The Australian Association of Friends of Botanic Gardens (AAFBG) represent a range of botanic gardens and parks in regional and metropolitan areas throughout Australia. The logo of a eucalypt flower with many stamens represents all the members from across Australia, with some affiliates located overseas.
The AAFBG is a not-for-profit incorporated association. It involves the community and supports the growth of Friends groups interested in the well-being and public appreciation of botanic gardens through their conservation and development, scientific, educational, historical, cultural and recreational functions.
The Friends of Brisbane Botanic Gardens and Sherwood Arboretum, (fBBGSA), the hosts of the 2020 conference was only established in October 2015, The fBBGSA represents the interests of the communities of Brisbane and its surrounds to promote the overall welfare of the City Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Mount Coot-tha and Sherwood Arboretum. .
Our principal purpose is the protection and enhancement of the natural environment of the garden’s zones. In addition, we aim to promote public appreciation of Brisbane Botanic Gardens and Sherwood Arboretum as well as scientific, horticultural, artistic, literary and educational interests at local, State, Federal and international levels.
The biennial National conference is held in partnership with AAFBG member Friends groups from around Australia that act as the conference host. The primary purpose of the biennial Conference is to bring together Friend organisations from botanic gardens around Australia to network and learn from one another through sharing the knowledge, successes and experiences of growing and sustaining botanic gardens.
Many of the delegates represent a wide cross section of Friends groups across Australia and are committed advocates, volunteers and supporters of Botanic Gardens. Other delegates are Volunteer guides, parks managers, horticulturists, garden historians, designers, planners and importantly lovers of gardens.
This conference in 2020 will also be celebrating the 250th year since Banks and Solander sighted and identified the first Australian plant species.