What's on

There is always something new and exciting to see and do at the Australian National Botanic Gardens. Our calendar of events changes regularly, so make sure you keep coming back to see what's happening.

  • Australian Native Plant Sale

    Choose from over 600 different species, forms and cultivars for sale. These include plants not normally available at nurseries and other retail outlets, as well as many plants which are local in origin.
    WHEN: Saturday 18 October

    • Presented by the Growing Friends of the Australian National Botanic Gardens

      Time: 8.30 am – 1.30 pm or until sold out
      Where: Gardens’ Southern Car Park
      Cost: $5.00 - $8.00 each plus a 1% surcharge on card purchases
      Presented by the Australian Native Plants Society

      Please bring bags and boxes to take home your plants.

      Click here to view the plant list

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  • Floresco fairytale - Wedding showcase

    See beautiful ceremony locations fully themed and receive special offers at our the Wedding Fairytale Open Day. Join us on Friday October 31st from 5.00 pm to 8.30 pm to taste the canapes, smell the flowers and hear the music.

    • Creating your perfect day
      Showcasing some of Canberra’s most talented and professional suppliers, step in to the magical world of styling, décor, entertainment and food with endless ways to make an impression on your wedding day with inside and outside locations!

      In a stunning setting
      See beautiful ceremony locations fully themed and receive special offers at our the Wedding Fairytale Open Day.

      Taste, feel, enjoy
      Take a guided tour of the iconic Australian National Botanic Gardens, meet our experienced events team, talk with preferred suppliers, and sample wedding canapés while enjoying a glass of bubbles!

      Win honeymoon travel and photo shoot
      Enter the draw to win $1,000.00 travel voucher to go towards your honeymoon & a $600.00 Engagement photo shoot. Just book and secure your wedding reception at Floresco in the Gardens before 1 December, 2014 (conditions apply).

      Download the flyer

      Floresco in the Gardens, Clunies Ross St, Acton ACT 2601
      Phone: (02) 6162 6707
      Email: enquiries@hellenicpremiumcatering.com.au

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  • 18th Annual Friends School Photographic Competition Exhibition

    An exhibition of photos in the Gardens by high school and college students. Various categories.
    WHEN: Wed 15 Oct - Sunday 9 Nov | Time: 9.30 am – 4.30 pm | Venue: Visitor Centre Gallery

  • Australian Native Plant Sale

    Choose from over 600 different species, forms and cultivars for sale. These include plants not normally available at nurseries and other retail outlets, as well as many plants which are local in origin.
    WHEN: Saturday 1 November

    • Presented by the Growing Friends of the Australian National Botanic Gardens

      Time: 8.30 am – 1.30 pm or until sold out
      Where: Gardens’ Southern Car Park
      Cost: $5.00 - $8.00 each plus a 1% surcharge on card purchases
      Presented by the Australian Native Plants Society

      Please bring bags and boxes to take home your plants.

      Click here to view the plant list

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  • afterDARK Scavenger Hunt

    A fascinating botanical scavenger hunt afterdark for families with treasures and treats to be found.



    • Set out with a series of clues to discover an array of night time plant, insect and animal activity, under guidance from our trained rangers.

      Finish the night with an open air fire, toasting marshmallows & supper in the Gardens. 'Super sleuth' prize to the first finishers, and certificates for all participants at the end of the night.

      When: Saturday 4 October, Wednesday 8 October, Saturday 11 October, Saturday 1 November
      Time: 7.00pm (Gates open 6.30pm and close at 7pm sharp)
      Venue: Depart from Crosbie Morrison Building
      Cost: $26 adult, $21 child (5 – 16 yrs)
      Purchase tickets: Click date to purchase - 4 October SOLD OUT
      | 8 October SOLD OUT | 11 October | 1 November

      Bookings: Bookings online essential and close 48 hours prior to event


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  • An evening with Steve Parish – evening talk

    From Lake Eyre in flood to a feather in a pond, this talk reveals the inner thoughts and feelings of Steve Parish as an artist.


    • Steve Parish feels deeply about, and has a great passion for, Australia's nature, including flora, fauna, land and sea.
      Steve has sustained his life throughout its many challenges, dealing with cancer, the loss of a partner and then the loss of his business in the Brisbane 2011 floods, gaining strength through his connection to nature. Dealing with anxiety and depression are among the biggest challenges facing society today. So, this talk is both popular and highly inspirational.

      When: Friday 10 October
      Time: 6.30pm to 8.00pm
      Venue: Theatrette
      BOOK NOW
      INFORMATION BROCHURE

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  • Steve Parish Nature Photography Workshop

    A Unique Weekend Photo Workshop with STEVE PARISH - designed to inspire photographers at every level. Join Australia's best-known photographer, and benefit from his 50 years of field experience!


    • Advance your landscape, plant and animal photography image capture and post production skills. Find the 'creative you' and challenge yourself to use a range of styles and content to enhance your recognition in an increasingly visually noisy world. Whether your skills are basic or advanced you will come away excited by the mind-boggling opportunities for self expression within nature photography.

      When: Saturday and Sunday 11 - 12 October 2014
      Time: 8.30am to 4.00pm
      Venue: Crosbie Morrrison Building
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      INFORMATION BROCHURE

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  • Grandparents Playgroup

    Bring along the grandkids for a play in the Gardens
    Venue: Banks Building | Spaces limited | Booking contact: ANBG Education 6250 9408


  • Storytime: Summer Stories

    Enjoy a story, a short walk or craft activity at a special spot in the Gardens.
    WHEN: Friday 7 November | Storytime is on the first Friday each month.

    • Time: 10 - 11 am | Suitable for families
      Where: Follow the signs from the Cafe or check in at the Visitor Centre for details on the day | Storytime will be held indoors during wet and cold weather.
      Please ensure all children come with sun protection, closed shoes and a supervising adult.

      Bush Magic Storytime Themes

      Summer Stories | November
      Christmas in the Bush | December
      Cost: $5 per child | Suitable for pre-schoolers.
      Bookings: Not required.


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  • Tropical Display Glasshouse

    See a spectacular display of sub-tropical and tropical plants. Open 9.30 am – 4 pm daily.

  • Thursday Talks

    Are you interested in the environment? Would you like to learn more about Australian native plants and other aspects of the natural world?

    Find out more in the Thursday Talks run by the Friends of the Gardens at lunchtime from 6 February to 27 November 2014.


    • Thursday talks cover a diverse range of topics. They are aimed at a well-informed general audience and everyone is welcome.

      Where: Theatrette at 12.30 pm | Cost: Entry by Donation


      Being on Christmas Island: Ranger, Reforestation & Other Experiences This Year
      Ranger Dan Carmody| 2 October
      Find out about the study and care of Christmas Island’s native plants


      Images of Lake Burley Griffin over 50 Years
      Dr Dianne Firth| 16 October
      See what Lake Burley Griffin looked like 50 years ago


      Koel, Calm and Collected: Responses of Native Canberra Wattlebirds to an Unfamiliar Enemy
      Laura Johnson| 23 October
      Discover whether local wattlebirds can recognise the koel, a brood parasite, as an enemy


      Could Plants Adapt to Increased Temperature Quickly Enough by Normal Evolutionary Pressures?
      Dr Rod King| 30 October
      Hear how quickly Australian and exotic plants adapt to increased temperature


      The Mulligans Flat-Goorooyarroo Woodland Experiment
      Kate Grarock| 6 November
      Learn about research into the critically-endangered Mulligans Flat Woodland Sanctuary


      Plants of the Peruvian Andes and Their Australian Connections
      Dr Roger Farrow| 13 November
      Hear about some connections between plants in the Andes and Australia, across a range of families


      The ANBG under its First Director, 1979 to 1989
      Associate Professor Don Beer| 20 November
      Find out about the Great Fire of 1984, the Wettest Winter, Princess Di and Other Episodes


      The Perfumery in the Ancient World
      Karl van Dyke| 27 November
      Learn about the use of plants in perfumes of the ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans



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  • In Flower This Week

    Pick up a leaflet at the Visitor Centre and follow the numbered posts to explore a selection of our plants that are flowering now. Distance and time varies from week to week.

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  • Flora Explorer Tours

    Discover the Gardens in relaxing style with a 45 min guided highlights tour aboard our 13-seater electric bus.

    • When: Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays | 10.30am & 1.30 pm. Additional daily midweek tours at 10.30am during ACT October School Holidays.

      Where: Tours begin outside the Visitor Centre.
      Cost: $6.00 adult | $3.00 child under 16 and concession | Children under 3 ride free.
      Purchase tickets: At the Botanical Bookshop in the Visitor Centre | Booking information 6257 3302.

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  • Free Guided Walks

    Free Guided Walks by the Friends Volunteer Guides.

    Daily at 11.00 am and 2.00 pm Meet at the Visitors Centre

  • Visit the Red Centre Garden

    Journey to the heart of the Gardens and experience the iconic plants, striking red sand and landscapes of Central Australia in our newest garden.

    Open daily 8.30 am – 5 pm