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Acacia howittii - 2021 Public Choice Award in ”Tokonoma” or display space

2022 Exhibition of Australian Plants as Bonsai

Canberra Bonsai Society and the Australian National Botanic Gardens are pleased to present the 2022 Exhibition of Australian Plants as Bonsai, which will be held in the Crosbie Morrison Building, ANBG on 26-27 February 2022.

View of the new deck from the re-aligned Main Path (photo: Jill More)

Friends Lawn rolls out

The new Friends Lawn alongside the expanded cafe deck stretches out invitingly - but is still behind barriers while the new turf establishes itself!

Lesley Harland & John Fitz Gerald receive their 2021 ACT Volunteer Awards

ACT Volunteer of the Year Award and the Canberra’s Choice Award

Lesley Harland and John Fitzgerald have won both the ACT Volunteer of the Year Award and the Canberra’s Choice Award!

Flora Explorer on the road around the Gardens          Photo: J.More

Guided walks are back again, together with Flora Explorer tours and booked walks

Good news for visitors! Guides walks, Flora Explorer tours and Booked walks have recommenced after the COVID-19 lockdown.

ANBG Volunteer Guides

Volunteer Guide Opportunity

Do you have a passion for Australian plants? Do you enjoy the outdoors and spending time with like-minded people? Do you wish to expand your skills and knowledge? Then the Volunteer Guides Program at the Gardens is for you!

The Australian National Botanic Gardens is now recruiting for Volunteer Guides to start in 2022. No botanical background is required to apply. We offer a training program, mentorship and professional development opportunities to equip you with the knowledge and skills you need for guiding. Find out more

New viewing platform for Ian Potter Conservatory

Follow the old path from Pollen cafe, past the Ellis Rowan building towards the mountain and follow the sign to the new viewing platform overlooking the buiding site.

Gang-Gang male

Gang-Gangs in the Gardens

Several Friends have been recording observations of Gang-gangs in the Botanic Gardens for a week in February, May, August and November since 2014-15 and contributing the information as citizen scientists to research being done by the Canberra Ornithologists Group (COG).

There is increased concern about Gang-gangs, and the following is an invitation from COG to participate in recording observations of Gang-gangs in urban and non-urban environments as part of the data collection by COG and friends, and sponsored by the Federal Government. COG asks that photographs and other information be submitted to Canberra Nature Map any time you see them. 

Dr Sophie Lewis, ACT Commissioner for Sustainability and the Environment

Thursday Talks start again in February 2022

COVID-19 restrictions have caused postponement of so many interesting talks this year. The ANBG Theatrette is not available for Thursday Talks this month, and neither is Telstra Tower. Thursday Talks that were scheduled for November are being re-scheduled for dates next year.

Group photo of attendees at November meeting

The Nature Journaling and Field Sketching Group is meeting again

The Nature Journaling and Field Sketching group meets once a month on the first Monday of each month. It is a relaxed group activity for members of the Friends of ANBG. Activities include drawing, painting, journal writing and sharing of information with other Group members.  It takes place in outdoor locations within the Australian National Botanic Gardens.

Contact persons: Lesley Page (Activities) and Neville Page (Administration and Compliance)

Contact number: 02 6238 0053

Contact email:

ANBG Library - online-only until further notice

As there is no separation between the office and library areas of the Botany Building at the ANBG, the Gardens has made the decision to close the ANBG Library to external users until further notice. This will be revisited in line with health advice from the ACT Government. Friends can still access library materials via the "click and collect" service: please contact the Librarian to discuss your requirements. Please be aware that the Library is currently staffed part-time (usually Wednesday–Friday).