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.

  • National Botanic Gardens Open Day

    Sunday 28 May, 10.00am – 2.00pm

    Join us on this national day to celebrate botanic gardens, with craft activities, behind-the-scenes tours, botanic art demonstrations, face painting, yoga and massage, and more. Learn about threatened plants and how the Australian National Botanic Gardens is helping to save them.

    • Take part in the Open Day Colouring in Competition.

      Colour in one of these pictures and drop it back to the Australian National Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre for your chance to win!


      Download pictures to colour in

      Download 1st colouring in image

      Download 2nd colouring in image

      Download 3rd colouring in image


      Entries close at 5:00 pm, Monday 22 May.

      One winner from each age group (under 5 years, 5–8 years, and 9–12 years) will be decided on the Open Day on Sunday 28 May!

      Completed sheets will be on display in the admin foyer here at the Australian National Botanic Gardens.

      With over 75 Botanic Gardens, Arboreta and Gardens taking part in 2016, we’re expecting 2017 to be even bigger and better.

      Put it on your calendar!


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  • National Botanic Gardens Open Day - Behind the Scenes Tour

    Sunday 28 May; 11.30am – 1.00pm

    Hop on the Flora Explorer with staff for a behind the scenes tour of the Gardens. Get an insight into the role of the Cryptogam Herbarium, National Seedbank and our production nursery in research and conservation of Australian native plants. Test your skill at seed imaging with our state of the art camera in the seedbank.

    • Cost: $25 per person.

      Book online

      Tour commences at the cafe bridge at 11.30am.


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  • Spoon carving for beginners with Jeff Donne

    Sat 27 May & Sun 28 May (sold out); 10.00 am – 4.00 pm

    Come along to an awesome day of relaxation where you will learn how to make your own hand carved wooden spoon straight from a tree. It’s all about the here and the now; just you, the wood, a simple knife and an emerging spoon.

    • You will learn how to safely carve your own beautiful spoon using just a small axe and a couple of knives. All tools and materials will be provided, and so will a yummy morning tea.

      Book your session

      Bookings are essential as places are limited (maximum 10 students) and bookings close one week prior to event.

      • Book Sat 27 May

      • Sun 28 May SOLD OUT

      Suitable for 16 years and over.

      Check out Jeff’s website at: http://www.spoonsmith.com.au/


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  • Traditional Weaving Workshops – Canberra and Region Heritage Festival

    Thu 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.


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  • afterDARK Firefly Tours

    Saturday 3 June, 1 July or 5 August; 6.30pm – 8.00pm

    Experience the sights, sounds and smells of the Gardens and flora by night. Enjoy hot chocolate and make your own ‘firefly lantern light’ to illuminate your way on this ranger-led tour. 

    • Suitable for adults and children over five years only*. Tickets $26 adult and $21 consession.

      Book Saturday 3 June

      Book Saturday 1 July

      Book Saturday 5 August

      Gates open 6pm and close at 6.30pm sharp. Late arrivals will not be able to join the group.

      Start the evening with a delicious hot chocolate, then construct your own hand made lantern.

      Your tour leader will then take you on a fascinating after dark discovery of the Gardens using your ‘firefly lantern light’ to help guide the way.

      Online bookings close 5pm the Wednesday prior to each tour.

      *Tour is not pram accessible and not suitable for those with limited mobility.

      Please wear flat shoes and warm clothing. Event will proceed in light rain and ponchos are provided if needed. In the event of cancellation for weather, ticket holders will be notified by SMS.


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  • Delicately Detailed – Botanical watercolour workshop

    Wednesday 31 May, 9.30am – 4.00pm

    Learn how to achieve a detailed finish to your botanical paintings with a light touch using washes, glazing and dry-brush techniques, with local artist Cheryl Hodges.


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  • Eucalypt Dye Workshops with Sally Blake

    Wed 7 June, Sun 11 June or Sun 18 June; 9.00am – 1.00pm

    Learn techniques for extracting plant dye from eucalypt leaves and bark, with local textile artist Sally Blake. Choose to dye a personalised scarf or fabric section for a cushion cover, either for yourself or a unique gift.


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  • 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.


    28 May: Bryophytes - Mosses, liverworts and hornworts*

    Examine the amazing miniature world of mosses, liverworts and hornworts. Explore the cryptogam herbarium and take a walk through the Gardens with our own bryophyte scientist, Chris. Then learn how to make them using modelling clay with local artist Natalie Maras. An additional cost of $6 applies to this session.

    • 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

      Please Note: all bookings close three days before the event and will open again the following week

      Purchase tickets (advanced bookings required)

      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


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  • Lessons on Trees – Drawing in the landscape weekend workshops

    19-20 August or 26-27 August (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.

    • Cost: $180 Full; $162 Concession/Friends of the ANBG

      To book or for more information: mail@genevieveswifte.com 

      or follow the link: http://genevieveswifte.com/works/drawing-workshops—master-classes/405

      This intensive weekend workshop will respond to the rich diversity of native flora on display. The workshop will begin on Saturday morning with an introduction to landscape art, materials and techniques, before heading for the trees with paper and charcoal in hand for an immersive weekend of landscape drawing.

      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.


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  • 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.


    Learn about upcoming exhibitions
  • 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.





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  • Thursday Talks

    Thursday lunchtimes from 2 Feb to 23 Nov 2017

    Learn 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

      2017 Talks

      18 May - A Stroll on Table Mountain

      Doug Laing

      Be guided on a virtual sunny January morning stroll on the slopes of Table Mountain in summer bloom. Hear about this special place, part of the wider Cape Floral Kingdom, with fascinating parallels and equally fascinating differences with the Australian flora, particularly that of southwestern 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. 

      Queries to sue.serjeantson@bigpond.com


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  • Grandparents Playgroup

    Thursdays from 10.00 am – 11.30 am in the Gardens

    Venue: Banks Building – Spaces limited

    For playgroup membership enquiries email: gpgcanberra@gmail.com

  • 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.


    See what's in flower
  • Flora Explorer Tours

    Sat, Sun and public holidays at 10.30 am and 1.30 pm

    Discover the Gardens in relaxing style with a 45 min guided tour aboard our 13-seater electric bus.


    • 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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