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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
8th Art in the Gardens with Friends Exhibition Saturday, 21 March 2015 - 9:30am to Sunday, 19 April 2015 - 4:30pm

The 8th ‘Art in the Gardens with Friends’ exhibition will open on Saturday 21 March 2015. Art works will be on display in the Visitor Centre between 9:30 am and 4:30 pm every day until Sunday 19 April. All of the works to be exhibited will portray native Australian plants many of which can be found in the ANBG Gardens. Most of the works will be for sale and a percentage of all Exhibition sales will go to support the Friends activities.

Dr Roger Hnatiuk ‘The National Arboretum: How big are the trees? How fast are they growing?' Thursday, 2 April 2015 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Roger will talk about the sampling strategies for assessing tree growth at the National Arboretum. Roger has found it most satisfying to make it possible for people to work together to produce major national and international projects that individuals working alone couldn’t do. Examples of his efforts have been: to see that the Friends and Volunteers programs were established at ANBG, the establishment of the Australian Plants as Bonsai Study Group, the establishment of the National Bonsai and Penjing Collection of Australia.

No Plant Technical Talk due to Public Holiday Monday, 6 April 2015 - 10:30am

No Plant Technical Talk in April due to Public Holiday. Next talk in May.

Professor Peter Kanowski ‘The World’s Forests: State and Prospects’ Thursday, 9 April 2015 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Peter will discuss Australia’s role in sustaining the world’s forests.

Professor Peter Kanowski is currently Master of University House, and Professor of Forestry, Fenner School of Environment and Society. Peter's roles comprise academic and professional leadership; research and teaching focused on forest and environmental policy, and on sustainability; and policy learning and development, and community engagement, associated with forest-related issues.

Growing Friends 2015 Autumn Plant Sale Saturday, 11 April 2015 - 8:30am to 11:00am

Plants are propagated and sold by The Growing Friends of the Australian National Botanic Gardens from material sourced from the Gardens. All proceeds go to support the Botanic Gardens.

When: Saturday 11 April

Time: 8.30am – 11.00am or earlier if sold out

Where: Small car park behind the Crosbie Morrison Centre, Australian National Botanic Gardens

Cost: $3 and $5 each

Walking with the Birds Sunday, 12 April 2015 - 8:00am to 9:30am

Friends are invited to join experienced guides on an early morning walk in the Gardens with an emphasis on bird watching. The walk will start from the Visitor Centre at 8 am and go for approx 1½ hours. Gates will be open from 7.45. Some binoculars will be provided but please bring your own if you have them.

Matthew Higgins ‘Burramys: Possums with Altitude’ Thursday, 16 April 2015 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Matthew will talk about this iconic and endangered mammal that is rarely seen.

Dr Judy West and Dr Zoe Knapp ‘The Role of the ANBG in Contributing to the Global Strategy' Thursday, 23 April 2015 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Judy West, Executive Director of the ANBG, and Zoe Knapp of Parks Australia, will provide an overview of the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation.

Kevin Thiele ‘Species, taxonomy, genomics and you: a guide for the perplexed’ Thursday, 30 April 2015 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Kevin Thiele, head of the W.A. Herbarium, will talk about defining species in the age of new genome sciences. Kevin is a practicing taxonomic and systematic botanist. He and his colleagues at the Herbarium and elsewhere regularly discover and name new species (and of course also rename perfectly good existing ones), and have to grapple with many of the issues that will be discussed in this talk.