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Pod Playground closure

The Pod Playground will be closed from Monday 1 May to Tuesday 2 May 2017 for essential maintenance. Our apologies for any inconvenience.

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    A walk to the Cork oak forest, Sunday May 21 at 9:30am to 12 noon

    Join one of our most experienced guides, Rob Ey, on a walk through our oldest forest, the hundred-year old Cork oaks. Starting from the Village Centre, the walk will stop at the remarkable Wide Brown Land sculpture, then wander through the Himalayan cedar, magnolia and Japanese dogwood forests before arriving at the Cork oaks. Hear stories of the Cork oak forest and the Portuguese cork strippers. Return via the horse chestnut, fig and white cedar forests. Note, this walk is 6 kms long and steep in places. See the full story.
    (Published: Wednesday, 26 April 2017)

    Tree Week Photo Exhibition and special activities 1-7 May

    A rare opportunity to see the Tree Projects Photographic Exhibition, in Canberra for one week only. Marvel at photos of the tallest flowering tree in the world, the mountain ash, Eucalyptus regnans, growing in Styx valley, Tasmania. The Tree Projects team spent 8 weeks in the Styx valley, filming, photographing and climbing giant Eucalyptus regnans trees. The exhibition includes an incredible portrait of a 84 metre high tree, and some stunning photos and videos of the forest, many taken from a bird’s eye view using drones. Other Canberra Tree Week activities include guided forest walks and a morning of drawing and painting in the STEP forest. See the full story.
    (Published: Friday, 21 April 2017)

    Treat your mother to a delicious Mother’s Day breakfast on Sunday 14 May

    Book now to enjoy a delicious Mother’s Day breakfast at The Conservatory Restaurant, hosted by Ginger Catering. Executive chef, Janet Jeffs, has designed a special a-la-carte menu, with an accompanying children’s menu available. Pamper your mother with tasty delights and magnificent views over Canberra. See the full story.
    (Published: Sunday, 23 April 2017)

    Walk the Labyrinth for peace on World Labyrinth Day, 6th May at 12:45pm

    Walk the Arboretum’s Labyrinth Garden for peace and join people walking labyrinths around the globe on World Labyrinth Day, Saturday 6th May. Please arrive at 12.45pm to walk at 1pm, ”As One at 1pm”. Guided labyrinth walks from 1pm to 3pm - enjoy the opportunity to quieten your mind and relax your body. Come along on this walking meditation. Free event. No bookings necessary. The walks will go ahead if light rain falls, but the walks will be cancelled if heavy rain falls. See the full story.
    (Published: Tuesday, 18 April 2017)

    Visit the newly opened Gallery of Gardens

    A living mosaic of seven unique gardens, the Gallery of Gardens is a key area for functions, events and recreation on the Events Terrace. Each garden has a unique design with a variety of trees, plants, landscape features and welcoming spaces for people to sit and enjoy the inspiring surrounds. The features include a labyrinth, reflective pond, sculpture and stone walls. Open now: The Open Gardens Australia Celebration Garden, The Labyrinth Garden, The AIDS Garden of Reflection and Mununja the Butterfly Garden. The Gallery of Gardens has been created through the generous donations and fundraising efforts of many individuals and organisations. See the full story.
    (Published: Sunday, 2 April 2017)

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