Helping the Gardens Grow

Brown Thornbill - Photo: Chris Rogers
Brown Thornbill - Photo: Chris Rogers

Sadly, our ever-popular Wake Up with the Birds walks can't happen this year because of the extended ACT COVID-19 lockdown.

The good news is that the birds are thriving (in our absence), and they will be there when we can once more enjoy the Gardens.

For now, enjoy the songs and displays of the birds in your local parks and gardens, as you walk and enjoy the Spring sunshine.

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.

Since 1990 we have raised and spent over $1.6 million on projects in the Gardens and now have over 2500 members. 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.




The 2021 Schools Photographic Competition has been cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions. Sadly, the extended ACT lockdown and the closure of the Gardens have made it impossible for young photographers to visit the ANBG, and for the competition organisers to arrange for the judging, awards and exhibition of prizewinners. The Friends understand how disappointing this decision will be for students, schools, and the wider community of photographers and supporters of the Gardens. We remain determined to hold the competition as soon as it is safe and practical to do so.
Wednesday, 1 September 2021
The ANBG has announced that the Gardens closed from 5 pm, Thursday 12 August, in accordance with the ACT Government’s COVID-19 lockdown requirements. All Volunteer and Friends activities are suspended until at least Friday, October 15, and Friends members will not be permitted to enter the Gardens during the lockdown. 
Thursday, 12 August 2021
On Friday 8 October, there will be a special event exploring the sundials of the ANBG and Mt Stromlo. We will start  at 1.30 pm in the ANBG Theatrette and finish at about 5.15 pm at the Mt Stromlo Observatory. This is a self-drive event. Tickets are $25 including afternoon tea (plus booking fee). Bookings are essential as places are limited. Bookings open on Friday 6 August 2021 and can be made at Preferential bookings for Friends of the ANBG and Australian Garden History Society members from 6 to 21 August. General bookings from 22 August. Enquiries: or phone Christianna on 0410 577 677.
Wednesday, 21 July 2021
The Annual General Meeting this year will be held at 5.30pm on Thursday, 21 October, 2021.
Monday, 19 July 2021


CANCELLED - Wake Up With the Birds walks for 2021
Saturday, 25 September 2021 - 7:45am to Sunday, 10 October 2021 - 9:15am
Telling the Time by the Sun, An Enlightening Afternoon
Friday, 8 October 2021 - 1:30pm to 5:15pm
50th Black Mountain Spring Wildflower Ramble
Saturday, 9 October 2021 - 9:30am to 12:00pm
Dr Stuart Rae ‘The Little Eagle – a botanical perspective’
Thursday, 14 October 2021 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
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