Australian National Botanic Gardens

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Wayfinding on Black Mountain ended on Saturday 10 March 2018.

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Seed fern fossils

Time Travel Walks – Science Week

11.30 am – 12.30 pm, Monday 13 August, Wednesday 15 August & Saturday 18 August — Meet at the Visitor Centre

Unpack your imagination and step back 3 billion years in time to look at the origin of all plants. Meander through the gardens with a guide and explore major events in plant evolution with living plants illustrating each step.

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Making dyes from eucalypts

Wattle and eucalypt dyeing workshops

9.00 am – 1.00 pm, 22 Aug, 9 Sept & 16 Sept

Join local textile artist Sally Blake in a fun and creative wattle and eucalypt dyeing workshop. Learn how to make flower, leaf and bark dyes and try your new skills out on a take-home scarf using dyes from local acacias and eucalypts.

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8 February – 10 March, 9.30 am – 4.30 pm daily — Visitor Centre Gallery

Local artist Sally Mumford shares her experiences of Black Mountain through drawings, prints and glassworks.

These beautiful works capture the form, texture and colour of the mountain’s flora, including two significant endangered communities.

“In this exhibition I have been walking and drawing Black Mountain as a way to orient myself in this place, to find my way into this country. As a relatively new resident to Canberra, getting to know the urban bushland that surrounds the city creates a sense of belonging.

“The exhibition also aims to connect people to the small gestures of nature that define landscape and place, to inspire people to cherish and care for urban bushland and highlight its beauty and wonder.”– Sally Mumford

About the artist

Sally’s love of drawing began as a small child, and she is continually inspired by the bush around her.

She has a strong connection to country, land and place, which has developed through her profession as an artist living in the bush in Central Australia and Tasmania.

With a focus on engaging with and quietly observing the environment, Sally’s practice is a sensual and physical exploration of elemental forces and how these feelings and connections create a sense of wellbeing.

Sally is about to start an honours year after completing her Bachelor of Visual Arts at ANU.


8 February – 10 March, 9.30 am – 4.30 pm daily


Visitor Centre Gallery