Save the Date: Sunday 28 May 2017.

Botanic Gardens Conserving Plants

Our lives depend on it.

Over 70 Gardens and Arboreta have registered for the second annual Botanic Gardens Australia and New Zealand Open Day to be held on Sunday, 28 May 2017.
The inaugural event in 2016 was a fantastic success and Gardens across Australia and New Zealand are busy getting ready for another great day.

There's still time to be part of this wonderful event! Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you would like to be involved.

In the meantime, check out these promotional videos for Australia and for New Zealand

You can see a list of 2017 Planned Events below.

You can also view the 2016 Events Archive for inspiration!

 2017 Planned Events: 

ACT Australian National Botanic Gardens, Canberra TBC  
NSW North Coast Regional Botanic Garden Coffs Harbour We are in early stages but we envisage a week long build up to the day with workshops and tours
NSW Southern Highlands Botanic Gardens, Bowral TBC
NSW Wagga Wagga Botanic Gardens TBC  
NSW Wollongong Botanic Garden The Garden will be buzzing with activities from 1pm, including guided garden tours on the electronic buggy, Behind-the-Scenes Tours of our Greenplan Nursery, as well as plant sales and workshops. For a full program please see:
A special feature of this year's event is the free screening of Before the Flood, National Geographic film about climate change featuring Leonardo DiCaprio.
NSW Hunter Region Botanic Gardens We will be hosting a Plants Q&A from 10-2, with our experts on hand to answer all your plant-related questions, including all you need to know about growing and pruning. We will be offering guided walks to all of our gardens, a propagation talk and nursery tour, plus lots more!  Food and drink will be available. Entry cost $2 per person. Free Parking
NSW Dubbo Regional Botanic Gardens TBC
NSW Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney TBC
NSW Auburn Botanic Gardens The Auburn Botanic Garden open day will feature acoustic music, various activities and due to the date coinciding with reconciliation week will include aboriginal-led tours of bushland and adjoining Duck River. More information to come.
NSW Blue Mountains Botanic Garden Mount Tomah We'll be offering free guided walks throughout the day and garden shuttle tours for those wishing to relax and enjoy the ride
NSW Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan A range of tours, behind-the-scenes tours and community engagement activities (TBC)
NSW Lismore Rainforest Botanic Gardens Open Day at the Lismore Rainforest Botanic Garden will feature guided tours, potting demonstrations, COOL CUBBY SCIENCE for the kids, plus a cake stall, plant sale and card and book sales! For more information and session times, please click here.
NSW Booderee Botanic Gardens TBC  
NSW Burrendong Botanic Garden and Arboretum No events planned
NSW Albury Botanic Gardens TBC  
NT George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens We will be launching a new range of walks and talks, as well as our new permanent orienteering course
NT Olive Pink Botanic Garden TBC  
NZ Otari-Wilton's Bush TBC
NZ Wellington Botanic Garden TBC
NZ Eastwoodhill Arboretum We will just be open free of charge with no special events planned
NZ Christchurch Botanic Gardens We will be opening the back-of-house Nursery to public.
NZ Auckland Botanic Garden TBC - guided walks on a conservation theme.
NZ Whangarei Quarry Gardens We will be hosting guided garden tours at 10am & 12pm, leaving from the Visitors Centre. You will have the opportunity to mingle with our Manager and gardeners in a garden Q&A, or join phase 2 planting in our new 'Northland Garden' at 2pm. Get involved in conservation of rare local plant species!
NZ Pukekura Park TBC  
NZ Dunedin Botanic Gardens TBC  
NZ Hamilton Gardens TBC  
QLD Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Mt Coot-tha, Brisbane Our Volunteer Guides will be offering free guided walks at Mt Coot-tha and Sherwood Arboretum between 10am and 2pm. Tour the Tropical Dome with Curator Dale Arvidsson and discover our threatened plant species. Tour the Millennium Seed Laboratory, Pollen Power and Bush Tucker Tastes activities. "Ask a gardener" and discover "behind the scenes" information on sustainability, water recycling, composting, how to make a hay bale garden and pot up a seedling. For more information please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
QLD Gold Coast Regional Botanic Gardens We'll be hosting a day of community planting, alongside guided walks and plant sales.
QLD Hervey Bay Botanic Gardens Throughout the morning we'll be hosting garden tours and bush food information and tasting sessions. You will gain free entry to the Orchid House and have the opportunity to watch orchid potting demonstrations. Local horticultural societies and community groups will also be present.
Stay tuned to our Facebook page for a full list of events closer to the day!
QLD Gold Coast Regional Botanic Gardens We have several activities planned by the Friends of the Gold Coast Regional Botanic Gardens Inc as well as those organised by Council, Curator and staff of the gardens.
Friends will be hosting Herbarium exhibits, guided walks, nursery displays and activities, flower arrangements by our Flowers by Friends group, craft by the Botanic Craft Group, Children's educational, scientific and fun activities and more for this exciting day.
QLD Noosa Botanic Gardens, Lake Macdonald Qld 4563 The Autumn Seasonal Guided Walk will be led by trained volunteer guides. Community and garden clubs are invited to join us for our Guided Seasonal Walks. What to bring: hat, sunscreen and wear comfortable shoes.
QLD Tamborine Mountain Botanic Gardens Plant Sales, Children's activities in Sooty Owl Creekside Trail, Chainsaw carving demonstrations, Garage Sale  
QLD Brisbane City Botanic Garden TBC  
QLD Townsville Palmetum TBC  
QLD Anderson Botanical Gardens TBC  
QLD Bundaberg Botanic Gardens TBC  
QLD Cooktown Botanic Gardens TBC  
QLD Cairns Botanic Gardens TBC  
QLD Queens Gardens, Townsville TBC  
QLD Rosewood Scrub Arboretum We will be hosting tours of the Arboretum between 9-11am.  
QLD Tondoon Botanic Gardens TBC  
QLD Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Gardens TBC  
QLD Mackay Regional Botanic Garden TBC  
SA Australian Arid Lands Botanic Garden Children will have the opportunity to take part in special activities in the newly opened children's gardens.
We'll also be sharing native plant advice and hosting guided tours throughout the gardens.
SA Mount Lofty Botanic Garden  Mount Lofty Botanic Garden is open from 10am-5pm. Hike the series of gullies, stroll around the Main Lake, take in the amazing views, or picnic at a table or under a tree.
SA Wittunga Botanic Garden Come along to our fantastic Open Day at Wittunga Botanic Garden! There will be opening speeches at 11.00am, and activities from 10.00-14.00, including Directors tour, Friends of the Botanic Gardens of Adelaide Guided tours, and Nature Play activities.
SA State Herbarium of South Australia at Adelaide Botanic Garden Tour of the Old Tram Barn and State Herbarium (Bookings required) The heritage-listed Tram Barn A once housed the Adelaide tram fleet. Now the State Herbarium, it contains over one million plant specimens. Join this FREE guided tour to see cultural and natural history and learn about the Herbarium'’s role in plant science, conservation and management. Tours at 11.00 and 13.00 To book, click here
SA Waite Arboretum TBC  
TAS The Tasmanian Arboretum We'll be hosting a guided walk with a "find your inner botanist" theme. Stay tuned for more details!
TAS Royal Tasmanian Botanic Gardens TBC  
VIC Colac Botanic Gardens Come along at 2pm for a garden tour leaving from the Gellibrand St gates!
VIC Melton Botanic Garden We will be offering guided tours and refreshments. Our Nursery will be open as well as several other special displays.
VIC Williamstown Botanic Garden Along with Friends of the Williamstown Botanic Gardens we're offering a chance to get to know the gardens better through history displays and botanical tours, a nature table, music and other activities for children.
Refreshments will be available and we invite you to bring a picnic lunch and help us to celebrate our 161st birthday.
Williamstown Botanic Gardens
VIC Bendigo Botanic Gardens, White Hills Join us to celebrate #BGANZOpenDay2017 at Bendigo Botanic Gardens! We will be hosting guided tours of the Gardens, starting at midday. You can also meet the Friends of the Bendigo Botanic Gardens and buy plants between 10am-2pm.
VIC Australian Botanic Gardens Shepparton We will have an information table, sausage sizzle, plant sales, tours and possible launch of another garden.
VIC Ballarat BotanicalGardens/ Buninyong Botanic Gardens We will offer tours of the gardens and children's activities.
VIC Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, Cranbourne Gardens Join us for a day of hands-on information sessions and guided walks with experts, including a special after-dark experience with our Ecologist, Dr. Terry Coates. For more details and session times, visit our Open Day webpage
VIC Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, Melbourne Gardens We will be hosting special tours and information sessions with our Horticulture Manager and Landscape Architect, including a behind-the-scenes tour of the nursery. For more information and session times, please visit our Open Day webpage
VIC Burnley Gardens Richmond Victorian Heritage listed garden open to the public 24/7 with free smartphone Burnley Gardens walk. Application download available from App store and Google Play
VIC Sale Botanic Gardens As part of BGANZ Open Day, the Friends of Sale Botanic Gardens will be conducting two tours of Gippsland's only regional botanic gardens of colonial times.
The first tour, starting at the BBQ Shelter, will commence at 11am and will take about 45 minutes. This will be followed by a Devonshire tea. The second tour, again meeting at the BBQ Shelter, will commence at 1pm and conclude at around 2pm.
VIC Maranoa Gardens TBC  
VIC Gisborne Botanic Gardens TBC  
VIC Hamilton Botanic Gardens We'll be hosting a plant sale and serving afternoon tea for our visitors.
VIC Geelong Botanic Gardens TBC  
VIC Karwarra Australian Plant Garden TBC  
VIC Kyneton Botanic Gardens TBC  
VIC Malmsbury Botanic Gardens TBC  
VIC Wilson Botanic Park Berwick TBC  
VIC George Pentland Botanic Gardens TBC  
VIC Wombat Hill Botanical Gardens, Daylesford You will have the opportunity to join our Head Gardener on a guided garden tour. The Friends of Wombat Hill will also be hosting a Plant Sale.
WA Kings Park and Botanic Garden We'll be offering free guided walks by expert guides. Stay tuned for more activities!