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.
Until 19 Dec | Screenings each Wed, Thurs, Fri & Sat | Gates open at 6.30 pm
Enjoy latest release feature films in the beautiful garden surrounds. We've got a fantastic mix of critically acclaimed films: from action to comedies, thrillers to dramas, its definitely one of our best slates ever!
1 Sept – 30 Nov
Embrace Spring at Jindii EcoSpa by surrendering yourself to the nurturing rhythms of the Marta Mirri Kodo. Renew, refresh and revitalise the skin with a Spring Renewal package or enjoy the perfect pick me up with the Marri Marli Facial and Back Treatment. Cost applies.
Call Jindii Ecospa reception for more information and to book your appointment (02) 6257 8777
Wed 11 Nov – Sun 6 Dec | Visitor Centre
An exhibition of sketches and sculpture by Natalie Maras, produced during her work as Artist-in-Residence at the CSIRO National Collections in 2015. With special focus on biological soil crusts (moss, fungi, lichen, cyanobacteria that live in the uppermost millimetres of soil), expect intimate observations of natural life as well as thoughtful and refined dexterity. The exhibition is the artist’s personal contribution to an international conversation about how we get art and science to speak with each other. Interface will coincide with the Australasian Systematic Botany Society Conference in Canberra.
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 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 26 November 12.30 pm
Dr Pep Canadell - ‘Human carbon emissions and how to stabilize the climate'
Global carbon emissions from human activities have been growing relentlessly since the beginning of the Industrial Era, and the effects of climate change are already noticeable around the world. For the first time in international negotiations, over 160 countries will meet in Paris this December, under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, to establish an agreement to prevent climate change from reaching dangerous levels thought to be at 2degreesC above preindustrial global temperature. What are the latest trajectories on greenhouse gases and what will happen in Paris?
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
Contact is Lucy Sutherland
Wednesday 23 March 12.30 pm
Contact is Steve Speer
Queries to Sue.Serjeantson@bigpond.com
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
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 three ride free.
Purchase tickets: At the Botanical Bookshop in the Visitor Centre | Booking information 6257 3302.