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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
Karl van Dyke ‘The Perfumery in the Ancient World’ Thursday, 27 November 2014 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Perfumes have always been a part of the ancient world, linking the attractive smells of Nature directly to the human condition. While we think of perfumes as cosmetics, masking natural odours or acting as attractants, they have also been a part of human rituals, linked to marriage, religious ritual and the rituals associated with death and the afterlife.

Plant Science Group Technical Talk: Dr Russell Barrett, 'Seduced by Sedges – a Decade of Studies on Australian Cyperaceae' Monday, 1 December 2014 - 9:00am

Venue: Theatrette in the Australian National Botanic Gardens.

Sedges are not the sexiest of plants - but they are not unimportant. As one of the larger families in the Australian flora, with species present in almost all environments across the continent, sedges play a key role in landscape ecology. Poorly studied, we are only now learning about their relationships (complex), ecological functions (many), and even how many species we have (lots!).