AAFBG conference - Benalla - 20-22 April 2018

The AAFBG’s biennial conference (of which the Friends of the National Arboretum is a member) will be held over the weekend 21 and 22 April in Benalla, Victoria. Hosted by the Friends of the Benalla Botanical Gardens and Riverine Parkland, the conference theme is “Cultivating Friends.” The program will include presentations from several leading botanical and arboretum experts


Fungal ecology workshops - 26 or 27 April 2018

This one-day workshop, on either 26 April or 27 April is led by Alison Pouliot PhD, an ecologist and environmental photographer. It introduces participants to the diversity, ecology and curiosities of the Kingdom Fungi, specific to fungi found in the region, but also within wider Australian and international contexts. It includes an interactive and illustrated seminar on the major fungal groups, fungal ecology, and the natural and cultural history of fungi. Fungal specimens from the local area and beyond will be displayed, discussed and examined during the workshop. 10am - 4pm each day.


Southern Highlands Botanic Gardens Open Day

Southern Highlands Botanic Gardens event - Autumn Gardens and Plant Fair on the weekend of 21-22 April. There will be 5 gardens - 2 ‘town gardens’ and 3 larger more rural gardens. A favourite is Roberton Park - an 1860s home which has a three-year old prairie garden of several hectares, designed by Jack Marshall from Frogmore Gardens. The Plant Fair is at the SHBG site on the east side of Bowral. All plants are propagated and reared by Friends, and are acclimatised to cooler conditions. Last year there were 7,000 plants on offer.


Warm Trees 2018

Yes, the time has come to start knitting and crocheting to make extraordinary yarn craft to enliven the National Arboretum Canberra trees in winter! We have already established our diplomatic partner for this year, we are pleased to say that the New Zealand High Commission will be participating. The three goals this year are to: make 1-metre long scarves in turquoise and yellow; create the largest-ever knitted kiwi bird; and to make pohutukawa flowers and crochet silver fern leaves.


USA Fall Foliage tour - October 2018

This wonderful tour across the landscapes of the north-east of the USA will show the spectacular autumn colours. Join this tour which will concentrate on trees and also include visits to some of the better-known sights in this region.


Bonsai Week - 19-25 March 2018

Join us for a week of special events and activities including workshops demonstrations, tours of the National Collection, presentations by international guest artists and a special evening event, Bonsai After Hours.


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