Helping the Gardens Grow

Dance interlude at Summer Sounds

Relax into summer with a 3-weekend program featuring some of the best bands in the nation’s capital.

As the sun goes down over the Gardens, the concerts are a popular way to enjoy Canberra's summer with live music, outdoor picnicking, socialising and dancing – in a beautiful landscape of Australia's largest collection of native plants.

PARTY WEEKEND – Top 40 hits of the 70s, 80s, 90s and today

• Saturday 7 March – Purc Randall & Soultry Se-Lah  • Sunday 8 March – Sistas in Song

TRIBUTE WEEKEND – A celebration of music icons Fleetwood Mac and Aussie rock and pop legends

• Saturday 14 March – The Drinking Lizards  • Sunday 15 March – Sweet Little Lies

JAZZY WEEKEND – Smooth jazz and swing

• Saturday 21 March – Annie and the Armadillos  • Sunday 22 March – The Liam Budge Jazz Quartet

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.

Flowers,Fruit & Foliage logo

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

  Latest edition, 19 February - 3 March 2020 (PDF, 1.8 MB)




Bookings are now open for our exclusive Sundial event. Canberra is fortunate to have a number of publicly accessible sundials, several devised by Marg Folkard and John Ward of Sundials Australia. On Friday 3 April 2020 we can hear Marg talk about the history and science of sundials, as well as the exacting art of creating them. Places are limited, so secure your place for this event.
Thursday, 20 February 2020
We're looking forward to a spectacular series of six Summer Sounds concerts for 2020, the Gardens' 50th anniversary and the Friends 30th anniversary. The concerts have now been re-scheduled for three weekends in March – and we'll need your help!
Tuesday, 18 February 2020
Want to understand your digital camera settings and improve your photography techniques? This full-day workshop on Sunday 5 April may well be for you!
Saturday, 15 February 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


Friends Photo Group meeting: Filters in Photography
Friday, 21 February 2020 - 10:30am
Bonsai Exhibition of Australian Native Plants
Friday, 28 February 2020 - 9:30am to Sunday, 1 March 2020 - 4:30pm
Seeds in the Bank
Thursday, 5 March 2020 - 9:30am to Sunday, 12 April 2020 - 4:30pm
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