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Successful Growing Friends Plant Sale

The 2017 spring plant sale was held on Saturday 11th November in the small carpark behind the Crosbie Morrison Building in the Gardens. Suzi Bond was there to talk about plants that provide food for butterflies. She found it interesting to see the sale and to talk to some of the customers and Growing Friends. The sale raised $5918, all of which will go towards the many projects supported by the Friends.

Winner's ribbons on one of the panels of entries at the 2017 exhibition

Award ceremony for the 21st Friends of the ANBG Schools Photographic Competition

On Saturday 28 October the Friends hosted a lively ceremony in the Theatrette to award the prizes for the 21st Schools Photographic Competition. Many students were present, along with their families and teachers. See the list of prizewinners.

Flowers of War concerts - Friends are invited

The Flowers of War is a project to uncover, perform, discuss and celebrate the music and art that talented men used to cope with the horror of war. Members of the Friends are invited, and offered discount prices, to concerts at the High Court on 10 October and 8 November.

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Open Garden, Yarrawin, Bowral area

Paul Ramsay’s Garden Legacy

The late Paul Ramsay’s Burradoo home ¨Yarrawin¨ will be open to the public for two days on the 21st and 22nd October 2017. It is a garden filled with year round colour, and diverse plantings. Spontaneously filled with a diverse range of plants sprawling across the property, combining both formal and informal planting. Yarrawin, is a truly gorgeous and relaxed place where you can spend hours wandering around and getting lost in the beautiful surrounds.

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Book Launch: Vanished and Vanishing Parrots

You are invited to attend the book launch of Vanished and Vanishing Parrots: Profiling Extinct and Endangered Species by Joseph Forshaw and Frank Knight. The book will be launched by Dr Leo Joseph.

Partners, friends and colleagues are welcome, but RSVP is requested.

Macleay Swallowtail Butterfly in the ANBG (Photo: Tony Woods)

Butterfly walks - change of dates

The Butterfly Walks previously scheduled for 18 November 2017 at 10 am and 1:30 am have been re-scheduled, due to unforeseen circumstances. The new dates and times are:

Saturday 11 November @ 2pm: book at https://register.eventarc.com/38154/butterfly-walk-2-pm-saturday-11-november-2017

Sunday 12 November @ 2pm: book at https://register.eventarc.com/38155/butterfly-walk-2-pm-sunday-12-november-2017

Our sincere apologies to anyone inconvenienced by the changed dates and times. Everyone already registered for the previous dates will he contacted and asked to select a new date.

Eastern Spinebill (Photo: David Cook)

Wake Up With the Birds, 2017 season

The Australian National Botanic Gardens provide a fantastic habitat for many of Canberra’s birds, with water and nectar in abundance.

It is marvellous to be in the Gardens early in the morning before they are open to the general public.

During Floriade we offer an early morning walk at weekends. Join us for a 1½ hour guided walk to see many of the Gardens' amazing birds. This year we are not including breakfast, but you are welcome to purchase a coffee or breakfast following the bird walk in Pollen – the Gardens Café.

Jim Gould at work charring. Photo : Bill Hall

A very charry day

On the very last (and somewhat chilly) day of winter various Friends assembled on the Paperbark Lawn of the Gardens, just below the site of the Paperbark Treehouse, to find out about the mysterious Japanese art of yakisugi, or carbonising wood. As Nici Long from Cave Urban has explained, charring is very appropriate for this work as a symbol of bushfire and regeneration; it also preserves the timber and provides a textural finish that reduces the fire risk.

Charring Party on Thursday 31st August 2017

The Cave Urban team is now in the early stages of work on the treehouse. If you continue past the café in a pretty straight line you will soon find the site in the melaleucas and above the Paperbark lawn. The treehouse design involves recycled timber preserved by yakisugi, a traditional Japanese design for carbonising wood.

Cave Urban will start charring wood next Thursday 31 August from 10am until late afternoon, on the lawn immediately below the melaleucas  and is inviting Friends of the ANBG to help with the charring as a gesture of thanks for the Friends’ support of this exciting project.

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Annual General Meeting 2017 – 31 October

The 29th Annual General Meeting of the Friends of the ANBG will be held on 31 October, 2017 at 5.30 pm in the Theatrette at the Gardens.

Light refreshments will be served from 5 pm in the Dickson Room.

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