Australian National Botanic Gardens

Following the ACT Government’s announcement of the ACT’s COVID-19 Pathway Forward, we’re pleased to advise that the Australian National Botanic Gardens, as an ‘outdoor attraction’, is permitted to re-open to the public on 29 October 2021.

We look forward to welcoming visitors back to the Gardens from 29 October 2021 and thank you for your patience and support. We will provide further information about our re-opening plans and ongoing COVID-Safe operational plans in the coming weeks.

For further information about the ACT’s COVID-19 Pathway Forward and COVID-19 response, please visit https://www.covid19.act.gov.au/

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Australian Megafauna ended on Sunday 25 July 2021.

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Current events

Growing Friends Plant Sale

Native Plant Sale – Presented by the Growing Friends

Saturday 13 November, 8.30 am – 11.00 am (or earlier if sold out) — Education Lawn

A boutique sale with plants grown by the Gardens' Growing Friends from material sourced in the Gardens.

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23 June – 25 July; 9.30 am–4.30 pm — Visitor Centre Gallery

An exhibition featuring original large scale paintings of Australia’s megafauna by Australian wildlife artist, author and paleontological illustrator, Peter Schouten AM.  

Peter Schouten has an international reputation for his specialised area as a Paleontological Reconstructionist, which is the rebuilding of a fossil species. David Attenborough termed his skills as “rare and precious” and among the world’s best. Peter has published some of Australia’s most outstanding wildlife publications.

His work features in books such as Gliding Mammals of the World, Prehistoric Animals of Australia, A Gap in Nature, Astonishing Animals, Possums of the World, Tree Kangaroos A Curious Natural History, Feathered Dinosaurs: the Origin of Birds and strangely enough the Encyclopedia of Asian Food. He has co-authored books with Dr Tim Flannery and Stephen Jackson as well as producing the book Megafauna which was a collaboration with Dr. Ross MacPhee.

Peter’s works are featured in the collections of the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, the Natural History Museum in New York, the Naturalis Museum in Holland and in David Attenborough’s private collection.

When

23 June – 25 July; 9.30 am–4.30 pm

Where

Visitor Centre Gallery