Helping the Gardens Grow

These 4 paintings will all be for sale
These 4 paintings will all be for sale

Saturday 21st March to Sunday 19th April  - 9:30 pm to 4:30 pm

The combined Friends' Botanic Art Groups will present a collection of botanic art featuring Australian native plants in the Visitor Centre from Saturday 21st March. Many of the plants featured are in the ANBG collection. The majority of paintings will be for sale, with a proportion of proceeds going to support Friends activities. There will be a preview for Friends from 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm on Friday 20th March.

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We are a diverse group of people who love and support our beautiful Gardens – the world’s largest collection of Australian native plants. We have an extensive program of talks, visits and social events. There are many opportunities for members and visitors to meet, learn, grow and enjoy the riches of this very special place. This website will help you find events that most interest you.

We were formed in 1990 as a community support group for the Gardens. Since then we have raised and spent around $3/4 million on projects in the Gardens and now have close to 2000 members. And we support the Gardens in many other ways, such as leading guided walks to show visitors the wonders of the Gardens, and hands on support of research programs.




A key aspect of Friends’ involvement with the Gardens has been in the area of research into native flora. A recent example was the Friends’ support for the internship program run by the Centre for Australian National Biodiversity Research for a group of students from Australia and overseas.
Saturday, 28 February 2015
This year we celebrate the 25th anniversary of the founding of the Friends of the Australian National Botanic Gardens. Our anniversary dinner on 19 February was sold out weeks ahead.
Saturday, 21 February 2015
The Friends around the Lake “Luminous Botanicus” event on Thursday 5 March has sold out.
Friday, 20 February 2015
Weekend evening concerts in the Botanic Gardens have been a feature of summer in Canberra for many years. This year we, the Friends and the Gardens, staged eight very successful concerts. There was a little more singing in the rain than we might have wanted, but everyone had a great time.                                    
Wednesday, 4 February 2015


Ben Walcott ‘Some notable gardens of England, France and Spain’
Thursday, 5 March 2015 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
Sally Barnes ‘Parks Australia – Strategic Visions’
Thursday, 12 March 2015 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
8th Art in the Gardens with Friends Exhibition
Saturday, 21 March 2015 - 9:30am to Sunday, 19 April 2015 - 4:30pm
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