Carnivorous Plants Exhibition - The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney


Enter the captivating and bizarre world of carnivorous plants with the living exhibition Plants with Bite. Featuring 25,000 of the world's hungriest and creepiest plants this exhibit tells the story of how the iconic Venus flytrap, lobster pots, bladders and more, lure, trap, kill and digest insects. Marvel at the simplicity of these plants.


Art Exhibition - Kyeema Gallery - 7 February-8 March 2020

HansvanHaalen exhibitn Feb-Mar2020

An art exhibition is being held from 7 February - 8 March 2020 at the Kyeema Gallery, Capital Wines Cellar Door, 13 Gladstone Street, Hall, ACT (Gallery open Thursdays - Sundays from 10.30am - 5.00pm). The exhibition features artworks by Hans van Haalen, recent Friends benefactor, and Lesley Burrows.


Of Interest at STEP - January 2020

Despite the hot and dry conditions all across the Arboretum, there are beautiful flowers and shrubs blooming at the Southern Tablelands Ecosystem Park. Have a look at these lovely photos and then take a look yourself - an early morning walk and then refreshments in the Village Centre?!!


Citizen science article

Read this fascinating article written by Lauren Brown, former Community Engagement Officer at the Arboretum, about Citizen Science which recently appeared in Roots magazine. It's entitled Australian Case Study: National Arboretum partners with Citizen Science Volunteers. Our thanks to BCGI for its publication.


National Arboretum wins ACT Tourism Award

The National Arboretum last week won the Tourist Attraction award at the Canberra Region Tourism awards evening. It was fantastic for the National Arboretum with its amazing staff, volunteers, Friends, Ginger Catering and Curatoreum to collectively win this substantive award. The Arboretum is now automatically entered into the National Tourism awards being held in Canberra March 2020. This award is testament to the wonderful resource we have in the Arboretum. Well done to us all!


2020 U3A Course on Trees of the Arboretum

These wonderful sessions on Trees at the Arboretum are run through the U3A. Please see below for more information and bookings. This course, originally developed by an Arboretum guide, is being run again in 2020, led by four other Arboretum guides. Each of four parts of the course cover 24 tree species planted in forests at the Arboretum. The course content covers: how the trees became ‘known to science’; distributions, descriptions, uses; whether they grow elsewhere in Canberra; and some related stories. Each of the four parts includes a guided walk at the Arboretum and another elsewhere in Canberra.


AAFBG Eucalypt - No 53 - Nov 2019

The latest issue of Eucalypt, newsletter of the Australian Association of Friends of Botanic Gardens (AAFBG) is now available. There's an article from the Australian National Botanic Gardens and one from the Royal Edinburgh Botanic Gardens, recently visited by our Friends' Chair, Trish Keller OAM. I'd love to run a winter program of coffee mornings and talks - what would the theme be for the talks ... Anyway, read all about it here!


Name That Flower - 3rd edition


'Name That Flower' - now being published in its 3rd edition - is a valued source of clear and concise information on identifying flowering plants from around the world, both cultivated and in the wild. This edition is updated to align with current systems of plant classification that incorporate advances in molecular DNA analysis. It includes more than 130 detailed line drawings, 64 colour pages and information on 46 plant families.


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