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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Harvest Group volunteers wanted!

2018 10 DiscoveryGdn

If you have been to the Arboretum in the last couple of weeks you will see that it is waking up. The cherry trees and the Callery Pears are just spectacular and the Discovery Garden is also a treat. Ange McNeilly who manages the garden has got it just beautiful at the moment. As we move towards summer we are looking for volunteers who might help Ange in the garden and/or would like to harvest figs or make jams and/or other preserves. Some of our jobs can be weekly but many are just before a Market Stall or if we have a glut of fruit or vegetables. It’s loads of fun!

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Publication - Woods Wiki – stories of trees in Australia and related topics

The Friends of ACT Trees Inc. (FACTT) has recently released a new publication entitled "Woods Wiki – stories of trees in Australia and related topics". This is an intriguing little collection by the distinguished former Head of CSIRO Forestry and published by FACTT. It is a collection of pieces about trees and ideas - largely from and by Canberra people. A great birthday or Christmas gift idea!

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BeesInTheTrees series 2018-2019

The National Arboretum Canberra, in conjunction with the Friends, is offering a series of workshops showcasing bees and beekeeping. The series comprises 5 workshops, one of which is suitable for children aged 8-15 years: 1. Bee-haviour: An Introduction to bees and beekeeping - Saturday 6 October - 9.30am-12.30pm 2. Bee-haviour for kids - Thursday 11 October - 10.00am-11.30am 3. Bee-friendly Gardens - Thursday 24 January 2019 - 5.30pm-7.00pm 4. Beyond Honey - Saturday 9 February 2019 - 1pm-4pm 5. Honey Appreciation - Sunday 3 March 2019 - 10am-11.30am

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Friends' submission to 'Nature in our City'

In early June, the Friends lodged a submission to the ACT Legislative Assembly's Inquiry into the value of the natural environment to an urbanising Canberra via the Standing Committee on Environment and Transport and City Services on 'Nature in our City'. Submissions have now been made public on the ACT Government website. A copy of the Friends' submission is now available.

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Singapore Gardens Tour - March 2019

Following the success of the Friends 'Singapore Arboreta Tour' earlier this year, the Australian Association of Friends of Botanic Gardens (AAFBG) is running a similar tour to Singapore next March. If anyone had wanted to join the Friends but was unable to for any reason, this is their big chance!

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Give the Gift of a Garden

The National Arboretum Canberra has set aside twenty-four individual garden beds and is offering the opportunity to contribute to those gardens. We will recognise your generosity in giving the gift of a garden with a commemorative plaque set on a stone plinth, so that each and every person who views it will appreciate your gesture to invest in the future.

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The Garden Clubs of Australia latest bulletin

Bringing you the latest news from around Australia. The Garden Clubs of Australia is a non-profit organisation providing a range of services to its members (affiliated clubs) and currently has a membership in excess of 700 affiliated clubs representing more than 45,000 individuals.

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