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.
Celebrate Floriade at the Gardens
Join us in celebrating Floriade at the Botanic Gardens, from 17 September to 16 October 2016!
Click the "See Floriade activities" link just below to learn more about what's going on at the Gardens during Floriade.
Floriade Flowers, Fruits and Foliage
9.30 – 4.30 pm | Free
Pick up the self-guided leaflet from the Gardens’ Visitor Centre and explore the flowers, fruits and foliage of the Gardens.
Free Spring Flower Walks
11.00 am & 2.00 pm daily
Explore the Gardens with a volunteer guide.
Floriade Flora Tours
10.30 am Tues & Thurs and 10.30 am & 1.30 pm on Sat & Sun during Floriade
$6 for adults, $3 for children & concession holders
Tickets from the Botanical Bookshop.
Sit back and relax on a 45-min guided shuttle bus tour.
Floriade Thursday Talks
12.30 pm | Entry by Donation
Enhance your botanical knowledge during a Floriade Thursday Talk.
Breakfast with the Birds
Sat & Sun 24 Sep – 16 Oct 7.45 am | $32 Friends members | $35 non-members
Observe some of the Gardens’ birdlife, followed by breakfast at Floresco in the Gardens cafe. Online bookings essential.
School Holiday Program – Bug Blitz
Wednesday 5 October (1 hour program)
Session Times: 10.30am, 11.00am and 11.30am
Become a biodiversity detective for the day in our newest school holiday activity at the Gardens!
Have a go at using real scientific equipment to catch bugs and mini-spiders as part of our bug blitz, then learn how to identify different species of plants. Study what you have found using scientific microscopes with the help of qualified entomologists and botanists.
FREE EVENT, but bookings are required as places are limited
Minimum participant age 5 years and over.
This event is supported by the national species discovery program Bush Blitz and the Australian National Botanic Gardens.
Australian native plant sale
Presented by the Australian Native Plant Society Canberra.
Sat 15 October | 8.30 am – 1.30 pm (or until sold)
Plants $5 and $8 | Southern car park
Select from a range of local species suitable for Canberra. Be early for the best selection.
afterDARK – Spring Scavenger Hunts
What will you find in the Gardens at night? Gather your family for a night-time botanical scavenger hunt with treasures and treats to be found. Bring your torch, follow the clues and discover the fascinating plant, insect and animal life in the Gardens at night. Be the first to complete the scavenger hunt challenge and take home the coveted 'super-sleuth' prize.
Bookings are essential. Not suitable for children under five years due to timing and length of tours.
Breakfast with the Birds
See the incredible diversity of birds in the Gardens with a knowledgeable guide, followed by breakfast at Floresco in the Gardens.
Bring binoculars if you have them. Cancellation in extreme weather conditions only. Please note: this walk is not suitable for children under eight.
Location: Meet at Visitors Centre at 7:45 am.
Cost: $32.00 for Friends members and $35.00 for non-members.
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
September – Flower Fairies and Magical Folk
October – Birthday Stories
November – Summer Stories
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 29 September 12.30 pm
Max Bourke and Lainie Lawson 'Looking after a lost bit of Australia: Montague Island.'
Max and Lainie, an agricultural scientist and a heritage consultant, have combined their expertise in conservation work on Montague Island.
Thursday 6 October 12.30 pm
David Taylor 'Weird and wonderful Australian plants: how to engage with them.'
David, Curator, Living Collections, ANBG, will promote cultivation of Australian plants including rare species.
Thursday 13 October 12.30 pm
Helen Fitzgerald 'A Florilegium to celebrate 200 years for the Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney.'
Helen, a distinguished botanical illustrator, will be talking about the production by Beverly Allen of a florilegium to celebrate the 200 year anniversary of RBG, Sydney.
Thursday 20 October 12.30 pm
Kim Ellis 'Innovation, conservation and change: The Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney, 200 year birthday.'
Kim, Executive Director of Sydney's Parklands and Botanic Gardens, will discuss the changes that are occurring in RBG, in Sydney, Mount Annan and Mount Tomah, in the context of the 200 year anniversary.
Thursday 27 October 12.30 pm
Dr Brett Howland 'Impact of grey kangaroos on reptiles and birds in diminished grasslands.'
Brett, currently engaged in habitat promotion with the ACT government, will describe how large mammalian grazers are truly ecosystem engineers.
Thursday 3 November 12.30 pm
Alan Munns 'Smelly socks and snottygobbles: Encounters with the flora of Western Australia.'
Alan, a past-President of ANBG Friends, will give a broad-ranging talk on his encounters with flora of W.A.
Thursday 10 November 12.30 pm
Roger Farrow 'Insects: more to them than meets the eye.'
Roger, formerly of CSIRO Entomology, will feature the remarkable adaptions that are found in local insect fauna.
Thursday 17 November 12.30 pm
Dr Helen Cleugh 'Australian climate change and earth system science: research to support a productive and resilient Australia.'
Helen, Leader of CSIRO's Earth Systems and Climate Change Hub, will outline Australia's national capability in weather and climate prediction, observation and research.
Thursday 24 November 12.30 pm
Gregory Andrews 'Strategies for Australia to protect threatened species.'
Gregory, Australia's first Threatened Species Commissioner, will tell us how he initiates strategic approaches to threatened species conservation.
Queries to Sue.Serjeantson@bigpond.com
The Grandparents Playgroup for grandkids meets on Thursdays from 10.00 am – 11.30 am in the Gardens.
Venue: Banks Building | Spaces limited
For Playgroup membership enquiries email: email@example.com
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.