Australian National Botanic Gardens

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2023 Exhibition of Australian Plants as Bonsai: Bonsai in an Australian Setting ended on Sunday 26 February 2023.

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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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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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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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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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Saturday & Sunday; 25 – 26 February — Crosbie Morrison Building

This annual exhibition showcases the best of Australian bonsai. This year’s theme is Bonsai in an Australian Setting.

Bonsai artists around Australia have been using Australian plants to create wonderful examples of the art of bonsai for many years.

The art of miniature trees in pots or trays started in China around 1300 years ago (penjing) and was taken up in Japan around 900 years ago (bonsai).  A bonsai or penjing tells a story of place, culture, and life’s journey. The story comes from the artist, then is left for the viewer to contemplate.

This year’s theme is Bonsai in an Australian Setting - a fusion of traditional bonsai display features with a unique Australian influence.

  • Bonsai demonstrations each day at 2.00 pm – discover the techniques used, and considerations needed, when training Australian plants as bonsai.
  • Vote for your favourite bonsai. The bonsai artist whose tree has the most votes is awarded the Public Choice trophy.

Presented by the Canberra Bonsai Society. For more information visit, email, or see event info


Saturday & Sunday; 25 – 26 February


Crosbie Morrison Building


$5 adults; $3 concession, children under 12 free