What's on

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 the Garden's 45th Anniversary

    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.

    • Community Day

      Sunday 18 Oct | 10 am – 3 pm

      Come and discover all that the Gardens has to offer with an outdoor celebration for all the family. The Gardens will also throw open its doors for the public to visit some of the 'behind the scenes' facilities of the Gardens.

      Garden Reflections

      1 – 31 October

      At three iconic Garden sites a montage of historic photographs will be on display to show how the area was constructed and has developed over the years - including interesting background facts and figures on the planning and implementation of the landscape construction. Visitors will be fascinated with the comparison between the current 'view' at each Garden site, with how it looked when first developed - or even before it was developed.

      Horticulture Chats

      Thursday 8, 15 & 22 October | 10 am

      A series of informal 'coffee talks' – with horticulture the hot topic. Visitors have the opportunity of learning the horticultural secrets of the Gardens.

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

    Join us at the Gardens for 3 popular events with renowned nature photographer Steve Parish.

    • Leisurely Walk & 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 & 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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  • Wattle walks

    Mon 31 Aug - Sun 6 Sept | Departs Visitor Centre 11 am & 2 pm | Free

    Enjoy the yellow blush of the Garden's acacias with a guided tour revealing the character and diversity of this species.

  • 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.

    • Explore the various garden habitats and habitants - including the beautifully lit Rainforest Gully.

      Time: 6.30 pm (gates open 6.15 pm and close promptly at 6.30 pm)

      Bookings: Essential and only available online | $25 adult, $20 child/conc | Not suitable for children under five years.

      Saturday 4 July - BOOKED OUT
      Wednesday 8 July - BOOKED OUT
      Wednesday 15 July - BOOKED OUT
      Saturday 1 August - BOOKED OUT
      Saturday 22 August - BOOKED OUT
      NEW TOUR DATE: Saturday 3 October – Book now
      NEW TOUR DATE: Saturday 7 November – Book now

      Ticketing info: Bookings close online 48 hours prior to event.

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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 19 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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  • Canopy: an exhibition by John Pratt

    15 July - 30 August | Visitor Centre Gallery

    'Canopy' is a series of works based on the Mount Ainslie Nature Reserve which are a narration of John Pratt's engagement with the site which has evolved over a number of years, originally as a coordinator of the local Park Care group - and more recently as a location for drawing and visual investigation.

    • The prints and drawings in this exhibition are a response to botanical forms and other elements encountered in the Reserve.

      As with the Australian National Botanic Gardens, the Mount Ainslie Reserve is viewed as an extraordinary natural sanctuary heightened by its proximity to the city centre and the adjacent suburban presence.

      The exhibition is also intended as both recognition and celebration of the extensive and invaluable work undertaken by the Mt Ainslie Park Care Group.

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  • COMING UP – 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.

  • Aboriginal (Wiradjuri) Culture with Larry Brandy

    Friday 2 Oct | 10.30 am – 12 pm

    Join Aboriginal storyteller Larry Brandy as he shows how Wiradjuri people hunted and found food in traditional times using real artefacts - plus paint a boomerang to take home.

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  • 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 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 27 August 12.30 pm
      Meredith Cosgrove 'Oh the Humanity: rarity in plants – with examples from the ACT flora'
      Meredith, author of ‘Photographic Guide to the Native Plants of ACT, will give an overview of the process that threaten plants, giving concrete examples from the local flora, and explain what is being done to save them.

      Thursday 3 September 12.30 pm
      Catriona Anderson 'What a lot about Wattles: Wattles in the Pictures Collection of the National Library of Australia'
      In recognition of Wattle Day, Catriona will talk about images of wattle that are in the Picture Collection of the National Library of Australia by different artists and for different purposes.

      Thursday 10 September 12.30 pm
      Dr Matt Colloff 'Flooded Forest and Desert Creek: the fascination of the River Red Gum'
      Matt will talk about the ecology and history of the River Red Gum, Australia’s most widely-distributed eucalypt species.

      Thursday 17 September 12.30 pm
      Geoffrey Dabb '3rd Alison McKenzie Memorial Lecture:  Ten Birds of Canberra'
      A life-long bird watcher, observer and photographer, Geoffrey will talk about ten chosen bird species which have been recorded in ANBG and have interesting stories.

      Thursday 24 September 12.30 pm
      Dr Ken Hodgkinson 'Restoring Canberra’s Native Grasslands by Fire: the science and people issues'
      Ken will discuss the temperate natural grasslands on which Canberra is built - which are the most endangered ecosystems in Australia with only 10% of the original population remaining in the ACT.

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  • Grandparents Playgroup

    Bring along the grandkids for a play on Thursdays from 10 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 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 3 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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