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Dr Greg Johnson ‘Quill and Spade: Pioneer garden writing in Australia 1788-1888.’ Thursday, 8 September 2016 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Garden making wasn’t easy for the women and men who settled in Australia between 1788 and 1888.

In addition to upside-down seasons, the colonists faced droughts, floods and fires, with the challenges in garden making even greater west of the Great Divide, where the summers were hotter, and the winters were freezing!

Plant Science Group: Technical Talk Monday, 5 September 2016 - 10:30am

Topic:    Evolutionary ecology of plants: Understanding the evolution of plant mating systems.

Speaker: Dr Francisco Encinas Viso, OCE Postdoctoral fellow, Centre for Australian National Biodiversity Research (CANBR), CSIRO National Facilities and Collections

Black Mountain Weeding Work Party Saturday, 3 September 2016 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Removing woody weeds from Black Mountain and ANBG annexes

Meet:  Caswell Drive Car Park, Black Mountain. The car park is on the south west side of Black Mountain Nature Reserve. Drive southward from Belconnen Way towards the Glenloch Interchange, Woden or Tuggeranong. Look out for the balloons. 

Dr Emma Kindred ‘Spring’s Golden Plumes: Wattle in Australian art of the twentieth century.’ Thursday, 1 September 2016 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Dr Emma Kindred will discuss the significance of wattle in Australian landscape and still-life paintings and prints by celebrated artists such as Frederick McCubbin, Elioth Gruner, Penleigh Boyd, Dorrit Black and Grace Cossington Smith.

Professor Graham Farquhar ‘Plant growth in a changing climate particularly related to eCO2, precipitation and crop demand for water.’ Thursday, 25 August 2016 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

After a quick look at what drives climate change, we examine what should be happening to precipitation and evaporation, and then what has actually happened so far, including effects on vegetation around the world.

Dr Susan Serjeantson ‘John Gould’s shooter: the unsung hero, John Gilbert’ Thursday, 18 August 2016 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Sue, Chair of the Friends’ Thursday Talks committee,will celebrate the contribution of John Gould’s collector in Australia, John Gilbert.

Dr Sue Serjeantson AO was Professor in Human Genetics at the John Curtin School of Medical Research before serving as ANU Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) and Director of the Institute of Advanced Studies from 1994-1997. She was Executive Director of the Australian Academy of Science until 2008.

Dr Janine Deakin ‘Transmissible tumours threatening survival of Tasmanian devils’ Thursday, 11 August 2016 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Janine Deakin is an Associate Professor in the Institute for Applied Ecology at the University of Canberra.  In 2010 she was awarded an Australian Research Council Future Fellowship to track the evolution of devil facial tumours. With the Fellowship she established her own research group, initially at the ANU and, from 2013, at the University of Canberra. Janine’s passion for Australian wildlife has also led her to explore aspects of genetics and genomics of platypus, wallabies and central bearded dragons.

Ben Walcott ‘Gardens that have influenced us’ Thursday, 4 August 2016 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Ben and Ros Walcott have been involved with the Australian Native Plants Society of Canberra since coming to Canberra and are now Leaders of the Garden Design Study Group of the Australian Native Plants Society (Australia). Ben is currently the President of ANPSA. Ben helps Ros research “In Flower This Week” each fortnight at the ANBG.

Ben Walcott had a long career as a Professor of Physiology at Stony Brook University on Long Island, NY. He was also Associate-Provost of the university for eight years.

Plant Science Group Technical Talk: Dr Liz Truswell, 'Why Palaeobotany?' Monday, 1 August 2016 - 10:30am

Only a small fraction of the Earth’s vegetation will ever leave evidence of its existence in the fossil record, and the processes for generating plant fossil assemblages are diverse and complex’.

In this discussion Liz will explore ways in which plants and plant material become fossilised; outline the main features of plant evolution shown by the fossil record; review the applications of palaeobotany in areas such as the use of past climates as baselines for measuring current changes; and speculate briefly about the future directions of palaeobotany. Venue: ANBG Theatrette.

Black Mountain Summit Walk #2 Saturday, 30 July 2016 - 9:30am to 12:00pm

Summit Walk 2. Walk downhill from the Summit        

Black Mountain was declared a Nature Reserve by Hon Peter Nixon, Minister for the Interior on 23 July 1970, and the declaration was gazetted on 30 July 1970.

The Summit Walk, a cooperative project between the ACT Government, the Australian National Botanic Gardens (ANBG) and Telstra, was officially opened on 20 July 2000.

This walk has been arranged to celebrate these anniversaries.