17 June 2021


Are you looking for a good way to support the ANBG?

It is coming up to the end of the financial year, and we hope you will consider a tax-deductible contribution to the Friends Public Fund which will assist the Gardens' towards their nominated projects such as plant conservation, research, enhancement of the gardens and community enjoyment.

Donations to the Friends Public Fund support a range of interesting and important projects in the Gardens. Current commitments to the Gardens includes a video on the ANBG’s conservation activities, a video for the new Banksia Garden interpretations and equipment for the soon-to-be-built new National Seed Bank.

In the past few years the Friends Public Fund have donated almost $55,000 to the Gardens for a range of projects, including a seed x-ray machine for the Seed Bank to assist in assessing the health of older seed collections, and ex-situ conservation of Macadamia jansenii from north Queensland.

It’s easy to make a donation online (follow the link or go to the Friends website at and click on the ‘Donate Now’ button under the photo of the Rock Garden shelter). We will send you a receipt.

Botanic Art Group presentation to the Gardens

Dr West, Neville Page, the artyists and other BAG members at the presentation and The Friends Botanic Art Groups exhibition this year featured plants from the sea to the desert. Two works were chosen by the Executive Director, Dr Judy West, and purchased by the Friends for the ANBG collection. On Thursday 3 June the works were presented to Dr West by the President, Neville Page.

Susan Spiller's Wahlenbergia species is a delightful painting of the floral emblem of the ACT. Marjorie Roche's Arid shows the intricacies of a root; perhaps an unusual subject but an appealing painting in its own right.

Our congratulations to Susan and Marjorie on their work being chosen for the ANBG collection. (Photos: Helen Dawes).

Nature Journaling and Field Sketching Group

This new Friends Group will next meet in the Gardens on Monday 5 July, 2021. If you are interested in participating, please email the Group Convenor, Lesley Page at

Free special guided walks

Each month this year, the Volunteer Guides will be dedicating a week to special themes, with additional afternoon walks as well as morning ones. The walks are free and no booking is required, but numbers are limited to 10 per walk. Meet at the clock near the rainforest bridge.

June - Off the Beaten Track

Daily from Monday June 14th to Sunday June 20th, at 11am-12 noon and 2pm-3pm.

A volunteer guide will take you to parts of the Gardens not frequently visited, to see beautiful plants in out-of-the-way spots. Each walk will feature examples of work done by Gardens staff to conserve our vulnerable, threatened, and endangered native plants, as well as plants currently in flower.

July - Plants from Gondwana

Daily from Monday July 12th to Sunday July 18th, at 11am-12 noon and 2pm-3pm.

The theme for July is 'Plants from Gondwana', complementing the Megafauna that will be on display. Find out more about the ancient plants these giant animals fed on and lived amongst.

Thursday Talks

Bookings are essential: A special booking link will be provided for each week’s talk (see 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.

COVID-19 safety: Check in on arrival using Check In CBR QR code or, if unable, give your first name and phone number for contact tracing. Please follow organisers' directions on seating and social distancing. Do not attend if: you have been in a hotspot within the last 14 days; are unwell; or are awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test.

Time and place: Talks are held from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm in the ANBG Theatrette, unless stated otherwise.

Entrance: A small donation on entry to help support the Gardens is appreciated.

24 June 2021 - Dr Kathy Eyles
50 years of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands[Note: new speaker & topic]

Australia was one of the first countries to sign up, and listed the world’s first Ramsar site, the Cobourg Peninsula in the NT. Kathy will provide an overview of the Convention in Australia and look at what’s happening at the local level to ensure the ‘wise use of our wetlands’.

1 July 2021 - Dr Bob Godfree
How Great Historical Droughts have Shaped Australia

Bob, a Senior Research Scientist at CSIRO, will talk about his research on the impact of great droughts on Australian people and landscapes, particularly the 1895-1903 Federation Drought. Lessons learnt give key insights into the likely future of the Australian landscapes and society in coming decades of climate change.

8 July 2021 - Peter Taylor
A re-examination of William Hann’s northern expedition of 1872 to Cape York Peninsula

Peter’s presentation will describe William Hann's Northern Expedition that set out to determine the mineral and agricultural potential of Cape York Peninsula and the critical role played by the indigenous guide.

15 July 2021 - Dr Liz Truswell
One small tract of bushland in southwest WA and the fight for its preservation

In this talk Liz will outline something of the flora she saw in region of Karri forest in 2018-2019, and describe the Augusta community’s ongoing attempts to preserve a tract of near-pristine bushland.

22 July 2021 - Dr Natasha Robinson
Reintroducing Bandicoots and Quolls to Booderee National Park
[Note: date changed]

Natasha is a Research Fellow with the National Environmental Science Program, Threatened Species Recovery Hub. Natasha will talk about what mammal species have been reintroduced to Booderee National Park and what has been learnt so far regarding their ecology and threats to their survival.

School holiday activities

MEGAfauna flyerCulture on the Move – Bush Animal Weaving Workshops

Monday 28 June, 10 - 11.30am and 1 - 2.30pm

Location: Celia Rosser Room, Banksia Centre

Cost: $55 Adult and Child (3-12 yrs); $38 Adult; $20 Child (3-12 yrs)

Create your own bush animal during our MEGAfauna trail!

Come and join Ronnie Jordan, a Kalkadoon Pitta Pitta woman who will share her traditional ecological knowledge with you.

Enjoy a hands-on experience where you and your child can each create a woven bush animal. The workshop inspires a connection to Aboriginal culture, and both children and adults will learn techniques of the age-old art of traditional weaving.

Before you begin, why not explore our MEGAfauna: once there were giants! sculpture trail in the Gardens to inspire something truly unique.

Ronnie is a qualified professional weaver and artist and has delivered weaving and art workshops to government agencies, community groups, schools, events and corporations.

All materials supplied, wool and straw.

Suitable for ages 3+ years. Children aged 3 - 7 years must be accompanied by a participating adult due to COVID restrictions.

Book at or contact for further details.

Exhibitions at the Visitor Centre Gallery

2 - 20 June 2021 - Into The Wild

A collection of floral designs that take audiences “into the wild” and give an insight into the diversity and range of Australian native wildflowers and foliage. Created by students in the Floristry Certificate 3 at Canberra Institute of Technology.

23 June - 25 July 2021 - Australia’s Megafauna

An exhibition featuring original large scale paintings of Australia’s Megafauna by Australian wildlife artist, author and paleontological illustrator, Peter Schouten AM.

Peter Schouten has an international reputation for his specialised area as a Paleontological Reconstructionist, which is the rebuilding of a fossil species. David Attenborough termed his skills as “rare and precious” and among the world’s best. Peter has published some of Australia’s most outstanding wildlife publications.

Friends of Black Mountain

Mid-Winter Talk: The Invertebrates of Black Mountain

Tuesday, 22 June 2021 - 11:00am to 12:30pm

The Friends of Black Mountain are holding another midwinter talk this year. The speaker will be Kim Pullen, an expert on the invertebrates of the Canberra region and Black Mountain.

About 2150 species of insects, arachnids, millipedes and velvet worms have been recorded on Black Mountain, although scientists studying them estimate that there are more than 5000 species of invertebrate in the reserve. Kim will introduce us to the diverse insect life on Black Mountain and its characteristics.

Where: Theatrette, Telstra Tower.  Booking: Please email your name and phone number to Friends of Black Mountain on, or phone Linda (0437 298 711) or Julie (6251 6972).

Weeding Work Party

Saturday, 3 July 2021, 9:00am to 12 noon

This work party will be in the Frith Road area, near the back of the northern annex of ANBG, where we will be removing more Red Passionflower. Everyone is welcome.

Meet: Frith Road extension, Acton, behind CSIRO and ANBG.  Park near the electricity substation. Look for banners.

Wear: Hat, sunscreen, long-sleeved shirt, long pants, gloves, stout shoes.

We shall break for delicious morning tea at about 10:30am.

Please book: if you are planning to come, please email your name and phone number to Linda at or phone 0437 298 711. This complies with COVID-19 requirements, helps us to cater, and to let you know if arrangements need to change at the last minute (for example, adverse weather conditions).

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