Helping the Gardens Grow

Specimens of plants in the laurel family travelling along the conveyor belt to be photographed
Specimens of plants in the laurel family travelling along the conveyor belt to be photographed (Photo: CSIRO)

Dr Peter Thrall, our speaker on Thursday 30 March, will focus on digitisation projects and the added value they bring to biological specimen collections.

Peter is CSIRO Group Leader for Digitisation & Informatics, and oversees digital assets at the National Research Collections Australia. CSIRO’s biological collections are aiming to significantly accelerate the creation of digital assets for use in research from its 15 million specimens. Amongst these projects, the Australian National Herbarium in Canberra has been imaging nearly a million plant specimens, using the automated Picturae system.

To accelerate this work further they are looking at emerging technologies to assist with automating the imaging of collections. The digitisation workflows and imaging pipelines are planned with collection activities to complement and benefit from the move to a new collection facility, and they are in the process of improving the integration of this critical digital infrastructure.

The talk will be held in the ANBG Theatrette on 30 March at 12:30pm. The booking link for this talk is

The Friends love and support our beautiful Gardens – the world’s largest collection of Australian native plants.

Through our programs of talks, visits and social activities, our members and visitors meet, learn, grow and enjoy the riches of this very special place. Our special-interest groups are inspired by its unique artistic and scientific opportunities.

Since 1990 we have donated around $2 million for projects in the Gardens, and members actively contribute to its horticultural, educational and research programs as volunteers.

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This month's Library Connect has the usual listing of new books, a video of a tiny, wooden device designed to plant seeds in remote locations, and a reminder to return all completed field notebooks. The library is staffed Mon - Fri 9.30 - 4.30.  Alex can be contacted on 02 6250 9480 or by email if you need assistance.  The “click and collect” boxes in the Visitor Centre are still available for returning items, and Alex is very happy to leave items there for collection if that’s easier than visiting the library.
Tuesday, 28 February 2023
View the latest issue of e-ucalypt, the email newsletter of the Australian Association of Friends of Botanic Gardens (AAFBG).
Wednesday, 22 February 2023
The Botanical Resource Centre (BRC), a former joint initiative of the Gardens, the Herbarium, and the Friends of the ANBG, has now closed. The Public Reference Herbarium specimens and the BRC's reference collection will be moved to the ANBG Library for storage. [Correction: an earlier draft stated that these materials would still be available to members of the Friends. This is not the case.]
Thursday, 22 December 2022
The ANU College of Science has just published an article and video all about the research on the superb fairy-wrens of the Australian National Botanic Gardens. This long-term project by researchers from the ANU Cockburn group has been happening since 1986. See the article here: Video on Youtube:
Friday, 21 October 2022


Dr Peter Thrall ‘Why Digitise Biological Collections?’
Thursday, 30 March 2023 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
Weeding Work Party
Saturday, 1 April 2023 - 8:30am to 11:30am
Dr John Turnbull ‘Lindsay Pryor: A Man of the Trees’
Thursday, 13 April 2023 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
Wonderful Australian Trees
Monday, 1 May 2023 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
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