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Elizabeth Minchin talk on the townhouse gardens of Pompeii - handout available

At the Thursday Talk on August 21 by Professor Elizabeth Minchin of ANU on ‘Exploring Ancient Gardens of the Roman World’, demand for a handout she brought along greatly exceeded supply. Elizabeth has kindly provided a copy to be available here for download (PDF, 318 KB).

See the original event description for the talk.

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Symposium 12 June 2014: Plant Conservation & Management for the Australian Alps

The Australian National University, Australian National Botanic Gardens (ANBG) and the ANBG Friends sponsored a half-day symposium on 12 June 2014 on alpine plant research and management, building on their existing ARC linkages research program into alpine seed ecology. The symposium covered the role of botanical gardens in alpine plant conservation, recent and current research into alpine plant ecology, and directions for future research.

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Art workshops at the Gardens, 9-11 May

The Gardens will be hosting several art workshops next Friday, Saturday and Sunday (9 – 11 May).

Julie McEnerny will be conducting Botanical Art Workshops on Friday and Saturday, in conjunction with her exhibition Offshoots at the Visitor Information Centre. Bookings are essential at www.anbg.gov.au/gardens

Craft ACT artists-in-residence Annee Miron and Sally Blake​ will conduct workshops on Saturday and Sunday in the Crosbie Morrison Building. Bookings are essential and close Wednesday 7 May; contact julie.akmacic@environment.gov.au or phone (02) 6250 9405.

Art in the Gardens with Friends 2014

The popular Art in the Gardens with Friends botanical art exhibition is back for its seventh year at the Australian National Botanic Gardens. From 22 March to 21 April, visitors can explore a collection of botanical paintings and drawings. For the first time, this year’s exhibition includes fired ceramic wall pieces. Many of the artists will be on hand throughout the exhibition to talk about their work and about the Friends’ Botanic Art Group. The exhibition is on display from 9.30 am to 4.30 pm daily in the Gardens’ Visitor Centre. Entry is free.

Click on the heading above for information on the exhibition opening.

            

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Campsis Newsletter - Association of Friends of Botanic Gardens

The latest issue of Campsis, the newsletter of the Association of Friends of Botanic Gardens, has just been published. This issue marks the 20th anniversary of the founding of the Association. Click here to download it.

Mr Michael Bryce with Flora Explorer at the Red Centre Garden    Photo: Jill Mo

Flora Explorer, and The Red Centre Garden, acquires a new fan

The Patron of the Friends, His Excellency Mr Michael Bryce AM AE, recently enjoyed a ride up the mountainside to visit the upper reaches of the Gardens​ in Flora Explorer, the 12-seater electric vehicle donated by the Friends. Following the normal route of a Flora tour, he was accompanied by our President, David Coutts and the Curator of the Gardens, David Taylor, as well as Friends and Flora drivers Marion Jones, Barbara Podger and Jill More. His visit included a walk around the Red Centre Garden - which was aglow with colour in the midday sun.

Wendy Antoniak at the new Visitor Information Desk      Photo: Jill More

New faces in the Visitor Centre

If you have passed through the Visitor Information Centre in the last few months you may have noticed the new Visitor Information desk, and more importantly, some new faces behind the desk. Volunteers, mainly from among the Friends, are now greeting and directing visitors. If you would like to volunteer in this role and learn more about the Gardens, please contact Jennifer Salkeld.

At the opening         Photo: Graham Brown

Schools Photographic Competition 2013

An exhibition of photographs taken in the Gardens by ACT and Queanbeyan Region High School and College students is currently showing at the gallery in the Visitor Centre.

 Wollemi Pine

Wollemi Pine

The Friends have facilitated the donation of a further Wollemi pine to the Gardens. The pine was grown by Shirley Rutherford in Bombala and will be included in the small collection at the Gardens that may in the future form a dedicated Wollemi pine forest.

Walcott garden       Photo: Ben Walcott

Walcott Garden

Ben and Ros Walcott opened their magnificent native garden under the Open Garden scheme on 26/27 October.

The Friends provided guides and volunteers on the gate to support this event and the Walcotts have generously donated part of the proceeds to the Friends.

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