The ANPC (Australian Network for Plant Conservation) will be running a two day workshop on plant identification for grassy ecosystems at the ANBG on 13th and 14th March. Registration for this workshop closes on 6th March. The cost to register is $225. For more information, click on the 'ANPC Workshop' heading above.
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On Wednesday 5 December the Gardens paid tribute to more than 150 volunteers who have worked in the Gardens for very significant times – in one case, 25 years. Most of the volunteers are members of the Friends.
Executive Director Dr Judy West, along with Senator Kate Lundy, thanked the Gardens’ many volunteers at a special ceremony on International Volunteer Day.
One of the benefits of being a member of the Friends of the ANBG is to occasionally get behind the scenes in the Gardens. On Thursday 8 November 40 of us got a close up look at the propagation of arid-zone plants for the Garden's new Red Centre Garden, which will open in October 2013 (more information on the Garden's website). We saw seedlings of many iconic species of Central Australian plants, ranging from Ghost Gums and Desert Oak to saltbush, diasies and spinifex.
Over twenty Friends were fortunate to have a warm and sunny day for the tour of the interior courtyard gardens at Parliament House on 4 October. Paul Janssens, the Director of Landscape Services at Parliament House led the tour.
The 24th AGM of the Friends was held in the Gardens Theatrette on 25 September. The President gave a report summarising the achievements over the past year and looking to some exciting initiatives during 2012/13. In particular the report highlights the Friends activities for the Canberra centenary, including the gift of a major artwork for the Red Centre garden meeting place and a Bush Capital celebration in November 2013, for which a Centenary grant of $15000 has been awarded by the ACT Government.
The most recent biennial conference of the Association of Friends of Botanic Gardens was held at the Australian Arid Lands Botanic Garden, Port Augusta, on 18 and 19 August 2012. The conference was attended by some 150 members of Friends of Botanic Gardens groups from around Australia and New Zealand, including seven members of the Friends of the ANBG.
The Friends of the ANBG celebrated National Wattle Day 2012 in considerable style with the launch of 'A Celebration of Wattle - Australia's National Emblem', a revised edition of Maria Hitchcock’s book 'Wattle' (AGPS 1991).
Enjoy the delights of Australian native plants in flower when you join one of the regular guided tours (at 11 am or 2 pm daily) during Floriade, from September 15 to October 14. Meet at the Visitor Centre. No bookings are necessary unless there are eight or more in the group.
Visitor Centre Gallery
A special exhibition by Duncan Smith, recipient of the 2003 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Artist of the Year Award.
After a couple of weeks of trial runs Flora Explorer, the Botanic Gardens' new electrically powered mini bus (funded by the Friends), was officially launched on her way by General Manager Peter Byron and Vice President of the Friends, Barbara Podger.