Helping the Gardens Grow

Spotted Pardalote by Lindell Emerton
Spotted Pardalote by Lindell Emerton

The wattles are beginning to flower in Canberra's Nature Parks - a sure sign that spring is around the corner.

The ANBG provides a fantastic habitat for many of Canberra’s birds, with water and nectar in abundance. Quite a few birds have already been sighted collecting nesting materials and it is marvellous to be in the Gardens early in the morning when the birds are active.

Join us for Wake up with the Birds, a 1½ hour guided early morning walk, to see many of our amazing birds. After the walk you are welcome to stay on for coffee or breakfast at Pollen, the Gardens Café (book at

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, 9 - 22 October 2019  (PDF, 1744 KB)




The 31st Annual General Meeting of the Friends of the ANBG will be held on Thursday 17 October 2019 at 5.30 pm in the Theatrette at the Gardens. Light refreshments will be served from 5pm in the Dickson Room. Elections will be held for the position of Vice President, Secretary and two ordinary members of Council. The AGM will be followed by a discussion of the arrangements for the 30th Anniversary of the Friends of the Australian National Botanic Gardens in 2020.
Wednesday, 2 October 2019
The October 2019 edition of Library Connect covers the launch of Australian Water Dragons by Lisa Mitchell, a book for anyone curious to find out more about these fascinating creatures; a farewell and thanks to ANBG Library volunteer Carol Anderson; notes on a workshop on using Australian native plants in Bonsai; a selection of new books; an e-journal; and a look at the latest addition to the archive, the 'Bush Citrus' stamps series.
Wednesday, 2 October 2019
Come and enjoy one of the free guided walks in the ANBG’s Bushland Precinct on Thursday mornings in October and November!
Wednesday, 2 October 2019
The September 2019 edition of Library Connect covers Australian Reading Hour on Thursday 19 September; an article on the Flora of Australia online resource; a selection of new books; an e-journal; and a look at the Card sorting key to the identification, properties and uses of the principal commercial Australian timbers from the archive.
Friday, 6 September 2019


Bushland Nature Walk
Thursday, 17 October 2019 - 10:00am to 11:30am
Friends of the ANBG - Annual General Meeting 2019
Thursday, 17 October 2019 - 5:30pm
Wake Up With The Birds
Saturday, 19 October 2019 - 7:45am to 9:15am
All Abuzz at the ANBG
Saturday, 19 October 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Wake Up With The Birds
Sunday, 20 October 2019 - 7:45am to 9:15am
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