Australian National Botanic Gardens

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Bushlife and Birdlife ended on Sunday 25 August 2019.

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Current events

Leptospermum laevigatum, Coastal teatree

Australian Plants as Bonsai Exhibition 2020

9.30 am – 4.30 pm, 29 February–1 March — Crosbie Morrison Building
Follow the signs from the car park, visitor centre or cafe.


A display of over 50 bonsai, suiseki and related items highlighting the breadth and diversity of the use of Australian plants in the art of bonsai, by Canberra and interstate artists.

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ANPS plant sale

Native Plant Sale

Saturday 21 March, 8.30 am–1.30 pm — 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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Summer Sounds on the Eucalypt Lawn

Summer Sounds 2020

5.00 pm – 7.00 pm
Saturdays and Sundays 7/8 March, 14/15 March and 21/22 March 2020

— Eucalypt Lawn


Kicking off an epic event program to celebrate the Australian National Botanic Gardens’ 50th Anniversary, Summer Sounds 2020 is set to entertain the whole family this summer.

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31 July – 25 August, 9.30 am – 4.30 pm — Visitor Centre Gallery

This father–daughter exhibition by Penny Deacon and Kevin Baker explores the beauty of Australian flora in local landscapes and the wildlife that it draws.

The artists hope to share some of the delight they feel when experiencing Australia’s unspoilt native flora in its natural environment.

Kevin Baker’s eye-catching and innovative glass methods feature native flora and wildlife, some of which may be spotted outside by the eagle-eyed visitor to the Gardens.

Penny Deacon’s oil and watercolour paintings are inspired by a childhood spent playing and exploring in the bush around the Blue Mountains and, later, Canberra. For this she owes a debt of gratitude to her parents, Kevin and Jane, and her husband Andrew, for their inspiration and encouragement.

When

31 July – 25 August, 9.30 am – 4.30 pm

Where

Visitor Centre Gallery