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.

ANPS plant sale

Native Plant Sale

18 March, 8.30 am–1.30 pm (or until sold out) — Southern car park

Browse Canberra's best range of Australian native plants, including many local species. Thousands of plants to choose from.

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Indigenous Plant Use walk

HERITAGE FESTIVAL - Indigenous plant use walks

Wednesdays 12th, 19th & 26th April; 10.00 am-11.00 am — Meet at the clock near the café bridge

Enjoy a guided walk along the Aboriginal Plant Use Trail as part of the Canberra and Region Heritage Festival. 

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Guided Walk

Amazing Women in the World of Plants

6-12 March: 11am - 12pm & 2pm - 3pm

Celebrate International Women’s Day on 8 March by joining a free guided walk. Learn about some of the pioneering female researchers, scientists, artists and writers who contributed to the study of plants. See some of the plants that they collected, wrote about or painted. Meet at the clock near the bridge. No booking required for individuals but groups of more than six people should contact a week before the planned walk.

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weaved bush animal

Heritage Festival - Bush Animals

Wednesday, 19 April 2023, 10:00am – 11.30pm and 1:00pm – 2.30pm — Banksia Centre

Create your own bush animal during the Canberra and Region Heritage Festival. Enjoy a hands-on experience where you and your child can each create a woven bush animal. The workshop inspires a connection to Aboriginal culture, and both children and adults will learn techniques of the age-old art of traditional weaving.

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Heritage Festival

HERITAGE FESTIVAL - Storytime in the Gardens

Friday 21st April, 10:00am — Crosbie Morrison Lawn

Join Holly Bidwell from the ACT Storytellers Guild as she brings folk tales and modern stories to life with puppets and props during the 2023 Heritage Festival.

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Basket weaving

Heritage Festival - Traditional Weaving Workshop

Thursday, 13 April 2023, 10:00am - 1:00pm — Banksia Centre

Sharing cultural knowledge on weaving and plant use and learning how to prepare fibres. Come and join Ronnie Jordan a Kalkadoon Pitta Pitta woman, who will share her traditional ecological knowledge with you.

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The Story of the Australian National Botanic Gardens

12-18 Jun: 11am-12pm & 2pm-3pm

How did these gardens start? Where were the first trees planted and who planted them? Who were some of the people to shape the Gardens and what was their contribution? What is next in the Gardens development? Join a free guided walk to visit significant historical developments in the Gardens while enjoying the plants.

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Garden Walk

Wonderful Australian Trees

1-7 May: 11am-12pm & 2pm-3pm

Celebrate Canberra Tree Week by joining a free guided walk. See a variety of wonderful Australian native trees including Eucalypts, Casuarinas, Bunya pines and many others. Learn about the evolution of Australian trees and how they have been adopted across the world.

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Storytime at the Botanic Gardens

World Storytelling Day – Storytelling on the lawn

Sunday, 19 March: 10am – 11am — Crosbie Morrison Lawn

Join us for World Storytelling Day at the Australian National Botanic Gardens. World Storytelling Day is a global celebration of the art of oral storytelling. On World Storytelling Day, as many people as possible tell and listen to stories in as many languages and at as many places as possible in order to share stories and inspiration, and to learn from each other.

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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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