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Gerry Gillespie 'Transform Your Garbage into Gold: backyard composting' Sunday, 12 August 2012 - 10:00am

Science Week: 'Down to Earth Horticulture' workshop 1 with Gerry Gillespie (Zero Waste Australia)

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

Science Week: Family Science Day Sunday, 12 August 2012 - 10:00am

For a rare learning experience, the ANBG will be opening the doors of the Australian National Herbarium, Production Nursery and Seed Bank for behind-the-scene tours.

10:00am - 3:00pm. Free admission.

Science Week: Gardens Science Trail Saturday, 11 August 2012 (All day) to Sunday, 19 August 2012 (All day)

Outdoor science engagement for all the family, with a hands-on self-guided trail investigating the science behind the Gardens’ plants. Free admission.

Cafe Scientifique 'Climate Change: Threat or Theatre?' Friday, 10 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. 

Alison Russell-French ‘Shakespeare, the Tale of Genji and Migratory Shorebirds – what’s the connection?' Thursday, 9 August 2012 - 12:30pm

Alison Russell-French is Past President of Birds Australia.

How is decision-making about the conservation of our landscape influenced and, in particular, that relating to birds – especially migratory shorebirds and their habitat? Alison asks ‘how can we make a contribution?’

Dr Brendon Lepschi - 'The new ACT plant census' Monday, 6 August 2012 - 10:30am

The census is the work of the Australian National Herbarium (which is jointly managed by the Australian National Botanic Gardens and CSIRO) in association with ACT Territory and Municipal Services

Brendan will talk about the science that goes into it and some of the stories behind entries in the Census.

A thumbnail sketch about the new census taken from a recent article in The Canberra Times follows:

Steve Thomas 'Problems and opportunities for Canberra’s urban forest' Thursday, 2 August 2012 - 12:30pm

Steve Thomas will present some thoughts about tree management in Canberra from his experience of looking closely at trees in the urban setting, as well as considering the future of the urban forest which has been developed over the last 99 years.

For over ten years Steve has conducted tree assessments in Canberra. He is a member of the Friends of ACT Arboreta and the Chair of the Canberra Monaro Branch of Australian Forest Growers. He has nurtured over 25000 trees on land near Captain’s Flat for the last 23 years and grown thousands of native trees in the past. 

David Coutts: ‘Where are we going: future direction for the Gardens and the Friends in the light of the new Management Plan’ Thursday, 26 July 2012 - 12:30pm

David Coutts is the current President of the Friends. He is an agricultural scientist, and has worked with the Australian Government in a variety of roles and overseas with the OECD and FAO.

As President of the Friends, David has been closely involved with the process of delivering the new Management Plan for the Gardens. David will speak about what he sees as the opportunities and challenges for the next few years—for the Gardens and for the part the Friends might play. 

Stephen Midgely ‘Global uses of Australian acacias – recent trends and future prospects' Thursday, 19 July 2012 - 12:30pm

Stephen Midgley is a forester and development specialist who runs his own consulting business, Salwood Asia Pacific Pty Ltd. He is an Asia-specialist, and has worked continuously in Asia for over 37 years with long-term assignments in Laos, Nepal, Sri Lanka and China and via many short-term projects.

Exhibition: Reflections of Country Sunday, 15 July 2012 - 9:00am to Tuesday, 28 August 2012 - 5:30pm

Visitor Centre Gallery

A special exhibition by Duncan Smith, recipient of the 2003 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Artist of the Year Award.