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THE Australian National Botanic Gardens turned 45 today, and to add to the celebrations has been named Australian Geographic’s top Australian botanic garden.
The anniversary was marked with a cake cutting ceremony attended by current and past staff.
“The gathering will also celebrate the prosperous growth of the Gardens and everyone who has helped to develop this significant national institution,” said Executive Director Dr Judy West.
“The Australian Geographic’s recent announcement that we have been rated No. 1 botanic garden in the country is also wonderful recognition for the decades of work that have gone into developing the unique living collection”.
Australian Geographic’s announcement highlighted the significance and diversity of the Australian National Botanic Gardens’ collection including the striking Red Centre Garden, Asteraceae: Australian Daisy Garden and lush rainforest gully. They also recognised that botanic gardens are not just for those interested in science – but also important places for leisure and learning about Australian plants.
Over the warmer months, the Australian National Botanic Gardens is a popular destination for locals and visitors to Canberra.
“There’s always something in flower and something new to see here. Our popular self guided walks include a Eucalypt Trail and ‘In Flower this Week’ map, providing remarkable insights to our living treasures. We also have a packed schedule of special events throughout the year – from our signature Summer Sounds concert series to afterDARK tours, Sunset Cinema and weekly farmers’ markets.” Judy said.
[Photo: Dr. Judy West, Executive Director of the Australian National Botanic Gardens with Sally Barnes, Director of National Parks cutting the 45th Anniversary cake.]