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Universal Penjing Conference, 18 – 20 September 2018

Published Friday, 25th May 2018: Penjing Masters from around the world have gathered for the first time in Australia at the inaugural National Arboretum Canberra, International Bonsai Art & Culture Biennale and International Penjing Creation Conference 2018.
Immerse yourself in the ancient wo ld of penjing, learn new skills and gain inspiration from nine international penjing masters with three days of talks, demonstrations, workshops, exhibition and cultural immersion. Evening events offer the opportunity to socialise with bonsai and penjing profesionals and enthusiasts whilst enjoying the company of the Masters. Visit the website for more information and registration details See the full story.

New Garden at the National Arboretum Canberra

Published Friday, 25th May 2018: A stunning new garden at Dairy Farmers Hill, featuring Snow gums Eucalyptus pauciflora, sponsored by The Friends of the National Arboretum, is known as the ‘Friends Garden’. See the full story.

Hug a Tree Day

Published Monday, 16th April 2018: The National Arboretum Canberra are holding the inaugural Hug a Tree Day on Saturday 5 May. This event is one of the many features of Canberra Tree Week. See the full story.

Avenues of Honour Exhibition

Published Monday, 16th April 2018: A new exhibition is coming to the Arboretum which raises the awareness of Australia's unique and historic Avenues of Honour throughout Australia. See the full story.

Canberra Tree Week, 30 April – 6 May 2018

Published Wednesday, 11th April 2018: Canberra Tree Week is an annual celebration of all things trees and encourages the community and visitors to appreciate, admire and enjoy our beautiful trees. This year’s celebrations at the Arboretum includes a variety of events ranging from guided walks, hug a tree day and a morning of art. See the full story.

Thank you Canberra – Rainbow party at the National Arboretum

Published Friday, 6th April 2018: To celebrate marriage equality we’re offering you the chance to Win a Wedding Ceremony Package at the National Arboretum’s iconic Margaret Whitlam Pavilion thanks to Ginger Catering. See the full story.

Fungal Wonders Workshop

Published Wednesday, 21st March 2018: Learn about the fascinating, diverse and curious world of fungi with ecologist and environmental photographer Alison Pouliot PhD. Engage with hands on identification sessions and a foray into the field. See the full story.

Bonsai for beginners - six week course

Published Wednesday, 21st March 2018: This six week course for beginners covers the essentials of creating, styling and maintaining bonsai. By the end of the course, students will take home five potted bonsai and be confident in how to nurture their creations. This course is perfect for those wishing to gain experience in different styles, including informal upright, cascade, forest and literati. Held each Wednesday from 5.30pm to 7.30pm for 6 weeks. Suitable for ages 8+. See the full story.

Pied Piper - 25 April 2018, 1.30pm and 3pm

Published Wednesday, 14th March 2018: Let the whole family enjoy the Canberra International Music Festival with a musical walk across the hills of the Arboretum with Mr Tim and the Fuzzy Elbows. Recommended for children aged 6-12. Walk takes approx 75min. Two walks available and bookings essential. See the full story.

Bonsai Workshops - 23, 24, 26, 27 April 2018, 10am - 12:00noon

Published Wednesday, 14th March 2018: Is there a budding Bonsai artist in the family? Be inspired by the National Bonsai and Penjing Collection of Australia and pot up and start creating your own personal bonsai! Suitable for 8 years + . Workshop includes wiring. Bookings essential. Spots are limited for all activities so book early! See the full story.

Mini Beasts and Mushrooms - 16 - 20 April 2018, 10.30am - 12 noon

Published Wednesday, 14th March 2018: These Autumn school holidays, let the kids awaken their senses at the “Mushrooms and Minibeasts" forest walk. Meet the guide at the Himalayan Cedar car park for this nature walk through the forest. Look for small animals and a range of plants and fungi. There is also a craft activity included. Suitable for children ages 5 - 7yrs. Bookings essential. Parents are welcome to join in! See the full story.

Kids Mini Garden Rake Workshop - 15 April 2018, 2pm - 3:30pm

Published Wednesday, 14th March 2018: Sign the kids up for an hour and a half of some old timer fun! Using a few old bits of wood, some hand drills and a caveman club or two we'll go about making some mini garden rakes the same way the pioneering settlers did. Jeff Donne is one of Australia's best known spoon carvers with many years of carving and teaching under his belt. He teaches the traditional method of spoon carving where a small axe and a sharp knife are used to slice away layers of wood from a freshly cut log. It's pure analogue bliss! Suitable for kids aged between 7-12. Parents are welcome to stay and join in the fun. This workshop is kindly sponsored by The Friends of National Arboretum Canberra. Bookings essential. See the full story.

Canberra Balloon Spectacular - Sprout Café open early on weekends

Published Wednesday, 7th March 2018: Bright and colourful balloons will fill the morning skies between Saturday 10 March – Sunday 18 March 2018. See the full story.

Dinner under the Stars - Book now for new Enlighten event, Wednesday 7 March 2018

Published Thursday, 1st March 2018: Enjoy live music as you indulge in dinner under the stars in the Discovery Garden with a seasonal menu by award-winning chef, Janet Jeffs. Take in the stunning sunset views, see the Arboretum's new colourful light show and watch the laser spectacle over Canberra. 7 March at 6pm. More information from ticketek on 132 849. Book at: http://premier.ticketek.com.au/shows/Show.aspx?sh=DINNERUN18 See the full story.

Short Bonsai workshops for adult beginners – 1.5 hours long

Published Thursday, 1st March 2018: Join curators of the National Bonsai and Penjing Collection to create your very own bonsai to take home! Learn how to shape, trim and wire your bonsai, plus you'll be given all the information you need to take care of your bonsai at home. All materials are provided and there will be tools to borrow. No previous experience necessary and places limited to 10 per workshop. 19, 20 or 21 March at 2 to 3.30pm. Suitable for ages 16 +. See the full story.

Discover Bonsai Week 19-25 March - a week of special events and activities

Published Thursday, 8th February 2018: Think global bonsai. A week of special events and activities, including displays, workshops, demonstrations, artists' floor talks, tours of the National Bonsai and Penjing Collection and presentations by international guest artists, Yannick Kiggen from Belgium, Ofer Grunwald from Israel and Carlos van der Vaart from Holland. Learn how to create and maintain your own bonsai at an introductory workshop and join us for a special evening event, Bonsai After Hours. See the full story.

Dairy Farmers Hill Sunset - Book now for new Enlighten event, Thursday 8 March

Published Tuesday, 6th February 2018: Enjoy a guided walk to Dairy Farmers Hill and watch the sunset over the Brindabella Ranges. Return by torchlight to the Margaret Whitlam Pavilion for live music, delicious canapés and a cool drink. See the Arboretum's new colourful light show and watch the laser spectacle over Canberra. 8 March at 6pm. More information from ticketek on 132 849. Book at: http://premier.ticketek.com.au/events/DAIRYFAR18/venues/NAC/performances/EENL2018672B/tickets See the full story.

Wide Brown Land Sunset - Book now for new Enlighten event, Tuesday 6 March

Published Tuesday, 6th February 2018: Enjoy a guided walk with sunset views from the Wide Brown Land sculpture; returning at dusk to the National Bonsai and Penjing Collection under lights with delicious canapés and a cool drink. See the Arboretum's new colourful light show and watch the laser spectacle over Canberra. 6 March at 6pm. More information from ticketek on 132 849. Book at: http://premier.ticketek.com.au/events/WIDEBROW18/venues/NAC/performances/EENL2018670A/tickets See the full story.

Complete our survey and WIN

Published Sunday, 31st December 2017: Tell us about your visit to the National Arboretum and help us to improve our services. We would like to hear all your comments and ideas! Enter the monthly draw for a $50 gift voucher from The Curatoreum Shop. The survey should take about 5 minutes and your answers are confidential. For information, call 02 6207 8484 or email: arboretum@act.gov.au. See the full story.

Seasons of the Arboretum Exhibition, 20 January-18 February

Published Tuesday, 19th December 2017: This exhibition of original paintings conveys Valentyna Crane’s passion for the Arboretum’s vistas, skies and forests through the changing seasons, a landscape that overwhelms her soul with its magnificence...”my wish is to share that feeling by producing paintings that will catch your eye and reach into your soul.” Open in the Village Centre daily from 9am to 4pm, 20 January to 18 February 2018. All works are for sale. See the full story.

World Photo Day, 1 September at 6.30pm

Published Monday, 7th August 2017: Join World Photo Day and the Cerebral Palsy Alliance for the launch of the Our City: Canberra photo event. Enjoy food, drinks and live music while discovering some of Canberra’s best photographic talent and raising money for the Cerebral Palsy Alliance. See the full story.

Wattle day walk, Friday 1 September, 11 am

Published Monday, 31st July 2017: Celebrate Wattle Day by joining an experienced guide to discover the rich variety of wattles in bloom in our Southern Tablelands Ecosystems Park (STEP). STEP is a unique garden at the Arboretum featuring many different types of trees, shrubs, flowers and herbs, all native to the local area. Learn about the many ways in which wattles can be used and the origin of Wattle Day. A very short (7 minutes), easy walk to STEP. Meet in the Village Centre. 1 hour duration. FREE EVENT. No bookings required. See the full story.

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

Published Monday, 24th July 2017: 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.Limited seating. Bookings essential. See the full story.

Mid Winter at the Arboretum, 28 July, 4:00pm - 9:30pm

Published Monday, 3rd July 2017: Spice things up this winter with hearty soups, mulled wine, outdoor adventures and live music at 'Mid Winter at the Arboretum'. Snuggle outside under the heaters enjoying the stunning views across Canberra; there are plenty of activities both inside and out. See the full story.

Reconciliation Action Plan launched

Published Monday, 5th June 2017: The National Arboretum is proud to be part of the Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development Directorate’s Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP), launched on 30 May to formalise our commitment to reconciliation between the wider community and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The RAP is a blueprint, outlining practical ways in which the Directorate will strive to build better relationships, respect and trust with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. See the full story.

Forest Walk: West Side Stories on 18 June 9:30am - 11:30am

Published Thursday, 25th May 2017: Join one of our most experienced guides for a walk on the little-known western side of the Arboretum. Hear stories about South American trees that provide edible nuts and jelly, and two forests with ‘drunken' trees. Walk through three rare eucalyptus forests, and other forests with interesting features. This walk will last around 2 hours and is steep in places. Please wear sturdy footwear, dress for the weather conditions, bring water, and bring trekking poles if you wish. Meet at the Welcome Desk at the Village Centre. Bookings essential on 02 6207 8484 or email: arboretumvolunteers@act.gov.au. Limited spaces available. See the full story.

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

Published Tuesday, 2nd May 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 features delicious morsels showcasing the best the region has to offer - figs, apples, pears, quinces and more (plus chocolate, cream and meringue of course). See the full story.

Visit the newly opened Gallery of Gardens

Published Sunday, 2nd April 2017: 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.

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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