Australian National Botanic Gardens

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Spoon Carving Workshops ended on Sunday  5 November 2017.

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The gardens at night. Photo: Irene Lorbergs

Photography afterDARK

Fridays 26 October, 9 November, 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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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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Summer Sounds

5.00 pm – 7.30 pm, Saturday 2, Sunday 3, Saturday 9 & Sunday 10 February 2019 — Eucalypt Lawn

Enjoy live music, dancing and delicious food and drink as you chill to the sounds of summer.

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Sunset Cinema on the Eucalypt Lawn

Sunset Cinema

Wednesdays to Saturdays, 28 November 2018 to 12 January 2019. Gates open 6:30 pm. — Eucalypt Lawn

Experience cinema among the eucalypts this summer. Gather together your family and friends for a night out to remember. Sit back, relax and watch the stars under the stars!

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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