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Here you will find a calendar of Friends’ activities in the Gardens including lunchtime talks, social events, exhibitions and the ever-popular spring and autumn plant sales. In addition to events arranged by the Friends, we include some events arranged by the Gardens and by other organisations. A full list of events arranged by the Gardens is in their What's On webpage.

Lunchtime talks are held at 12.30pm every Thursday from February to November in the Gardens’ Theatrette. Talks last for 1 hour. Admission is by gold coin donation. There is no need to book. Some other events do require booking – please see individual items.

The ANBG Theatrette has a capacity of 90 seats. To avoid a breach of fire regulations, event organisers will monitor numbers and decline entry once all seats have been filled. We recommend that audience members arrive early to secure a seat.

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Event title Date Details
Botanic Art Groups Australian Wildlife Art Exhibition Saturday, 14 December 2019 - 9:30am to Sunday, 12 January 2020 - 4:30am

A special Australian wildlife art exhibition will be held from 14 December 2019 – 12 January 2020 at the Visitor Centre, Australian National Botanic Gardens.  The exhibition will feature original paintings, drawings and other works of Australian native wildlife and other art works relating to Australian wildlife, e.g. nests, bones, etc.  All works will be created by artists from the Friends of the Australian National Botanic Gardens Botanic Art Groups.

Bushland Nature Walk (rescheduled) Monday, 16 December 2019 - 10:00am to 11:30am

The Bushland Nature Walk meanders through the Bushland Precinct of the Australian National Botanic Gardens, and is part of the local Black Mountain environment. The walk takes you through open forest and features expansive views to Canberra City and Parliament House. Many of the plants are labelled and you will find interpretive signs about the biodiversity, fire ecology and soil of the area. The walk culminates at a viewing platform offering spectacular views across Lake Burley Griffin. Return is via the same path.

ANBG Weeding Work Party Saturday, 4 January 2020 - 8:30am to 11:30am

We shall be removing tagged weeds in specific sections of the ANBG.

Meet: Top row, South car park, ANBG. Come through the main gates, turn left very soon after, follow the perimeter of the parking lot up to the top row. Park near the Parking meter. Look for balloons.

Bring:  Enthusiasm, your family and friends, water. Everyone is welcome.

Please let us know if you are planning to join us.  (The work party will be cancelled if there is a Total Fire Ban on the day.)

Butterflies in the ANBG Saturday, 11 January 2020 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Do you know an Imperial Blue from a Macleay’s Swallowtail? Or an Eastern Flat from a Common Brown? This is a wonderful opportunity for Friends to join local expert, Suzi Bond, in observing these elusive creatures in the ANBG.

Plant this in Canberra for Summer Sunday, 12 January 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Not sure which Australian plants you can grow  successfully in your Canberra garden ? Join two Growing Friends on this mid-summer walk to see what looks good in summer and which will flourish in Canberra.

FREE - but booking is essential -

Promiscuous Provenance Friday, 17 January 2020 - 9:30am to Sunday, 1 March 2020 - 4:30pm

An exhibition by artist Anna Glynn exploring a new world of flora and
fauna while re-interpreting images of Australian colonial painters.

Summer Sounds 18th January – Party Weekend Saturday, 18 January 2020 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm

The program for Saturday 18th January and Sunday 19th January features Top 40 hits of the 70s, 80s, 90s and today.

Tonight’s entertainment will be provided by  Purc Randall Se-Lah

Entry charges apply : $5 adults, $3 child and concession, 3 years and under free

Summer Sounds 19th January - Party Weekend Sunday, 19 January 2020 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm

The program for Saturday 18th January and Sunday 19th January features Top 40 hits of the 70s, 80s, 90s and today.

Tonight’s entertainment will be provided by  Something like This

Entry charges apply : $5 adults, $3 child and concession, 3 years and under free

Summer Sounds 25th January - Tribute Weekend Saturday, 25 January 2020 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm

The program for Saturday 25th January and Sunday 26thJanuary features a celebration of music icons Fleetwood Mac and Aussierock and pop legends

Tonight’s entertainment will be provided by  Sweet Little Lies

Entry charges apply : $5 adults, $3 child and concession, 3 years and under free

Summer Sounds 26th January - Tribute Weekend Sunday, 26 January 2020 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm

The program for Saturday 25th January and Sunday 26thJanuary features a celebration of music icons Fleetwood Mac and Aussie
rock and pop legends

Tonight’s entertainment will be provided by  The Bad Henrys featuring Purc Randall Se-Lah

Entry charges apply : $5 adults, $3 child and concession, 3 years and under free

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