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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.


Craft ACT Artist-in-Residence: 'Their Story' Exhibition


An exhibition showcasing the processes used to develop the artists' final craft works from their 2014 Craft ACT Artist-in-Residence program. The Bogs and Fens theme gave artists an opportunity to link ideas, feelings and emotions from field experience within bogs and fens with research at the Gardens.

24 April – 24 May 2015 | 9.30 am – 4.30 pm | Visitor Centre Gallery | Free


Sally Blake. Seed Baskets (detail) 2014-5. Plant dyed wool and silk silver wire. Image courtesy of the artist

Coming Up

afterDARK Lantern Tours Participate in a lantern making workshop then embark on a fascinating night tour of the Gardens with your own ranger guide | Saturday 6 June, Saturday 4 July and Saturday 1 August 6.30pm | $25 adult, $20 child/conc | Not suitable for children under five years.

Sunday Story Sessions with the ACT StorytellersIndulge in a guided storytelling experience. Explore the themes of Fire and Light in the Australian bush. Begins with morning tea and concludes in the Red Centre Garden toasting marshmallows over the fire. Led by the ACT Storytellers and Gardens' Education Ranger | Suitable for families with primary school aged children.

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