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Ann Mont ‘Australia is not all eucalypts – living in a native pine forest’ Thursday, 24 May 2012 - 12:30pm

Ann Mont is a farmer’s daughter and retired public servant.

Ann spent her childhood living on a farm in a Murray pine (Callitris) forest in the Riverina. Flat land, no streams, no rocks and hardly a eucalypt in sight. How could this be? She studied geography at ANU and on a field trip to this area she realised that social history, geomorphology, and factors such as irrigation and rising salt are interconnected, and these impact on the vegetation. The talk will discuss Ann’s observations. 

Fiona Pfennigwerth talks about the paintings in her exhibition Thursday, 17 May 2012 - 12:30pm

Fiona Pfennigwerth will talk about the paintings in her exhibition and her course in Natural History Illustration at University of Newcastle. 

Illustrating Australian nature: illuminating The Scrolls. Exhibition 16 May to 28 June Wednesday, 16 May 2012 - 9:00am to Friday, 29 June 2012 - 4:45pm

Visitor Centre Gallery

A selection of sketches and watercolours that are reproduced in Fiona Pfennigwerth’s recently published book The Scrolls Illuminated: an illuminating presentation of Solomon’s Song of Songs, Ruth, Lamentations, Ecclesiastes and Esther from the Bible. Many of the paintings include flora that Fiona sketched in the ANBG, in other Botanic Gardens and National Parks, and other beautiful places.

Art in the Gardens with Friends - Visitor Centre Gallery Friday, 13 April 2012 - 9:30am to Monday, 14 May 2012 - 4:45pm

A collection of paintings and drawings of Australian native plants. Presented by the Friends Botanic Art Groups.

Andrew Thornhill ‘Pollen – nothing to sneeze at’ Thursday, 12 April 2012 - 12:30pm

Andrew Thornhill is currently a research scientist at the Centre for Australian National Biodiversity Research aka Australian National Herbarium aka CSIRO working on the phylogenetics of Acacia, Mosses, Liverworts and Hornworts. His PhD project at ANU was on the pollen morphology of the Myrtaceae family; he investigated whether there was variable pollen morphology within the family, and whether this could be linked to a phylogenetic tree of the family.

Rosemary Purdie ‘Wildflowers and vegetation of Kamchatka, Far East Russia’ Thursday, 5 April 2012 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Rosemary Purdie is a plant ecologist who cut her botanical teeth doing vegetation mapping in western Queensland in the 1970s, has never been able to walk past plants since without checking them out, and has done extensive plant collecting in all Australian states and territories. A decade ago she exchanged a career with the Commonwealth Government for voluntary work in, for example, the Australian National Herbarium, plus regular trips to Central Asia where she continues to be enthralled by the cultures, landscapes and vegetation.