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.
Come and join us at the Botanical Bookshop for free Easter Crafts in the Foyer of the Visitor Information Centre at The Australian National Botanic Gardens.
Crafts will run from 9.30 am – 4.30 pm daily from Monday 30 March to Monday 6 April.
Enter the Botanical Bookshop’s Easter Craft Competition to win a fabulous Prize! Enquire in store for more details.
Take a walk through the green labyrinth of the Gardens discovering music and musicians underneath the canopy and hidden among the bushes - part of the 2015 Canberra International Music Festival
Thursday 7 May 12.00 pm | Various ticket options | Further information – cimf.org.au
Presented by the Growing Friends of the Australian National Botanic Gardens
Sat 11 April | 8.30 am – 11.00 am or until sold out
Plants $3 and $5 | In the small car park behind the Crosbie Morrison Building
Plants are propagated and sold by the Growing Friends from material sourced from the Gardens. All proceeds go to support the Gardens. Be early for the best selection.
Bring a bag or box for your purchases | Please take your purchases directly to your car.
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 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.
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.
An exhibition showcasing the processes used to develop the artists’ final craft works from their 2014 Craft ACT Artist-in-Residence program. The Bogs and Fens theme gave artists an opportunity to link ideas, feelings and emotions from field experience within bogs and fens with research at the Gardens.
24 April – 25 May 2015 | 9.30 am – 4.30 pm | Visitor Centre Gallery | Free
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 | BOOKED OUT
$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
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.
Time: 10 - 11 am | Suitable for families
WhereFriday 3 April: 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
April - Bilby storiesCost: $5 per child | Suitable for pre-schoolers.
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
Bookings: Not required.
In conjunction with the 14th Australian Ceramics Triennale ‘Stepping Up’ this unique exhibition will present new ceramic works from a select group of award winning and emerging Ernabella artists.
4 – 12 July 9.30 am – 4.30 pm | Visitor Centre Gallery | Free
Venue: Banks Building | Spaces limited | Booking contact: ANBG Education 02 6250 9408
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.