Australian National Botanic Gardens

Australian National Botanic Gardens extended temporary closure

The Australian National Botanic Gardens will be temporarily closed to visitors until 18 June 2020.

Our Gardens are treasured by locals and visitors alike, and we understand many people would have been looking forward to visiting, however the health and wellbeing of our staff, visitors and local communities is our utmost priority. We all have a role to play in minimising the risk of COVID-19.

Our thoughts are with the community during this difficult time and we encourage social interaction with the Gardens via our website and social media platforms. Please join our online community via Facebook and Instagram as we’ll continue to share stories and provide updates as they come to hand. We also encourage everyone to share stories, special memories and photographs of the Gardens through these platforms.

We will continue to care for our precious living collections and seed collections during the temporary closure.

We look forward to seeing you again in our beautiful Gardens in the future.

Australia has more than 1600 native bee species, many of which make their homes in the Gardens.

Most of the bees you will see in the Gardens are European honey bees (Apis mellifera). This species was introduced to Australia in 1822 to produce honey.

However, the Gardens are also home to many species of Australian native bees. Native bees are divided into three types: solitary bees, semi-social bees and social stingless bees. Most native bees are solitary or semi-social, although there are a handful of social species that produce honey.

Solitary bees usually nest in soil or wood burrows or in isolated cells made from resin or mud. Females nest alone, stocking the cell with pollen and honey and laying an egg in the cell. Solitary bees vary in size, shape and colour, and most of them can sting.

Our native bee hotel

A close-up of the Gardens' bee hotel showing different sized logs and tubes Part of our native bee hotel

You can watch native bees at work in the Gardens’ bee hotel – a specially built structure made from timber and other bee-friendly materials. The hotel has different-sized tubes and hollows to encourage a wide variety of native bee species to nest in the ‘rooms’.

The native bee hotel is located near the Rock Garden.