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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 has released a new Master Plan for 2015 – 2035.

The Master Plan provides the framework for the Gardens’ projected infrastructure to support enhanced visitor experiences, horticulture and research capabilities over the next 20 years.This long-term vision will ensure that the Gardens continue to grow as an outstanding botanic garden for the benefit of generations to come.


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Coming Up

Participate in a lantern making workshop to bring on a fascinating night tour with your own ranger guide. Explore the various garden habitats and habitants - including the beautifully lit Rainforest Gully | Saturday 22 August (additional tour due to popular demand) | 6.30pm (gates open 6pm - 6.30pm) | Bookings: Essential | $25 adult, $20 child/conc | Not suitable for children under five years

DINOSAURS IN THE GARDENS | Prehistoric Garden Trail for National Science Week | A rare opportunity to participate in a prehistoric 'discovery' trail exploring the world of dinosaurs and Mesozoic plant fossils of Gondwana | Free self guided walk or booked guided tours available | Saturday 15 – Sunday 23 August

BREAKFAST WITH THE BIRDS | Experience the beauty of early morning in the Gardens when birds are at their most active on a guided bird walk followed by breakfast at Floresco in the Gardens. Weekends in September and October | 7.45 am September | Saturdays 19 and 26 September and Sundays 19 and 27 September October | Saturday 3 and 10 and Sundays 4 and 11 October | Bookings essential | Cost: $32.00 for Friends members and $35.00 for non-members

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