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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 Australian National Botanic Gardens is pleased to invite Expressions of Interest from eligible architects and their design teams, to be considered as Entrants in the select design Competition for The Ian Potter National Conservatory at the Australian National Botanic Gardens in Canberra.

The winning design will be for a contemporary conservatory that matches the Design Brief.


Coming up

Canberra Tree Week | Public Workshops Buy Smart, Plant Smart: ensuring success for your Native Trees | Learn how to make considered native tree purchases for suburban backyards including suitable space and habitat conditions, planting preparation and the first weeks of plant care. 2-hour workshops include a walk through the Garden's living collection to inspect mature and 'successful' tree plantings | Wednesday 4 May and Saturday 7 May | 2pm | $25 per person including afternoon tea

Canberra Tree Week | Self Guided Walk: 'Facts, Feats and Achievements of Australian Native Trees' | Get more intimate with Australian native trees and their notable features. Who's hairy and why? Who's the 'weeping mini'? And in which tree will you find nature's most prolific graffiti artist? Collect a self guided map booklet and take a fascinating tour of the Garden's trees | Booklets available from the Visitor Centre from 1 May.

Mother's Day at Floresco | Spoil your Mum this Mother's day! With breakfast, lunch or afternoon tea options amongst the beautiful Australian Botanic Gardens, we have the perfect way to share the day with your mum

Canberra International Music Festival | Sounds on Site, Gardens of Delight | A musical excursion through the Gardens presented by Continuum Sax, Speak Percussion, ANU Experimental Studio and others | Friday 6 May 2016 | 12.30 pm | Adult $55, Conc $50, U30 $35, U16 $25, Student Rush $25

Forbidden Fruit | An exhibition of paintings by Prue Sailer and drawings by Susan Ryman who both share a fascination for the glorious minutiae of everyday life in the natural and domestic worlds - with a keen sense of its fragility | 20 April – 8 May 2016

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