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.

  • The Sunset Cinema

    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! 

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  • ABC Dreaming book launch

    Saturday 28 November | 11.00 am - 1.00 pm |

    Join us for the launch of this vibrant and charming ABC book from celebrated indigenous artist Warren Brim.

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  • Botanical Bookshop Special Christmas Shopping Evening

    Fri 4 Dec | extended trading until 7.00 pm

    Enjoy Christmas shopping for your friends and family across a great range of books and unique gifts – many of which are made in Australia. Exclusive discounts will be available on the night

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  • Eat Local Friday Farmers Markets

    Every Friday | 2.30 pm - 7.00 pm |

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

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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.

    More information on 'Cocktail and Pedicures'
    More information on 'Mojito and Manis'
    More information on 'Re-Treat Yourself'

    Call Jindii Ecospa reception for more information and to book your appointment (02) 6257 8777

  • 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.

  • Living Australia Exhibition

    From 9 Dec | Visitor Centre

    Presented by the Belconnen Artists’ Network featuring naturalistic art through paintings, sculpture, photography, encaustic, appliqué and felt designs.

  • COMING UP – Delicious AfterDARK Tours

    Fri 15 & 29 Jan, 12 Feb, 4 & 11 Mar | 7 pm | $75 per person - not suitable for under 18

    An exquisite evening of fine wine, delicious food and unique ambience

  • COMING UP – Summer Sounds Concert

    Series presented by Maliganis Edwards Johnson

    Each Sat and Sun | 16 Jan to 7 Feb | 5.30 pm – 7.30 pm | $5 general entry, $2 conc, 12 yrs & under free

    Great concert atmosphere with local and national performers.

  • 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 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?

      2016 Talks

      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
      Christina Walters
      Contact is Lucy Sutherland

      Wednesday 23 March 12.30 pm
      Eucalyptus day
      Contact is Steve Speer

      Queries to Sue.Serjeantson@bigpond.com

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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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