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Tony Bartlett - 'The role of collaborative forest research in enhancing livelihoods in the Asia-Pacific, with a focus on projects involving the use of non timber forest species. Thursday, 23 August 2012 - 12:30pm

Tony will describe tree research projects in the Asia-Pacific including developing plantations of sandalwood (Santalum species) in North Queensland and Vanuatu and the domestication and commercialisation of the high value Canarium nuts (Canarium indicum) in Papua New Guinea. (Canarium indicum is an indigenous tree throughout the South Pacific, producing edible nuts as well as timber. The nuts are little known in international markets, but there is strong domestic demand in Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu.)

Information session and training workshop for new Flora Explorer volunteers Tuesday, 21 August 2012 - 11:00am to Wednesday, 22 August 2012 - 10:45am

The Gardens invites interested members of the Friends to attend this information session on becoming a volunteer Flora Explorer driver guide. The session will be held in the Gardens' Theatrette and will last about 1 hour. For more information, phone Jennifer Salkeld on 6250 9559 / 6250 9540 or email jennifer.salkeld@environment.gov.au.

Matt Kilby 'Nuts and Bolts of Healthy Soil: how soil works and how to improve it' Sunday, 19 August 2012 - 10:00am to Monday, 20 August 2012 - 9:45am

Science Week: 'Down to Earth Horticulture' workshop 2 with Matt Kilby (Global Land Repair)

10-11:30 am at the Banks Glasshouse

Practical gardening for the Canberra home/community/farm, designed for hands-on learning with professional experts. Free admission. Limited numbers. Bookings essential: see www.anbg.gov.au/gardens

Cafe Scientifique 'Benefit of foods with local footprint: fact or fallacy?' Friday, 17 August 2012 - 5:00pm to Saturday, 18 August 2012 - 4:45pm

A Science Week activity at the Floresco at the Gardens Cafe

Cafe happy hour from 5pm, with presentation from 6pm. Free admission.

Lively and social science discussions facilitated by expert speakers. Learn, engage and consider a range of environmental science issues. Special Tapis menu available.

Dr Ben Wallace 'An Australian garden in China' NOTE CHANGED DATE Thursday, 16 August 2012 - 12:30pm

Following a visit to the Australian National Botanic Gardens in November 2003, Professor Lu Yongxiang, President of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, asked Dr Ben Wallace to create a garden in the South China Botanical Garden in Guangzhou. Opened in 2007, the garden includes Australian native flora and aboriginal cultural elements. There are showy and fragrant plants from the Proteaceae, Myrtaceae, and Fabaceae families, together with ancient ‘dinosaur’ plants such as ferns, cycads and conifers. It has a tropical billabong, shrubby woodland, rainforest and a rock garden.

Cafe Scientifique 'Exam time stress and the natural cure' Wednesday, 15 August 2012 - 4:30pm

A Science Week activity at the Floresco at the Gardens Cafe

Cafe opens from 4:30pm, with presentation from 5pm. Free admission.

Lively and social science discussions facilitated by expert speakers. Learn, engage and consider a range of environmental science issues. Gourmet Hamburgers available. 

Gerry Gillespie 'Transform Your Garbage into Gold: backyard composting' Sunday, 12 August 2012 - 10:00am to Monday, 13 August 2012 - 9:45am

Science Week: 'Down to Earth Horticulture' workshop 1 with Gerry Gillespie (Zero Waste Australia)

10-11:30 am at the Banks Glasshouse

Practical gardening for the Canberra home/community/farm, designed for hands-on learning with professional experts. Free admission. Limited numbers. Bookings essential: see www.anbg.gov.au/gardens

Science Week: Family Science Day Sunday, 12 August 2012 - 10:00am to Monday, 13 August 2012 - 9:45am

For a rare learning experience, the ANBG will be opening the doors of the Australian National Herbarium, Production Nursery and Seed Bank for behind-the-scene tours.

10:00am - 3:00pm. Free admission.

Science Week: Gardens Science Trail Saturday, 11 August 2012 - 12:00am to Sunday, 19 August 2012 - 11:45pm

Outdoor science engagement for all the family, with a hands-on self-guided trail investigating the science behind the Gardens’ plants. Free admission.

Cafe Scientifique 'Climate Change: Threat or Theatre?' Friday, 10 August 2012 - 5:00pm to Saturday, 11 August 2012 - 4:45pm

A Science Week activity at the Floresco at the Gardens Cafe

Cafe happy hour from 5pm, with presentation from 6pm. Free admission.

Lively and social science discussions facilitated by expert speakers. Learn, engage and consider a range of environmental science issues. Special Tapis menu available. 

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