Australian National Botanic Gardens

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Spoon Carving Workshops ended on Sunday  5 November 2017.

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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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In the rainforest gully for Luminous Botanicus

Luminous Botanicus IV: Shade of Trees

Fridays and Saturdays 1, 2, 8 and 9 March, 7.30 pm – 11.00 pm — Begins at the Visitor Centre

Immerse yourself in the wonders of the natural world after dark with a self-guided discovery of the Australian National Botanic Gardens.

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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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Half day: Sat 4 Nov, 1.00–4.00 pm. Full day: Sun 5 Nov, 10.00 am–4.00 pm

Join professional Spoonsmith Jeff Donne for a hands-on afternoon of carving your own kitchen utensils.

You’ll be surprised what you can create using nothing but a small axe, some specialised carving knives and your hands.

  • Suitable for people aged 16+, all skill levels.
  • Bookings are essential as places are limited (maximum 10 students).

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Saturday 4 November, 1.00–4.00 pm (Sold out)

Sunday 5 November, 10.00 am–4.00 pm

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Enjoy a blissful afternoon whittling

Carve small spoons, butter spreaders, spatulas and spurtles straight from a tree using traditional skills, and experience the blissful feeling of whittling away the hours at an unhurried pace.

Learn about sourcing sustainable materials, the basics of traditional tool use, and how to safely turn a log into your favourite wooden utensil.

No experience is needed and all tools, materials and a leather apron are provided. All you need to bring is you, a pair of closed top shoes and a willingness to whittle.

Take home what you make!


Half day: Sat 4 Nov, 1.00–4.00 pm. Full day: Sun 5 Nov, 10.00 am–4.00 pm


Half-day workshop $75, full-day workshop $150