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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.


See and learn about many of Australia's reptiles and frogs. See venomous snakes, pythons, dragons, goannas, geckos, large skinks, legless lizards, turtles tree frogs and other frogs | 10 am to 4 pm daily from 16 to 22 Jan | Talks and animal feedings at 11 am, 2 pm and 3 pm | $6 adult, $5 concession and $3 student/children

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Coming Up

Summer Sounds As the sun goes down over the Gardens, enjoy live music, delicious food and drink, socialising and dancing on the picturesque Eucalypt Lawn. | 5.30pm to 7.30pm | Sat and Sun, 28 and 29 Jan and 3 and 4 Feb

Build Up Break Down Exhibition In conjunction with the 2017 Ausglass Conference, local glass artists Sui Jackson, Debra Jurss and Christine Atkins combine their work to reinvigorate our connection with nature – focusing on water, land and plants| Exhibition runs until Sunday 5 February 2017

Artist's Talk | Local glass artist Chritine Atkins will discuss her work on display in the Build Up; Break Down exhibition in the Visitor Centre Gallery | 2pm | 22 January 2017

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