Australian National Botanic Gardens

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Celebrate with us as we get set for a big 50th birthday year with a range of events, exhibitions and announcements throughout 2020.

Join the fun from January to December through a wealth of activities showcasing this important national institution in the heart of Canberra during our golden anniversary, with more than two dozen events, activities and exhibitions featuring music, cinema, light shows, food, wildlife and art.

The Gardens supports a living collection of more than 70,000 plants. The collection features over 4,300 species and represents nearly one-fifth of Australia’s known native plants.

The Australian National Botanic Gardens was officially opened in October 1970 by Prime Minister John Gorton, known at the time as the Canberra Botanic Gardens.

In that same year a misting system was installed in a dry gully at the foot of Black Mountain to artificially increase humidity. This allowed for the establishment of one of the Gardens major attractions, the magnificent Rainforest Gully.

The 50th anniversary program kicks off with Summer Sounds 2020 in January featuring live music for the whole family on the Eucalypt Lawn.

This is the start of a huge program of events that includes Luminous botanicus V: Seeds, the Banksia Festival, The Garden Party, Seeds in the Bank, the Paradise Lost and the 50th Anniversary exhibitions, along with a special musical composition for the Canberra International Music Festival Concert commissioned by the Gardens.

For more information about the events visit our What’s on page or download the program.