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.

Sunset Cinema

Sunset Cinema

Thurs 23 Nov 2023 to Sat 24 Feb 2024 — Eucalypt Lawn

Enjoy your favourite movies under the stars in the beautiful surrounds of the Eucalypt Lawn.

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Transformations, Art of the Scott Sisters

13 December 2023 to 25 February 2024 — Visitor Centre Gallery

Transformations: Art of the Scott Sisters brings to life the work of Harriet and Helena Scott. With their paintbrushes, microscopes and magnifying glasses, they worked together to transform nature into art in extraordinary paintings of moths and butterflies.

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Gardening gloves.

Gardening Gloves

13 December 2023 to 25 February 2024 — Visitor Centre Gallery

An exhibition by local artist Sharon Peoples featuring sophisticated individual embroidered gloves using moths and butterflies found in the Canberra hills.

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Australian bonsai - Leptosperum aphrodite

2024 Exhibition of Australian Plants as Bonsai

24 and 25 Feb, 11 am and 2 pm — Crosbie Morrison Building

This annual exhibition showcases the best of Australian bonsai. This year’s theme is The Australian landscape in the palm of your hand.

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Chequered cuckoo bee drawing.

A charm of native bees

Thursday 29 February to Monday 1 April 2024 — Visitor Centre Gallery

Immerse yourself in the marvel of Australian native bees through intricate and lifelike watercolour paintings by Cheryl Hodges. Cheryl's larger-than-life artworks encapsulate the allure and diversity of native bees discovered at the Australian National Botanic Gardens.

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Leafcutter bee (Hylaeus sp) on Callistemon brachyandrus by Helen McHugh

Guided Walk: Native Bees with Peter Abbott

1 & 2 March, 10 am — Meet in the Visitor Centre

Join bee expert Peter Abbott for a guided walk looking at the native bees that can be found at the Gardens. 

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Growing Friends Plant Sale

Growing Friends Native Plant Sale

Saturday 2 March, 9 am – 11.30 am (or earlier if sold out) — Banksia Centre carpark

A boutique sale of native plants grown by the Gardens' Growing Friends using material sourced in the Gardens.

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ANPS plant sale

ANPSC Autumn Plant Sale

Saturday 16 March, 8.30 am - 1 pm or until sold out — Southern car park

With over 50 years of experience growing Australian plants in the Canberra region, the Australian Native Plant Society Canberra specialises in well-labelled, good-quality, competitively priced plants that are ideal for new and established gardens.

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Cheryl hodges workshop.

Paint an Australian Native Bee in Watercolour

Tuesday 19 March, 10 am - 4 pm — Celia Rosser Room

Learn how to paint Australian native bees in this one day workshop with accomplished local artist Cheryl Hodges.

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10 - 11 am, first Friday of every month, except January — Crosbie Morrison Lawn 

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

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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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Thursday talks, Australian National Botanic Gardens

Thursday Talks

12.30 pm on Thursdays from February through November — Theatrette

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

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