Australian National Botanic Gardens

The Australian National Botanic Gardens is open and welcomes visitors from 8.30 am to 5 pm every day of the year (except 25 December).

Visitors will need to comply with the COVID-19 safety measures that remain in place across the ACT. Read more.

Get your hands dirty and find out what plants need to grow and live.

Students investigate the different parts of a plant - seeds, leaves, roots and flowers - and discover the lifecycle of an Australian flowering plant.

Students will also plant a native Australian seed to grow as a take-home experiment and answer the questions:

  • What do these seeds need to grow?
  • How long did it take to germinate?
  • Did all the seeds grow at once or were some slower?
  • How many of the seeds that I planted actually grew?
  • Do the first leaves of the germinating plant look the same or different to the adult plant I saw in the Gardens?

Seeds chosen for this activity are suitable for the Canberra climate and will be small-to-medium plants when fully grown.

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Suitable for

  • Tick icon Preschool to Year 2


1 hour


$7.50 per student

Maximum number of students


Curriculum links


  • ACSSU002: Living things have basic needs, including food and water
  • ACSHE013: Science involves exploring and observing the world using the senses
  • ACSIS012: Share observations and ideas.

Year 1

  • ACSSU017: Living things have a variety of external features
  • ACSIS024: Respond to and pose questions, and make predictions about familiar objects and events
  • ACSIS213: Compare observations with those of others.

Year 2

  • ACSSU030: Living things grow, change and have offspring similar to themselves
  • ACSIS037: Respond to and pose questions, and make predictions about familiar objects and events.