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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.

Schools Photographic Competition

Friends of the Australian National Botanic Gardens 18th Annual Schools Photographic Competition
Open to ACT and Region high school and college students. Cash prizes provided to first, second and third place winners.
Closing date: Friday 19 September 2014

First Prize: Altered Images 2014. Kangaroo in the Glass by Muhaimin bin Mohammad, Canberra College

Coming Up

The Secret Life of Plants goes LIVE - National Science Week Interactive Trail with live botanical experts one day only | Get outdoors and dig deep with live experts. Go into the draw to win an annual family pass (2 adults, 2 children) to Gardens’ ticketed events (valued at $400) | Saturday 23 August | 10am - 2pm

The Secret Life of Plants - Get outdoors with hands-on science at interactive stations | 16 - 24 August | 9.30am - 4.30pm

afterDARK Scavenger Hunt Tours - Gather your family for a night-time botanical scavenger hunt with treasures and treats to be found. Bring your torch, follow the clues and discover the fascinating plant, insect and other animal life in the Gardens at night.
6 & 27 Sep | 1, 4, 8 & 11 Oct | 1 Nov | 7 pm

Breakfast with the Birds - Observe amazing birdlife in the beautiful Gardens, followed by a delicious hot breakfast at Floresco in the Gardens | Saturdays and Sundays | 20 September to 12 October | 7.45 am

Winter Walks with Famous Australians: Banksia to Wollemi - Take a walk with a guide and meet the plants that have shaped the Australian psyche | Each Saturday during June, July, and August | 11.00am