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Panel Discussion: Crop Wild Relatives and Genebanks

Members of the Friends are invited to a free panel discussion at CSIRO Discovery Centre, Black Mountain, at 3-5 pm on 2 November 2016. RSVP is essential. Click on the blue heading above for more details.

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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.

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Latest issue of Eucalypt published

The May 2016 edition of Eucalypt, the journal of the Australian Association of Friends of Botanic Gardens, is now available. Issue 46 includes a report on the 2016 AAFBG biennial Conference held at Geelong Botanic Gardens, 29 April to 3 May; other news from botanic gardens in Australia, New Zealand - and Fiji; and the AAFBG calendar of events 2016-17.

Volunteers needed for IT support

The Friends have need of one or two volunteers to help with IT support. This is for technical support and not data entry. This would not be a greatly time-consuming task but there are several computers, and the website, that can need some attention from time to time. This is true for the Friends office computer and also for the new computers being installed in the Botanical Resource Centre to provide access to plant keys etc.

Halina Steele opens the exhibition (Photo: Alan Munns)

9th Botanic Arts Groups Exhibition

The combined Friends' Botanic Art Groups present a collection of botanic art featuring Australian native plants in the Visitor Centre Gallery. The exhibition is open to the public from Saturday 19 March until Sunday 17 April. The majority of paintings are for sale with a proportion of proceeds going to support Friends activities.  All of the art works exhibited portray native Australian plants many of which can be found in the Australian National Botanic Gardens.  

Volunteers staffing the wine tent     Photo: Liz Kay

Volunteering at the ANBG

Would you like to spend more time in the Gardens? There are many opportunities for Friends to volunteer at the ANBG, varying from hands-on activities such as plant propagation or participating in the plant stocktake, to guiding visitors around the gardens on foot or in Flora Explorer, to participating in social activities to raise money to support the Gardens, and many more. Read on to discover what the Friends got up to behind the scenes in the last year, and how you can become involved.

Schools Photographic Competition - 2015

Another year of excellent photos, submitted by students for the 19th Annual Schools Photographic Competition. Award winners eagerly gathered in the ANBG Theatrette to collect their prizes on Saturday 17 October 2015. Entries were on display in the Visitor Centre until Sunday 8 November 2015.

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.

Breakfast with the Birds, 2015 season (Photo: Alan Munns)

Breakfast with the Birds, 2015 Season

What a wonderful way to start the day - breakfast is not just for the birds!  For the past three weekends Friends and visitors joined in the early morning activities in the Gardens.  What a treat!

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.