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.
Creating your perfect day
Showcasing some of Canberra’s most talented and professional suppliers, step in to the magical world of styling, décor, entertainment and food with endless ways to make an impression on your wedding day with inside and outside locations!
In a stunning setting
See beautiful ceremony locations fully themed and receive special offers at our the Wedding Fairytale Open Day.
Taste, feel, enjoy
Take a guided tour of the iconic Australian National Botanic Gardens, meet our experienced events team, talk with preferred suppliers, and sample wedding canapés while enjoying a glass of bubbles!
Win honeymoon travel and photo shootDownload the flyer
Enter the draw to win $1,000.00 travel voucher to go towards your honeymoon & a $600.00 Engagement photo shoot. Just book and secure your wedding reception at Floresco in the Gardens before 1 December, 2014 (conditions apply).
Sale of Australian native plants propagated by the Growing Friends from material sourced from the Gardens. Wide selection of plants. All proceeds go to support the Gardens.
When: Saturday 8 November from 8.30 to 11 am (or earlier if sold out)
Where: Small car park behind Crosbie Morrison Building
Cost: $3 and $5
Be early for best selection. Plant list available a week before sale at: anbg.gov.au/friends
Set out with a series of clues to discover an array of night time plant, insect and animal activity, under guidance from our trained rangers.
Finish the night with an open air fire, toasting marshmallows & supper in the Gardens. 'Super sleuth' prize to the first finishers, and certificates for all participants at the end of the night.
When: Saturday 4 October, Wednesday 8 October, Saturday 11 October, Saturday 1 November
Time: 7.00pm (Gates open 6.30pm and close at 7pm sharp)
Venue: Depart from Crosbie Morrison Building
Cost: $26 adult, $21 child (5 – 16 yrs)
Purchase tickets: Click date to purchase - 4 October SOLD OUT
| 8 October SOLD OUT | 11 October | 1 November
Bookings: Bookings online essential and close 48 hours prior to event
Venue: Banks Building | Spaces limited | Booking contact: ANBG Education 6250 9408
Time: 10 - 11 am | Suitable for families
Where: 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 ThemesSummer Stories | November
Christmas in the Bush | December
Cost: $5 per child | Suitable for pre-schoolers.
Bookings: Not 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
Could Plants Adapt to Increased Temperature Quickly Enough by Normal Evolutionary Pressures?
Dr Rod King| 30 October
Hear how quickly Australian and exotic plants adapt to increased temperature
The Mulligans Flat-Goorooyarroo Woodland Experiment
Kate Grarock| 6 November
Learn about research into the critically-endangered Mulligans Flat Woodland Sanctuary
Plants of the Peruvian Andes and Their Australian Connections
Dr Roger Farrow| 13 November
Hear about some connections between plants in the Andes and Australia, across a range of families
The ANBG under its First Director, 1979 to 1989
Associate Professor Don Beer| 20 November
Find out about the Great Fire of 1984, the Wettest Winter, Princess Di and Other Episodes
The Perfumery in the Ancient World
Karl van Dyke| 27 November
Learn about the use of plants in perfumes of the ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans
When: Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays | 10.30am & 1.30 pm. Additional daily midweek tours at 10.30am during ACT October School Holidays.
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.