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Nursery

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In 2004 a $4m modern, spacious nursery opened at the northern boundary of the Gardens. It replaced the ageing and inefficient nursery which was centrally located in the Gardens.
The new management plan and master plan for the Gardens is investigating exciting options for the re-development of the old nursery site.
The design of the new nursery used the natural slope of the site for two levels - a lower services level built into the slope and an upper concrete platform to house the nursery itself.

Plant numbers

The nursery facilities can handle the production of up to 40,000 plants per year. Plants are grown for:

  • use in the Gardens and Glasshouses
  • permanent pots in the nursery, including those that are:
    • frost sensitive
    • clonal stock
    • conservation collection (rare and endangered plants)
  • research purposes
  • other horticultural projects around Canberra

Plant sales

The nursery produces plants for the Australian National Botanic Gardens and, on a small scale, for associated research organisations. It does not sell plants to the public.

Public plant sales are held in spring and autumn and run by two independent organisations - the Australian Native Plant Society (Canberra Region) and the Growing Friends of the ANBG. Consult the What's on for details on plant sales.
Nursery open days for the public may be held during Science Week or at other times of the year. See What's on for more details.

Group visits by botany, forestry or horticultural tertiary students can be arranged by contacting the Curator of the Living collection.

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