Australian National Botanic Gardens

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Plant Stories: Woven Tapestry Narratives ended on Sunday 29 October 2023.

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Bot gardens day.

Botanic Gardens Day - more than just a garden

Sunday 26 May, 10 am - 3 pm

Visit the Gardens on Sunday 26 May from 10 am – 3 pm and discover the important role the Gardens plays in safeguarding Australia’s native plants. 

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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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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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Gardens Through Time: Self-guided heritage trail

Sun 14 April - Fri 31 May — Maps available from the Visitor Centre

Look back in time to see how the Gardens has grown and changed on this self-guided historical photo trail.

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20 September to 29 October 2023, 9.30am – 4.30pm — Visitor Centre Gallery

Through contemporary woven tapestry, ten artists, explore their associations with, interests in and memories of particular plants, state and national floral symbols, markers of the seasons, night and day, geographic locations, connection to nature, renewal and growth.

They draw, collage, print, paint from observation and imagination to develop designs for weaving in tapestry. Often samples are woven to test the translation from artwork to weaving.

Selected images are woven on an upright warp with wefts of wool, cotton, silk and other materials. The final works are intense in the craft production and compelling as artworks.

Image description: “Imagine an Australian garden” by Suzanne Knight (Variable dimensions- approx. 100cm w. x 30cm h, Tapestry weaving - wool, bamboo, cotton, 2022-2023)


20 September to 29 October 2023, 9.30am – 4.30pm


Visitor Centre Gallery