Helping the Gardens Grow

Detail from ANBG visitor map

The Gardens are humming with life after lockdown - and the wraps are coming off several exciting new developments.

The Australian Government has announced a $233 million investment into Parks Australia to deliver infrastructure upgrades across Commonwealth national parks and the Australian National Botanic Gardens. The funding allocated to the Gardens will provide for the development of the Horticulture Centre adjoining the new National Seedbank and incorporating the two workshop depots, in the Northern Precinct. It will also support firefighting infrastructure such as the extension of the boundary fire suppression system, a site-wide evacuation warning system and associated infrastructure developments.

Together with funding already provided for the Ian Potter National Conservatory and the new National Seed Bank, the Gardens has received record funding for major capital works and this will allow for the continued implementation of the Masterplan.

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 $1.6 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: 12 - 25 August 2020 (PDF, 1.3 MB)




After the reopening of the Gardens in May, we are happy to see a steady increase in visitors returning to the Gardens, recording 31,885 visitors in June which is an equivalent number for this time last year. We’re pleased to announce that ANBG Volunteers will have the opportunity to return to work from August 2020. Volunteer Supervisors for each volunteer program are working on COVID-19 Safety Plans to ensure the safety of volunteers, visitors and staff. We look forward to seeing our wonderful volunteers soon.
Monday, 20 July 2020
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


Guided Walks to resume in the Gardens
Monday, 17 August 2020 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
Colour in Winter Guided Walk
Monday, 17 August 2020 - 11:00am to Sunday, 23 August 2020 - 12:00pm
Wattle Walks
Saturday, 29 August 2020 - 11:00am to Sunday, 6 September 2020 - 12:00pm
Botanic Art Groups Exhibition - The Legacy of Banks and Solander
Saturday, 26 September 2020 (All day) to Sunday, 25 October 2020 (All day)
Growing Friends 2020 Spring Native Plant Sale
Saturday, 14 November 2020 - 8:30am to 11:00am
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