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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
Dr Laura Rayner ‘Parrot Central for a Bird on the Edge’ Thursday, 22 August 2019 - 12:30pm

Laura, a conservation ecologist, will bring us up-to-date on her research on Superb Parrots – a superb bird pushed to the very edge of its natural range by climate change and land clearing.  It is now a race against time to determine what pressures the parrot is facing and what needs to be done to secure its future.

Glenn Cocking ‘Moths and Bushblitzes’ Thursday, 29 August 2019 - 12:30pm

Glenn, a volunteer curator at the Australian National Insect Collection, will discuss the moth fauna of Black Mountain in the context of some general observations about moths, and how to understand the families present in the ACT, and tell some stories about an eclectic selection of particular species from wider afield. NOTE: Changed date

ANBG Friends Photographic Group - August meeting Friday, 30 August 2019 - 10:30am to 12:00pm

Acacia (wattle) walk in the gardens

Our next meeting will be a guided walk in the gardens - there will be no formal talk in the Theatrette this month.

Two volunteer guides are giving up their valuable time to take us on an informative Acacia (wattle) walk. With the Acacias in bloom, this should be a very special morning.

The walk will be followed by lunch at the Pollen Café at 12 midday.

If you wish to attend, please contact Helen Dawes at helendawes54@gmail.com by Wednesday 21 August so we can finalise bookings.

Evolution of Australian heliozelid moths and their pollination mutualism with Boronia (Rutaceae) Monday, 2 September 2019 - 10:30am

Liz Milla, Postdoctoral Fellow, CSIRO Black Mountain will talk on Evolution of Australian heliozelid moths and their pollination mutualism with Boronia (Rutaceae) 

Dr Phillip Kodela ‘Wattle we do with Acacia’ Thursday, 5 September 2019 - 12:30pm

Philip, from the Department of Environment and Energy, will discuss interesting facts and figures about this genus and related taxa, including recent taxonomic debates and developments in the Flora of Australia and the plant identification tool WATTLE.

Spring Walk - Now You See Them, Now You Don’t Friday, 6 September 2019 - 11:30am to 1:00pm

Celebrate Threatened Species Day on 7 September with a stroll through the ANBG with Volunteer Guide Naarilla Hirsch. This walk will take in the diversity of threatened species and communities on show at the ANBG. Discover the range of threats faced by these plants and, on a positive note, explore the critical role the ANBG plays in conserving them. Free, but bookings are essential.

Spring Walk - Now You See Them, Now You Don’t Saturday, 7 September 2019 - 11:30am to 1:00pm

Celebrate Threatened Species Day on 7 September with a stroll through the ANBG with Volunteer Guide Naarilla Hirsch. This walk will take in the diversity of threatened species and communities on show at the ANBG. Discover the range of threats faced by these plants and, on a positive note, explore the critical role the ANBG plays in conserving them. Free, but bookings are essential.

Dr Patrick De Decker ‘The Belgica Expedition in Antarctic Waters 1897-1899’ Thursday, 12 September 2019 - 12:30pm

Patrick, an Emeritus Professor, at the ANU, will tell the tale of amazing scientific achievements and human endeavor on The Belgica Expedition.  He will discuss scientific data obtained during the expedition and their subsequent publications over 40 years.

Wattle we see Saturday, 14 September 2019 - 9:30am to 11:30am

Let’s enjoy a ramble among the Wattles on Black Mountain with local plant ecologist, Michael Doherty. Let’s learn more about some of the common Acacias found on Black Mountain, including Acacia dealbata and Acacia buxifolia. We will also learn about how Acacias cope with fire and drought. 

The walk will mostly be flat to undulating, but with a few steeper sections later on in the walk.

Some relevant booklets will be for sale.

Dr Jim Peacock ‘Can Plants Meet the Challenge of the Food Needed for the World’s Growing Population’ Thursday, 19 September 2019 - 12:30pm

Jim, a CSIRO Fellow and former Australian Chief Scientist, is a leader in plant molecular biology, has made a significant contribution to Australian science, agribusiness and science education in schools.  His talk will focus on the critical question, can plants meet the challenge of the food needed to meet the world’s growing population?

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