Helping the Gardens Grow

ANBG COVID-19 Reopening Plan - Stage 1 Map
ANBG COVID-19 Reopening Plan - Stage 1 Map

Parts of the Australian National Botanic Gardens have been re-opened to visitors. The Gardens invite you to enjoy a walk, the fresh air and the wide-open spaces.

To assist with physical distancing requirements, the walking paths are currently one-way so please follow the signs and arrows. Sanitising stations have been placed around the Gardens for visitors’ convenience.

We are a diverse group of people who love and support our beautiful Gardens – the world’s largest collection of Australian native plants. We have an extensive program of talks, visits and social events. There are many opportunities for members and visitors to meet, learn, grow and enjoy the riches of this very special place.

We were formed in 1990 as a community support group for the Gardens. Since then we have raised and spent over $1.2 million on projects in the Gardens and now have over 2500 members. And we support the Gardens in many other ways, such as leading guided walks to show visitors the wonders of the Gardens, and hands-on support of research programs.

Flowers,Fruit & Foliage logo

Your guide to what’s fresh and flowering in the Gardens now.

  Latest edition, 1 - 14 July 2020 (PDF, 1.8 MB)




In Adelaide in March, as part of the Adelaide Festival, you could witness giant fire orbs, flickering urns and fiery pits at the Botanic Gardens, and thousands of people did. But the east of the country was already on fire.
Monday, 15 June 2020
Due to COVID-19 pandemic Thursday Talks will not be live in the theatrette for the remainder of 2020, however the ANBG and the Friends are exploring ways that may present an opportunity for some talks to be made available online. This decision has been made by the ANBG and the Friends’ Council due to social distancing requirements and the small nature of the theatrette.
Thursday, 14 May 2020
The March 2020 edition of Library Connect (PDF, 483KB) includes an article on digitised Library publications, including an image of the cover of the first Canberra Botanic Gardens Growing Native Plants publication; information on the Australian Landscape Conference to be held in Melbourne 27-30 March 2020; news of an Australian Systematic Botany article by Jo Palmer from the Australian National Herbarium Centre for Australian National Biodiversity Research; a selection of new books; the featured e-journal Flowering Newsletter of the Journal of Experimental Botany and From the ANBG Archive, The First Tree Brass Plaque which commemorates the planting of one of the first trees in the Gardens by the then Prime Minister Ben Chifley in 1949.  (Unfortunately it attributes the wrong tree to him!)
Saturday, 7 March 2020
The 2019-20 summer has been one of the worst summers ever for Gardeners in Canberra. While the activities of Growing Friends has been adversely affected by the weather, the hard work of our members has meant that we have come through the summer in a reasonable state. 
Wednesday, 4 March 2020


Black Mountain Summit Walks
Saturday, 25 July 2020 - 9:30am to 12:00pm, Saturday, 25 July 2020 - 1:30pm to 4:00pm
Black Mountain Summit Walks
Saturday, 25 July 2020 - 9:30am to 12:00pm, Saturday, 25 July 2020 - 1:30pm to 4:00pm
Botanic Art Groups Exhibition - Banksias
Friday, 14 August 2020 (All day) to Sunday, 13 September 2020 (All day)
Growing Friends 2020 Spring Native Plant Sale
Saturday, 14 November 2020 - 8:30am to 11:00am
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