Australian National Botanic Gardens

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Summer Sounds ended on Sunday  4 February 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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5.00 pm to 7.30 pm, Sat and Sun, 27 Jan to 4 Feb — Eucalypt Lawn

As the sun goes down over the Gardens, enjoy live music, delicious food and drink and socialising on the picturesque Eucalypt Lawn.


Sounds of Shakespeare

Sat 27 from 5.00 pm

Hear all the great themes embedded in Shakespeare’s work; the passage of time, the pain and pleasure of love, the turmoil of jealousy and the heartache of grief. With Dogberry and Verges, our comedic couple from Much Ado About Nothing, dropping in to lighten the mood, audiences will traverse a gamut of emotions.

Presented by Lakespeare & Co. – a pro-am, Canberra-based company comprised of professional and local actors with a vision to bring Shakespeare to Canberra’s most loved outdoor spaces.

Dance Workshops

On the lawn from 5.00 pm and during intermission

Onsite catering from our street stalls

A complimentary assistance vehicle will operate from the car park areas to the Eucalypt Lawn. This service will operate both ways from 5.00 pm and concludes at 8.00 pm.

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Summer Sounds is a smoke-free event.

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5.00 pm to 7.30 pm, Sat and Sun, 27 Jan to 4 Feb


Eucalypt Lawn


General entry $5, concession $2, children 12 years and under free