What's on

There is always something new and exciting to see and do at the Australian National Botanic Gardens. Our calendar of events is changing all the time.

See what's happening this month with our What's On flyer.

  • 2016 Summer Sounds Concert Series

    presented by Maliganis Edwards Johnson

    Great variety of good music!

    This year's concerts will delight music lovers of all ages with performances ranging from gypsy jazz to kids rock, with a taste of folk, indie and big band party sounds. We're proud of the variety in our Summer Sounds 2016 program and we aim to please the most discerning ear.


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  • Valentine’s Day Dinner at Floresco Cafe

    Saturday 13 February | bookings from 7.30 pm | $85 pp

    Romance your valentine with a superb 3 course dinner under
    candlelight and serenaded by 12 piece mandolin orchestra


  • 12th Australian Native Plants as Bonsai Exhibition

    27 & 28 February | 9.30 am – 4.30 pm

    Adults $5, concession $3, children 12 yrs & under free

    Held by the Canberra Bonsai Society including public guided walks
    at 12 pm and demonstrations at 2 pm


  • Luminous Botanicus II – ‘Night Moods’ | Special Enlighten Event

    Fri 4 & 11 March – adults only | Sat 5 & 12 Mar – family nights - Adults $25, concession $20 & children $15

    A moving experience of live music and sound scaping overlayed by dramatic garden lighting. Rainforest drumming, wind and strings over the water garden, sultry jazz & blues in the eucalypt ‘lounge’, with ancient rhythms and stories in the Red Centre. Entry includes complimentary wine or ice-cream served on arrival. Cold bar, street food and live entertainment in the Eucalypt ‘lounge’.


    • Date: 4, 5, 11 & 12 March
      Time: Begins 8.00 pm & 8:30 pm | finishes 10.30 pm
      Cost: Adult $25, Concession $20, Child $15

      Make your booking today
      Purchase tickets now


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  • Delicious AfterDARK Tours

    Fri 29 Jan, 12 Feb, 4 & 11 Mar | 7 pm | $75 per person

    An exquisite evening of fine wine, delicious food and unique ambience.


    • Indulge in an exclusive evening of delicious food, fine wine, and a unique after dark tour experience. These 'adults only' evenings combine the best of our new grazing menu featuring regional produce followed by a tour led by our Rangers.

      Canapes on the deck

      • Clyde River Oysters on ice, eschallot and champagne dressing (GF) • Filo wrapped local feta, local honey and sesame seeds with Illawarra plum relish (V)
      • Bush Dukka marinated prawn & Asian slaw rice paper rolls (GF)
      • Zucchini fritters, finger lime and native thyme pickle (V) (GF)
      • Roasted Bush spiced Beetroot and buffalo mozzarella wrapped in rare roast beef
      • Lamb merguez en-croute with bush tomato chutney
      • Pressed local pork hock terrine, gardens pickles (GF)
      • Chocolate and strawberry tart

      Our delicious menu will be accompanied by a superior range of wines from Long Rail Gully including their 2015 Riesling, Rose and Shiraz.

      Make your booking today
      Friday 29 January 2016 - Booked out
      Friday 12 February 2016 - Booked out
      Friday 4 March 2016
      Friday 11 March 2016


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  • Balance - Exhibition in the Visitor Centre Gallery

    Until 14 February | 9.30 am – 4.30 pm | Free

    Paintings by Jenny Blake and Leigh D. Walker that explore environmental balance and humanity’s spiritual relationship with the natural world.

  • Black Mountain Nature Reserve – Exhibition in the Visitor Centre Gallery

    17 February – 15 March | 9.30 am – 4.30 pm | Free

    Created by ACT Park Care group, the Friends of Black Mountain, this exhibition highlights the natural and cultural history of Black Mountain at the heart of Canberra.

  • Friday Storytime for Preschoolers

    Have fun with stories, songs, rhymes and creative activities brought to life by the ACT Storytellers. An engaging treat for pre-school children, parents and carers.

    First Friday of month (different theme each month)
    10.00 am (duration one hour)
    $5 per child | No bookings required

  • 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 4 February to 25 November 2016.


    • 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

      2016 Talks


      Thursday 4 February 12.30 pm
      Cedric Bryant ‘Eliminating chemicals in your garden, for health and safety.’
      Cedric Bryant, horticultural consultant and garden writer for City News, will talk about effective ways to eliminate chemical use in your garden.


      Thursday 11 February 12.30 pm
      Professor Adrian Gibbs ‘Viruses of Australian plants: what, where and when?’
      Adrian, a virologist at ANU since 1966, will describe some viruses of local crop, weed and native plants.


      Thursday 18 February 12.30 pm
      Dr Joanne Daly ‘Australia’s Agricultural Future’.
      Joanne, a member of the CSIRO Executive in agribusiness, recently chaired a report on Australia’s agricultural future. The report outlines how farm output can be optimised by driving innovation through a strong research base.


      Thursday 25 February 12.30 pm
      Dr Julian Reid ‘Diversity gradients in bird communities of the lower Cooper Creek, South Australia’.
      Julian, Visiting Fellow, Fenner School, ANU, will describe ground-breaking research on the special and temporaral distribution of arid region birds.


      Thursday 3 March 12.30 pm
      Dr Rosemary Purdie ‘Plants of the Simpson Desert; collecting by camel.’
      Rosemary, Honorary Associate at the Australian National Herbarium, will share some of the challenges and insights from collecting plants on camel supported treks.


      Thursday 10 March 12.30 pm
      Dr Martin Fortescue ‘The breeding biology of the Little Penguin on Bowen Island, Jervis Bay.’
      Martin, until recently the Booderee National Park Resource Manager, will present his long-term study of the influence of climatic changes on the breeding success of the Little Penguin colony on Bowen Island.


      Thursday 17 March 12.30 pm
      Dr Paul Oliver ‘Biologists in the mist: discovery in New Guinea’s Foja Mountains.’
      Paul, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, ANU, will discuss his participation in a multinational biodiversity research expedition to this remote, poorly explored, mountain range.


      Thursday 24 March 12.30 pm
      Stuart Pittendrigh ‘Solving botanic puzzles: The selection, planning, production and placement of plants for Barangaroo Reserve.’
      Stuart, landscape architect, will describe how a passenger -ship terminal has been turned into a headland park for Sydney.


      Thursday 31 March 12.30 pm
      Des Cannon ‘Bees: Why we need them and they need us.’
      Des, President of the Australian Beekeeper Federation, will discuss the role of bees in pollination of agricultural crops and native flora, including the Australian stingless native bees.


      Thursday 7 April 12.30 pm
      Gerard Early ‘Birdlife Australia’
      Gerard, President of Birdlife Australia, will discuss the contributions of dedicated researchers and citizen scientists to science-based conservation.


      Thursday 14 April 12.30 pm
      Dr John de Majnik ‘Latest Research and Development for the wildflower industry of Australia.’
      John, Senior Program Manager for RIRDC, will give a broad-ranging talk on the latest research and development for Australian wildflowers.


      Thursday 21 April 12.30 pm
      Matthew Higgins ‘Ainslie to Kossie: Window on a wonder wander.’
      Matthew, a professional historian, will give an illustrated presentation on the natural values found between Canberra and Mt Kosciuszko.


      Thursday 28 April 12.30 pm
      TBA ‘Capital Metro Light Rail: Landscape planning and sustainability.’
      Flora and fauna habitat action plans and strategies.

      Other possible talks


      Wednesday 9 March 12.30 pm
      Christina Walters
      Contact is Lucy Sutherland


      Wednesday 23 March 12.30 pm
      Eucalyptus day
      Contact is Steve Speer


      Queries to Sue.Serjeantson@bigpond.com




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  • Grandparents Playgroup

    Bring along the grandkids for a play on Thursdays from 10.00 am – 11.30 am 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 – 4.00 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.
      Extra Flora tours will be run at 10.30 am on Tue 29, Wed 30, Thu 31 December and every Tuesday and Thursday throughout January.

      Where: Tours begin outside the Visitor Centre.
      Cost: $6.00 adult | $3.00 child under 16 and concession | Children under three 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.

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