Helping the Gardens Grow

Detail from ANBG visitor map

The Gardens are humming with life after lockdown - and the wraps are coming off several exciting new developments.

The Australian Government has announced a $233 million investment into Parks Australia to deliver infrastructure upgrades across Commonwealth national parks and the Australian National Botanic Gardens. The funding allocated to the Gardens will provide for the development of the Horticulture Centre adjoining the new National Seedbank and incorporating the two workshop depots, in the Northern Precinct. It will also support firefighting infrastructure such as the extension of the boundary fire suppression system, a site-wide evacuation warning system and associated infrastructure developments.

Together with funding already provided for the Ian Potter National Conservatory and the new National Seed Bank, the Gardens has received record funding for major capital works and this will allow for the continued implementation of the Masterplan.

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: 21 October - 3 November 2020 (PDF, 1.2 MB)




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
Due to the difficulties of maintaining COVID-safe personal spacing and sanitising, Growing Friends will not be holding a Spring public plant sale this year.
Wednesday, 7 October 2020
The Botanic Gardens Biosecurity Network is calling on visitors, friends, volunteers and staff of botanic gardens to take part in three targeted biosecurity pest blitzes between September and November this year, conducting surveillance for Myrtle Rust, Brown marmorated stink bug and Tree of Heaven.
Tuesday, 15 September 2020


Schools Photographic Competition - Retrospective
Thursday, 29 October 2020 (All day) to Sunday, 15 November 2020 (All day)
Bubbles, Birthdays & Banksias – Celebrating 30 Years
Wednesday, 18 November 2020 - 4:30pm to 6:30pm
ANBG Photographic Group exhibition - Reflections
Thursday, 19 November 2020 - 9:30am to Sunday, 6 December 2020 - 4:30pm
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