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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.


LUMINOUS BOTANICUS III - an Enlighten event

Experience the mystique of the Gardens at night. Enjoy the diversity and beauty of our Australian landscapes through our illuminated gardens and musical performances. Thursdays and Fridays 2, 3, 9 & 10 March | 7.30pm - 10.00pm

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Coming Up

NATIVE PLANT SALE presented by the Australian Native Plant Society | Find the best range of Australian plants in Canberra, including many local species. Come early and bring a box or bag for your purchases. Saturday 18th March in the Southern Car Park | 8.30am - 1.30pm (or until sold out)

FAR FLUNG UNIVERSE Continuing her exploration of lichens and mosses, Natalie Maras will present fine handmade detail in both large and small-scale polymer and acrylic works through texture, detail and earthy colours | Exhibition runs until 12 March 2017

CLAY PLAY WORKSHOPS Fun, informative, hands-on workshops to share the wonder of colour in polymer clay | Families Saturday 18 Feb 10am and 12 noon | Bookings essential

BUSHLAND NATURE WALK - NOW OPEN 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 | 2.2 km return | Approximate time 1 hour | easy to moderate

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