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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.

Bogs and Fens Workshop with Artists in Residence

Learn how to extract dyes from plants and dye your own fabric and weaving, plaiting and knotting techniques and patterns to construct an object or plant form with your dyed fabric | One-day workshop with Gardens' artists in residence, Melbourne sculptor Annee Miron and local textile artist Sally Blake | Take home your creation | More Information

Thur 25 Sept | 10 am–4 pm | Crosbie Morrison Building | $50 pp
Spaces limited | BOOK ONLINE - essential by Fri 19 Sept 2014

Bogs and Fens Artists in Residence Forum

A cross-disciplinary forum on the unique communities of bogs and fens in the ACT - featuring three artists-in-residence with members of the community, artists and leaders in the fields of craft, design, environment and conservation - exploring the interplay between craft, science and the environment | More Information

Fri 26 Sept | 9.30 am–1 pm | ANBG Theatrette | Free
Book via gwenyth.macnamara@craftact.org.au or call (02) 6262 9333 | essential by Fri 19 Sept 2014

Preparatory work detail, 2014, Sally Blake
Image: Art Atelier Photography

Coming Up

Friends of the Australian National Botanic Gardens 18th Annual Schools Photographic Competition
Entries now 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

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