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Peter White 'A view from the ANBG 200 years ago' Thursday, 13 September 2012 - 12:30pm

Where we now walk, sit and admire the beauty of the ANBG has been the home of Aboriginal people for more than 25,000 years. This talk gives a little glimpse of how these people may have lived, how they obtained their living from the environment and the traces of their lives that we can still see in the urban landscape of the National Capital."

 
Ben Walcott 'Visiting this year's Chelsea Flower Show' Thursday, 6 September 2012 - 12:30pm

Ben and Ros Walcott went on a trip this year with Angus Stewart to the gardens of Italy and finished the trip at the Royal Chelsea Flower Show. Ben will talk about the Show and have pictures of the gardens and displays.

Ben and Ros are keen gardeners who have visited many gardens in the USA, UK and Australia over the years. They have a large native garden in Red Hill that has been opened to the public on numerous occasions.

Drawn Together Exhibition - Visitor Centre Gallery Saturday, 1 September 2012 - 9:00am to Friday, 14 September 2012 - 4:30pm

An exhibition of stunning artwork inspired by the native landscape including wood carving, wood block prints. textile art and screen printing.

Dr Michael Lenz - 'Lake George - a refuge for waterbirds'. Thursday, 30 August 2012 - 12:30pm

Michael will describe the results of observations made of waterbirds at Lake George to the north of Canberra throughout the recent drought years.

Dr Michael Lenz, is an Honorary Research Fellow at CSIRO Ecosystem Sciences in Canberra and a member of the Canberra Ornithologists Group since 1977. He has been involved in organising and conducting surveys of waterbirds on Lake Burley Griffin, Lake George and Lake Bathurst for many years.

Tony Bartlett - 'The role of collaborative forest research in enhancing livelihoods in the Asia-Pacific, with a focus on projects involving the use of non timber forest species. Thursday, 23 August 2012 - 12:30pm

Tony will describe tree research projects in the Asia-Pacific including developing plantations of sandalwood (Santalum species) in North Queensland and Vanuatu and the domestication and commercialisation of the high value Canarium nuts (Canarium indicum) in Papua New Guinea. (Canarium indicum is an indigenous tree throughout the South Pacific, producing edible nuts as well as timber. The nuts are little known in international markets, but there is strong domestic demand in Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu.)

Information session and training workshop for new Flora Explorer volunteers Tuesday, 21 August 2012 - 11:00am

The Gardens invites interested members of the Friends to attend this information session on becoming a volunteer Flora Explorer driver guide. The session will be held in the Gardens' Theatrette and will last about 1 hour. For more information, phone Jennifer Salkeld on 6250 9559 / 6250 9540 or email jennifer.salkeld@environment.gov.au.

Matt Kilby 'Nuts and Bolts of Healthy Soil: how soil works and how to improve it' Sunday, 19 August 2012 - 10:00am

Science Week: 'Down to Earth Horticulture' workshop 2 with Matt Kilby (Global Land Repair)

10-11:30 am at the Banks Glasshouse

Practical gardening for the Canberra home/community/farm, designed for hands-on learning with professional experts. Free admission. Limited numbers. Bookings essential: see www.anbg.gov.au/gardens

Cafe Scientifique 'Benefit of foods with local footprint: fact or fallacy?' Friday, 17 August 2012 - 5:00pm

A Science Week activity at the Floresco at the Gardens Cafe

Cafe happy hour from 5pm, with presentation from 6pm. Free admission.

Lively and social science discussions facilitated by expert speakers. Learn, engage and consider a range of environmental science issues. Special Tapis menu available.

Dr Ben Wallace 'An Australian garden in China' NOTE CHANGED DATE Thursday, 16 August 2012 - 12:30pm

Following a visit to the Australian National Botanic Gardens in November 2003, Professor Lu Yongxiang, President of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, asked Dr Ben Wallace to create a garden in the South China Botanical Garden in Guangzhou. Opened in 2007, the garden includes Australian native flora and aboriginal cultural elements. There are showy and fragrant plants from the Proteaceae, Myrtaceae, and Fabaceae families, together with ancient ‘dinosaur’ plants such as ferns, cycads and conifers. It has a tropical billabong, shrubby woodland, rainforest and a rock garden.

Cafe Scientifique 'Exam time stress and the natural cure' Wednesday, 15 August 2012 - 4:30pm

A Science Week activity at the Floresco at the Gardens Cafe

Cafe opens from 4:30pm, with presentation from 5pm. Free admission.

Lively and social science discussions facilitated by expert speakers. Learn, engage and consider a range of environmental science issues. Gourmet Hamburgers available. 

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