National Arboretum Canberra

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    Christmas in July Dinner - The Nutcracker, 21 July

    As winter sets in and snow falls in the mountains, be transported to the enchanting world of Sugar Plum Fairy beetroot borscht, blinis and warming desserts. Greg Gallagher from Gallagher Wines will lead guests through a sparkling wine tasting. At the Conservatory Restaurant, Village Centre, Thursday 21 July at 6pm. Activity details.

    Canada's Vibrant Arctic Exhibition 1-25 July

    The High Commission of Canada and the National Arboretum Canberra are pleased to announce the photographic exhibition ‘Canada’s Arctic: Vibrant and Thriving’ will be on display with free admission in the Village Centre at the Arboretum from Friday 1 July until Monday 25 July 2016. This exhibition of contemporary photographs shows Canada’s North as a vast, thriving and diverse region. Homepage photo by Peter Mather. Activity details.

    Last week to comment on the Arboretum

    We want to hear what you think about the National Arboretum Canberra and its future. This short survey will help us to understand how people experience the Arboretum. The survey takes about 5 minutes and you can enter the draw for a $200 voucher from the Curatoreum gift shop. Your answers are confidential. Survey closes 27 June 2016. Activity details.

    New forest of Japanese crepe myrtles

    A new forest of Japanese crepe myrtles, Lagerstroemia fauriei 'Fantasy', has recently been planted on the sloped banks in the main carpark. The 370 young trees are the same type of tree already growing on the hills surrounding the cutting. As they grow, the trees will provide welcome shade, masses of superb white flowers and colourful red-brown bark. Activity details.

    Have fun in the July school holidays at the Arboretum

    What do kite-making, knitting and storytelling have in common? They can all be found at the Arboretum these winter school holidays! Join us on a story quest in the Cork oak forest, search for winter and make your own take-home mushrooms. Make and fly your own kite (weather permitting), drop-in for free craft activities in the Village Centre as part of the Warm Trees project or help decorate Pod Playground with colourful knitted scarves. Activity details.

    Please support the construction of the AIDS Garden of Reflection

    The AIDS Garden of Reflection will create a secluded area for contemplation where visitors can honour those who have lost their life to HIV and AIDS. A community group of people, with the support of the AIDS Action Council, has spent years raising funds for such a place. The AIDS Garden of Reflection will be incorporated in the Gallery of Gardens, a series of six connected gardens being developed on the Events Terrace, and will feature the views and character of the surrounding landscape. Please support the funding appeal to construct the AIDS Garden of Reflection. Donations are fully tax deductible. Donate now and help us meet our goal of $125,000. Activity details.

    Friends’ Efforts Recognised at Volunteer Awards

    The outstanding efforts of the volunteers from the Friends of the National Arboretum were acknowledged with a Certificate of Recognition at the recent ACT Volunteer of the Year Awards. Activity details.

    Warm Trees 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. Activity details.

    Free introductory talks

    Enjoy a free introductory talk about the Arboretum, 15-20 minutes long. Every 30 minutes from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm daily. Meet at the 'free talk' sign in the Village Centre. Wheelchair and stroller friendly. Activity details.

    Free guided forest walks

    Discover some of the Arboretum's forests with a trained guide and learn about its trees and their stories. Activity details.

    Every day activities

    There are a range of other activities for people to enjoy on a daily basis at the Arboretum. Activity details.

    Guided group tours

    Guided bus tours are available for groups of 30 people and up while guided walking tours are available for groups of 10 to 16 people. Activity details.

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