September 9, 2018
Budding botanists, aspiring arborists and floral fanatics – there’s nowhere else you can be this spring than celebrating in Canberra. Here’s the spring experiences you won’t want to miss.
Here’s how you can enjoy unique botanical experiences in Canberra this spring.
Escape from the city in this beautiful collection of Australian plants at the Australian National Botanic Gardens, located minutes from the hustle and bustle of the Canberra city centre. Offering a breathtaking array of native plants in a spectacular bushland setting, this is the only place in the world you’ll see this diversity of Australian native plants in one location.
Swing into the appropriately named Pollen for a wholesome bite to eat, head to the Paperbark Treehouse to marvel at its unique construction and take in the serene environment with a leisurely walk.
Penjing masters from around the world will gather 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 world of penjing, learn new skills and gain inspiration from nine international penjing masters with three days of talks, demonstrations, workshops, exhibition and cultural immersion.
Pre-book for an exclusive tour of Australia’s most famous house, Australian Parliament House, and the stories the private gardens have to tell. For those wanting a truly Instagrammable (and braggable) moment, head along to Parliament House's exclusive spring tea (22-23 September) in their blossoming courtyard gardens, with delicacies like quail egg benedict and black truffle and pistachio matcha choux on offer.Find out more
After taking in the stories of Australian democracy at Old Parliament House, wind your way around to the Senate Gardens. The unrivalled beauty of the Old Parliament House Gardens are a popular venue for taking in spring in the capital, with their expansive lawns and patterned garden beds. The wisteria arbour is particularly photogenic throughout spring, and just crying out to be Instagrammed. Bring along a bite to eat and lap up the serenity.Discover the Senate Gardens
Of course, no list of botanical experiences in the capital would be complete without mentioning Australia’s biggest celebration of spring – Floriade! For a truly unique floral experience, head along to NightFest (26-30th September) when the garden beds will transform into an illuminated wonderland and the night will be filled with tunes, laughs, food and fun.Buy your NightFest tickets today
For more spring experiences, see what’s on.