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Gardens’ new afterDARK tour is so tempting

Enjoy the setting of the rainforest afterDARK this summer This summer you’ll be delighted by Delicious! afterDARK at the Australian National Botanic Gardens which adds gourmet food and wines to a tour through our rainforest gully and stunning displays of native plants. The afterDARK tours have been a huge hit – the winter tours offered families all the fun of a night-time adventure spotlighting possums, bats, birds and kangaroos, and the more recent afterDARK dreamtime interwove a tour of the gardens with stories of Aboriginal people’s religion, spirituality and survival.

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They came, they saw...they tweeted!

A 'human brochure' stops to photograph the rainforest gully More than 200 visitors came to the Australian National Botanic Gardens as part of the human brochure campaign to celebrate Canberra’s centenary in 2013 – and shared their adventures with the globe via social media. The ‘brochures’ enjoyed a picnic brunch on the Eucalpyt Lawn before being treated to some tunes by local band Annie and the Armadillos which performs at the Gardens’ summer concerts each January.

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Human brochures come to the gardens

Young visitors enjoy the family activities on offer at the gardens The Australian National Botanic Gardens will play host to more than two-hundred ‘human brochures’ this month as part of the preparations for Canberra’s centenary celebrations in March 2013. Over 30,000 Canberrans applied to take part in the ‘challenge’ to visit Canberra and report back to the nation – thus making themselves human brochures for our capital city.

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New activities for spring school holidays

Try life as a bee plus dress-ups and dance at the gardens this spring What could be better than spring at the Australian National Botanic Gardens? A heap of exciting new school holiday programs, that’s what! We’re thrilled to introduce some awesome new activities – educational dance sessions, cartooning your own enviro-superheroes and even a digital SLR photography workshop for older students. We’ve got every age-group covered and they’ll be learning while they’re being entertained.

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More science fun for the family

Members of ClimateWatch try out a monitoring post on the new climate trail As the spring sunshine returns, pull on your walking shoes and grab the family for an inspiring day monitoring the happenings at the Australian National Botanic Gardens! The gardens’ ClimateWatch trail allows visitors to assist in real science issues as they look for nominated species’ of birds, bees, butterflies, trees and plants - and the Gardens’ famous water dragons.

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Prepare for an exciting Science Week

Discover more activities than ever before this Science Week We’re especially excited the weekend’s here because this Sunday is Family Science Day at the Australian National Botanic Gardens. The gardens will open the doors of the Australian National Herbarium, plant nursery and seed bank for fascinating tours and demonstrations as part of National Science Week. The weather is set to bless us with warm winter sunshine so why not try out a range of hands-on scientific experiments scattered throughout the gardens and take a free family science trail too?

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Endangered pea goes home

Living Collections curator David Taylor plants an endangered small purple pea Our talented team at the Australian National Botanic Gardens has successfully propagated the endangered small purple pea for planting out as part of an ACT energy company’s offset program. Our experts collected tiny seeds from the field, and then germinated them in the seed bank lab and grew them in the nursery. Seventy small purple peas have been planted on Actew -AGL’s offset site for the Murrumbidgee to Googong pipeline – a site where the seedlings will be monitored and carefully managed.

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Plant collecting on Christmas Island

Herbarium manager Brendan Lepschi collecting plants at Coconut Corner, Christmas Island A Parks Australia team swapped frosty Canberra mornings for the hot, humid conditions of Christmas Island to go plant collecting, surveying the island’s flora to update knowledge of its native and weedy plant species. The team made more than 274 collections, comprising around 250 different species. The collections are destined for Australian and international herbaria and will form the basis for a reference herbarium for Christmas Island park staff.

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Volunteers collect a packet

The stunning common shaggy pea is widely distributed through the alpine region We’re lucky to have a dedicated group of volunteers at the Gardens who help us out with the work we do. Whether you are taking a guided walk, checking out a plant sale or attending one of our famous Summer Sounds concerts you’re sure to see a ‘Friend’ or two ready to lend a hand.

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Autumn garden is alive with colour

Correa 'Canberra Bells' at the Australia National Botanic Gardens Banksia spinulosa is a great addition to the Australian garden The Australian National Botanic Gardens is alive with colour as autumn approaches. It’s a great time to visit and experience the beauty and atmosphere of the nation’s Gardens – but if you’re not in Canberra, why not have a look through our Flickr site?

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