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National Portrait Gallery Autumn Dinner 29 March 2019

Join us at the 2019 Circle of Friends Autumn Dinner with guest speaker art historian, and curator Dr Gerard Vaughan AM. Gerard will give some fabulous background stories about the trials and tribulations of putting on major exhibitions. Includes pre-dinner drinks, canapés, three course dinner and matched wines.

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Warm up for Warm Trees 2019!

The weather is starting to get cooler and it will soon be time for daylight saving to end so more time to knit and crochet in the evenings. In July we will make the National Arboretum even more spectacular than it already is and our efforts also go towards helping charities once the display is over. Our diplomatic partner for 2019 is the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Our themes for this year will be colourful tulips and amazing bicycles. And the theme colour for the scarves will be orange (which is the royal colour for the Netherlands).

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U3A Trees of the Arboretum courses

There are still some vacancies for three upcoming Parts to a course on Trees of the Arboretum. Each Part gives information on around a quarter of our Arboretum tree species. The dates are as follows: Part 2: Mondays, 8 April to 20 May Part 3: Thursdays, 30 May to 4 July Part 4: Tuesdays, 23 July to 27 August The sessions run from 9:30 am to 11:30 am at Hughes Baptist Church. Two walks are included with each Part. If you are interested in attending, please contact Joanne Maples at [email protected] You need to be a current member of U3A to enrol.

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Bonsai Week - 25-31 March 2019

This year, Bonsai Week at the National Arboretum celebrates women in Bonsai and the beauty of Bonsai across the world. There are Bonsai demonstrations, Discussion Forums and the premier event of Bonsai Week - Bonsai After Hours - Women in Bonsai. Plenty to learn - plenty to see! AND There is a 10% discount for all Bonsai Week paid events for Friends of the National Arboretum. For further details, see below.

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Let's create the Friends' Zigzag Garden!

Currently committed: $8,065(@7 Jan 2019). Friends' Council wants to turn the group’s sights towards sponsorship of a Zigzag Garden in the Central Valley. Friends have chosen to sponsor Garden #19, the Saltbush Garden, along the Zigzag walkway of the Central Valley. It will make a stunning foreground vista looking towards the Village Centre and from it. Our aim is to raise $50,000 – the cost of this Garden. Launched at the 13 November Friends’ General Meeting, this major fund-raiser needs your help to make it a reality!

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