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Daylight Saving Time starts this Sunday 7 October 2018

Published Thursday, 4th October 2018: The National Arboretum Canberra grounds, including Pod Playground, will open from 6am to 8:30pm daily during Daylight Saving Time. Perfect for those early morning strolls, leisurely evening picnics and for watching stunning sunsets. The Village Centre opening hours will remain open from 9am - 4pm daily. See you at the National Arboretum, more sunlight in the day, more time to play! See the full story.

Ginger Catering Events wins Award

Published Wednesday, 12th September 2018: Congratulations to Ginger Catering for winning the Venue Caterer category in the 2018 Restaurant and Catering Awards for Excellence, Australian Capital Territory. See the full story.

Bees in the Trees series

Published Tuesday, 11th September 2018: Bees in the Trees is a series of workshops at the National Arboretum dedicated to the observation of bees and their “bee-haviour”. Participants will be introduced to life inside and out of the hive. Explore the wonderful world of honey and other amazing bee products, and learn how bees serve as a key indicator of the fragility of our natural world. Our Bees in the Trees Series Workshops is presented by Canberra Bees and proudly bought to you by the Friends of the National Arboretum Canberra. Book at See the full story.

Gallery of Gardens wins award

Published Thursday, 21st June 2018: The AILA (Australian Institute of Landscape Architects) ACT Awards 2018 celebrates the positive impact of Landscape Architects on the lives of Australians through the planning and design of built and natural environments. Congratulations to Harris Hobbs, Jim Fogarty Design, John Patrick + Bosque Studio for winning the Tourism category for the Gallery of Gardens project at the National Arboretum Canberra. The Tourism category celebrates projects that demonstrate excellence in landscape design and a tangible contribution to tourism and enhances the profile of the area. The Gallery of Gardens features five interconnected gardens including a Children's Garden, an Aboriginal dreamtime story garden – Mununja the Butterfly and a Labyrinth. Have you visited the Gallery of Gardens yet? See the full story.

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.

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