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ANBG sundial

Telling the Time by the Sun – an enlightening afternoon

Bookings are now open for our exclusive Sundial event.

Canberra is fortunate to have a number of publicly accessible sundials, several devised by Marg Folkard and John Ward of Sundials Australia. On Friday 3 April 2020 we can hear Marg talk about the history and science of sundials, as well as the exacting art of creating them. Places are limited, so secure your place for this event.

Volunteer at the Information Tent

Volunteers needed for Summer Sounds 2020 concerts

We're looking forward to a spectacular series of six Summer Sounds concerts for 2020, the Gardens' 50th anniversary and the Friends 30th anniversary.

The concerts have now been re-scheduled for three weekends in March – and we'll need your help!

Photography workshop flyer

Workshop: Introduction to Digital Photography

Want to understand your digital camera settings and improve your photography techniques?

This full-day workshop on Sunday 5 April may well be for you!

John Turbull working with rake                 Photo: Steve Galliford

Friends contribute to the Gardens cleanup

Many Friends were keen to help with the cleanup after the hailstorm of January 20. Paths and garden beds were covered in shredded leaves and branches resulting in a huge workload for gardens staff to clear it enough to invite visitors return. Friends were there to help.

Flora Explorer bus

Flora Explorer is back on the road

Flora Explorer tours will resume from this coming Saturday 15 February. Our beautiful electric bus was damaged in the hailstorm of January 20 which did so much damage in the Gardens.

New mirrors have been ordered to replace the damaged ones, but interim mirrors have been installed. The roof has been temporarily mended and will be rain and sun proof, and the vehicle has been cleaned up and is ready for service.

The Flora route up to the top of the Gardens will reveal the severity of the storm in the Gardens, particularly in the tree canopy.

Cover of Friends Library Connect February 2020

Friends Library Connect, February 2020

The February 2020 edition of Library Connect (PDF, 494KB) includes articles on a new book, A Science of Our Own: Exhibitions and the Rise of Australian Public Science, an appeal for 50th Anniversary items for the ANBG Archive, information on a selection of new books and the e-journal Ecological Management & Restoration and from the ANBG Archive, Botanical Gardens in Canberra: A report by Dr Bertram Thomas Dickson, 1935.

The Gardens have fully reopened after the hailstorm

All areas of the Gardens have now been reopened after significant damage was caused by the Canberra hailstorm on Monday 20 January.

Visitors are now welcome to explore the Gardens from Rainforest to Red Centre. Pollen Café, Jindii Eco Spa and the Botanical Bookshop are also open.

Guided walks have resumed, but Flora Explorer tours will remain out of operation until further notice. Venues in the Banks Building will also stay closed until repairs can be completed.

Bees, Butterflies, Birds flyer

Bees, Butterflies, Birds: Maximising biodiversity by supporting pollinators

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.

This seminar aims to Increase awareness, provide planting resources and work towards an action plan to plant for and protect pollinators to maximise biodiversity in the Canberra region.

Summer Sounds 2020 – postponed

Due to hazardous air quality and ongoing fire danger, the Australian National Botanic Gardens’ has announced that the 'Summer Sounds 2020' concert season has been postponed. The health and welfare of our visitors, staff, volunteers and performers are our highest priority.

The ANBG will provide updates on revised concert dates as they become available, via the ANBG website and Facebook page.

Library Connect December 2019

Library Connect, December 2019 edition

The December 2019 edition of Library Connect (PDF, 486KB) includes articles on the Painting with Parkinsons new book, Library opening hours over Christmas, information on a selection of new books and the e-journal Conservation Letters and from the ANBG Archive, an ANBG Christmas Card c.1996.

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