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|Lee Burgess - ‘Australian Plants to Aboriginal Artefacts’||Thursday, 4 July 2013 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm||
Lee Burgess will discuss the different types of native plants Aboriginal people have transformed into their everyday weapons, tools and cultural materials.
|Centenary Chat. Victoria Jones - ‘The History and Design of the Old Parliament House Gardens’||Thursday, 27 June 2013 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm||
Planning for the establishment of the Old Parliament House Gardens began in the late 1920s when Federal Parliament moved to Canberra from Melbourne. The gardens, which have a rich and important history and presence in the Parliamentary Triangle, were renovated and re-opened to the public in 2004.
|Centenary Chat - Graeme Barrow 'Magnificent Lake George'||Thursday, 20 June 2013 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm||
Graeme Barrow will talk about the origins of the lake, why its waters disappear, Aboriginal life around it, and its discovery by Joseph Wild. He will discuss European occupation of the lake, grandiose schemes to use its waters, and the terrible loss of life that has occurred when people have ignored the dangers it presents for the unwary.
|Dr Michael Whitehead 'The Empty Promises and Fake Advertisments of Orchid Pollination'||Thursday, 13 June 2013 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm||
Most flowering plants employ animals to carry out the essential service of pollination. The majority of these plants persuade their pollinators through rewards such as nectar or pollen, the presence of which is signalled through bright petals and sweet scents. There are, however, many plant species whose false advertisements draw pollinators to rewardless flowers. Chief among them are the orchids who masterfully deceive pollinators through false promises of sex and food. Michael will discuss his research on pollination in rewardless flowers, with a special focus on the sexually deceptive orchids of Eastern Australia.
|Centenary Chat. Assoc. Prof. Don Beer - 'Miracle on Black Mountain: The Early History of Australian National Botanical Gardens'||Thursday, 6 June 2013 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm||
Don will explain how a phrase on the winning design for Canberra led to the world’s most comprehensive collection of Australian plants.
|1963 - Landscaping the Lake: A Garden History Society event||Wednesday, 5 June 2013 - 6:00pm||
When Lake Burley Griffin filled over the summer of 1963-64 the two quasi-villages north and south of the Molonglo River were united into a single city. Dr Dianne Firth, whose PhD researched the history of the Lake, will describe how the Lake’s construction involved extensive shaping of new basins which had impacts on a number of landscapes.
|Pat Wright - 'Orchids Galore: Spring Festival in Columbia'||Thursday, 30 May 2013 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm||
Plant enthusiasts the world over like to display the exceptional beauty and diversity of their land; some in competition, others merely aesthetically pleasing themselves. Artistically this festival is a mind-blowing kaleidoscope of colour, shapes and form.
|Dr Virginia Lohr - 'Why I Love (and Why You Love) the ANBG||Thursday, 23 May 2013 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm||
Research on human response to plants helps us understand how people respond psychologically and physically to plants and what scientists think about why we respond so strongly.