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Photographic Group, 'Some Technical Aspects of Photography' Friday, 29 July 2016 - 10:30am

At this meeting we will be showing a few videos which we hope will stimulate discussion among members. Topics include: Establishing your workflow, High dynamic range, Managing ISO and White balance.

John Turnbull ‘Trees, Woods and Man’ Thursday, 28 July 2016 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

John Turnbull is a former CSIRO scientist who researched the use of Australian native trees and exotic introductions. Later, as Chief Scientist at the Centre for International Forestry Research in Indonesia, he managed an international research program on tropical rainforest conservation and rehabilitation. He has been a volunteer guide at ANBG since 1999.

Black Mountain Summit Walk #1 Friday, 22 July 2016 - 9:30am to 1:00pm

Summit Walk 1.  Summit Walk up and back

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.

Two walks have been arranged to celebrate these anniversaries, this one on 22 July the other on 30 July.

Dr Cathy Offord ‘Understanding our rainforests from the seed up: conservation research on Wollemi pine and other Australian rainforest species’ Thursday, 21 July 2016 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Dr Cathy Offord is a Principal Research Scientist working for the Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust, Sydney (RBG). She currently holds the position of Manager of Germplasm Conservation and Horticultural Research and is an adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Sydney. Cathy is based at the Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan (in south-west Sydney) and manages the integrated science facilities of the Australian Plant Bank.

David Coutts ‘Botanic gardens: where did they come from?’ Thursday, 14 July 2016 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

David is the immediate past President of the Friends. He is an agricultural economist who has worked in Europe at FAO and OECD.

In the talk David takes a look at the history of botanic gardens, how the concept evolved and focuses on some of the really historic gardens that still exist, especially in Europe.


Wally Bell ‘Today’s Aboriginal culture: A Ngunnawal Perspective’ Thursday, 7 July 2016 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Wally Bell is a Ngunnawal man. He is the Chair of their NFPO, Buru Ngunnawal Aboriginal Corporation. Wally is actively participating in all aspects of Aboriginal cultural heritage management for the area that lies within the Ngunawal tribal boundary. He also engages with the wider community to develop a better understanding of Ngunawal culture.

Wally will describe the development and content of the “Ngunnawal Plant Use”guide, and the establishment of the Mulanggang Aboriginal Landcare Group and its work on rehabilitating cultural sites in the Ginninderra Catchment.

Plant Science Group Technical Talk: Dr Nigel England, 'Domestication and breeding of Eucalyptus benthamii (Camden White Gum) and E. dorrigoensis (Dorrigo White Gum)' Monday, 4 July 2016 - 10:30am

The Camden White Gum is a ‘vulnerable’ tree species from the Nepean River and tributaries near Sydney. The Dorrigo White Gum is a very closely related species from the Dorrigo plateau in Northern NSW. The Camden White Gum has however proved very adaptable and is now planted in commercial plantations in both North and South America. This presentation describes some of the work that the CSIRO Australian Tree Seed Centre, with the help of some citizen scientists, has been doing to understand the genetics and conserve both species. Venue: Theatrette at the ANBG

Dr Chris Cargill ‘Why you shouldn’t eat your crusts: adaptation and diversity in a remarkable liverwort’ Thursday, 30 June 2016 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Chris graduated from Monash University in 1978 and, after some years engrossed in liverworts as a research assistant, went on to complete her PhD at the University of Southern Illinois in 2000. Returning to Australia, she became curator of the cryptogam collection at the Australian National Herbarium in 2001.

Photographic Group: Murray Foote, 'Landscape Photography' Friday, 24 June 2016 - 10:30am

Murray is a well-travelled photographer and will inspire you with his photos of amazing places – often wild and remote. This talk on Landscape Photography includes finding an image, light, equipment, exposure, RAW and other techniques.

Murray was Former President and Competition Director at the Canberra Photographic Society. He has won various photographic awards including first place in the Australian Photographic Society (APS) National Competition and overall best image in an APS Interstate Competition. Murray is an official photographer at music festivals.

David Young ‘Fascinating flowers of Tongass National Forest, Alaska’ Thursday, 23 June 2016 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

David, well-known garden advisor, will explore the flora of Tongass National Forest in Southeast Alaska.

After King’s Park in Perth, David took his horticultural expertise to Canberra, including the Canberra Botanic Gardens (now the ANBG), and then Nepal. There he was involved in community forestry work and construction of the National Seed Store. He is a well -known Garden Advisor in many ways; including giving countless talks to interested groups and on radio and television.