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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 Exhibition - The Legacy of Banks and Solander Saturday, 26 September 2020 (All day) to Sunday, 25 October 2020 (All day)

The Botanic Art Groups exhibition 'Legacy of Banks and Solander' will now take place between 26 September and 25 October 2020 in the Visitor Centre.

The exhibition will display botanical paintings and drawings featuring Banksias and other plants collected by Banks and Solander 250 years ago on Cook's voyage to Australia.

Banksia caleyi - by Leonie BubbBanksia Caleyi - Leonie Bubb

ANBG Weeding Work Party Saturday, 3 October 2020 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

We shall continue to focus on removing Cape Weed along the Powerline road.

 Meet: Belconnen Way entry to the reserve.  Please note change of meeting point.

Please book: if you are planning to come, please email your name and phone number to friendsofblackmountain@gmail.com or  phone 0437 298 711.  This helps us to cater and to let you know if arrangements need to change at the last minute (for example, adverse weather conditions).

49th Black Mountain Spring Wildflower Ramble Saturday, 10 October 2020 - 9:30am to 12:00pm

Celebrate the spring flowering on beautiful Black Mountain with a social ramble for wildflower lovers in the tradition established by Nancy Burbidge, and continued by George Chippendale. Discover the surprising diversity of tiny orchids, bush peas, wattles and billy buttons on easy bush tracks with experienced guides and good company. All springs are not the same. The pattern remains but timing and abundance vary with the weather. Friends of Black Mountain welcomes all comers, be they experts or those who have never slowed down to see the somewhat cryptic diversity.

Orchid Walks on Black Mountain [FULLY BOOKED] Sunday, 11 October 2020 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

DATE     Sunday 11 October,10am-12noon & repeated 1:00pm-3:00pm
MEET
     at the car park on the mountain side of Caswell Drive (from Belconnen Way drive south towards Glenloch Interchange).
BYO       enthusiasm, friends, hat, sunblock, water & stout shoes
BOOK    Numbers are limited to 15 for each walk. Phone Jean on 6251 2008 to book, or for more information about the walks.

Orchid Walks on Black Mountain [FULLY BOOKED] Sunday, 11 October 2020 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

DATE     Sunday 11 October,10am & repeated 1:00pm
MEET
     at the car park on the mountain side of Caswell Drive (from Belconnen Way drive south towards Glenloch Interchange).
BYO       enthusiasm, friends, hat, sunblock, water & stout shoes
BOOK    Numbers are limited to 15 for each walk. Phone Jean on 6251 2008 to book, or for more information about the walks.

32nd Annual General Meeting of the Friends - new time & venue Thursday, 15 October 2020 - 3:30pm

This year's AGM will be held in the Jaeger Room at the Shine Dome at 3:30pm on Thursday 15 October 2020.

Please note the change of time and venue.

This venue has been chosen because it can accommodate sufficient people for the AGM under the current COVID-19 capacity restrictions. The largest venue at the Gardens, the main room in the Crosbie Morrison building, is limited to only 24 people. Our Constitution requires 25 members present for a quorum and does not allow electronic meetings or proxy voting.

Schools Photographic Competition - Retrospective Thursday, 29 October 2020 (All day) to Sunday, 15 November 2020 (All day)

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic and the closure of the Gardens earlier this year, the Friends will not hold the Schools Photographic Competition in 2020. Instead, there will be a retrospective exhibition of first-prize-winning entries from the past 23 years on show at the ANBG Visitor Centre Gallery from 29 October to 15 November.

Growing Friends 2020 Spring Native Plant Sale Saturday, 14 November 2020 - 8:30am to 11:00am

The Growing Friends Spring Sale will be held on Saturday, 14th November 2020

Plants are propagated and tended by the Growing Friends from material sourced from the Gardens. All proceeds go to support the Gardens. Be early for the best selection.  A Plant List will be available on this website closer to the sale date.

When: Saturday, 14th November 2020
Time: 8.30 am – 11.00 am or earlier if sold out
Where: Small car park behind the Crosbie Morrison Centre, Australian National Botanic Gardens

Reflections: Friends Photographic Group exhibition Thursday, 19 November 2020 (All day) to Sunday, 6 December 2020 (All day)

Beautiful photographs taken within the Gardens by the Friends Photographic Group. Unframed prints and cards for sale.