Trees of the Arboretum course - U3A


This very popular course that will help you to know so much more about our Arboretum trees is open for enrolments to anyone who is a member of U3A. The course is in four parts, each of 6-7 weekly sessions and 2 walks. Each part covers about a quarter of the trees in our forests and is full of interesting stories. You don’t have to do all the parts in a year and you can do them in any order that suits. Part 1 commenced this week (15 Feb) and only a few spots are available. The others all each have a good number already signed up so it is highly likely they will be going ahead.


National Botanic Gardens - Have Your Say

The Australian National Botanic Gardens is preparing a new management plan to set the direction for the future of the Gardens and guide its management from 2022 – 2032. The Have Your Say period will run until 3 March 2021 and you can contribute ideas and express issues that you would like to see addressed in the next management plan. For further information, see below.


2021 Australian Plants as Bonsai Exhibition

Canberra Bonsai Society and the Australian National Botanic Gardens are pleased to present the 2021 Exhibition of Australian Plants as Bonsai on Saturday 27 February and Sunday 28 February 2021. Location: Crosbie-Morrison Building at the Australian National Botanic Gardens.


A great tree story!

Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr, mayor of Freetown, Sierra Leone, is on a mission to plant a million trees over the next two years, increasing vegetation in her city by fifty percent while shoring up eroding riverbanks and increasing biodiversity.


Griffin's Green Hills talk - 24 March 2021

Friends have been invited to join the Australian Gardens History Society for an event to celebrate this year's Canberra Day. Last year, AGHS made a short film about Griffin's Green Hills, with Trevor Liscombe from the National Trust as the narrator. The video is also on our Friends' website (see link below). Trevor has agreed to give a 30-minute talk on the Green Hills, followed by refreshments. DATE: Wednesday 24 March TIME: 4.30-6.00pm VENUE: Himalayan Cedars BBQ area COST: $15 for Friends of National Arboretum Canberra; or $20 for non-members.


2021 Bonsai Pot Acquisition Prize


Bonsai Pot Acquisition Prize The Bonsai Pot Acquisition Prize 2021 is designed to encourage the appreciation of the art of bonsai pottery and to highlight the beauty and functionality of bonsai pots. Your challenge is to create a bonsai pot for a Water gum, Tristaniopsis laurina and have the chance to be on display at the National Bonsai and Penjing Collection of Australia and win a cash prize!


Bonsai Reshaped - 26-28 March 2021

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Join us for this year's Bonsai Week event, entitled Bonsai Reshaped which will run from Friday 26 March - Sunday 28 March 2021. Come along to Bonsai Reshaped where Australian native trees and Australian artists feature alongside the beauty of Japanese traditional arts. From hands-on workshops to demonstrations and discussion forums, learn more about the ancient arts of bonsai, kusamono, ikebana and bonsai ceramics, which all focus on subtle elements that enhance nature and seasonal beauty. Join our local and interstate guest artists and the Curators of the National Bonsai and Penjing Collection of Australia for three days of events, held at the National Arboretum Canberra, home to the National Bonsai and Penjing Collection of Australia (NBPCA). ​ Overseas or can't travel? Join us online for the Demonstration and Discussion Forum on 27 March 2021. Please find further information on the link below.


FACTT Calendar of Walks 2021

Thanks to our enthusiasts at Friends of ACT Trees, below is the list of Westbourne Woods Arboretum monthly walks for your calendars. They are free guided 2-hour walks through the grounds of the Royal Canberra Golf Club. 2nd Sunday of every month: meet at 9.30 am at the entrance to Royal Canberra Golf Club, Bentham Street Yarralumla. No dogs allowed. The dress code of the Golf Club which can be found at applies if you wish to accept the invitation of the Club to take refreshments at the Spike Bar after the walk. PLEASE WEAR SENSIBLE SHOES/CLOTHES AND BRING A HAT AND WATER. WHEN WITHIN THE GOLF COURSE PLEASE RESPECT GOLFERS' NEEDS TO BE ABLE TO PLAY SHOTS WITHOUT DISTURBANCE.


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