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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
Sculpture Garden tour, National Gallery of Australia Wednesday, 29 October 2014 - 10:00am

Join us in a wander through the Sculpture Garden at the National Gallery with a Gallery guide. Learn about the sculptures and to see how Australian plants enhance the design of the separate 'external rooms'. Explore the Turrell Skyspace and associated water features. Meet at 10.00am at the main Gallery entrance. This is a free Friends-only event. Bookings are essential - by email to Places are limited. Enquires to Jonette McDonnell  6288 7829.

Dr Rod King ‘Could Plants Adapt to Increased Temperature Quickly Enough by Normal Evolutionary Pressures? Thursday, 30 October 2014 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Rod will look at whether Australian and exotic plants can adapt to increased temperature by normal evolutionary processes quickly enough.

Plant Science Group talk: Dr Mark Clements Monday, 3 November 2014 - 10:30am

The November talk to the Friends' Plant Science Group will be given by Dr Mark Clements, head of the Orchid Research Group in the Centre for Australian National Biodiversity Research. His topic is Australian Orchids: what we do and don’t know about them.

Venue is the Theatrette in the Australian National Botanic Gardens.

Kate Grarock ‘The Mulligans Flat-Goorooyarroo Woodland Experiment’ Thursday, 6 November 2014 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Mulligans Flat Woodland Sanctuary is situated within the Mulligans Flat Nature Reserve. The Sanctuary is owned by the ACT Government and contains the critically-endangered box gum grassy woodland ecosystem. In collaboration, the ACT government and the Australian National University have been working on a major research project entitled “The Mulligans Flat-Goorooyarroo Woodland Experiment” designed to aid our understanding and management of this critically endangered ecosystem. Kate Grarock is the Ecologist at Mulligans Flat Woodland Sanctuary.

Native Plant Sale Saturday, 8 November 2014 - 8:30am to 11:00am

Plants are propagated and tended by the Growing Friends from material sourced from the Gardens. All proceeds go to support the Gardens. Be early for the best selection. A plant list is available on this website. Plants cost $3 and $5 each. Read on to see some of the plants that will be available for sale,.

When: Saturday 8 November 2014
Time: 8.30 am – 11.00 am or earlier if sold out
Where: Small car park behind the Crosbie Morrison Centre, Australian National Botanic Gardens

Dr Roger Farrow ‘Plants of the Peruvian Andes and their Australian Connections’ Thursday, 13 November 2014 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

We are familiar with the Gondwanda connection between the Proteaceae, Podocarpaceae, Nothofagaceae and Podocarpaceae of South America and South Africa, but when the flowering plants arose in South America the ancestors of many other plant families got to Australia until it was set adrift in the Southern Ocean.  Some retained conservative values and other groups diversified and I will be discussing some of the connections between the plants that I encountered recently in the Andes and their counterparts in Australia across a range of families.

Associate Professor Don Beer ‘The Great Fire of 1984, the Wettest Winter, Princess Di and Other Episodes: the ANBG under its First Director, 1979-89'. Thursday, 20 November 2014 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Dr Robert Boden, the Gardens' first director, set out to bring harmony to its workforce, develop its educational and conservation roles, and build up its support among the public.  He promoted the Gardens as a major cultural institution.  This talk will look at the reasons for and successes of this program.  It will place them in the context of the politics and society of the 1980s.  It will also refer to some of the more striking highlights of the decade.

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.