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Megafauna ended on Sunday  6 August 2023.

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Current events

Australian bonsai - Leptosperum aphrodite

2024 Exhibition of Australian Plants as Bonsai

24 and 25 Feb, 11 am and 2 pm — Crosbie Morrison Building

This annual exhibition showcases the best of Australian bonsai. This year’s theme is The Australian landscape in the palm of your hand.

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Leafcutter bee (Hylaeus sp) on Callistemon brachyandrus by Helen McHugh

Guided Walk: Native Bees with Peter Abbott

1 & 2 March, 10 am — Meet in the Visitor Centre

Join bee expert Peter Abbott for a guided walk looking at the native bees that can be found at the Gardens. 

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ANPS plant sale

ANPSC Autumn Plant Sale

Saturday 16 March, 8.30 am - 1 pm or until sold out — Southern car park

With over 50 years of experience growing Australian plants in the Canberra region, the Australian Native Plant Society Canberra specialises in well-labelled, good-quality, competitively priced plants that are ideal for new and established gardens.

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Growing Friends Plant Sale

Growing Friends Native Plant Sale

Saturday 2 March, 9 am – 11.30 am (or earlier if sold out) — Banksia Centre carpark

A boutique sale of native plants grown by the Gardens' Growing Friends using material sourced in the Gardens.

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1 July – 6 August 2023, 9:30am – 4:30pm — Australian National Botanic Gardens

See ancient creatures come to life in the Gardens with visual theatre masterminds Dead Puppet Society.

Following their migratory route to seasonal feeding grounds, three ancient diprotodons have become lost in the city and have found their way to the Australian National Botanic Gardens. As they try to make their way in the altered landscape, these visitors from a forgotten time created by visual theatre masterminds Dead Puppet Society provoke a reflection on how humans have changed this island and its creatures, and the importance of the Gardens for plant and animal conservation.

Megafauna will take up residence in a prehistoric installation in the Visitor Centre when not roving through the Gardens.

From 1 – 7 July they will rove the Gardens near the Friends Lawn and Pollen Café.  

  • Saturday 1 July – 10.00am, 11.15am, 12.30pm
  • Sunday 2 July – 10.00am, 11.15am, 12.30pm
  • Tuesday 4 July – 10.00am, 11.15am, 12.30pm, 1.45pm, 2.30pm, 3.15pm
  • Wednesday 5 July – 10.00am, 11.15am, 12.30pm
  • Thursday 6 July – 10.00am, 11.15am, 12.30pm
  • Friday 7 July – 1.30pm, 2.15pm, 3.30pm

They will be roving during the night at all MEGAfauna afterDARK sessions. Bookings essential.

Dead Puppet Society is an Australian based production and design house creating deeply imaginative visual theatre, public art, and sculpture, combining timeless craftsmanship with cutting edge technology.

Supported by ACT Government, Friends of the Australian National Botanic Gardens and Ovolo Nishi.

Wheelchair accessible.

Ovolo Nishi Fun Unconventional and Never Boring at Ovolo Nishi

Book and travel until 30 July 2023. Use promo code ‘Megafauna23’ to receive 15% off accommodation. T&Cs apply. Subject to availability. Book here.

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1 July – 6 August 2023, 9:30am – 4:30pm


Australian National Botanic Gardens