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.

  • ENLIGHTEN 2015: Luminous Botanicus

    Wander through the Gardens experiencing lantern-lit pathways and thematic garden lighting complemented by music and visual performances. Your evening commences in the lush Rainforest Gully and concludes with refreshments and fire drumming in the Red Centre Garden.

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  • Enchanting afterDARK: ‘Night Flight’ Narratives

    New event for 2015! Let your imagination run wild as the ACT Storytellers Guild and Gardens staff take you on a mystical journey through the Gardens – who will you meet along the way? Finish your afterDARK experience with dessert and hot chocolate.

    • Saturday 14 March | 7 pm - Book Now

      $25 adult, $20 child & concession
      Suitable for families with young children.

      Cancellation policy:
      7 days prior notice: full refund available
      6 days – 72 hours notice: alternative date can be arranged, but no refund
      Less than 72 hours notice: no refund available but tickets can be transferred to another guest.

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  • Delicious afterDARK: Rainforest to Red Centre

    An 'adults only' evening combining the best of the Gardens ranger-led after dark tours, complemented by a canapé and wine degustation menu featuring native bush ingredients. 7 pm | $75pp

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      On arrival at the cafe deck

      Sparkling white wine ‘Gallagher Sparkling Duet’ served with:
      - Spring roll filled with poached prawn's Warrigal green and spiced Illawarra plum relish
      - Shots of bush tomato gazpacho with vodka and tobacco

      Second course

      White wine ‘Gallagher Riesling’ served with:
      - Leek, natural yogurt and fetta bites topped with bush tomato and basil
      - Rice paper rolls with native spiced shredded pork, seasonal vegetables and quandong dipping sauce
      - Smoked salmon en croute with pumpkin chilli and bush dukka jam

      Third Course

      Red wine ‘Gallagher Merlot’ served with:
      - Goat's cheese and bush herbs toasted fruit bread, finished with native pepper berry
      - Rare roast beef rolls filled with asparagus and horseradish

      On conclusion of your tour in the Red Centre Garden

      - Dessert wine and handmade chocolates from Canberra chocolatier Lindsay & Edmunds

      Gates open at 6.45 pm and close at 7 pm sharp

      Friday 13 March – Book Now

      Friday 20 March – Booked out

      Friday 27 March – Book Now

      Cancellation policy:
      7 days prior notice: full refund available
      6 days – 72 hours notice: alternative date can be arranged, but no refund
      Less than 72 hours notice: no refund available but tickets can be transferred to another guest.

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  • Australian Plants as Bonsai Exhibition

    14 – 15 Mar | 9.30 am – 4.30 pm | Crosbie Morrison Building

    $5 adults, $3 conc, child under 12 years free

    See a diverse selection of bonsai Australian plants

    Find out more

  • Australian Native Plant Sale

    Sat 21 Mar | 8.30 am – 1.30 pm or until sold out

    Plants $5 and $8 | Southern car park

    Select from a range of local species suitable for Canberra’s climate.

    Find out more.

  • 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 5 February to 26 November 2015.

    • 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

      Thursday 5 March 12.30 pm
      Ben Walcott ‘Some notable gardens of England, France and Spain’
      Ben and Ros Walcott, ANBG Friends, will highlight the diversity of garden styles in these countries.

      Thursday 12 March 12.30 pm
      Sally Barnes ‘Parks Australia – Strategic Visions’
      Sally, Director of National Parks, will discuss the Vision and Strategic Direction of Parks Australia, with particular attention to the ANBG’s programs and partnerships.

      Thursday 19 March 12.30 pm
      Dr Penny Olsen ‘An Eye for Nature: The Life and Art of William T. Cooper’
      Penny, Bill Cooper’s biographer, will tell us what led David Attenborough to call Cooper ‘arguably one of the greatest of all bird artists.’

      Thursday 26 March 12.30 pm
      Dr Sarah Ryan ‘More than Food Miles: Choosing Food for a Lower Environmental Footprint’
      Sarah will outline lifecycles of foods commonly eaten in Canberra and suggest ways to reduce our environmental footprints.

      Thursday 2 April 12.30 pm
      Dr Roger Hnatiuk ‘The National Arboretum: How big are the trees? How fast are they growing? What scientific monitoring is telling us’
      Roger will talk about the sampling strategies for assessing tree growth at the National Arboretum.

      Thursday 9 April 12.30 pm
      Professor Peter Kanowski ‘The World’s Forests: State and Prospects’
      Peter will discuss Australia’s role in sustaining the world’s forests.

      Thursday 16 April 12.30 pm
      Matthew Higgins ‘Burramys: Possums with Attitude’
      Matthew will talk about this iconic and endangered mammal that is rarely seen.

      Thursday 23 April 12.30 pm
      Dr Judy West and Dr Zoe Knapp ‘The Role of the ANBG in Contributing to the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation’
      Judy, Director ANBG, and Zoe, Parks Australia, will provide an overview of the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation.

      Thursday 30 April 12.30 pm
      Kevin Thiele ‘Species, taxonomy, genomics and you: a guide for the perplexed’
      Kevin, Head of the W.A. Herbarium, will talk about defining species in the age of new genome sciences.

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  • Exhibitions in the Visitor Centre Gallery

    Painting with Parkinsons | until 15 Mar | 9.30 am - 4.30 pm | Free

    Through this exhibition, Canberra artists with Parkinsons disease share their stories and showcase their artwork.

    Art in the Gardens with Friends | 20 Mar – 19 Apr | 9.30 am - 4.30 pm | Free

    A collection of botanical paintings and drawings by the Friends’ Botanic Art Group. Artworks for sale.

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  • afterDARK Scavenger Hunt

    New tours and challenges for 2015! Gather your family, bring a torch, follow the clues and discover the fascinating plant, insect and animal life in the Gardens at night.

    • With treasures and treats to be found along the way, be the first to complete the scavenger hunt challenge and take home the coveted ‘super-sleuth’ prize. Finish your evening with supper and toasting marshmallows over the open-air fire.

      Special Easter theme Scavenger Hunt

      Fri 3 April | 7 pm - Book Now
      $30 adult, $25 child/concession

      School Holiday Hunts

      Fri 10 April | 7 pm - Book Now.

      Fri 17 April | 7 pm - Book Now.

      Fri 24 April | 7pm - Book Now.

      $27 adult, $23 child/concession
      Not suitable for children under five years

      Cancellation policy:
      7 days prior notice: full refund available
      6 days – 72 hours notice: alternative date can be arranged, but no refund
      Less than 72 hours notice: no refund available but tickets can be transferred to another guest.

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  • Storytime: Bush Magic themes each month

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

    • Time: 10 - 11 am | Suitable for families
      WhereFriday 6 March: 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

      March – Dinosaur stories
      April - Bilby stories
      May – Mother’s Day stories
      June – Bird stories
      July - Doona stories
      August - Book Week stories
      September - Spring in the Gardens
      October - Birthday stories
      November - Summer stories
      December - Christmas in the Bush

      Cost: $5 per child | Suitable for pre-schoolers.
      Bookings: Not required.

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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 02 6250 9408

  • Tropical Display Glasshouse

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

  • 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 | 10.30 am & 1.30 pm.

      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

    Meet a volunteer guide at the Visitor Centre for a free one-hour tour of the Gardens. Tours depart daily at 11.00 am and 2.00 pm.

  • Asteraceae: a garden of Australian daisies

    Visit the new daisy garden and experience the diversity of Australian daisies.