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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 design by acclaimed Sydney architects CHROFI has been selected for the Ian Potter National Conservatory, with the winning "hovering cube" design.

Five finalists were chosen from a national design competition with the design by architects CHROFI selected for their innovative, bold and environmentally-conscious design.

Download the Jury Report for the Project Competition

Coming Up

afterDARK – Spring Scavenger Hunts | What will you find in the Gardens at night? 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 animal life in the Gardens at night. Be the first to complete the scavenger hunt challenge and take home the coveted 'super-sleuth' prize. | Bookings are essential and open now | Not suitable for children under five years due to timing and length of tours | Saturday 5 November

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. Saturday 22 October - Sunday 6 November | Main Concourse outside the Visitor Centre.

More information on these and other events and on how to make bookings is available at the Gardens' What's on page