am to 11.00am unless sold out earlier, in the small carpark behind the Crosbie Morrison building. A plant list will be available a week prior to the sale. Included in this year’s autumn plant sale is a selection of plants from groundcovers, to small and medium shrubs, to medium and large trees. There will be the old favourites - Acacia, Banksia, Correa, and Crowea as well as the more unusual Hypocalymma angustifolium, Indigofera adesmiifolia, and Teucrium racemosum.
The Friends have decided to continue their support for the ANBG library by providing a further $2500 for book purchases. If members have suggestions as to books or periodicals that they would like to see in the library, they can contact Maureen Connolly on firstname.lastname@example.org. Members should note that the ANBG library is open to Friends and is well worth a visit.
Our annual Summer Sounds evening concert series on the Eucalypt Lawn in the Gardens is a favourite Canberra summer event. This year, despite some challenging hot weather, the atmosphere on the Eucalypt Lawn was always lively and concert-goers clearly enjoyed the opportunity to kick back and relax.
The Thursday Talks Program for 2017 resumed on 2 February with a talk by Tim Fischer AC. Tim Fischer, former Deputy Prime Minister and Ambassador to the Holy See, is currently the Vice-Chair, Global Crop Diversity Trust (GCDT) for the Svalbard Seed Vault, Norway. The talk was entitled Collecting Vital Seeds: from the Gallipoli Oaks collected by John Monash to the Crop Trust and Svalbard Vault today, collecting seeds matters more than ever!
Friends of the ANBG, guests and members of the Photographic Group gathered on Wednesday 23rd November for the opening of the annual photography exhibition. The evening started with various speakers, after which people had ample time to admire the photographs and other items on display. Food and drinks were provided. The exhibition highlighted the beauty and diversity of the Australian Native Flora and Fauna and brought together photographers of many different skills and experiences using a variety of equipment.
Every year for 20 years the Friends have run a schools photographic competition. Many excellent images were submitted this year - a total of 337, a large increase on last year. The award ceremony was held on Saturday 12 November. Competition judge Ken Crawford congratulated students on the quality and originality of their work.
Find out about Gardens you can visit when travelling round Australia or overseas. In this issue of Eucalypt there are three new members of the Australian Association of Friends of Botanic Gardens, in Queensland, South Australia and Scotland.
There is a five star bee hotel at the Waite Institute Arboretum in Adelaide that you can compare with our very own bee hotel in the ANBG. The Friends at Redcliffe in Queensland have been cooking up a storm in their garden and then Don Bourke came to visit. And in Edinburgh there are actually four gardens you can visit.
Read this issue of Eucalypt to discover a heap about Gardens, including that the next AGM of the Australian Association of Friends of Botanic Gardens will be held at the ANBG on 20 May next year.
The 28th AGM was held on Wednesday 19 October.
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