The Friends of Black Mountain (FoBM) and Friends of ANBG have joined ranks to protect the Black Mountain Nature Reserve from invasive weeds, some of which have escaped from the ANBG. Read more about the causes and outcomes of weeding activities in the ANBG between March and July 2013.
You are here
See all current news stories
Have you noticed a sudden profusion of pale green ribbons adorning some of the plants in the Gardens? As you may have guessed, a stocktake of the ANBG's living collection is underway by Gardens staff with help from some hardy volunteers from among the Friends.
The green ribbons may indicate several things. Some have lost their metallic identification labels, others may be self-seeded or are not recorded on the Gardens database.
ABC TV's Gardening Australia on Saturday 18th May featured the ANBG - you can see it on iview until 1 June.
Murray Fagg retired from the Gardens staff in 2012 after a long and outstanding career in native plant horticulture. At retirement, Murray was the Manager of the Botanical Information Group at the Gardens and the Gardens website.
The ANPC (Australian Network for Plant Conservation) will be running a two day workshop on plant identification for grassy ecosystems at the ANBG on 13th and 14th March. Registration for this workshop closes on 6th March. The cost to register is $225. For more information, click on the 'ANPC Workshop' heading above.
During 2013 the Thursday Talks program will include a number of special talks designed to mark the Canberra Centenary. These are listed in the Calendar as Centenary Chats. The Centenary Chats will reflect the special themes chosen by the Centenary of Canberra for each month to celebrate a different aspect of Canberra. The series commenced on Thursday 31 January when Ian Warden spoke on the topic: ‘Tiptoe through the Telopeas: Why Marion Mahony Griffin would have boycotted Floriade’.
The Friends have been talking to the Australian Garden History Society about cooperation. The AGHS has an interesting program for the centenary year, some of which is related to ANBG.
See the 2013 AGHS program for more details.
On Wednesday 5 December the Gardens paid tribute to more than 150 volunteers who have worked in the Gardens for very significant times – in one case, 25 years. Most of the volunteers are members of the Friends.
Executive Director Dr Judy West, along with Senator Kate Lundy, thanked the Gardens’ many volunteers at a special ceremony on International Volunteer Day.
One of the benefits of being a member of the Friends of the ANBG is to occasionally get behind the scenes in the Gardens. On Thursday 8 November 40 of us got a close up look at the propagation of arid-zone plants for the Garden's new Red Centre Garden, which will open in October 2013 (more information on the Garden's website). We saw seedlings of many iconic species of Central Australian plants, ranging from Ghost Gums and Desert Oak to saltbush, diasies and spinifex.
Over twenty Friends were fortunate to have a warm and sunny day for the tour of the interior courtyard gardens at Parliament House on 4 October. Paul Janssens, the Director of Landscape Services at Parliament House led the tour.