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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
'Offshoots' exhibition of works by Julie McEnerny Friday, 25 April 2014 (All day) to Monday, 16 June 2014 (All day)

A travelling exhibition of drawings, paintings and etchings, based on five years collaboration between Julie and Cairns Botanic Gardens.

Julie is also giving a talk on Thursday 8 May at 12.30 pm.

Dr Saul Cunningham 'Bees and the Future of Pollination in Australia' Thursday, 1 May 2014 - 12:30pm

Saul will discuss the importance of bees to ecosystems - as pollinators of native plants and many crops.

Photographic Group monthly meeting Friday, 2 May 2014 - 10:30am to 11:30am

ANBG Friends Photographic Group monthly meeting will be held in the Theatrette opposite the Visitors Centre. Member Stewart Hogben will talk about exposure compensation, how and when to use it. Show and tell will be about pictures taken in the glasshouse. For ANBG Friends only.

Weeding Black Mountain Saturday, 3 May 2014 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

The Friends of Black Mountain and Friends of the ANBG are removing woody weeds from the ANBG Northern Extension.

Please email your name and phone number to or phone Linda (0437 298 711) or Carol (0439 031 162), so there is enough morning tea. Meet at ACTEW Sub-station on Frith Road behind CSIRO.

ANBG Friends Plant Science Group Technical Talk Monday, 5 May 2014 - 10:30am

ANBG Friends Plant Science Group Technical Talk
Date & Time: Monday 5th May, 2014 at 10.30 am
Place: Crosbie Morrison Building, ANBG

Topic:    Cryptic Plants: Secrets of the Early Land Plants

Speaker: Dr Christine Cargill, Curator of Cryptogams, ANBG

Julie McEnery 'An Artist in Tropical North Queensland' Thursday, 8 May 2014 - 12:30pm

Julie will speak on the development of her Offshoots works and her relationship with the Cairns Botanic Gardens, features of which are depicted in her work, including the ever-popular Amorphophallus titanum.

Dennis Ayliffe 'The Realm of the Polar Bear' Thursday, 15 May 2014 - 12:30pm

Dennis will discuss some of the fauna, flora and geography of a rarely-visited area in the Arctic around the Svalbard Archipelago, north of Iceland and west of Greenland.

Fascination of Plants Day Sunday, 18 May 2014 (All day)

Discover Australian eucalypt stories on a self-guided Eucalypt trail, or take a free guided walk to celebrate Fascination of Plants Day.

Pick up your Eucalypt trail brochure from the Visitor Centre. Free guided walks depart 11.00 am and 2.00 pm daily.

Rosemary Purdie 'Kamchatka Revisited: Plant Life on the Edge' Thursday, 22 May 2014 - 12:30pm

Rosemary will draw on two recent Kamchatka visits to discuss the challenges facing plants in a landscape dominated by 30 active and 250+ inactive volcanoes.

Kay Johnston 'Heritage Chinese Gardens' Thursday, 29 May 2014 - 12:30pm

Kay will introduce the audience to the history and development of classical Scholar Gardens, illustrated by pictures of the Suzhou gardens.