Australian National Botanic Gardens

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Fired Earth: inspired by nature ended on Sunday  2 October 2022.

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Guided walk andy.

Free guided walk: Botanists of the Trees

10 - 16 June, 11 am - 12 pm and 2 pm - 3 pm

On this free guided walk see some of the trees and hear stories that encompass adventure, mystery, sex and even murder!

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Gardens of academe

Gardens of Academe by Elizabeth Truswell

5 - 30 June, 9.30 am - 4.30 pm daily — Visitor Centre

Visit The Gardens for the latest watercolour and charcoal artworks by Elizabeth Truswell.

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Megafauna 2024.

Magnificent MEGAfauna: Hide and Seek

1 - 31 July, daily

Explore the Gardens in July to find some unique ancient animals!

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NAIDOC week walks

NAIDOC Week: Aboriginal Plant Use Walks

Wed 10 July, 9.30 am and 11.30 am — Meet outside the Visitor Centre

Celebrate NAIDOC week at the Gardens by learning about a range of important native plants with proud Wiradjuri man Adam Shipp.

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1 September – 2 October 2022 — Visitor Centre Gallery

An exhibition exploring the connection between the earth, the Australian flora, and humanity.

The works focus on the diversity of ecosystems, native plants and aspects of the earth such as boulders, stones and other strata. 

Presented by Claybodies, an independent collective of artists based in Canberra, who share a passion for ceramics. We aim to challenge preconceptions about ‘ceramics’ and to showcase and celebrate our love of the material itself. As artists whose raw material is the earth, they feel a strong connection to the Australian land and its manifestations.

Connections between the earth and the Australian flora, and in turn humanity, are explored. Various ceramic techniques and materials have been employed. Some are wheel thrown pieces and decorated with hand carving, colours and glazes; others were hand built with a variety of surface treatments.

Claybodies: Ceramic Demonstration 

Sun 11 Sep | 2.00 pm – 3.30 pm | Free 

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Join ceramic artist and Claybodies member, Ingrid Adler, with a demonstration of the techniques used in her woven Eucalyptus leaf plates. Ingrid will reveal the processes she uses - from cutting the leaves to weaving them into beautiful plates - and will explain the entire process from selection of clay to firing.

The demonstration will be held in the Banksia Centre and is free to attend. Please register to attend as numbers are limited.

Claybodies: Flower Arranging Demonstration

Sun 18 Sep | 1.30 pm – 3.00 pm | Free ​​​​​​

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Join Canberra Flower Club members Ruth Bourke and Lorraine Kwong for a flower arranging demonstration that showcases Australian native flora. The demonstration will use vases made by members of Claybodies. The aim of the arrangements is to create harmony between the vase and the flowers to create an aesthetically pleasing result. 

The demonstration will be held in the Banksia Centre and is free to attend.

Please register as numbers are limited.


1 September – 2 October 2022


Visitor Centre Gallery