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.

  • Tucker Tonic and Tools

    An exhibition of paintings, drawings and prints of native plants that are edible, have medicinal properties or have been used to make tools and implements.


    • Featuring plants that are familiar to many Australians, as well as plants which are less well known, endangered, newly developed or even those considered to be pests.

      Presented by Artists of Nature: Illawarra & Southern Highlands

      When: 13 September to 12 October 2014
      Time: 9:00 - 4:30 daily
      Where: Visitor Centre Gallery

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  • Paper making with Paperworks Inc. | School Holiday Workshops

    Come have fun making paper out of old jeans! Paperworks Inc. will have various recycled materials for you to make your own paper and craft items.
    Suitable for children 7 – 12 years
    Tues 30 Sept & 7 Oct | 11 am & 1.30 pm | $20 pp


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  • It's Child's Play

    Follow the signs to discover an outdoor exhibition presented by Paperworks Inc, in collaboration with the Australian National Botanic Gardens.


    • Featuring paper sculptures of everyday items of clothing, coloured skirts and pants representing individuals from all walks of life. The sculptures will deteriorate as they are exposed to the elements and decompose where they stand.

      The works represents the idea of creating a healthy, self-sustainable environment for the people who come after us.

      Paperworks is a charitable, not-for-profit social enterprise with deductible gift recipient status

      When: Opens Saturday 13 September 2014
      Time: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

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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 | 8 October | 11 October | 1 November

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


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  • Sustainable Gardens and Australian Plants Workshop

    Explore how new and existing gardens can be made more sustainable through the use of landscape design, plant selection and renewable materials.


    • Presented by the Australian Native Plant Society.
      When: 27 September
      Time: 9.00 am to 1.00pm
      Venue: Crosbie Morrison Building
      Event information and booking


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  • Bogs and Fens: Artist-in-Residence Forum

    The Bogs and Fens: Artist-in-Residence Forum on 26 September, will bring together all three Artists-in-residence together with members of the community, artists and leaders in the fields of craft, design, environment and conservation.


    • Ideas and information will be shared across disciplines on the unique communities of bogs and fens in the ACT and current environmental protection and conservation initiatives.

      The Forum will offer distinctive interpretations and discussions about bogs and fens, whilst shedding new light and awareness of the work of local, national and international artists, Craft ACT, ACT Parks and Conservation and the Australian National Botanic Gardens.

      Refreshments provided.

      The interplay between craft, science and the environment
      Fri 26 Sept | 9.30 am – 1 pm | Theatrette
      Free | Bookings essential - gwenyth.macnamara@craftact.org.au or call (02) 6262 9333

      Bookings close Fri 19 Sept

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  • Bogs and Fens Workshop -SOLD OUT

    Join Melbourne sculptor Annee Miron and local textile artist Sally Blake in a one-day workshop on 25 September, where they will talk about their experience as Craft ACT’s artists-in-residence and share their skills in weaving, plaiting and knotting, and dying fabrics with natural plant dyes.


    • Learn how to extract dyes from plants and then dye your own fabric with Sally Blake.

      Learn weaving, plaiting and knotting techniques and patterns to construct an object or plant form with your dyed fabric with Annee Miron.

      At the end of the workshop you will be able to take home your own handcrafted piece of artwork made from dyed fabric using weaving, plaiting and knotting techniques.

      Price includes materials, morning and afternoon tea. BYO lunch or purchase from Floresco in the Gardens cafe.

      Thur 25 Sept | 10 am – 4 pm | Crosbie Morrison Building
      $50 pp | Spaces limited | Online bookings essential

      Bookings close Fri 19 Sept

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  • Breakfast with the Birds

    Observe amazing birdlife in the beautiful Gardens, followed by a delicious hot breakfast at Floresco in the Gardens.

    • When: Saturday and Sunday mornings | 20 September to 12 October
      Time: 7.45 am
      Venue: Crosbie Morrison Building
      Cost: Friends' members $32; non-members $35, for walk & breakfast (event not suitable for children under 8)
      Bookings: Essential through Friends of the Gardens website ; email birds@friendsanbg.org.au or phone 6291 6396.

      More information http://www.friendsanbg.org.au

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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
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      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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  • Spring Flower Walks

    See a spectacular display of uniquely Australian spring flowers - from Gymea lillies to Warratahs. Join a Volunteer Guide during the Gardens' peak flowering season.

    When: 13 September - 12 October | Time: 11.00 am and 2.00pm | Depart from the Visitor Centre | Free


  • Storytime: Birthday Stories

    Enjoy a story, a short walk or craft activity at a special spot in the Gardens.
    WHEN: Friday 3 October | 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

      Birthday Stories | October
      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


      Canberra Birds: A Century of Change
      Doug Laing | 11 Sept
      Learn about winners and losers in a Canberra avian Olympics that is still being run.


      Alison McKenzie Memorial Lecture – Plants and Animals: the Eternal Partnership
      Ian Fraser | 18 Sept
      Hear how these two major strands of life are inextricably intertwined


      How do Ants Navigate the World?
      Dr Patrick Schultheiss | 25 Sept
      Discover how two species of Australian desert ants use vision to navigate their world


      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


      Walk and Talk – the ANBG’s New Asteraceae Garden
      David Taylor| 9 October
      Hear the story behind the new asteraceae garden, starting at the Theatrette and walking to the site


      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 by Normal Evolutionary Pressures Quickly Enough?
      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 45min 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 new 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