Australian National Botanic Gardens

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

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ANPS plant sale

Native Plant Sale

Sat 21 Oct, 8:30am - 1:00pm (or until sold out) — Southern car park

This spring sale will feature around 5,000 Australian native plants with 250 different species represented. All plants are selected to be suitable for Canberra and surrounds.

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Who Did That Children's Trail

Secrets of the Australian Bush – a family adventure

Mon 25 Sep, Wed 27 Sep, Fri 29 Sep, Tue 3 Oct & Thu 5 Oct: 10.30am — Meet at the Visitor Centre

Join us for a family-friendly Flora Explorer bus tour and discover the amazing secrets of the plants that live in the Australian bush.

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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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Thursday talks, Australian National Botanic Gardens

Thursday Talks

12.30 pm on Thursdays from February through November — Theatrette

Our Thursday lunchtime talks cover diverse aspects of the natural world in Australia and around the globe. Bookings essential.

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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