18 March 2021


Want to join the LOTE team in their May and July fieldwork sessions?

The Living On The Edge (LOTE) project is researching the thermal tolerance of selected native plants, with financial support by the Friends.

LOTE Team at Alpine fieldworkWith just 2 field trips remaining, the project is offering opportunities for members of Friends to join the LOTE team in their final fieldwork sessions. Alpine fieldwork will be conducted at Charlotte's Pass over 4-15 May, and in arid lands at Gundabooka National Park (between Bourke and Cobar in northwestern NSW) over 1-16 July.

"We very much appreciate the support the Friends have shown this project, and would love the chance to share the experience with anyone who was keen to join. For the Charlotte Pass trip we’d welcome volunteers to join us for all or a portion of the time (probably a minimum of 4 days). For the Gundabooka trip we generally do two shifts of one week each and coordinate the transport accordingly."

"While we are in the field we’ll be collecting plants in the field and returning to our lab (set up in our accommodation) to do assays of thermal tolerance using a variety of different physiological techniques. A reasonable level of fitness will be needed, but generally our collecting walks are on the order of 1-4km and not overly strenuous."

If you are interested to learn more, please email the project's coordinator of volunteers, Rosie Harris (

For those with more general interest in the project, Prof. Adrienne Nicotra will present the Thursday Talk to Friends on 15 April.

Eucalypt Week, 22-28 March 2021

Come and discover some of Australia’s iconic Eucalypts: from the smallest to the tallest, from iron barks to stringy barks and ribbon barks, famous trees like the coolabah and many others.

Guided Eucalypt Walks

Daily from Monday, 22 March 2021 to Sunday, 28 March 2021 at 11:00am

Celebrate Australia's iconic genus on a free guided walk. Find out some amazing facts about eucalypts.

Cost: Free
Location: ANBG; meet at the clock near the rainforest bridge 10 minutes before the start time of 11am.
Numbers are limited to 10 people per walk; no bookings required.

Tour the Trees in Comfort - Flora Explorer bus guided tours

National Eucalypt Day logoTuesday 23 March 2021 at 11:30 am and 1:30 pm

Celebrate National Eucalypt Day on these one-hour Flora Explorer bus tours.

Cost: $8 adult, $5 child
Location: Meet at the ANBG Visitor Centre
Numbers are limited to 8 people per tour; bookings are essential through Eventbrite at

Walk brochure coverUpdated ANBG Eucalypt Discovery Walk

The ANBG Eucalypt Discovery Walk, a self-guided tour that takes in 22 iconic Eucalypts in the Gardens, has been updated with a new guide brochure and new signage. The updated walk has been readied in time to celebrate National Eucalypt Day on 23 March 2021.

The new brochure is available from the Visitor Information Centre and can also be be downloaded in PDF format (1.95 MB).

ANBG Photographic Group March Meeting

Friday, 26 March 2021 - 10:00am

The topic is "Bendora Arboretum - being prepared"

The presenter Graham Gall will talk about preparations for our excursion to Bendora Arboretum in April. The aim of this excursion is photographing Fungi and other features of this area. He will detail his techniques for photography of fungi etc.

Location: ANBG Theatrette, opposite the Visitor Information Centre

Botanic Art Group Exhibition - From the Desert to the Sea

Saturday, 3 April 2021 to Sunday, 2 May 2021 - 4:30pm to 9:30am daily

Telopea Speciesissima by Jacqui GillelandA special Friends preview will be held on Friday 2 April 2021 at 2.00pm - 4.30pm

The Friends Botanic Art Group will hold their 14th Annual Exhibition, featuring a wide variety of native plants with a special focus on plants from arid regions.

Most of the works will be on sale, with a proportion of the proceeds donated to the Friends of the ANBG to support the Gardens. Several works will be chosen to be donated by the Friends to the Gardens' permanent collection. As in previous years, there will also be a work to be won by the lucky winner of a raffle.

Location: Visitors Information Centre Gallery.

Thursday Talks

Thursday Talks recommenced in February 2021, with new arrangements in line with ACT COVID-19 restrictions:

Limited numbers - booking a seat is essential.

A special booking link will be provided for each week’s talk (see the listing below or on the Friends website). Bookings are open from the Friday prior to the talk until Wednesday night or until seating limits are reached. All tickets are free. Please notify us if you have booked but are unable to come, on 0437 298 711 or 0407 299 704.

A COVID-19 safety plan is in place for this event.

Please check in via Check In CBR QR code on arrival or, if unable, provide your first name and phone number for contact tracing. Please follow organisers' directions on seating and social distancing, and ensure that:

  • You have not been in a hotspot before attending Thursday Talks; and
  • You do not attend if you are feeling unwell or awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test.

Time and place: Unless notified otherwise, talks are held from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm in the ANBG Theatrette.

Entrance: A small donation to the Friends at the entrance is appreciated. Such funds support the Gardens.


25 March 2021 - Peter Byron and Joe McAuliffe
'Enlightened Conservatory Design and Plants’

Peter and Joe will talk about the design of the conservatory building and plants. Peter will focus on the building being for botany and visitors. Joe will talk about thematic content and plans for displays as well as plant selection and succession, cultivation and conservatory horticulture.

Bookings are essential: go to

1 April 2021 - Dr Heidi Zimmer
‘The iconic Wollemi Pine’

Heidi, from the Centre for Australian National Biodiversity Research, will talk about her thesis which began with the question why are there so few medium-sized Wollemia nobilis individuals between the seedling and canopy tree size classes (i.e., between 2-20 m in height)?

Bookings are essential: go to

8 April 2021 - Dr Francisco Sanchez-Bayo
‘The decline of the entomofauna and its drivers’

Francisco, from the University of Sydney, will talk about the ecological implications of world-wide decline in the biodiversity of insects and the priority actions needed to stem them will be discussed.

Bookings are essential: go to

15 April 2021 - Professor Adrienne Nicotra
‘Living on the Edge: How do Plants of Threatened Ecological Communities Cope with Extreme Temperature?’

Adrienne, from the Research School of Biology, ANU, will talk on a research partnership between the ANU, ANBG and Friends, the University of Technology Sydney, the Sydney Botanical Gardens, and Save the Species Program, which seeks to provide critical data on the physiological tolerances of Australian native species from alpine, desert and threatened ecological communities.

Bookings are essential: go to

22 April 2021 - David Coutts and David Maxwell
‘Ginninderry Conservation Park’

The talk will cover the background to the Park and the plans that are currently being put into place by the Trust to preserve and restore the natural environment and cultural values as far as possible in the context of major nearby urban development.

Bookings are essential: go to

29 April 2021 - David Taylor
‘Banksia Garden’

David will talk about some of the challenges, thinking, planning and collaboration that has gone into bringing this garden to reality, and why all the effort is worth it.

Bookings are essential: go to

'Welcome' Meet & Greet for new members

Robyn Black checking the temperature of the urn at the New Members morning tea (photo: Sandra Simpson) On Saturday 13 March 2021 the Friends welcomed new members with a morning tea, presentations from special interest groups, and guided walks.

The welcome tea was held in the Ducrou Pavilion on the Eucalypt Lawn, under a sunny sky - the rain gods were on our side!


Right: Robyn Black lightheartedly checking the temperature of the urn
at the New Members morning tea.
(Photo by new member Sandra Simpson).
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