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Strategic Plan 2016-20: your feedback wanted

Council has been developing a new Strategic Plan 2016-20 during the year (download in PDF format, 335 KB or Microsoft Word .docx format, 37 KB). Careful attention has been given to Friends’ organisational material, including the Constitution and the Memorandum between the ANBG and the Department. Consideration has also been given to the current work and future directions of the Friends.

We would be pleased now to receive comments from the Friends’ membership. Please send by email to by 22 August 2016.

New life members Pat & Warwick Wright

Annual General Meeting, 8 October 2015

Pat and Warwick Wright became the latest life members of the Friends of the ANBG at the Annual General Meeting on 8 October. Also at the meeting, annual reports were presented by Friends’ President Lesley Jackman and Acting Treasurer Marion Jones.  Gardens’ Executive Director Judy West reported on the year’s highlights in the Gardens.

To read more, click on the blue heading above.

Lady Cosgrove, Friends' Patron, cuts the 25th anniversary cake

25th Anniversary

We celebrated our 25 Anniversary on 1 October 2016. To read more, click on the blue heading above.

Growing Friends Shadehouse Upgraded

Early in 2014 the Growing Friends were asked if some surplus benches from the ANBG nursery could be used as a better support basis for the propagated plants being raised. 

'Edge 1' etching by John Pratt

Upcoming exhibition at the Visitor Centre

The Mt Ainslie Weeders Park Care Group have organised an exhition of drawings and prints by renowned Canberra artist John Pratt. The exhibition will be held at the ANBG Visitor Centre from 17 July to 28 August 2015.

John was a founding member of the Mt Ainslie Weeders Park Care group and the exhibition features works inspired by the flora and fauna of Mount Ainslie and the artist’s connection to this local nature park.

Tree fern frond ("fiddlehead") unfolding

New Master Plan for the ANBG

In case you missed it in the weekend news, the Australian National Botanic Gardens has just released a new Master Plan for 2015 – 2035. See the ANBG website here and here for details. The  initiatives were welcomed by the Friends President Lesley Jackson. The Friends has an extensive group of active volunteers who work alongside paid gardens staff to fundraise and provide interpretive tours.

Gang-gang    Photo: Pam Rooney

Of black cockatoos and gang-gangs

Members walk with the Birds

Over 60 Friends responded to the call of the birds on an early morning guided walk in the Gardens on Sunday 12th April. Overcoming multiple road closures due to the Canberra marathon, they arrived with their binoculars to share the beautiful weather with the birds.

enlighten - on the lawn

Luminous Botanicus – Friends in the dark

The Friends of the ANBG were closely involved in preparing and presenting Luminous Botanicus, the Gardens' contribution to the Enlighten festival in February.

Welcoming screen at graduation

Botanical interns graduation

A key aspect of Friends’ involvement with the Gardens has been in the area of research into native flora. A recent example was the Friends’ support for the internship program run by the Centre for Australian National Biodiversity Research for a group of students from Australia and overseas.

Don Beer, guest speaker

25th Anniversary Dinner, 19 February 2015

This year we celebrate the 25th anniversary of the founding of the Friends of the Australian National Botanic Gardens. Our anniversary dinner on 19 February was sold out weeks ahead.

Ninety members gathered at Café Floresco in the Gardens. We were especially delighted to be joined by two key people from our early days, Anne Joyce and David Young.