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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.

Eighteenth Annual Friends School Photographic Competition Exhibition

An exhibition of photos in the Gardens by high school and college students | Wed 15 Oct - Sunday 9 Nov | 9.30 am – 4.30 pm daily | Visitor Centre Gallery

Coming Up

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.
4, 8 & 11 Oct; 1 Nov | 7 pm

Australian Native Plant Sale | Presented by the Australian Native Plants Society Choose from over 600 different species, forms and cultivars including plants not normally available at nurseries and other retail outlets, as well as many plants which are local in origin. Please bring bags and boxes to take home your plants. Plant list | Sat 18 Oct Time: 8.30 am – 1.30 pm or until sold out | Gardens' Southern Car Park

Australian Native Plant Sale | Presented by the Growing Friends of the Australian National Botanic Gardens | A boutique sale of plants propagated and tended by the Growing Friends from material sourced from the Gardens | Sat 8 Nov | 8.30 am – 11.00 am or until sold out | Crosbie Morrison Car Park | $3 and $5