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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.

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Event title Date Details
Assistant Professor Dianne Gleeson, ‘Wildlife detection using environmental DNA’ Thursday, 28 May 2015 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Associate Professor Dianne Gleeson research interests are in the application of DNA technologies for biodiversity conservation outcomes. Specifically this has been applied to population genetics of threatened species (invertebrates & vertebrates) and in the developing field of wildlife forensics. She is interested in application of next generation sequencing technologies to applications within ecology such as species detection from trace DNA samples and diet analysis of gut/scat contents.

Plant Science Group Technical Talk: Dr Greg Baines and Dr Michael Mulvaney, The ACT Rare Plants List. VENUE: THEATRETTE at the ANBG. Monday, 1 June 2015 - 10:30am

In 2012 the ACT Flora and Fauna Committee agreed a list of plant species that are rare in the ACT. Detailed work was subsequently carried out to compile lists of rare plants present in each component of Canberra Nature Park. In the joint presentation, Greg will firstly talk on how the ACT rare plants list was established, outlining the processes used and the underlying scientific basis of the work. Michael will then talk about mechanisms being used to gain new information about rare species to help ensure the list remains accurate.

Dr Martin Fortescue, ‘Booderee National Park: the jewel of Jervis Bay’ Thursday, 4 June 2015 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Martin, Booderee National Park Resource Manager, will discuss a new book on Booderee NP written in collaboration between ANU and Booderee researchers and talk about some of the benefits of the enduring research partnership.

 

Dr Karen Viggers, 'Science + Fiction does not = Science Fiction' Thursday, 11 June 2015 - 12:30pm

Karen, a best-selling author and veterinarian, will speak about using fiction to bring readers closer to wild places and environmental issues.

Viewing Botanical Art at National Library Wednesday, 17 June 2015 - 1:00pm, Wednesday, 17 June 2015 - 2:00pm, Wednesday, 17 June 2015 - 3:00pm

Friends are offered an exclusive opportunity to a viewing of original botanical illustrations and watercolours by the artists Robert David Fitzgerald (1830-1892), Adam Forster (1848-1928) and Ida McComish (1885-1978).  The viewing sessions will commence with a brief introductory talk. Please note that this event is for members only of the Friends of the ANBG. For more details, including booking arrangements, click on the heading in column 1 to the left.

Viewing Botanical Art at National Library Wednesday, 17 June 2015 - 1:00pm, Wednesday, 17 June 2015 - 2:00pm, Wednesday, 17 June 2015 - 3:00pm

Friends are offered an exclusive opportunity to a viewing of original botanical illustrations and watercolours by the artists Robert David Fitzgerald (1830-1892), Adam Forster (1848-1928) and Ida McComish (1885-1978).  The viewing sessions will commence with a brief introductory talk. Please note that this event is for members only of the Friends of the ANBG. For more details, including booking arrangements, click on the heading in column 1 to the left.

Viewing Botanical Art at National Library Wednesday, 17 June 2015 - 1:00pm, Wednesday, 17 June 2015 - 2:00pm, Wednesday, 17 June 2015 - 3:00pm

Friends are offered an exclusive opportunity to a viewing of original botanical illustrations and watercolours by the artists Robert David Fitzgerald (1830-1892), Adam Forster (1848-1928) and Ida McComish (1885-1978).  The viewing sessions will commence with a brief introductory talk. Please note that this event is for members only of the Friends of the ANBG. For more details, including booking arrangements, click on the heading in column 1 to the left.

Dr Tony Orchard, ‘Allan Cunningham: King’s collector for Kew’ Thursday, 18 June 2015 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Allan Cunningham was sent to Australia by Sir Joseph Banks to collect plants for the King's Botanical Garden at Kew (now Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew).  He traveled via Brazil (1814-16), arriving in Sydney in late 1816 and died there in 1839. He joined Oxley in the first expedition into inland New South Wales, before accompanying Phillip Parker King on four voyages to chart the north and northwest coast of Australia. In his subsequent expeditions he became one of the most successful explorers of inland NSW and Queensland, discovering, among other things, the Darling Downs of Queensland.

Sherry McArdle-English ‘Truffles in the ACT region’ Thursday, 25 June 2015 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Sherry, successful Canberra truffle grower, will describe her delightful journey with Snuffles, the truffle dog.

 

Vicki Still ‘Creating easy care and sustainable outdoor spaces’ Thursday, 2 July 2015 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Vicki Still, a former Australian and ACT Horticulturalist of the Year, established Easycare Garden Designs Pty Ltd in ACT in 1999. She will discuss how to create an easy care and sustainable garden and will answer questions on landscape design, construction and garden maintenance.

 

 

 

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