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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
Botanic Art Group Exhibition Saturday, 22 March 2014 (All day) to Monday, 21 April 2014 (All day)

7th Botanic Art Group Exhibition
Saturday 22nd  March to Monday 21st April
The combined Friends' Botanic Art Groups will present a collection of botanic art featuring Australian native plants in the Visitor Centre, between 9:30 am and 4:30 pm from Saturday 22nd March until Monday 21st April. Many of the plants featured are in the ANBG collection. The majority of paintings will be for sale with a proportion of proceeds going to support Friends activities.Further information about the Exhibition is available.

Trevor Murray ‘Crested Pigeons: Communicating on the Wings of Sound’ Thursday, 17 April 2014 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Trevor will talk about recent research on the use of non-vocal communication of danger by the Crested Pigeon in the ANBG and surrounding suburbs.

Trevor Murray, a biologist at the Research School of Biology ANU, is undertaking his PhD on the alarm call communication of Crested Pigeons.

Dr Jake Gillen ‘An introduction to the Landscape Ecology of the Cooper Creek Floodplain Region in South Australia’ Thursday, 24 April 2014 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Jake will discuss the main vegetation communities encountered within the region and the factors driving their distribution, both laterally across the floodplain and longitudinally down the Cooper Creek system.

Dr Jake Gillen is a Visiting Fellow at the Fenner School of Environment and Society ANU.

'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.

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.

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.