National Arboretum Canberra

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    Visit now to see Bonsai ablaze with autumn colour

    Right now is a great time to visit the National Bonsai and Penjing Collection to see miniature trees glowing with autumn colours. Don’t miss this special time of year when many bonsai and penjing are ablaze in shades of yellow, orange and red. Free entry, open daily from 9am to 4pm. Activity details.

    Harvest Stall - 21 May, 10am to 12 noon

    The Harvest Stall is on again! The Friends of the National Arboretum Canberra Harvest Group have been busy picking, pickling and preserving the fruits and herbs of the Arboretum and Discovery Garden. Arrive at the Village Centre early if you love fresh pesto, home made preserves, jams, chutneys, pickles and relishes, as stocks are limited. Activity details.

    Walk to Trees Extinct in the Wild - 4 June, 1.30 to 3.30pm

    Join one of our most experienced guides on a walk to trees growing in the Arboretum that are extinct in the wild. Hear their stories and how they became extinct. Starting from the Village Centre, the walk will visit many other beautiful trees and interesting forests. Celebrate World Environment Day with this special free guided walk, approximately 4kms return on undulating tracks and grass. Dress for the weather conditions, bring water and wear suitable footwear. Bookings essential on 02 6207 8484 or email: Limited spaces available. Activity details.

    Join us for the World Environment Day dinner on 3 June

    The Conservation Council's World Environment Day Dinner is a big celebration for the Canberra environment community. Warm yourself during winter as Janet Jeffs of Ginger Catering cooks up a treat using local, seasonal produce. Your ticket includes champagne and canapés to start, a three course meal and wine. Enjoy live music from Sebastian Field, a range of fun activities including a silent and live auction and inspiring speakers. Mingle with like-minded people passionate about the world we live in. Both vegan and vegetarian options are available. Activity details.

    Huge thank you to all Arboretum volunteers

    During National Volunteer Week, the National Arboretum Canberra would like to thank the Friends of the National Arboretum and the hundreds of volunteers who dedicate their time here - from enhanced visitor experiences with guided walks and talks to working bees and tree measuring in the forests, fruit and vegetable harvesting, caring for bonsai, helping with school holiday activities and events and hosting public lectures. Are you interested in volunteering? Join the Friends of the Arboretum. Activity details.

    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. Activity details.

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

    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 features 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. Limited seating. Bookings essential on 02 6130 0173 or email Activity details.

    New Augmented Reality app brings National Arboretum to life

    A new augmented reality app is bringing the National Arboretum landscape to life with holograms, stories, soundscapes and digital information. The new app enriches the experience for visitors to the Arboretum, adding holograms, stories, sounds and digital information to the beautiful forests, buildings and gardens. Be sure to download the 'National Arboretum Canberra' 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! Activity details.

    Free introductory talks

    Enjoy a free introductory talk about the Arboretum, 20 minutes long. Departs regularly between 10am and 3pm daily. Meet at the 'free talk' sign in the Village Centre. Wheelchair and stroller friendly. Activity details.

    Free guided forest walks

    Join an experienced guide to discover some of the Arboretum's forests and enjoy the wonderful views. The Arboretum is constantly changing through the seasons and the walks vary each week. Every Wednesday and Sunday at 11am to 12 noon and Saturday at 2pm to 3pm. Free activity. Wear sturdy footwear and a hat and bring drinking water. No bookings required. Meet at the Information Desk in the Village Centre. For more information, call 02 6207 8484. 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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