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Sunday high tea 2pm - 4pm in the Conservatory Restaurant

Published Wednesday, 29th March 2017: Executive Chef, Janet Jeffs, and her team would like to invite you to join them for Afternoon Tea in the Conservatory. Autumn is a season of abundance in the garden and the menu each week will feature delicious morsels showcasing the best the region has to offer - figs, apples, pears, quinces and more (plus chocolate, cream and meringue of course. Every Sunday from 2pm to 4pm. $39 per person, all inclusive (tea and refreshments). Limited seating. Bookings essential on 02 6130 0173 or email See the full story.

Join a special Family Walk on Sunday 9 April at 2pm

Published Sunday, 26th March 2017: Children very welcome. Come on a walk with a specially trained guide and meet some of our trees. Hear stories and legends from the ages and learn about the wonder of trees. Meet at the Information Desk in the Village Centre, Sunday 9 April at 2pm - 3pm. Cost: Free. No bookings needed. More information, phone 02 6207 8484. See the full story.

We invite you to celebrate the opening of four new gardens

Published Sunday, 19th March 2017: On Sunday 2 April 2017 from 12 noon to 3pm, please join us to celebrate the opening of four new gardens in the Gallery of Gardens at the Arboretum. Pack a picnic or buy delicious food from the Sprout Café or the gourmet BBQ, listen to live music and admire the autumn colours of the trees. Decorate and make a kite, or bring your own kite to fly (kite kits $10 each). Rare chance to buy fresh and preserved Arboretum produce at the Harvest Stall. Free face painting for the kids. See the full story.

Free concert by James McCusker Orchestra 1 April 1:30pm to 2pm

Published Tuesday, 14th March 2017: Enjoy a free pop up afternoon concert in the Village Centre by the James McCusker Orchestra on Saturday 1 April at 1:30pm to 2pm. The Orchestra will perform a mix of classics, including works by Handel, Brahms and Faure, as well as music from films Pirates of the Caribbean and Rodgers and Hammerstein's The Sound of Music. See the full story.

Plenty of fun in the April School Holidays

Published Tuesday, 21st February 2017: Book in to a Mushrooms and Minibeasts Family Walk, make your own Bonsai, or play at Pod Playground these School Holidays. With an experienced guide, your family will explore the Himalayan cedar forest for small animals and fungi and enjoy a craft activity. See the full story.

Free Augmented Reality app brings National Arboretum to life

Published Monday, 16th January 2017: The National Arboretum’s augmented reality app adds holograms, stories, soundscapes and digital information to the beautiful forests, buildings and gardens. Be sure to download the ‘National Arboretum Canberra’ free app on your tablet or smart device from the App Store or Google Play today and come to the Arboretum to play with augmented reality! See the full story.

Arboretum After Hours 3 and 10 February

Published Wednesday, 14th December 2016: Enjoy spectacular views, great live music and delicious food and drinks at the National Arboretum on Friday evenings 3 and 10 February 2017. The southern deck is a perfect summer catch up venue for families and friends. Free music from 4:30pm to 6:30pm. Free parking after 4:00pm. Late night shopping at the Curatoreum Gift Store. Village Centre and National Bonsai and Penjing Collection open until 7pm. Pod Playground and forests open until 8:30pm. Free guided Fire and Water walks. For more information, call 02 6207 8484. See the full story.

Intake for volunteer guides now open: learn new skills

Published Tuesday, 13th December 2016: If you enjoy talking to people and learning about nature, now is your chance to become a volunteer guide at the National Arboretum. The next intake for volunteer guides is now open. No experience necessary. Have fun and meet other like minded, enthusiastic people. All ages, nationalities and backgrounds are welcome. Training course begins Wednesday 8 February 2017, from 5:30pm to 7:30pm. See the full story.

Invitation to knit or crochet for Warm Trees

Published Monday, 2nd May 2016: Are you a knitter or crocheter? We need you! The Friends of the National Arboretum Canberra are seeking people to knit or crochet scarves for an exciting and colourful display at the National Arboretum. Each year the Friends of the National Arboretum Canberra volunteers, with support from the Arboretum's staff, install the amazing Warm Trees display in July. See the full story.

Celebrating a Living Collection Exhibition 10 Mar - 25 Apr

Published Wednesday, 9th March 2016: Join us on a photographic journey through the history and progress of the National Arboretum Canberra. In the Village Centre 9am-4pm seven days a week. Free entry. See the full story.

Looking for a world-class wedding venue

Published Monday, 8th February 2016: Looking for a world-class wedding venue See the full story.

Arboretum welcomes Jon Stanhope as new patron

Published Friday, 29th January 2016: Jon Stanhope AO has been appointed as the inaugural patron of the National Arboretum Canberra. The voluntary role focuses on promoting the Arboretum’s vision and masterplan, communicating with stakeholders and raising public awareness and understanding of the Arboretum’s purpose as a unique, world class institution. See the full story.

Regional botanic garden open every day

Published Thursday, 24th December 2015: Southern Tablelands Ecosystems Park (STEP) is a regional botanic garden with a rich and vibrant display of trees, shrubs and flowers native to the Southern Tablelands. Come and see native plants that grow well in Canberra and the surrounding area. An easy 7 minute walk from the Village Centre, STEP is open every day of the year. See the full story.

Their Royal Highnesses visit the Arboretum

Published Thursday, 12th November 2015: On 11 November, Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall visited the Arboretum and each planted a Pin oak ‘Freefall’ tree. Accompanied by Mr Andrew Barr, Chief Minister of the ACT, Their Highnesses met children from Giralang Primary School and toured the National Bonsai and Penjing Collection. See the full story.

New treasures at Curatoreum gift shop

Published Tuesday, 15th September 2015: The Curatoreum gift shop has a whole new range of beautiful home wares, handcrafted objects, jewellery and books in store. The children's section is full of wonderful and unusual treasures to delight any child. See the full story.

Flowering now in Southern Tablelands Ecosystems Park (STEP) Forest 20

Published Tuesday, 8th September 2015: Spring is here and flowers are blooming in the STEP regional botanic garden, an easy 10 minute walk from the Village Centre. See the vibrant, colourful display of flowers from thousands of native shrubs, groundcovers, vines and herbs, as well as over 500 local eucalypt trees. See the full story.

Horse yard now open

Published Thursday, 27th August 2015: On 26 August, Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Shane Rattenbury, opened a new horse holding yard located in the Buchan Blue wattles, close to the Village Centre. The ACT Equestrian Association have contributed to funding the yard and have been involved in its design, which includes a water trough and mounting block. See the full story.

Two new sculptures for the Arboretum

Published Tuesday, 4th August 2015: On 4 August 2015, Minister for the Arts Joy Burch announced two new sculptures will be installed at the Arboretum. The kinetic sculptures, in the stream and breezing in Canberra, by Japanese artist Mr Kozo Nishino, are created from stainless steel and titanium alloy. See the full story.

New Bonsai Welcome Garden, Yokoso Niwa

Published Wednesday, 22nd July 2015: Visitors will be delighted by the new Bonsai Welcome Garden, or “Yokoso Niwa”, inspired by Japanese bonsai and moss gardens. The new garden represents a landscape of mountains, symbolised by the large rocks, with a dry river bed flowing between them. See the full story.

Extinct Franklinias flourishing in Forest 93

Published: Friday, 20th February 2015

Extinct in the wild since the early 1800s, the Franklin tree, Franklinia alatamaha, lives on as an unusual ornamental tree. Five of these rare trees in Forest 93 will have their numbers boosted through the efforts of the horticultural team. See the full story.

See the winning photos from the National Arboretum Photography Competition

Published Wednesday, 11th February 2015: Please join us when the winners of the National Arboretum Photography Competition are announced on Monday 23 February 2015 at 6:30 pm in the Margaret Whitlam Pavilion. The Friends of the National Arboretum will present the photos and award the first and runner-up prizes for all three categories: 12 years and under, High school/college students and Adult. See the full story.

Hands-on working bees help the trees

Published Wednesday, 11th February 2015: You can help the Arboretum in a very practical way by becoming a Friend of the Arboretum and participating in a working bee, held each Tuesday and Thursday from 9.30am to 11.30am with a cuppa at the Village Centre afterwards. Working bees include a variety of tasks in the remarkable forests - removing pests and tree covers, pruning, weeding and regenerating rocky knolls – the list goes on and is ever changing – all in good company. See the full story.

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