Australian National Botanic Gardens

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Paradise Lost: Daniel Solander’s Legacy ended on Tuesday 22 September 2020.

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Current events

Bilby trail2.

Bilby trail and craft activities (self-guided)

Fri 29 Mar - Sun 28 Apr — Collect a map from the Visitor Centre

Learn about the bilby and its habitat on a children's self-guided trail.

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Corneliab o gossypiumsturtianum.

Bush Fragrance

6 Apr – 5 May 2024 — Visitor Centre at the Australian National Botanical Gardens

This exhibition celebrates the work of the Botanic Art Group and their love of native flora.

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Tree walks.

Free Guided Walk: Parliamentary Timber

6 to 12 May, 11 am–12 pm & 2–3 pm — Meet at the clock near the bridge.

Join a free guided walk during ACT Tree Week to learn about the beautiful Australian timbers featured in Parliament House.

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Garden letters t.

Garden of Letters by the Canberra Calligraphy Society

8 May 2024 - 2 June 2024 — Visitor Centre at the Australian National Botanical Gardens

Join the Canberra Calligraphy Society for their next exhibition ‘Garden of Letters’ at the Australian National Botanic Gardens.

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2 - 22 September — Visitor Centre Gallery

An exhibition commemorating the legacy of the Swedish botanist Daniel Solander and the first encounter between Sweden and the Pacific Region, New Zealand and Australia, to coincide with the 250th Anniversary of Cook’s first voyage to Australia.  

Presented by the Embassy of Sweden in Canberra, together with the Australian National Botanic Gardens.

The ten artists selected each bring a unique vision to this historical event and collectively put flesh to many of Daniel Solander’s facets, not least of which are his scientific credentials in botany, his cross-cultural awareness and his enthusiasm for the preservation of the unique species of the natural world. 

Participating artists are, John Pusateri (Auckland), Alexis Neal (Auckland) Dagmar Dyck (Auckland), John McLean (New Plymouth), Tabatha Forbes (New Plymouth), Michel Tuffery (Wellington), Sharnae Beardsley (Christchurch), Jo Ogier (Christchurch), Lynn Taylor (Dunedin) and Jenna Packer (Dunedin). 

Paradise Lost has toured New Zealand in 2019 and the Embassy of Sweden together with Solander Gallery in Wellington are delighted to bring the exhibition to Australia in 2020.


2 - 22 September


Visitor Centre Gallery