Australian National Botanic Gardens

There’s always something new and exciting to see and do at the Australian National Botanic Gardens.

Our calendar of events is changing all the time. Check out the list of current and upcoming events below.

NatureArt holiday program

Puggles and Explore NatureArt school holiday program

Tuesday 29 Jan – Friday 1 Feb, 9.00 am – 12.00 noon (ages 5–8), 1.00 pm – 4.30 pm (ages 9–12) — Banks Building

Discover and learn about nature through observation, drawing, painting, nature journaling and craft. Get to know the birds, insects, marsupials, reptiles and the unique Australian plant communities featured in the gardens.

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Snakes Alive!

Snakes Alive!

14–20 January 2019, 10.00 am – 4.00 pm. Feeding times 11.00 am, 1.00 pm and 2.00 pm daily — Crosbie Morrison Building

Live displays, feeding and handling of snakes, lizards, frogs, turtles and crocodiles.

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Concert.

Summer Sounds

5.00 pm – 7.30 pm, Saturday 2, Sunday 3, Saturday 9 & Sunday 10 February 2019 — Eucalypt Lawn

Enjoy live music, dancing and delicious food and drink as you chill to the sounds of summer.

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Banksia

Cook and the Pacific – the Australian Plants Summer Guided Walk

Monday, 14 January, 9:30 am – 10:30 am; Sunday 20 January, 9.30 am – 10.30 am — Meet at the Visitor Centre

Join a volunteer guide on this special one-hour walk visiting some of the plants collected by botanists Banks and Solander in Australia on Cook's 1770 voyage, which were illustrated by Sidney Parkinson and subsequently published in Banks' Florilegium.

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Blake sally leaves.

Eucalypt Dyeing Workshop

Saturday 23 March, 9.00 am–1.00 pm — Banks Building

Learn to make leaf and bark dyes and imprints on fabric to celebrate National Eucalypt Day. Dye a scarf to take home as well as samples of wool, silk and linen dyed in local ACT acacias and eucalypts.

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Beeswax wraps

DIY Beeswax Wraps

Sunday 19 May, 10.00 am – 12.30 pm and 2.00 pm – 4.30 pm — Banks Building

Make your own beeswax wraps for World Bee Day.

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The gardens at night. Photo: Irene Lorbergs

Photography afterDARK

Fridays 18 January and 15 February. Times vary depending on sunset — Meet at the Crosbie Morrison amphitheatre

Join Irene Lorbergs from Canberra School of Photography for an exclusive three hour guided night photography workshop in the gardens. Learn how to 'paint with light' during sunset, dusk and the black of night.

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Leptospermum laevigatum Coastal teatree

Australian Plants as Bonsai Exhibition 2019

9.00 am – 4.00 pm, 23–24 February — Crosbie Morrison Building
Follow the signs from the car park, visitor centre or cafe.


A display of over 30 bonsai highlighting the breadth and diversity of the use of Australian plants in the art of bonsai, by Canberra and interstate artists.

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NatureArt kids club

NatureArt kids club

Last Sunday of every month, February–November, 10.00 am – 12.00 noon — Banks Building

Join NatureArt Kids Club art and science adventures for an exciting exploration of nature in the gardens.

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Macrame workshop.

Macrame Plant Hangers Workshop

Sunday 23 June, 10.00 am – 1.00 pm, 2.00 pm – 5.00 pm — Banks Building

Learn how to make your own macrame plant hanger. Gain great new skills and take home a beautiful new plant hanger using 100% cotton.

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Banks statue

Australian Trees and their Botanists – Summer Guided Walks

Sunday 17 February — Meet at the Visitor Centre

Take a fascinating guided walk uncovering stories of adventure, mystery, sex, and even murder, associated with Australian trees and overseas botanists.

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Exhibitions at the Visitors Centre

Exhibitions at the Visitors Centre

Daily, 9.30 am – 4.30 pm — Visitor Centre Gallery

Exhibitions explore the Australian environment through diverse creative forms including fine art, craft, photography and sculpture.

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Storytime for Preschoolers

Friday Storytime for Preschoolers

First Friday of the month, 10.00 – 11.00 am — Follow the signs from the Cafe Bridge

Stories, songs, rhymes and creative activities are brought to life in the gardens' beautiful natural surroundings.

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Thursday talks, Australian National Botanic Gardens

Thursday Talks

12.30 pm on Thursdays from 1 Feb to 29 Nov 2018 — Theatrette

Our Thursday lunchtime talks cover diverse aspects of the natural world in Australia and around the globe.

Discover upcoming talks