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New populations of Australian plants found following Bush Blitz

A new location for the rare Australian species Eucalyptus magnificata has been discovered in the Oxley Wild Rivers region in NSW, thanks to the latest Bush Blitz. Tim Collins from the University of New England (who just happens to be working on this species) couldn’t believe his eyes as we came across the plants. The species is only found in the northern tablelands of NSW, so another population of the plant is a very exciting discovery.

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Welcome, Wattle Day!

_ Australia’s Wattle Day means different things to different people. The golden wattle (Acacia pycnantha) is the Australian national floral emblem and Wattle Day heralds the first day of spring – and the promise that summer is on its way! But did you know that to some it represents the friendship between Hiroshima and Australia? It’s said the wattle was the first plant to bloom in Hiroshima after the tragic events of 1945.

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Nose-rings are not for echidnas!

This couldn't have been very comfy for the poor little thing! The vet staff took great care of the unusual patient The cartilage was not damaged so the echidna can continue gobbling ants with ease A lucky echidna is recovering after a rather unusual visit to the vet, to have a ring pull removed from its snout. We had received a few calls alerting us that the animal was wandering the gardens with the ring, from a soft drink can, stuck on its nose - but they were all after the event and we never found the creature.

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Putting botany under the microscope at the Gardens

The students braved some very hot days out in the field Nick Dexter talks bitou bush control at Booderee National Park Cooling off in the waters of Booderee National Park Our 11 interns on the 2014 Botanical Internship Program have graduated – after six weeks of hands-on experience in botanical study, field work and plant collecting. The internship program is in its 22nd year and provides valuable experiences and skills for young graduates preparing to enter a competitive industry.

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Intriguing orchid display blooms

Over 2,000 visitors caught a rare glimpse of the Gardens’ research collection of native Dendrobium orchids when we recently opened our Research Glasshouse to the public. Usually open only to researchers, the Gardens’ Research Glasshouse was bursting with the fragrance and colour of hundreds of cool temperate rock lilies. They only flower in this way every few years, and this year’s flowering was exceptional. The orchids in our Research Glasshouse are from our research collection and used for genetic analysis.

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Blooming success for rare species

Next time you’re enjoying a bushwalk in one of our glorious natural spaces, spare a thought for the plants and flowers around you – and how they got there. Last year Gardens’ staff embarked on a mission to help protect the endangered small purple pea by collecting seed, banking some of it safely in the Gardens’ seed bank, and then germinating a batch for planting at a site near Williamsdale, south of Canberra.

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Botanic gardens in the spotlight

Gardening Australia filming the rainforest gully Canberra centenary celebrations continued this month with a Gardening Australia show dedicated to our nation’s capital. Living Collections curator David Taylor took presenter Sophie Thomson for a tour of our unique gardens - which showcases around 6,000 species of Australian native plants. A passionate plant lover and a natural in front of the cameras, David took Sophie for a fascinating stroll, beginning in the famous rainforest gully and ending at the developing Red Centre Garden.

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Gardens' staff follow footsteps of fire

A post-fire expedition to Tinderry Nature Reserve brought more plant specimens back to the Australian National Botanic Gardens than we could have hoped for. We headed off to the reserve, south east of Canberra, in search of the threatened plant species D__ampiera fusca and brought home a few surprises too. The rare plant only appears in large numbers following fire - as Tinderry was affected by a blaze in 2010 it was a great time to go.

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Tonnes of red sand shine in Canberra

The red sand evokes the spirit of Australia's Red Centre Putting it in perspective...the garden needs a number of further deliveries to create the outback atmosphere The construction of the Red Centre Garden is now well and truly underway and each week something new is unfolding. Once completed, the new addition to the Australian National Botanic Gardens will give visitors a feel for the landscape, colours and plants of Central Australia.

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Spectacular Centenary summer at the Gardens

Enjoy a summer evening on the Eucalypt Lawn The Gardens’ summer program of events is our best ever, with music, sunset movies and picnics to look forward to! We’re kicking the Canberra centenary off on Saturday 5 January 2013 with our signature Summer Sounds concert series - a month-long season of live music featuring some of the best band and dance talent in the capital. Pack your own picnic or pre-order your delicious 666 ABC Canberra and Floresco in the Gardens’ concert picnic hamper.

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