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Rare plants added to the Gardens' collection

The Gardens has successfully propagated over 700 plants from cuttings collected during a Bush Blitz field trip to Oxley Wild Rivers National Park, NSW. The majority of the plants are some of the region's rarest species, including several that grow nowhere else in the wild [read more].

Unravelling the mystery of the Scribbly Gum's Scribbles

The smooth bark of Scribbly Gums, decorated with their unique and delightful scribbles, is undoubtedly and iconically Australian. On Tuesday 16 June, the Gardens unveiled an interpretive panel in honour of Canberra Centenarian, Dr Max Day for his work unravelling the mystery of these fascinating scribbles [read more].

Christmas Island Collecting

The Gardens is home to the National Seed Bank and staff recently visited Christmas Island to gather seed to grow plants for the Gardens' new Conservatory. During the visit, Garden's staff assisted the Christmas Island National Park staff with improving their seed collection techniques and storage protocols to help them become more efficient in their seed collection and revegetation efforts [read more].

What's in Flower?

Acacia myrtifolia, often known as the Red-stemmed Wattle or Myrtle Wattle, flowers throughout most of winter and can be seen flowering close to the Gardens' Visitors Centre. This attractive and unusual wattle has bright red new growth and stems, with green foliage and cream balls of flowers. It is well worth considering for the home garden, being a moderate size, appealing to the eye (even when not in flower) and tolerant of most soils as well as moderate frosts [read more].

Dinosaurs roam the Gardens during Prehistoric Garden Week

Visitors to the Gardens stepped back in time during Prehistoric Garden Week when 19 life-sized dinosaurs were on display. Even Canberra’s winter chill (and snow!) couldn’t keep people from meeting the dinosaurs and exploring the self-guided prehistoric trail, kid’s activities and adventurous night-time events [read more]. 

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Gardens venues and catering from Floresco - perfect for your next occasion

The Gardens is the perfect place to hold your next occasion. With a range of facilities, beautiful surroundings and delicious catering, the Gardens is an ideal venue for your celebrations, meetings, training days or presentations [read more].


Gather your family for a night-time botanical scavenger hunt. Get the most points to take home the coveted 'super-sleuth' prize. Not suitable for children under five.

Sat 3, 24 Sept, Sat 1, 8 Oct & Sat 5 Nov | 7.00 pm | $26 adult, $21 conc Online bookings essential

A special exhibition showcasing design competition finalists' and their designs for The Ian Potter National Conservatory - set to open at the Gardens in 2018 | 12–26 September | Crosbie Morrison Building

Presented by Tony Fleming | An exhibition capturing the vastness of the Kalamurina Wildlife Sanctuary landscape and its luminous desert light. Featuring images of birdlife, it also captures the desert in flood, from the rains in south-west Queensland in the channel country | Until 4 September

See the incredible diversity of birds in the Gardens with a knowledgeable guide, followed by breakfast at Floresco in the Gardens. Bring binoculars if you have them. Please note: this walk is not suitable for children under eight. |$32.00 for Friends members and $35.00 for non-members. Enquiries: or phone 0418 670 704.



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