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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.

ENLIGHTEN 2015: Luminous Botanicus

Wander through the Gardens experiencing lantern-lit pathways and thematic garden lighting complemented by music and visual performances. Your evening commences in the lush rainforest gully and concludes with refreshments and 'fire drumming' in the Red Centre.
Date: Fri 27 Feb, Sat 28 Feb, Sun 1 Mar, Fri 6 Mar, Sat 7 Mar, Sun 8 Mar
Time: 8 pm & 8.30 pm
Cost: $25 pp
Online bookings essential

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Coming Up

Delicious afterDARK - An 'adults only' evening combining the best of the Gardens ranger-led after dark tours, complemented by a canapé and wine degustation menu featuring native bush ingredients.
Fri 13, 20 & 27 March | 7 pm | $75 pp
Bookings essential

Enchanting afterDARK: Narratives in the Gardens
New event for 2015! Let your imagination run wild as the ACT Storytellers Guild and Gardens staff take you on a mystical journey through the Gardens who will you meet along the way?
Sat 14 Mar | 7 pm | $25 adult, $20 child & concession
Suitable for families with young children.
Bookings essential

afterDARK Scavenger Hunts
New tours and challenges for 2015! Gather your family, bring a torch, follow the clues and discover the fascinating plant, insect and other animal life in the Gardens at night.
Special Easter theme Scavenger Hunt
Fri 3 April | 7 pm | $30 adult, $25 child/concession
School Holiday Hunts
Fri 10, 17 & 24 April | 7 pm | $27 adult, $23 child/concession
Not suitable for children under five years
Bookings essential

Bookings and a full events listing available at the Gardens' tourism website What's on page