Helping the Gardens Grow

Dr Karen Ford and Koala
Dr Karen Ford and Koala

Thursday Talks recommenced in February 2021, with new arrangements in line with ACT COVID-19 restrictions.

The first 2021 talk took place on 18 February 2021 in the Telstra Tower Theatrette, with Dr Karen Ford & Dr Kara Youngentob speaking about monitoring resident and rehabilitated koalas in the Monaro region to guide decisions about the management and conservation of koalas after fire. 

The COVID-19 guidelines for Thursday Talks include restrictions on the number of people in the ANBG Theatrette (where the talks will be usually held). Bookings are essential to secure a seat, but all tickets are free.

A special booking link will be provided for each week’s talk - see the Calendar for the full listing. Bookings will open the Friday morning before the talk, and close on the Wednesday night before the talk, or when all seats available have been filled. Numbers are limited, so please book as early as you can, as “first in will be best dressed”.

We are a diverse group of people who love and support our beautiful Gardens – the world’s largest collection of Australian native plants. We have an extensive program of talks, visits and social events. There are many opportunities for members and visitors to meet, learn, grow and enjoy the riches of this very special place.

We were formed in 1990 as a community support group for the Gardens. Since then we have raised and spent over $1.6 million on projects in the Gardens and now have over 2500 members. And we support the Gardens in many other ways, such as leading guided walks to show visitors the wonders of the Gardens, and hands-on support of research programs.

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Your guide to what’s fresh and flowering in the Gardens now.

  Latest edition: 24 February - 9 March 2021 (PDF, 2.2 MB)




This year's Enlighten Festival event at the ANBG, Symbiosis, is accompanied by free daytime guided walks on the theme of symbiotic plant relationships in nature.
Thursday, 25 February 2021
Thursday Talks re-commenced on Thursday 18 February 2021 when Dr Karen Ford & Dr Kara Youngentob spoke about monitoring resident and rehabilitated koalas in the Monaro region t
Monday, 15 February 2021
The November edition of Eucalypt, the newsletter of the Australian Association of Friends of Botanical Gardens, has been published and is available online on the AAFBG website.
Thursday, 26 November 2020
Things have been busy behind the scenes in the ANBG Library this year with a major upgrade to a new library computer system. The new system offers significant improvements to the previous ten-year-old system, and will enable you to keep track of your loans and renew items online. With the transition completed, borrowing for the Friends is now available. Thank you for your patience and understanding while this major project was taking place.
Monday, 9 November 2020
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