What's on

Celebrate the Gardens 45th Anniversary during October

The Gardens will celebrate the 45th anniversary of its official opening - focusing on its past achievements, as well as looking forward to the significant milestones recently announced in the 20 year Master Plan.

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.

  • Research Glasshouse Orchid Display

    Until 6 Oct | 9.30 am – 4.30 pm | Free

    Visitors to the National Botanic Gardens in Canberra are being treated to rare viewing of a spectacular display of orchids. Visitors to the gardens can enter the research glasshouse to see and smell the collection of native Dendrobium orchids.

    Photo: 666 ABC Canberra: Hannah Walmsley

  • Eat Local Friday Farmers Markets

    Opening Friday 4 September and every Friday after | 2.30 pm - 7.00 pm |

    Join us for the opening of the weekly Eat Local Friday farmers markets at the Gardens. Come and meet special guest Costa Georgiadis the real fresh food people, buy chemical and GMO-free produce directly from the growers and makers every week.

    For more information visit www.eatlocalmovement.org

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  • 45th Anniversary - Community Day

    Sunday 18 Oct | 10.00 am – 3.00 pm

    Come and discover all that the Gardens has to offer with an outdoor celebration for all the family. Join our Mini-Bush Blitz to survey the biodiversity of our Gardens. Spy birds, spot spiders, dip for bugs and collect creepy crawlies with our field scientists. Back at Basecamp you can magnify your mini beasts, discover plant cousins, make your own bee hotel and pot up a daisy to grow in your garden.

    Investigate how the Gardens grow with displays from the Australian National Herbarium, National Seed Bank and our Production Nursery. Tour the Gardens on the Flora Explorer ‘Ride up and Walk down’ tour and see some of the Gardens recent developments.

  • 45th Anniversary - Garden Reflections

    18 October - 20 November

    Look back in time at the Gardens and explore how the Rainforest Gully, Rock Garden and Cafe Pools areas looked in the past through a montage of historic photographs.  Visitors will be fascinated with the comparison between the current 'view' at each Garden site and how it looked when first developed - or even before it was developed.

  • 45th Anniversary - Horticulture Chats

    Thursday 8, 15 & 22 October | 10.00 am

    A series of informal 'coffee talks' – with horticulture the hot topic. Visitors have the opportunity of learning the horticultural secrets of the Gardens and tips for their own gardens

    • 8 October | 10.00 am - 10.30 am

      Red Centre Plants for your Canberra Garden - Mark McMahon

      Hear the challenges and successes of growing arid plants in Canberra. What species work best and what can you try in your garden.

      15 October | 10.00 am - 10.30 am

      Natives from all over Australia - Phil Hurle and Julie Percival

      From drought to flooding plains, from sandy loam to clay, discover our Horticulturalists secrets for getting special and tricky natives to grow here in Canberra.

      22 October | 10.00 am - 10.30 am

      Arboriculture Demonstration - Phil Hurle

      Watch the Arborist team in action, keeping our trees healthy and our Gardens safe.

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  • Photography Events with Australia's leading nature photographer - Steve Parish

    Join us at the Gardens for three popular events with renowned nature photographer Steve Parish.

    • Leisurely Walk and Talk | Thursday 22 Oct

      A special morning talk and walk with Stephen Parish around the Australian National Botanic gardens. The talk will cover many areas that maturer photographers can apply to the photograph techniques to enhance both the capture experience and the final results. All cameras and skills accommodated. Cost applies.

      Click here for more information and bookings

      Evening Presentation | Thursday 22 Oct

      Steve Parish will take you on a journey presenting the value that his connection with nature has brought to his adventurous life as a Navy Diver, National Parks Photographer, iconic Australian Publisher and promoter of life enhancement. Steve will share images that have become iconic through his long career and also reveal some new ideas in digital nature fine art. Cost applies.

      Click here for more information and bookings

      Weekend Photography Workshop | Sat 24 and Sun 25 Oct

      The experience of this weekend will encourage, enliven and expand your world of photography. Whether your skills are basic or advanced, you will come away excited by the myriad of opportunities for self expression within nature photography and have a commitment to develop the journey towards the 'creative you'. Cost applies.

      Click here for more information and bookings

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  • Jindii EcoSpa - Spring Specials

    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

  • afterDARK Lantern Tours

    Participate in a lantern making workshop then embark on a fascinating night tour of the Gardens with your own ranger guide.

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  • Breakfast with the Birds

    Weekends in September and October | 7.45 am

    Experience the beauty of early morning in the Gardens when birds are at their most active on a guided bird walk followed by breakfast at Floresco in the Gardens.

    • September
      Saturdays 19 and 26 September | Sundays 20 and 27 September
      Saturdays 3 and 10 October | Sundays 4 and 11 October

      Meet at Visitors Centre at 7:45 am. This ever-popular program is celebrating its 12th season.

      Bring binoculars if you have them. The walk will only be cancelled in extreme weather conditions. Please note: this walk is not suitable for children under eight.

      Bookings essential | www.friendsanbg.org.au under ‘Coming up’ | Cost: $32.00 for Friends members and $35.00 for non-members.

      Enquiries: birds@friendsanbg.org.au (or leave a message on the Friends phone – 6250 9548 - and we will phone you back).

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  • The Sunset Cinema

    Commencing Friday, 13 Nov | Gates open at 6:30pm

    Summer is on its way and so are sunset cinemas. The upcoming season has just launched and 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! 

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  • Wood Sculpture Exhibition

    2 Sept – 11 Oct | Visitor Centre Gallery

    A sculptural feast of three dimensional wood reliefs by Dirk Lejeune, inspired by his fascination of the Australian bush.

  • Friends School Photography Competition

    Wed 14 Oct – 8 Nov | Visitor Centre

    See exceptional photographic works by Canberra's talented students in the Friends School Photography Competition.

  • Interface Exhibition

    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.

  • Australian Native Plant Sale

    Presented by the Growing Friends

    The sale of plants propagated and sold by the Growing Friends of the Australian National Botanic Gardens from material sourced from the Gardens. All proceeds go to support the Botanic Gardens.

    Saturday 14 November | 8.30 am – 11.00 am or earlier if sold out | Small car park behind the Crosbie Morrison Centre | Cost: $3 and $5 each

  • 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 5 February to 26 November 2015.

    • 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 8 October 12.30 pm
      Sherry McArdle-English ‘Truffles in the ACT Region’
      Sherry is a successful Canberra truffle grower who will describe her delightful journey with Snuffles, the truffle dog.

      Thursday 15 October 12.30 pm
      Darren Le Roux ‘Biodiversity-sensitive cities: fact or fiction’
      Darren will discuss whether cities can find ways to balance socio-economic interests with wildlife habitat to create ‘shared spaces’.

      Thursday 22 October 12.30 pm
      Dr David Shorthouse ‘STEP: a regional botanic gardens for the southern tablelands – from vision to reality’
      Hear how the Southern Tablelands Ecosystem Park came about through many collaborations and how it has become a special place to visit.

      Thursday 29 October 12.30 pm
      Doug Laing ‘The mysterious baobab’
      This talk explores the ecology, distribution and lore of the baobab - from ancient times to the present.

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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.

      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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