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Inspiring, informing and connecting people with the Australian flora

The Australian National Botanic Gardens maintains a scientific collection of native plants from all parts of Australia. The plants are displayed for the enjoyment and education of visitors and are used for research into plant classification and biology. A herbarium of preserved plant specimens is closely associated with the living collection.

The Gardens also cultivates plants threatened in the wild. This helps protect them against extinction and provides information which might assist reintroduction to their natural habitat.

Become a Volunteer Guide

Recruiting now for 2019

Do you have a passion for Australian plants? Do you enjoy the outdoors and spending time with like-minded people? Do you embrace the challenge of expanding your knowledge and skills? Does meeting people from around Australia and from overseas sound like fun? Then the Volunteer Guides Program at the Gardens is for you.

More information

Application form


Coming Up

FLORA EXPLORER TOURS Discover the Gardens in relaxing style with a 45 min guided tour aboard our 13-seater electric bus | Sat, Sun and public holidays at 10.30 am & 1.30 pm, additional tours Tues & Thurs at 10.30 am from Tuesday 18 September - Thursday 11 October (during Floriade) | Book tickets in the Botanical Bookshop

BUSH PORTRAITS An exhibition of original watercolours and drawings developed for the Gardens' "Who Did That" children's trail | Until 24 Sept 9.30 am-4.30 pm daily

Pollen, a café featuring healthy, modern, wholesome food and relaxed dining experience at the Australian National Botanic Gardens. Bookings available via Pollen website


More information on these and other events and on how to make bookings is available at the Gardens' What's on page