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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.

Black Mountain Weeding Work Party 7 December 2019 Saturday, 7 December 2019 - 8:30am to 11:30am

We are focussing 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.

Bring:  Enthusiasm, your family and friends, water. Everyone is welcome.

ANBG Plant Science Group December Technical Talk Monday, 2 December 2019 - 10:30am

Title: Keeping track of the kids: lineage matters!

Speaker: Dr Rosemary Purdie, Honorary Living Collections Botanist, ANBG

Place: Theatrette, ANBG

ANBG Photographic Group Show and Tell (Final Meeting of the Year) Friday, 29 November 2019 - 10:30am to Saturday, 30 November 2019 - 11:45am

Meeting: 10.30 am – CROSBIE MORRISON BUILDING (follow the path and signs past the Pollen Café)

This meeting is a giant Show and Tell. 

Show and Tell allows you to showcase your photographs and contribute to the Group's photographic skills, knowledge and ideas.

Michael Doherty ‘Vegetation Types, Vegetation Dynamics and Fire Ecology on Black Mountain’ Thursday, 28 November 2019 - 12:30pm

Michael, a plant ecologist, will focus on the long-term ecological monitoring which is an essential component of sound fire management practice on Black Mountain.  Given the proximity of Black Mountain to Canberra’s academic institutions and an engaged and interested community, the mountain remains a fertile ground for ongoing botanical and ecological research.

Dr Penny Olsen ‘Night Parrot the Bird and the Politics’ Thursday, 21 November 2019 - 12:30pm

Penny, an Honorary Professor at the ANU, will talk about the Night Parrot.  The first museum specimen of the Night Parrot was collected in 1845 but lay unrecognized until well into the 20th century.  Since then the parrot has continued to elude seekers, revealing itself only intermittently.  The recent discoveries of small populations in south-east Queensland and Western Australia, have heightened interest in the bird.