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.

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  • Botanic Gardens Open Day Events

    Sunday 29 May 2016 - Events at the Australian National Botanic Gardens promoted by Botanic Gardens Australia New Zealand (BGANZ)

    The inaugural Botanic Gardens Australia New Zealand (BGANZ) Botanic Gardens Open Day will be held across Australia and New Zealand on Sunday 29 May.

    • On the day, botanic gardens and arboreta will celebrate the vital work botanic gardens do for plant conservation. BGANZ (Botanic Gardens Australia and New Zealand) is the chief body representing the interests of botanic gardens in Australia and New Zealand, and promotes their interests and activities for the benefit of the community.

      Botanic Gardens Open Day

      Art in the Gardens

      A day retreat bringing people, plants and culture together

      Learn and practice artistic techniques in the beautiful outdoor setting of the Australian National Botanical Gardens. Explore the connection between art and nature.

      Enjoy a variety of opportunities in multiple media to enhance your understanding and appreciation for the environment, plus learn new skills with family, friends and new acquaintances.

      Workshops will include charcoal, water colour, pencil, clay, collage and ikebana arrangements.

      Times: Various times throughout the day

      Workshop schedule

      Bookings: on site one hour before workshop time
      Cost: Free to participate and all materials provided
      In the event of rain, all workshops will be held indoors.

      Charcoal with John Pratt
      Tree textures and forms of Eucalypts – exploring the diversity of species and large collection held in the Gardens and promotion of Eucalypt Walk.
      20 people | Ages 12yrs+ | 11.00 am – 12.30 pm

      Water Colour with Botanic Art Group
      Study of Plant Families – Asteraceae Exploring the diversity of Australian Daisies and the unique garden environment established in the ANBG.
      25 people | Ages 12yrs+ for watercolour paint & 5yrs+ for watercolour pencil | 10.00 am – 11.30 am

      Pencil with Botanic Art Group
      Study of Plant Families - conifers & cycads. Exploring the ancient plant world of gymnosperms.
      25 people | Ages 12yrs+ | 12 noon – 1.30 pm

      Etch Board with Botanic Art Group
      Study of Plant families – ferns. Exploring the range of rainforest habitats (temperate to tropical), the variety of fern forms, and the unique rainforest gully environment established in the ANBG.
      15 people | Ages 12yrs+ | 2.00 pm – 3.30 pm

      Collage with Katy Penman
      Habitats/landscapes – from the rainforest to the red centre including moisture & temperature, colours, type of flora and fauna.
      25 people | Ages 5yrs+ | 10.30 am – 12 noon

      Clay with Katy Penman
      Seed shape – adaptation for best survival including size of the seedling to be grown, the number and shape of future leaves, type/amount of food and moisture to be stored, plus dispersal requirements. 25 people | Ages 5yrs+ | 12.30 pm – 2.00 pm

      Ikebana with Ping Block
      Study of Plant families – Banksia. Exploring the unique form and shape of of this iconic species. 15 people | Ages 12yrs+ | 1.00 pm – 2.30 pm

      Free Flora Explorer Tours

      Discover more of your botanic gardens

      Enjoy a guided 45min highlights tour of the Gardens aboard our 13-seater electric bus. Free tours for one day only.

      Tickets available from the Botanical Bookshop one hour prior to each scheduled tour.

      Times: 10.30 am, 12.00 noon, 1.30 pm & 3.00 pm

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  • afterDARK – Winter Lantern Tours

    Make your own lantern in our lantern-making workshop then embark on a fascinating night tour of the Australian National Botanic Gardens with your own ranger guide. Finish your evening enjoying supper and toasting marshmallows over the open-air fire.

    Bookings are essential. Not suitable for children under five years due to timing and length of tours.

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  • 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.

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  • Jindii Ecospa - Kamberra Autumn Harvest Promotion

    Until 31 May | $159 per person when booking a group of 4 | Bookings available Mon - Fri

    Celebrate autumn with friends and rejuvenate with a ‘pick-me-up’ treatment to cleanse and nourish your skin using Australian native ingredients - plus a nurturing Paudi treatment for the hair and scalp. All beautifully complimented by a gourmet Poachers Pantry platter and bottle of ‘Wily Trout’ sparkling wine to share with your friends. For bookings ring Jindii EcoSpa on 6257 8777.

  • Exhibitions at the Visitors Centre

    Exhibitions in the Visitor Centre Gallery aim to provide enjoyment for visitors through a broad program of display material including fine art, craft, photography, sculpture and other creative forms.

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  • 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

    • Monthly Themes

      June - ‘Feathered Friends’: as the weather gets colder we explore more about the life of birds

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  • 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 4 February to 25 November 2016.

    • 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

      2016 Talks

      Thursday 12 May 12.30 pm
      Dr James Petrie ‘Modifying oil-seed crops to produce fish oils’
      James, a CSIRO Research Scientist, will explain his research in engineering canola seed to accumulate long-chain omega-3 oils that are important in human health.

      Thursday 19 May 12.30 pm
      Peter Reynder and Dr Wolf Mayer ‘Dirk Hartog and other early expeditions’
      Peter and Wolf will celebrate the chance visit to our west coast by Dirk Hartog, 400 years ago.

      Thursday 26 May 12.30 pm
      Bush Blitz Team ‘Bush Blitz species discovery program putting biodiversity on the map’
      Bush Blitz is Australia’s largest nature discovery program. Its aim is to document plants and animals across Australia.

      Thursday 2 June 12.30 pm
      Dr Liz Dennis ‘Hybrid vigour in plants; how does it work?’
      Liz, a CSIRO Fellow and renowned plant geneticist, will explore the theory and practice of hybrid vigour in crops.

      Thursday 9 June 12.30 pm
      Mark Butz ‘The best system of trenches in Australia: World War I training trenches at the Jerrabomberra Wetlands’ Mark, a cultural historian, will mark the centenary of the Duntroon instructional trench system.

      Thursday 16 June 12.30 pm
      Lori Gould ‘Jerrabomberra Wetlands: Little known jewel in the heart of Canberra’
      Lori, Program Manager at Jerrabomberra Wetlands, outlines the national and international significance of this refuge for migrating birds, and much more.

      Thursday 23 June 12.30 pm
      David Young ‘Fascinating flowers of Tongass National Forest, Alaska’
      David, well-known garden advisor, will explore the flora of Tongass National Forest in Southeast Alaska.

      Thursday 30 June 12.30 pm
      Dr Chris Cargill ‘Why you shouldn’t eat your crusts: adaptation and diversity in a remarkable liverwort’
      Chris, Australian National Herbarium, will talk about her current research into the adaptive strategies of Riccia, a remarkable Australian liverwort.

      Thursday 7 July 12.30 pm
      Wally Bell ‘Today’s Aboriginal culture: A Ngunnawal Perspective’
      Wally, Director, Buru Ngunnawal Aboriginal Corporation, will describe the development and content of the ‘Ngunnawal Plant Use Guide’ in recognition of NAIDOC Week.

      Thursday 14 July 12.30 pm
      David Coutts ‘Botanic gardens: where did they come from?’
      David, immediate past President of the Friends, takes a look at the history of botanic gardens, especially in Europe.

      Thursday 21 July 12.30 pm
      Dr Cathy Offord ‘Understanding our rainforests from the seed up: conservation research on Wollemi pine and other Australian rainforest species’
      Cathy, Principal Research Scientist at RBG Sydney, assesses the storage potential of seeds from Australian rainforest species.

      Thursday 28 July 12.30 pm
      John Turnbull ‘Trees, Woods and Man’
      John, a former CSIRO scientist, will talk about the importance of trees in Australian culture and the impact of tree-planting on the livelihoods of people in developing countries.

      Thursday 4 August 12.30 pm
      Ben Walcott ‘Gardens that have influenced us’
      Ben and Ros Walcott have created a large native garden in Red Hill. This yalk reflects on the many gardens world-wide that have inspired its creation.

      Thursday 11 August 12.30 pm
      Dr Janine Deakin ‘Transmissible tumours threatening survival of Tasmanian devils’
      Janine, University of Canberra, will discuss the genetics of transmissible tumours in Tasmanian devils.

      Thursday 18 August 12.30 pm
      Dr Susan Serjeantson ‘John Gould’s shooter: the unsung hero, John Gilbert’
      Sue, Chair of the Friends’ Thursday Talks committee, will celebrate the contribution of John Gould’s collector in Australia, John Gilbert.

      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

  • 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.
      Extra Flora tours will be run at 10.30 am on Tue 29, Wed 30, Thu 31 December and every Tuesday and Thursday throughout January.

      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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