Helping the Gardens Grow

This year marks the 25 anniversary of the formation of the Friends of the ANBG. Members are invited to celebrate at the Anniversry Dinner on Thursday 19 February at Café Floresco in the Gardens. Our guest speaker will be historian and Friends’ member Associate Prof Don Beer who will reflect on how the Friends came to be established and how we have fared since then. Click on read more below for more information including the dinner invitation, how to book and the menu.

The Flora Explorer timetable has changed. Read more..

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 1700 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.




Many Friends will have seen recent media reports about the appointment of a consortium of architects and landscape architects to develop a 20-year Master Plan for the Australian National Botanic Gardens. There are many ideas on the table, including a new visitor centre, cafe, pathways and learning experiences for children. The scope of the Master Plan will also include a new seed bank and horticultural facilities designed to increase the horticultural, research and conservation capabilities of the ANBG. It is anticipated that the final Master Plan will be developed by June 2015.
Wednesday, 10 December 2014
A daily limit of three hours free parking for Friends of the ANBG will be introduced on 1 January 2015. Exemptions will apply to volunteers and to members of committees and special interest groups. Find out more about about the issuing of passes (PDF, 290 kB)
Wednesday, 19 November 2014
A major report entitled Australian alpine plant research, conservation and management was released on 21 October at the AGM of the Friends.
Sunday, 2 November 2014
The 26th Annual General Meeting of the Friends of the ANBG was held in the Gardens' Theatrette on 21 October 2014. For details, click on the heading above.
Wednesday, 22 October 2014
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