2021 Jake Keller Scholarship Award (for 2022)

2021 12 - Tom&Tracey&Trish&Scott

Congratulations to Tracey Johns, winner of the 2022 Jake Keller Scholarship Award. The presentation was made at the joint Friends & National Arboretum Canberra end-of-year event on 13 December 2021. The Scholarship is named after Jake Keller, who was a passionate educator over many years in New Zealand and Australia (Sydney and Canberra). Jake became a Foundation Member of the National Arboretum Canberra in February 2013. The financial contributions of this program helps support the National Arboretum Canberra grow into one of the world’s great arboreta; a place of outstanding natural beauty, community amenity and scientific benefit. Jake would be thrilled to know this scholarship linking two of his passions - the National Arboretum Canberra and education - has been created in his name. The Jake Keller Scholarship provides an opportunity for a CIT Horticulture student to undertake internship work at the National Arboretum Canberra with the horticulture team.


Congratulations, Jocelyn Plovits, 2021 Volunteer of the Year!

2021 VolrOfYr Jocelyn Plovits

At the End-of-Year festivities, jointly held by the Friends and the National Arboretum Canberra on 13 December, Jocelyn Plovits was presented with the Volunteer of the Year Award for 2021. In honouring Jocelyn’s commitment to the Arboretum, Scott Saddler, AM, Executive Branch Manager, noted that for the past seven years, Jocelyn has planned the winter Warm Trees event, seeking diplomatic sponsorship matched to a specific Arboretum forest, and organised a team of helpers to knit, crochet, stitch and assemble woollen scarves which are then affixed to various forests to bring colour and a smile during Canberra’s winter days. Planning also includes setting up community days during school holidays for kids and carers to visit the Village Centre to (learn to) knit, promotion to be prepared, and community and diplomatic help for the event to be procured. In addition to this, Jocelyn took on the supervisory role in producing a second edition of The Arboretum Book, an updated version of the 2014 publication. This has necessitated a huge effort to bring the updating of each of the 100 forests, plus forewords, plus images together, liaising with the Review Team, the NAC and designer, resulting in a glossy new edition being launched within budget and on schedule. Just one of these two projects involves a great deal of energy and commitment through countless hours, but two projects would comprise a full-time commitment for a retired person. Such is Jocelyn’s commitment that she has completed both these iconic projects concurrently.


Friends Newsletter No 53 - December 2021

Below is our latest Newsletter for your enjoyment. There has been so much happening at the Arboretum and the trees have never been happier with all this rain! Wishing you all the compliments of the season and hope to see you back at the Arboretum next year when more exciting events are planned!


AAFBGs 'Eucalypt' newsletter

The latest issue of the Australian Association of Friends of Botanic Gardens Eucalypt newsletter has just been released. It's a cornucopia of good reading and also provides information on their annual conference to be held next April in Bateman's Bay. Roll up! Roll up! Read all about it - see below!


Friends 2022 Calendar now available!


The Friends 2022 Calendar is now available from our online shop. Beautiful colour images each month of your favourite Arboretum places. They make great gifts, whether for birthdays, Christmas, New Year, or 'good to see you again after lockdown'!


Picnic at the Arboretum courtesy of Ginger Catering!

The Arboretufm is the perfect outdoor site to get the family outdoors during the school holidays and beyond. Or catch up with friends! Ginger Catering now offers hampers for breakfast, morning tea, lunch and afternoon nibbles! And their Coffee Cart will be open Friday to Sunday from 9am - 2pm. Hooray!


The WeedScan Project - Sept 2021

Attached is a brochure on WeedScan, a project of the CSIRO, the Centre for Invasive Species Solutions and the NSW Department of Primary Industries. Given that as many as 80% of invasive weeds in Australia are escapees from gardens (since first settlement), the Garden Clubs of Australia (with whom Friends are affiliated) is encouraging all affiliate members to participate. We would encourage as many of you to become involved. Collectively, there is hope that more than 1 million photographs of weeds across Australia will be assembled, which will make identification, mapping and eradication so much easier. See below for the brochure.


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