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.

Carramar Koala Quest

Carramar Koala Quest

1–31 March, 8.30 am – 4.30 pm — Trail begins at the Visitor Centre

Embark on an adventure along a larger-than-life Koala sculpture trail throughout the Gardens and at select partner locations. Each koala has been created by a different artist and is named with its own story to tell.

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NatureArt holiday program

Puggles and Explore NatureArt school holiday program

15–18 April, 8–12 July, 15–19 July 2019 — 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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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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Growing Friends Plant Sale

Native Plant Sale – Presented by the Growing Friends

Saturday 30 March, 8.30 am – 11.00 am (or earlier if sold out) — Crosbie Morrison Building car park

A boutique sale with plants grown by the gardens' Growing Friends from material sourced in the gardens. All proceeds go to support the gardens. Come early for best selection.

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Hakea orthorrhyncha

Autumn walk – Don't be fooled by plants

Saturday 30 March and Sunday 31 March, 10.00 am – 11.00 am — Meet at the Visitor Centre

April Fools Day is almost upon us. Take this opportunity to look at things that aren't quite what they seem in the plant world.

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Eucalyptus youngiana

Guided Eucalypt Walks

Saturday, 23 March – Sunday, 31 March, 11.00 am — Meet at the Visitor Centre

Celebrate Australia's iconic genus for National Eucalypt Day. Find out some amazing facts about eucalypts, which come in all shapes and sizes and dominate our landscape from alpine regions to the outback and edges of rainforest.

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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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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.

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