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  • Working to save Australia’s threatened trees

    Wednesday, 13 September, 2017

    The Gardens’ National Seed Bank (NSB) is now into its third year of collecting seeds of some of Australia’s most threatened trees as part of the Global Trees Campaign with Kew Gardens.

    • Tom North, manager of the Gardens’ National Seed Bank said the NSB has been working in Kakadu National Park to safeguard its threatened trees.

      “Our field work to date has targeted 29 tree species in the Northern Territory for collection, out of 306 tree species threatened with extinction nationally. This effort focusses on species new to conservation seed banking, in an area that has had minimal previous plant conservation focus.”

      The seed bank conducted earlier fieldwork for the project in October 2016, collecting across Victoria River Downs and Gregory National Park in conjunction with George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens, as well as in Kakadu National Park. Another trip to Kakadu in May 2017 coincided with the end of the wet season to collect seeds from species seasonally available at that time.

      “The remoteness of some of the targeted species means that it’s difficult to monitor whether there is actually seed available and ready to be collected at any given time. We rely on voucher specimens held in herbaria for researching the flowering and fruiting times to gauge the best time for collection trips.”

      We have been well supported on collection trips by staff from George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens, Kakadu National Park, Australian National Botanic Gardens Living Collections and the NSB Seedy Volunteers.

      We are very close to our final target and will finish with a final trip to Kakadu in early October.


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  • Construction begins with timber “charring party” for the Paperbark Treehouse

    Wednesday, 13 September, 2017

    Construction of the Paperbark Treehouse at the Gardens has begun with a “charring party” to prepare some of the recycled timber that’s a feature of the project.

    • The Friends of the Gardens, who commissioned the new treehouse, were invited to help out with the blowtorch, using the traditional Japanese technique for carbonising wood, Yakisugi.

      Cave Urban architect Nici Long said the use of charred timber is an artistic feature of the treehouse.

      “It is not only a symbol of bushfire and regeneration, it also preserves the timber and provides a textural finish that actually reduces the fire risk,” Ms Long said.

      “The treehouse is being built to the outline of the existing paperbark grove. The surrounding trees form part of the artwork. The darkened structure through charring will be a backdrop to the forest as a shadow. It will be a lovely background to highlight the forest in the foreground.”

      The final artwork will also be an example of sustainable building. The timber is all recycled, sourced from trees in the Gardens and local timber recyclers. Every piece of timber will have a story or history that will be expressed through the final treehouse.

      The treehouse is due to be ready in time to enjoy this summer.


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  • Explore Another Side of Black Mountain – Bushland Nature Walk

    Our brand new Bushland Nature Walk on Black Mountain is now open!

    With spectacular views through the trees to Canberra City, Parliament House and beyond, the walk gives a glimpse of some of the unique plants and animals living on Black Mountain.


    The 2.2km return walk is perfect for a lunchtime stroll or a weekend walk with friends and family.

    For the first time, you can walk along the eastern edge of Black Mountain exploring the plants and animals under the Gardens’ care in our 40 hectare Bushland Precinct.

    • The 2.2km return walk is perfect for a lunchtime stroll or a weekend walk with friends and family. For the first time, you can walk along the eastern edge of Black Mountain exploring the plants and animals under the Gardens’ care in our 40 hectare Bushland Precinct.

      And it’s more than a great walk. Along the way you’ll encounter information about the plants you’re seeing, and the Gardens have plans for many events for the precinct.

      Parking is available in the Gardens car park. Follow the directional signs from the Visitor Centre to the start of the walk on the southern side of Black Mountain Drive.

      The trail is a project of the Gardens’ visionary 20-year Master Plan.

      The Australian Government has committed $5 million to help the Australian National Botanic Gardens fulfil stage one of its 20-year vision. We have constructed the walk with assistance from the ACT Government’s Tourism Demand Driver Infrastructure Program.


      Discover the Bushland Nature Walk


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  • Play detective these holidays and find out Who Did That?

    Looking for something to do with the kids this holiday?

    The Australian National Botanic Gardens has opened Who Did That? – a new trail to help children explore our native plants through interactive, fun activities.

    • “It’s a lot of fun… the kids get clues, there are animal sculptures and signs to educate and entertain.,” said Katy Penman, Education Ranger at the Gardens.

      “We named it Who Did That? as it also looks at the ‘evidence’ some animals leave behind.”

      “The trail is designed to teach kids concepts such as adaptation for survival, why animals are made the way they are, Australia’s rich plant diversity and pollination. Plants are key to making our animals thrive, so by touching, feeling and looking along the trail children learn a little more about both.”

      Older children and carers can pick up a free trail activity booklet for additional information and activities, available in the Visitor Centre.

      Children of all ages are invited to come to the Gardens and explore the new trail.


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  • A grand design for the Ian Potter National Conservatory

    The Australian National Botanic Gardens and the Ian Potter Foundation congratulate the design team led by CHROFI on creating a breathtaking design for our Ian Potter National Conservatory.


    Learn more about the Ian Potter Conservatory
  • News from your Gardens - Winter 2016

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  • National eco recognition for your Gardens

    The Australian National Botanic Gardens has received eco certification from Ecotourism Australia - the only national programme recognising Australia's best sustainable businesses.

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  • Bloomin' beautiful: National Botanic Gardens offers visitors rare look inside orchid research glasshouse

    Visitors to the National Botanic Gardens in Canberra have been treated to rare viewing of a spectacular display of orchids. For the next two weeks, visitors to the gardens can enter the research glasshouse to see and smell the collection of native Dendrobium orchids.

    Photo:666 ABC Canberra: Hannah Walmsley

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  • Welcome, Wattle Day!

    Australia's Wattle Day means different things to different people. The golden wattle (Acacia pycnantha) is the Australian national floral emblem and Wattle Day heralds the first day of spring - and the promise that summer is on its way! But did you know that to some it represents the friendship between Hiroshima and Australia?

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  • Bush Blitz Olkola - First impressions

    Australian National Botanic Gardens staff member Sally Ingham has joined the Bush Blitz team on their latest expedition to Olkola, Cape York, Queensland. Sally shares her thoughts from the field with us.

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  • News from your Gardens - Winter 2015

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  • July in the Gardens

    July is a great time to visit the gardens with lots of talks, tours and exhibitions happening.

    Download our July in the Gardens flyer to find out more.

    See what other events and activities we have on this winter on our What's on page.

  • Sharing the Vision | Master Plan Open Day

    An iconic conservatory, a new cafe and visitor centre and a state-of-the-art seedbank are among the exciting new additions released in the Master Plan for the Australian National Botanic Gardens.

    The 20-year plan charts a bright future for the Gardens, as a centre for world-leading research and conservation, and a top notch Canberra attraction. See for yourself what's in store over on our Master Plan page.

  • Sharing the Vision | Master Plan Open Day

    Find out more on what the future holds for your Gardens and learn about the Gardens' new Master Plan. Attend presentation talks, short preview tours and view detailed displays on the new Master Plan. Children can participate in a Construction Design Competition in which their ideas can take shape for a new 'nature play' area. The day will start with a free pancake BBQ courtesy of the Friends of the ANBG. The first 100 visitors will receive a free barista coffee from Sly Fox Coffee.

    Sunday 28 June | 11am - 3pm

  • Banking on a bright future

    Threatened Species Commissioner Gregory Andrews visited the National Seed Bank at the Australian National Botanic Gardens earlier this year, to discover more about the work we're doing to protect endangered plant species.

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  • Jindii eco spa - Now Open

    Treat yourself to a luxurious spa treatment at the newly opened Jindii eco spa at the Gardens. Now open, the Jindii eco spa specialises in eco friendly products and treatments that soothe body, mind and spirit.

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  • Nose-rings are not for echidnas!

    A lucky echidna is recovering after a rather unusual visit to the vet, to have a ring pull removed from its snout.

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