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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
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.

Bees, Butterflies, Birds: Maximising Biodiversity by Supporting Pollinators Saturday, 22 February 2020 - 9:00am to 12:30pm

Fires and drought across Australia have affected many native forests that are vital for the health and well-being of native bees, European Honey bees and pollinators of many species. They are crucial for biodiversity and healthy ecosystems. It is now even more important for us to plant for and maintain our urban gardens and parklands to protect our bees, butterflies, birds and local wildlife.

David Newby and Graham Fletcher ‘The Australian School of Gardening – What is it, and why do we need it? Thursday, 27 February 2020 - 12:30pm

David, a former lawyer and business man, and Graham, a former academic, will discuss the aims of The Australian School of Gardening, including career paths through continuing education and opportunities for professional gardeners – and inspiration and education for non-professional gardeners through a range of events.

Bonsai Exhibition of Australian Native Plants Friday, 28 February 2020 - 9:30am to Sunday, 1 March 2020 - 4:30pm

See a diverse selection of bonsai Australian plants in the Crosbie Morrison Building

Seeds in the Bank Thursday, 5 March 2020 - 9:30am to Sunday, 12 April 2020 - 4:30pm

This exhibition in the Visitor Centre provides a glimpse into the collection of the National Seed Bank and the seeds collected to support the conservation of our native flora.

 

Dr Peter Schalk ‘Biodiversity Science in the Future. Creating Order in the Acronym Soup of Organisations’ Thursday, 5 March 2020 - 12:30pm

Peter is Deputy Director, Naturalis Biodiversity Center, The Netherlands and the Executive Secretary of Species 2000.  He will discuss the Catalogue of Life, the world's most comprehensive and authoritative index of known animals, plants, fungi and micro-organisms, created in 2001 as a partnership between the global Species 2000 and the American Integrated Taxonomic Information System.  This global index of species names and synonyms, now counting 1.9 million valid species, will further science and promote sensible measures in the context of climate change and biodiversity loss.

Black Mountain Weeding Work Party 7 March 2020 Saturday, 7 March 2020 - 8:30am to 11:30am

We shall focus on the small remaining area of woodland in the south west corner of the Black Mountain Nature Reserve.

Meet: Caswell Drive entry on the mountain side.
Drive from Belconnen Way southwards along Caswell Drive towards Glenloch Interchange, Woden, or Tuggeranong. Note the yellow diamond shape advisory sign showing access road on left, and the blue and white “P” sign for parking. Pull into the carpark carefully. Look for banners.

Please book: if you are planning to come, please email your name and phone number to friendsofblackmountain@gmail.com or  phone 6296 1936 as this helps with the catering.  Also, having your contact number helps us to let you know if arrangements need to change at the last minute (for example, adverse weather conditions).

Summer Sounds 7th March - Party Weekend - new date Saturday, 7 March 2020 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm

The program for Saturday 7th March and Sunday 8th March features Top 40 hits of the 70s, 80s, 90s and today.

Tonight’s entertainment will be provided by Purc Randall & Soultry Se-Lah with Canberra Swing Katz.

Entry charges apply: $5 adults, $3 child and concession, 3 years and under free. Pay on arrival, or for online bookings see the ANBG website (a booking fee applies).

Summer Sounds 8th March - Party Weekend - new date Sunday, 8 March 2020 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm

The program for Saturday 7th March and Sunday 8th March features Top 40 hits of the 70s, 80s, 90s and today .

Tonight’s entertainment will be provided by Sistas in Song with Jumptown Swing.

Entry charges apply: $5 adults, $3 child and concession, 3 years and under free. Pay on arrival, or for online bookings see the ANBG website (a booking fee applies).

Dr Rosemary Purdie ‘Simpson Desert Revisited – More Than Plants!' Thursday, 12 March 2020 - 12:30pm

In July 2019 Rosemary, a plant ecologist, spent two weeks botanising on a camel-supported walk in Munga-Thirri National Park in the eastern Simpson Desert.  She will talk about the landforms and associated plants and animals seen during the dry conditions, cultural artefacts in the area traversed, and what happens when you “just add water”.

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