Thursday talks

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The Friends of the ANBG have run a program of popular weekly lunchtime talks for many years, known as the Thursday Talks. Botany is naturally the principal focus of these talks, though topics can range anywhere across the natural world.

Lunchtime talks are held at 12.30 pm every Thursday from February to November in the Gardens’ Theatrette. Talks last for 1 hour. Admission is by gold coins donation. The Friends use the ‘gold’ coins donations received at each activity to support Gardens’ programs and development and thank all those who have donated. Please note: unless otherwise indicated, talks are in the ANBG Theatrette.

Thursday Talks recommenced in February 2022, in line with COVID-19 restrictions, including:

  • Limited numbers - booking a seat is essential. Booking links will be provided within each calendar entry advertising a talk.
  • A COVID safety plan is in place for this event in line with current ACT COVID-19 restrictions.
  • Please follow organisers' directions on seating and social distancing.

Please be aware that COVID-19 outbreaks and isolation requirements are subject to change at short notice.

Please ensure that:

  • You have not been in a hotspot or prohibited area before attending Thursday Talks.
  • You do not attend if you are feeling unwell.

Tickets are limited. If you are unable to come, please notify us on 0437 298 711 or 0407 299 704.

ANBG and the Friends are exploring ways that may present an opportunity for some talks to be made available online in the future.


Tim Fischer AO gives the first talk in the 2017 series (Photo: Alan Munns)
Tim Fischer AO gives the first talk in the 2017 series (Photo: Alan Munns)

Contact information

The organising committee is always pleased to hear of interesting potential speakers. Contact us by email at

The committee members are:

  • Linda Beveridge
  • Elizabeth Truswell
  • Anthony Whalen
  • Barbara Hamburger

How to find us

Map of the Gardens showing the Theatrette