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.
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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.
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.
The Friends of the ANBG were closely involved in preparing and presenting Luminous Botanicus, the Gardens' contribution to the Enlighten festival in February.
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.
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.
Weekend evening concerts in the Botanic Gardens have been a feature of summer in Canberra for many years. This year we, the Friends and the Gardens, staged eight very successful concerts. There was a little more singing in the rain than we might have wanted, but everyone had a great time.
Many Friends will have seen recent media reports about the appointment of a consortium of architects and landscape architects to develop a 20-year Master Plan for the Australian National Botanic Gardens. There are many ideas on the table, including a new visitor centre, cafe, pathways and learning experiences for children. The scope of the Master Plan will also include a new seed bank and horticultural facilities designed to increase the horticultural, research and conservation capabilities of the ANBG. It is anticipated that the final Master Plan will be developed by June 2015.
A daily limit of three hours free parking for Friends of the ANBG was introduced on 1 January 2015.
Exemptions apply to volunteers and to members of committees and special interest groups.
Find out more about about the issuing of passes (PDF, 290 kB)
There was an excited buzz around the Gardens’ Theatrette on Saturday 18 October as award winners in the 18th annual Friends’ schools photographic competition gathered to receive their prizes.
The competition is run for students from ACT and Queanbeyan Region high schools and colleges. All photos must be taken in the Australian National Botanic Gardens and feature some aspect of the Gardens, and in categories involving black and white, colour and images altered digitally or in dark room processing.