Helping the Gardens Grow

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This year is our 30th Anniversary, and it is delightful that 43 Friends have been members since 1990.

In that time, membership and donations have contributed more than $1.6 million to the ANBG, in projects and specialist equipment. There are more projects already under way, and the Friends are keen to contribute to the major new additions to the Gardens in the next few years.

The Gardens are looking beautiful this spring after a year of smoke, hail and COVID-19. Now is also the time when Friends memberships are due. We thank the Friends who have already renewed their memberships and are enjoying its benefits in these beautiful and popular Gardens.

We need your support to continue our assistance to the Gardens into the future – so if you have not yet renewed your membership, please consider doing so.

If you are not yet a member of the Friends of the ANBG then please join to take advantage of the many benefits.

We are a diverse group of people who love and support our beautiful Gardens – the world’s largest collection of Australian native plants. We have an extensive program of talks, visits and social events. There are many opportunities for members and visitors to meet, learn, grow and enjoy the riches of this very special place.

We were formed in 1990 as a community support group for the Gardens. Since then we have raised and spent over $1.6 million on projects in the Gardens and now have over 2500 members. And we support the Gardens in many other ways, such as leading guided walks to show visitors the wonders of the Gardens, and hands-on support of research programs.

Flowers,Fruit & Foliage logo

Your guide to what’s fresh and flowering in the Gardens now.

  Latest edition: 18 November -  1 December 2020 (PDF, 1.6 MB)




The November edition of Eucalypt, the newsletter of the Australian Association of Friends of Botanical Gardens, has been published and is
Thursday, 26 November 2020
Things have been busy behind the scenes in the ANBG Library this year with a major upgrade to a new library computer system. The new system offers significant improvements to the previous ten-year-old system, and will enable you to keep track of your loans and renew items online. With the transition completed, borrowing for the Friends is now available. Thank you for your patience and understanding while this major project was taking place.
Monday, 9 November 2020
The new Banksia Garden was officially opened by the Minister for the Environment, the Hon Sussan Ley MP, on Wednesday 21 October. The opening took place on the day after the actual 50th anniversary of the opening of the Gardens by then-Prime Minister John Gorton. The Friends of the ANBG contributed $130,000 towards the cost of the Banksia Garden, as our 50th birthday present to the ANBG. 
Saturday, 24 October 2020
The 32nd AGM of the Friends was held on Thursday 15 October 2020 at the Shine Dome, Acton. Friends Council members for 2020-2021 are:  President: Neville Page Vice President: Linda Beveridge Secretary: Lynden Ayliffe Treasurer: Helen Elliot Non-executive members: Wendy Antoniak, Wanda Filsell, Alan Henderson, Lesley King, David More  
Friday, 16 October 2020


ANBG Photographic Group exhibition - Reflections
Thursday, 19 November 2020 (All day) to Sunday, 6 December 2020 (All day)
Sunset Cinema
Thursday, 10 December 2020 - 5:30pm to Sunday, 14 February 2021 - 11:00pm
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