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.

What's on at the Gardens?

aGlow - Light and Dark Night Tours

Friday and Saturday 2 and 3 March; Thursday, Friday and Saturday 8, 9 and 10 March. Event begins: 7.30 pm. Gates open: 7.00 pm.

Behold the Gardens in a different light as the Australian National Botanic Gardens opens for Enlighten Festival 2018. [Experience the light and dark sections of the gardens on these ranger-guided tours.](

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The Gardens at Night image by Irene Lorbergs.

aGlow-Night PhotographyWorkshops

Wednesday 14 March and Thursday 15 March. Event starts: 6.30 pm. Gates open: 6.00 pm Duration: 3 hours

Exclusive 3 hour guided night photography workshops. Irene Lorbergs from Canberra School of Photography will instruct on how to photograph plants during the Golden and Cobalt hours; sunset, dusk and the black of night. 

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Leptospermum laevigatum Coastal teatree

Australian Plants as Bonsai Exhibition 2018

17 March 9.30 am-4.30 pm and 18 March 9.30 am-4.00 pm. Demonstrations 2.00 pm daily. Guided walks 12.00 pm daily. — Crosbie Morrison Building. Follow the signs from the car park, Visitor Centre of Cafe

See a display of over 30 native bonsai highlighting the breadth and diversity of the use of Australian plants in the art of bonsai.  Bonsai artists around Australia have been using Australian plants to create wonderful examples of the art of bonsai for many years  

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ANPS plant sale

Native Plant Sale – Presented by the Australian Native Plant Society

Saturday 17 March, 8.30 am–1.30 pm — Southern car park

Find the best range of Australian plants in Canberra, including many local species. Thousands of plants to choose from. Come early and bring a bag or box for your purchases.

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Watercolour by Jan Vincent

Watercolour Workshops with Jan Vincent

3 March and 7 April, 9.30 am-3.00 pm — Crosbie Morrison Building

Join renowned artist Jan Vincent and learn to capture the beauty of flora and fauna through watercolour. 

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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 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.

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Storytime for Preschoolers

Friday Storytime for Preschoolers

First Friday of the month, 10–11 am — Follow the signs from the Cafe Bridge

Have fun with stories, songs, rhymes and creative activities brought to life by the ACT Storytellers and surrounded by nature. An engaging treat for preschool children, parents and carers. Each month features a different theme.

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Thursday talks, Australian National Botanic Gardens

Thursday Talks

Thursdays from 2 Feb to 23 Nov 2017, 12.30 pm — Theatrette

Learn about Australian native plants and other aspects of the natural world.

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