19 October 2020



2020 Annual General Meeting report

The 32nd AGM of the Friends was held on Thursday 15 October 2020 at the Shine Dome, Acton. Friends Council members for 2020-2021 are: 

President: Neville Page
Vice President: Linda Beveridge
Secretary: Lynden Ayliffe
Treasurer: Helen Elliot
Non-executive members:
Wendy Antoniak, Wanda Filsell, Alan Henderson, Lesley King, David More
Life Memberships

In recognition of their distinguished service, life memberships were awarded to Lesley Harland, Marion Jones, Anne Rawson and Barbara Podger.

For more details on the AGM go to 2020 Annual General Meeting report.

Watch the opening of the Banksia Garden

What’s open

Guided walks are back!

Guides are conducting one walk each day at 11 am. These guided walks are free. Numbers allowed on each walk are limited*, so arrive early and meet your Guide at the clock near the rainforest. There are plenty of hints of spring, colourful flowers and inspiring new growth shoots that guides can tell you about.

*Tours are available for up to 10 people from 2 household groups to maintain physical distancing in the Gardens.

The self-guided Flowers, Fruit & Foliage (FFF) walk has returned and is now available online and at the Visitor Centre.

The Visitor Centre, Botanical Bookshop and Jindii Eco Spa are open. Pollen Café is open for take away and dining in from 9.00am to 2.30 pm. Bookings are essential for dining in.

The Friends Lounge is now open. Capacity is limited to 6 people. Coffee and tea facilities are unfortunately not available because of COVID-19 restrictions.

Please note, while most of the Gardens are now open, parts of the Rainforest Gully and some toilet facilities away from the main buildings remain closed. To assist with physical distancing requirements the walking paths are currently one-way so please follow the signs and arrows. Sanitising stations have been placed around the Gardens for visitors’ convenience.

Further information is available on the ANBG website.

Last Pest Blitz for 2020

The Botanic Gardens Biosecurity Network is calling on visitors, friends, volunteers and staff of botanic gardens to take part in biosecurity pest blitzes to conduct surveillance for plant pests and diseases.

Tree of heaven blitz, 14-20 November 2020

Tree of heaven (Ailanthus altissima) is an introduced species which has been is a host of the exotic pests spotted lanternfly and brown marmorated stink bug. During the blitz look for tree of heaven in your backyard, local roadsides, reserves or botanic gardens. Send reports of suspected tree of heaven plants to the ‘botanic gardens’ project in MyPestGuide™ Reporter app. Identifying where these trees are will help us work out if we can use them as ‘sentinels’ to look for exotic pests. See information sheet on Tree of Heaven (PDF, 377 KB).

For detailed information on how to identify each target and instructions on how to make a report using the MyPestGuide™ Reporter app, visit the Botanic Gardens Biosecurity Network website and for the latest updates on each blitz follow the Botanic Gardens Biosecurity Network on Facebook.

Remember that if you think you see one of the exotic pest targets outside of each blitz week, still send a report in.

Ngunawal and National Capital Stories of Black Mountain

Sunday, 15 November 2020 - 9:30am and 1:30pm

Join Wally Bell, Ngunawal elder, and Mark Butz, environmental historian, as they talk about the Aboriginal, historic and natural heritage of Black Mountain. Due to popular demand there will be two walks, one in the morning and one that afternoon.

Meet: At the Caswell Drive eastern car park on mountain side. Drive from Belconnen Way southwards along Caswell Drive towards Glenloch Interchange, Woden, or Tuggeranong. Note the yellow diamond shape advisory sign showing access road on left, and the blue and white “P” sign for parking. Pull into the carpark carefully. Look for banners.

Cost:  Suggested donation of $5         

Bring:  Friends, water, snacks, sturdy shoes, hat, sun cream.  

Bookings essential:  Places are limited, please email your name and phone number to, or phone Libby (6296 1936) or Linda (0437 298 711) so that we comply with COVID-19 regulations, and can contact you if arrangements need to change (e.g. adverse weather).


50th Anniversary ‘Reflection’

24 August - 21 December 2020
Outdoor Exhibition, 9.30am-4.30pm

Step back in time and see how the Gardens have transformed over the last 50 years with a special outdoor exhibition.

The Botanic Art Groups exhibition: ‘Legacy of Banks and Solander’

26 September - 25 October 2020
Visitor Centre, 9.30am-4.30pm

For this year’s exhibition the Gardens requested that we focus on banksias to support the opening of the Banksia Garden and to celebrate the 250 years since the Endeavour came to Australia and Banks and Solander collected a number of Australian plants which were taken to Britain. Artworks framed and matted are for sale, together with a selection of cards.

The purchase price includes a 20% commission for the Friends, so the Botanical Art Exhibition is a significant fundraiser for the Friends and the Gardens. Please come and visit the exhibition in September or October and support the work of the Friends and the Gardens.

Schools Photographic Competition - Retrospective

Thursday, 29 October 2020 - 15 November 2020
Visitor Centre, 9.30am-4.30pm

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic and the closure of the Gardens earlier this year, the Friends will not hold the Schools Photographic Competition in 2020. Instead, there will be a retrospective exhibition of first-prize-winning entries from the past 23 years on show at the ANBG Visitor Centre Gallery.

Reflections: Friends Photographic Group exhibition

Thursday, 19 November 2020 - 6 December 2020
Visitor Centre, 9.30am-4.30pm

Beautiful photographs taken within the Gardens by the Friends Photographic Group. Unframed prints and cards for sale.

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