Australian National Botanic Gardens

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Wayfinding on Black Mountain ended on Saturday 10 March 2018.

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The gardens at night. Photo: Irene Lorbergs

Photography afterDARK

Fridays 18 January and 15 February. Times vary depending on sunset — Meet at the Crosbie Morrison amphitheatre

Join Irene Lorbergs from Canberra School of Photography for an exclusive three hour guided night photography workshop in the gardens. Learn how to 'paint with light' during sunset, dusk and the black of night.

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Banks statue

Australian Trees and their Botanists – Summer Guided Walks

Sunday 17 February — Meet at the Visitor Centre

Take a fascinating guided walk uncovering stories of adventure, mystery, sex, and even murder, associated with Australian trees and overseas botanists.

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NatureArt kids club

NatureArt kids club

Last Sunday of every month, February–November, 10.00 am – 12.00 noon — Banks Building

Join NatureArt Kids Club art and science adventures for an exciting exploration of nature in the gardens.

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Snakes Alive!

Snakes Alive!

14–20 January 2019, 10.00 am – 4.00 pm. Feeding times 11.00 am, 1.00 pm and 2.00 pm daily — Crosbie Morrison Building

Live displays, feeding and handling of snakes, lizards, frogs, turtles and crocodiles.

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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