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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 expression of interest phase has now closed and the selection panel has selected the following design teams to participate in the select design competition:

  • Grimshaw Architects – lead architect Andrew Perez
  • BVN – lead architect James Grose
  • Sean Godsell Architects – lead architect Sean Godsell
  • Terroir – lead architect Professor Gerard Reinmuth
  • CHROFI – lead architect John Choi


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 | Saturdays 3 September, 24 September (School Holidays), 1 October (School Holidays), 8 October (School Holidays) and 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. 12 - 26 September | Crosbie Morrison Building.

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