Australian National Botanic Gardens

Australian National Botanic Gardens extended temporary closure

The Australian National Botanic Gardens will be temporarily closed to visitors until 18 June 2020.

Our Gardens are treasured by locals and visitors alike, and we understand many people would have been looking forward to visiting, however the health and wellbeing of our staff, visitors and local communities is our utmost priority. We all have a role to play in minimising the risk of COVID-19.

Our thoughts are with the community during this difficult time and we encourage social interaction with the Gardens via our website and social media platforms. Please join our online community via Facebook and Instagram as we’ll continue to share stories and provide updates as they come to hand. We also encourage everyone to share stories, special memories and photographs of the Gardens through these platforms.

We will continue to care for our precious living collections and seed collections during the temporary closure.

We look forward to seeing you again in our beautiful Gardens in the future.

The Public Fund of Friends of the Gardens

About the fund

The Public Fund was established in 2004. It operates under provisions of the Income Tax Assessment Act that allow approved environmental organisations to seek tax-deductible donations.

The Public Fund aims to finance worthwhile projects within the Gardens - projects of the kind that could not be financed from the Gardens’ budget.

The first project to be financed from the Public Fund was an architect-designed shelter adjacent to the Rock Garden Lawn. It was opened in March 2007 by Her Excellency Mrs Marlena Jeffery. The cost of that project was $48,000.

As the Fund increases through donations and bequests more opportunities will occur to add fine features in support of the horticultural endeavours of the Gardens.

We invite all who admire and enjoy the Gardens to support its development in this way.

A brochure giving details of the Public Fund is available from the Visitors Centre, and can be downloaded from the Friends of the Botanic Gardens website.