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Dr Todd McLay ‘Phylogenomics and Taxonomy of Native Hibiscus’ Thursday, 13 February 2020 - 12:30pm

Todd, from CSIRO, will talk about his work on Hibisceae species which occur in Australia, and are common in rainforests, monsoon tropics, and the arid zone.  Many of the taxa associated with the drier parts of Australia have not had a taxonomic treatment since their original description in the mid-1800’s.  Todd’s research shows the power of collections-based research to combine new molecular methods with traditional taxonomy for species discovery and broad-ranging insights on the evolution of the Australian flora.

Professor Peter Kanowski ‘Forests Near and Far: Issues in a Warming World’ Thursday, 6 February 2020 - 12:30pm

Peter, Professor of Forestry, ANU, will talk about the world’s forests which are under pressure from deforestation and degradation and increasingly from climate change.  Australian forests, and those locally that make Canberra liveable, are also threatened.  Peter will review the situation, and our options and priorities in responding to these challenges.

ANBG Plant Science Group Technical Talk Monday, 3 February 2020 - 10:30am

Place: Theatrette, ANBG

Title: Linking Indigenous botanical knowledge and western plant species concept

Speaker: Linda Broadhurst, Director CANBR

ANBG Weeding Work Party CANCELLED Saturday, 1 February 2020 - 8:30am to 11:30am

This event has been cancelled to due to unfavourable weather conditions.

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.

Grow this in Canberra for Summer – CANCELLED Sunday, 12 January 2020 - 10:00am to Monday, 13 January 2020 - 10:45am


Not sure which Australian plants you can grow  successfully in your Canberra garden ? Join two Growing Friends on this mid-summer walk to see what looks good in summer and which will flourish in Canberra.

FREE - but booking is essential -

Butterflies in the ANBG - POSTPONED to 22 March Saturday, 11 January 2020 - 10:00am to 11:30am

POSTPONED to 22 March

Do you know an Imperial Blue from a Macleay’s Swallowtail? Or an Eastern Flat from a Common Brown? This is a wonderful opportunity for Friends to join local expert, Suzi Bond, in observing these elusive creatures in the ANBG.

ANBG Weeding Work Party CANCELLED Saturday, 4 January 2020 - 8:30am to 11:30am

The January Weeding Work Party has been cancelled due to the weather forecast.  Hoping to see you on Saturday the 1st February for our February get-together.

Bushland Nature Walk (rescheduled) Monday, 16 December 2019 - 10:00am to 11:30am

The Bushland Nature Walk meanders through the Bushland Precinct of the Australian National Botanic Gardens, and is part of the local Black Mountain environment. The walk takes you through open forest and features expansive views to Canberra City and Parliament House. Many of the plants are labelled and you will find interpretive signs about the biodiversity, fire ecology and soil of the area. The walk culminates at a viewing platform offering spectacular views across Lake Burley Griffin. Return is via the same path.

Botanic Art Groups Australian Wildlife Art Exhibition Saturday, 14 December 2019 - 9:30am to Sunday, 12 January 2020 - 4:30pm

A special Australian wildlife art exhibition will be held from 14 December 2019 – 12 January 2020 at the Visitor Centre, Australian National Botanic Gardens.  The exhibition will feature original paintings, drawings and other works of Australian native wildlife and other art works relating to Australian wildlife, e.g. nests, bones, etc.  All works will be created by artists from the Friends of the Australian National Botanic Gardens Botanic Art Groups.