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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.


The expression of interest phase has now closed and the selection panel has selected the following design teams to participate in the select design competition:

  • Grimshaw Architects – lead architect Andrew Perez
  • BVN – lead architect James Grose
  • Sean Godsell Architects – lead architect Sean Godsell
  • Terroir – lead architect Professor Gerard Reinmuth
  • CHROFI – lead architect John Choi


Coming up

afterDARK – Winter Lantern Tours | Make your own lantern in our lantern-making workshop then embark on a fascinating night tour of the Australian National Botanic Gardens with your own ranger guide. Finish your evening enjoying supper and toasting marshmallows over the open-air fire| Bookings are essential | Not suitable for children under five years due to timing and length of tours | Saturdays 4 June, 2 July (School Holidays), 9 July (School Holidays), 16 July (School Holidays) and 6 August

2016 Working on Country Photography Competition Exhibition | An exhibition showcasing the visual stories of the valuable and unique work of and by Australian Indigenous ranger and Indigenous Protected Area groups. Contributors submitted more than 250 images into the competition this year, together crafting a vibrant and compelling story about Indigenous land and sea management in Australia | 15 June to 10 July 2016

The Ian Potter National Conservatory Design Competition Exhibition | An exhibition featuring entries from the finalists in the Gardens' design competition to select an architect and design team to design The Ian Potter National Conservatory - a key new attraction identified in the Gardens' Master Plan 2015–2035 - Begins Monday 18 July 2016 | 9.30am - 4.30pm

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