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Listen to experts discuss Australian’s natural environment a
The natural world is a fascinating area that is very easy to talk about from a variety of perspectives. This is why the Thursday Talks run by the Friends of the Gardens at lunchtime have become so popular. The talks are open to everyone and are aimed at a well-informed general audience.
Below is the program of forthcoming talks: Thursday 1 September 12.30 pm Dr Emma Kindred 'Spring's Golden Plumes: Wattle in Australian art of the 20th century.' What was the significance of wattle in early Australian Art? Emma, Assistant Curator of early Australian paintings and sculpture, NGA, will answer this question and many others concerning the use of wattle in art to celebrate wattle-week.
Thursday 8 September 12.30 pm Dr Greg Johnson 'Quii and Spade: Pioneer garden writing in Australia 1788-1888.' This fascinating talk will cover the sources of gardening advice and information used by the early colonists. Greg is a prominent contributor to the Australian Garden History Society and an authority in this area.
Thursday 15 September 12.30 pm 4th Alison McKenzie Lecture Brett McNamara 'The natural appeal of the Bush Capital: Surveyors, catchments and the kitchen sink." There are many natural and cultural values that shape our Bush Capital, which Brett the Regional Manager of Parks and Conservation Services, ACT, will discuss throughout this talk.
Thursday 22 September 12.30 pm Peter Marsack 'Painting birds for field guides: why not photos?' The CSIRO is about to produce the Australian Bird Guide. Peter is one of three artists whose illustrations will be included in this forthcoming volume. In this talk, Peter will outline the step-by-step process that results in illustrations for field guides. Thursday 29 September 12.30 pm Max Bourke and Lainie Lawson 'Looking after a lost bit of Australia: Montague Island.'
This talk will explore the conservation work of Max and Lainie, an agricultural scientist and a heritage consultant, on Montague Island.
Thursday 6 October 12.30 pm David Taylor 'Weird and wonderful Australian plants: how to engage with them.' In this talk, David, Curator, Living Collections, ANBG, will share his passion for the cultivation of Australian plants including rare species.
Thursday 13 October 12.30 pm Helen Fitzgerald 'A Florilegium to celebrate 200 years for the Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney.'
To celebrate the Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney's 200 year anniversary, a Florilegium (a compilation) has been produced by Beverly Allen. In this talk, renowned botanical illustrator, Helen will share some insights into the background of this production.
Thursday 20 October 12.30 pm Kim Ellis 'Innovation, conservation and change: The Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney, 200 year birthday.' There are changes afoot for the RBG, in Sydney, Mount Annan and Mount Tomah. In this talk, Kim, Executive Director of Sydney's Parklands and Botanic Gardens, will discuss the details of these changes in relation to the 200 year anniversary.
Thursday 27 October 12.30 pm Dr Brett Howland 'Impact of grey kangaroos on reptiles and birds in diminished grasslands.'
Brett is currently engaged in habitat promotion with the ACT government. In this talk, he will describe how large mammalian grazers are truly ecosystem engineers.
Thursday 3 November 12.30 pm Alan Munns 'Smelly socks and snottygobbles: Encounters with the flora of Western Australia.'
If the title of this talk alone doesn't pique your interest, then perhaps Alan's fascinating talk on his encounters with flora of W.A. will. Alan is a past-President of ANBG Friends.
Thursday 10 November 12.30 pm Roger Farrow 'Insects: more to them than meets the eye.' There are remarkable adaptions to be found in local insect fauna, as Roger (formerly of CSIRO Entomology) will share in this talk.
Thursday 17 November 12.30 pm Dr Helen Cleugh 'Australian climate change and earth system science: research to support a productive and resilient Australia.'
The ability to predict weather and climate plays a fundamental role in Australia's future. In this talk, Helen, Leader of CSIRO's Earth Systems and Climate Change Hub, will share some of the cutting edge observations and research regarding Australia's national capability in weather and climate prediction.
Thursday 24 November 12.30 pm Gregory Andrews 'Strategies for Australia to protect threatened species.'
There are numerous strategic approaches to threatened species conservation. In this talk, Gregory, Australia's first Threatened Species Commissioner, will share some of these strategies surrounding the future of this area.
Further queries regarding these events can be directed to Sue.Serjeantson@bigpond.com.