Helping the Gardens Grow

'Closed' sign over ANBG map

The ANBG site will be closed to the public from tomorrow Wednesday 25 March, initially for two weeks.

The Executive Director of the ANBG, Dr Judy West, stated that:

This decision has not been taken lightly, but it is proving difficult to keep visitors adhering to the guidelines of personal distance and to ensure staff, visitors and contractors are safe at this difficult time. This decision also aligns with our other Parks (Booderee NP will also be closing tomorrow and Kakadu and Uluru on Thursday) and the other National Institutions in Canberra - most of whom have already closed to the public.

Thanks to all our staff's cooperative efforts we are in a good position to manage the closure. We have prepared ourselves in anticipation of this action and we have made the necessary arrangements to manage the Gardens and particularly the collections during the closure.

Closure of the Gardens again in 2020 seems amazing, but I hope you will all appreciate that we feel this is the best way to preserve the Gardens and to keep everybody safe and healthy.

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 $1.2 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.

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

  Latest edition, 18 - 31 March 2020 (PDF, 1.9 MB)




The March 2020 edition of Library Connect (PDF, 483KB) includes an article on digitised Library publications, including an image of the cover of the first Canberra Botanic Gardens Growing Native Plants publication; information on the Australian Landscape Conference to be held in Melbourne 27-30 March 2020; news of an Australian Systematic Botany article by Jo Palmer from the Australian National Herbarium Centre for Australian National Biodiversity Research; a selection of new books; the featured e-journal Flowering Newsletter of the Journal of Experimental Botany and From the ANBG Archive, The First Tree Brass Plaque which commemorates the planting of one of the first trees in the Gardens by the then Prime Minister Ben Chifley in 1949.  (Unfortunately it attributes the wrong tree to him!)
Saturday, 7 March 2020
The 2019-20 summer has been one of the worst summers ever for Gardeners in Canberra. While the activities of Growing Friends has been adversely affected by the weather, the hard work of our members has meant that we have come through the summer in a reasonable state. 
Wednesday, 4 March 2020
Many Friends were keen to help with the cleanup after the hailstorm of January 20. Paths and garden beds were covered in shredded leaves and branches resulting in a huge workload for gardens staff to clear it enough to invite visitors return. Friends were there to help.
Wednesday, 12 February 2020
The February 2020 edition of Library Connect (PDF, 494KB) includes articles on a new book, A Science of Our Own: Exhibitions and the Rise of Australian Public Science, an appeal for 50th Anniversary items for the ANBG Archive, information on a selection of new books and the e-journal Ecological Management & Restoration and from the ANBG Archive, Botanical Gardens in Canberra: A report by Dr Bertram Thomas Dickson, 1935.
Tuesday, 11 February 2020
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