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.
Indigenous Plant Use Walks – Canberra and Region Heritage Festival
Wednesdays 19, 26 April and 3 May 10.30am – 12.30pm
Join a Ranger and enjoy an easy walk along our Aboriginal Plant Use Trail. You will discover how Indigenous people from across Australia use plants for food and medicine, to make tools and weapons, and for ceremonial practice. This is a great activity for the whole family. Engage your senses!
Traditional Weaving Workshops – Canberra and Region Heritage Festival
Th 20th, Sat 22nd, Sun 30th April and Sat 6 May, 10 am – 3.30 pm
Enjoy a hands-on workshop which inspires a connection to Aboriginal culture and learn techniques of the age old art of traditional weaving.
All materials tuition and morning/afternoon tea included. Presented by Culture on the Move.
Cost: $160/adult – suitable for 12 years and over
Bookings essential: email firstname.lastname@example.org
Lessons on Trees – Drawing in the landscape workshops
22-23 April or 29-30 April (2 days) 10am – 3pm
Join Canberra artist Genevieve Swifte for an intensive weekend of drawing under the rainforest ferns, tall eucalypts, hakeas, grevilleas and banksias in these 2 day workshops.
$180/head or $162 concession
To book email email@example.com
The workshop will begin Saturday morning at the Crosbie Morrison Building with an introduction to landscape art, materials and techniques, before heading for the trees with paper and charcoal in hand. After two days of drawing, the workshop will then conclude on Sunday afternoon with a gathering on the lawns beside the café.
Suitable for all levels, this course is taught by Canberra based artist Genevieve Swifte who’s practice has taken her from the coastline of NSW to the fjords and glaciers of the High Arctic and the Andes of Patagonia.
Junior Ranger Program
Last Sunday of every month from 10 am – 11 am (exceptions apply)
Become a Junior Ranger and explore Australia’s amazing environments. Learn more about its plants and animals.
30 April: Mushrooms, moulds and more
Learn about the amazing role fungi play in our environment as well as some basic identification techniques, and make your own spore print.
Junior Rangers will take part in different activities in the Gardens each month.
Cost: Single sessions – $15; 6 sessions – $75 (save $15 and use for any six sessions).
*Additional costs for materials apply
Purchase tickets (advanced bookings required)
April - Mushrooms, moulds and more
May – *Mosses, liverworts and hornworts
June – Indigenous plant use
July – Nature treasure hunt
August – Build Your Own Bee Hotel*
September – Spotlighting adventure (evening session)*
October – Breakfast with the birds (early morning session – purchase your own breakfast)
November – Our furry friends
December – Insects in the Gardens
Holiday Bilby Treasure Hunt
8 – 25 April daily; 8.30am – 4.30pm
Follow the clues on this special holiday trail through the Gardens and help Bilby find her lost treasure. Parents, pick up a map and the first clue in the Visitor Centre so you don’t lose your way. Suitable for families.
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.
Friday Storytime for Preschoolers
First Friday of month from 10 to 11 am (different theme each month)
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. $5 per child – No bookings required.
Thursday lunchtimes from 2 Feb to 23 Nov 2017
Are you interested in the environment? Would you like to learn more about Australian native plants and other aspects of the natural world?
Join us for Thursday Talks at lunchtime.
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
6 April – Adventures with Rosie
Rosenberg’s Monitor is a large goanna that is rarely seen in the ACT. It is listed as a threatened species in NSW, Victoria and South Australia. This presentation looks at these beautiful reptiles in an ACT context, focusing on a project that recorded key activities of the monitors on Mt Ainslie in central Canberra.
13 April - Iconic Alpine Landscapes: past, present and future
Professor Adrienne Nicotra
Learn about the impacts of global climate change on our iconic alpine landscape.
20 April - Partners in the ‘Business of Nature’: John and Elizabeth Gould
Dr Roslyn Russell
For eleven years between 1829 and Elizabeth Gould’s untimely death in 1841, she and her husband John worked together to document and illustrate bird and mammal species across several regions of the world. In 1838 they began a two-year visit to Australia, where John documented its fauna while Elizabeth drew sketches, including some of native vegetation to serve as settings for the illustrations of birds and animals that would be produced as lithographic prints and ultimately published as The Birds of Australia and The Mammals of Australia.
27 April - Japanese Gardens: an exercise in beauty, restraint and imperfection
Japan’s national aesthetic has its foundations in nature, a deep connection that extends from its earliest history to the present day. Classical Japanese gardens are exercises in beauty, restraint and an embodiment of cultural beliefs about the passing nature of time, and the beauty of imperfection. 21st century gardens play with and expand on these ideas to make strikingly beautiful gardens that are also works of art.
4 May - How have our mountain peatlands withstood fire over time?
Professor Geoffrey Hope
Hear about the vulnerability of peatlands in the Australian Alps from Geoffrey, a visiting fellow in the Fenner School, ANU.
Bogs and fens in Namadgi are a startling contrast to the water-limited slope vegetation of our region, staying green and luxuriant when grasslands and woodlands brown off each summer. Carbon dating shows that some bogs have been around for more than 15,000 years and during that time there have been changes in vegetation and fire regime that reflect changing climates and perhaps human use. Although threatened by climate change, the swamps have shown high resilience in the face of changing environments and large fires.
11 May - Engaging with wilderness of the coastal ranges; strange plants, yowies and the old ways
In 1981 John Blay was awarded the Parks Writers Award to spend 12 months by himself in the wild country between Araluen and Bemboka. It confirmed ongoing researches into south-eastern Australia’s forests, settlers and Aboriginal people that have resulted in projects such as the Bundian Way, an ancient pathway between Kosciuszko and Twofold Bay.
John is a writer, naturalist and walker. The author of ‘On Track’ and ‘Back Country’ reflects on how walking changes your relationship to the countryside.
18 May - The wonders of the Pilbara
Learn about the significant biodiversity in the Pilbara area of Western Australia.
25 May - Galapagos: the continuing battle against invaders
Dr Brian Cooke
Brian, retired CSIRO scientist, recalls his time as resident scientist at the Charles Darwin Research Station on the island of Santa Cruz.
1 June - Birds and plants in subtropical NSW
Dr Brian Hawkins
Learn about the relationship between birds and their food plants in the forests of the Dorrigo-Bellingen-Coffs Harbour area. Brian, now a scientist with Bush Blitz in Canberra, shares insights from his earlier work as an ecologist in Northern NSW.
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Thursdays from 10.00 am – 11.30 am in the Gardens
Venue: Banks Building – Spaces limited
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Flowers, Fruit and Foliage
Pick up a leaflet at the Visitor Centre and follow the numbered posts to explore a selection of our plants, many are flowering now. Distance and time varies from week to week.
Flora Explorer Tours
Flora Explorer tours are not currently available.
Discover the Gardens in relaxing style with a 45 min guided tour aboard our 13-seater electric bus.
When: Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays – 10.30 am & 1.30 pm - tours currently not available
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.
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.