Tag Archives: arboretum

Village Building Co. chief Winnel retires, Doherty takes reins

Doherty and Winnel

Bob Winnel, the founder and managing director of Canberra property development giant the Village Building Company, retired yesterday, handing the reins to a new Chief Executive Officer, Travis Doherty.
Village has been in operation for 28 years in Canberra. Mr Doherty, who takes over today, said Mr Winnel had been responsible for injecting affordable housing into [...]

ACT Budget – the Good, the Bad and the not so Ugly

ACT Budget

I’m going out on a limb when I say that I reckon this is the best ACT Budget I can think of, including those with which I had a part in creating.
You would say that, say my detractors. Well not always so. I have been critical of past Budgets because of the lack of attention [...]

Best of Canberra callout: Running routes

Running FH

Melbourne has the Tan, Sydney has Centennial Park and here in Canberra, we have Lake Burley Griffin.
But the popular Bridge to Bridge track is just one of dozens of options when it comes to heading out for a run, as I learnt when I joined a running group that meets in a different part of [...]

New trails open at the National Arboretum

By 12 November 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

The National Arboretum has a new attraction for visitors with a series of recreational trails opening earlier this month.
The new trails extend throughout the arboretum grounds spanning out from the Village Centre and are perfect for a weekend or after work walk.

The arboretum features more than 44,000 trees from across Australia and the world, with some of [...]

Best of Canberra – Lookouts

By 27 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Canberra view

I love a good lookout. Sometimes you have to work hard and climb to the top of a mountain for it and it’s all worth the while when you get there. Other times you can arrive in the car and pity the people who have chosen the hard way.
So this week I am looking for [...]

5 unmissable views for those new to Canberra


I don’t know what it is about looking out over a city from its highest points, but it gets me going. This week I set out to find Canberra’s top five unmissable views – and discovered that ranking them was no easy task.
If you’re a long term Canberran, you’re probably familiar with most of these lookouts. [...]

Arboretum hosts Italian bonsai expert


[ 12 June 2015 at 5:00 pm; ]

The National Arboretum Canberra is inviting bonsai and penjing enthusiasts, or anyone looking to enjoy a wonderful evening at the Arboretum, to spend a few hours with Italian architect and renowned international bonsai artist, Mauro Stemberger, for a live demonstration on creating a beautiful bonsai artwork.

National Bonsai and Penjing Collection Curator, Leigh Taafe, said Mauro [...]

Bit of a foodie? Into sustainability? There’s an event on Monday you’ll like

By 20 March 2015

[ 23 March 2015 at 5:00 pm; ]

Come to the National Arboretum Canberra on 23 March and discover the many exciting things happening to gardens, fresh food, urban environments and how you can harness the benefits.

The National Arboretum Canberra is hosting a Sustainable Food Futures event showcasing inspiring ideas and plans for community food production.

You are invited to come along on:

Date:   [...]

World Environment Day Dinner 2014

By 15 May 2014

[ 31 May 2014 at 7:00 pm; ] Conservation Council World Environment Day Dinner 2014

Imagine a spectacular setting, sipping a glass of champagne overlooking a sunset panoramic view of Canberra, Lake Burley Griffin and beyond, enjoying a delicious gourmet meal while calming strings play in the background.

The Conservation Council ACT Region annual fundraising World Environment Day Dinner will be held at the beautifully scenic Arboretum [...]

PHOTOWALK Canberra on March 30 at 3pm

By 14 March 2014

[ 30 March 2014 at 3:00 pm; ] The next Photowalk Canberra is on March 30th between 3-5pm. We will be meeting in the carpark of the National Museum and walking around the exterior of the peninsula but also taking in the sculptural delights of the National Museum building itself.

#photowalkCanberra is the hashtag to follow on twitter for any updates, especially if [...]

The Arboretum – a housing estate?

By 7 March 2014

Apparently there are to be houses among the trees in the Arboretum? (I just caught a quote on ABC 7.30). The reporter said “among” the trees – did he mean “an estate next to” the Arboretum? Surely the Arboretum isn’t going to have houses actually within its treed area? If so, well, was that Jon [...]

The Arboretum, for all your festive needs

By 12 December 2013

TAMS want us to know that be it Advent or New Year’s Eve the National Arboretum wants your business:
How would you like to celebrate the New Year from one the best vantage points in Canberra? The National Arboretum Canberra will ring in 2014 in style with the glitz and glamour of The Great Gatsby.
“The official [...]

Katy backflips on arboretum photography pricing

By 31 October 2013

Chief Minister Gallagher has tweeted the end to the ludicrous and long overdue photography fee policy at the arboretum.
Now to string up the muppet who decided on it in the first place?
After strong response from community the $200 professional photography fee for @NatArboretum will be removed #canberra
— Katy Gallagher MLA (@KatyGMLA) October 31, 2013

Arboretum charging but want your pix anyway!

By 21 October 2013

@hil_clix_pix is having a right old blowup at the cheek of the National Arboretum’s piratical photography policies:
OK!! I have had a call from the National Arboretum and they want to charge me $200 for a permit for our PHOTOWALK Canberra group to have our event at the National Arboretum!!! I am seriously pissed off!
PHOTOWALK Canberra [...]

An approving look at the Arboretum’s Village Centre

By 6 August 2013

The Contemporist has had a look at The Village Centre atop the arboretum and likes what it sees:
The exterior of the building is a sculptural form in the rolling topography of the site, contrasting low stone-clad wings with a high arching roof clad in weathered zinc, the form of which is inspired by the [...]

Images of Canberra: Winter Rains


This in from Geoff at Lushpup Images:
Taken looking north(ish) from Dairy Farmers Hill in the Arboretum.
I got sleeted upon for this picture … the acorn playground was a little undersubscribed but there were a lot of people up and around.
Got an image of Canberra you want to share with the world? Email it in [...]

Bonsai master comes to Canberra

By 9 July 2013

TAMS are letting us know that the arboretum’s bonsai museum has a Japanese visitor givin them some pointers:
“This week Mr Yusuke Uchida from Nagoya, Japan, who worked as an apprentice for four years with renowned bonsai master, Mr Junichiro Tanaka, will be working at the Arboretum, imparting his knowledge of this ancient art,” Mr Taafe [...]

Acorns at the Arboretum

By 23 June 2013

The new Acorn ‘Pod Playground’ opened today at the National Arboretum.
There was a great turn out of small people and accompanying parents. The park has a great variety of equipment for kids of all ages.

Commercial photography charges in Canberra public spaces? (read, the National Arboretum!!)

By 7 May 2013

I was reading this morning the charges up at the National Arboretum and spotted that they want to charge $200 “per image” for any commercial photography done up there and $200 an hour for non-commercial photography!!
Some of the other charges for “hiring” some of the spaces up there seem ridiculous as well including if you [...]

Chief Minister Gallagher and the Sultan of Brunei

By 2 May 2013

Chief Minister Gallagher has let it be known she’s been palm planting with the Sultan of Brunei at the arboretum:
ACT Chief Minister, Katy Gallagher, today joined His Majesty Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, for a ceremonial tree planting at the National Arboretum Canberra.
“A Trachycarpus Fortunei (Windmill palm) which, [...]

Arboretum offering itself as a holiday option

By 11 April 2013

If you’re looking for ways to occupy the kids TAMS are suggesting the new arboretum:
Join in the hive of activity at the National Arboretum Canberra during the school holidays, with fun activities for children to take part in and over 104 tree species for them to discover.
“Canberra’s newest major attraction is open each day throughout [...]

The roof at the arboretum

By 28 February 2013

Every new building has some teething troubles. At the Arboretum, it seems water is a problem. Also saw gutters and downpipes leaking and eroding the earthworks. It’s a magnificent building and I’m sure they’ll sort it out.

The Arboretum Opening by Martyo

By 6 February 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

Martyo was taking photos for the opening of the National Abroretum and has sent these in for your enjoyment.
Got an image of Canberra you want to share with the world? Email it in to .

National Arboretum Very Bicycle Unfriendly

By 4 February 2013

Beautiful weather, last days of the school holidays, decided to take Junior Gasman (aged 9) to the opening weekend of the National Arboretum.
With consideration to health, environment, carbon and fun, we decided to ride our bicycles. From Belconnen to the front gate of the Arboretum, we had bicycle paths and lanes. At the main entrance [...]

The Grand Arboretum Opening

By 29 January 2013

[ 2 February 2013 at 10:00 am; ] Chief Minister Gallagher is letting it be known that there is to be a community festival to open the arboretum:

“The opening of the Arboretum is the realisation of many years of work to transform the site, which emerged from the ashes of the devastating Canberra bushfires, to be transformed into a place of beauty, tranquillity, [...]

Stanhope’s Folly makes its social media debut

By 9 January 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

Territory and Municipal Services have the thilling news that you can now find out what’s going down at the arboretum via social media:
With the opening of the National Arboretum Canberra only a few weeks away, new Facebook and Twitter accounts have been launched to help people engage with what is happening at Canberra’s newest major [...]

Voices in the Forest review

By 25 November 2012 FEATURED ARTICLE

I was a little bit dubious about this concert before going. I was worried that it would just be ‘greatest (opera) hits’, and in one sense, that was true. But it was a privilege to see the wonderful soprano Sumi Jo, and Australians Amelia Farrugia and Stuart Skelton.
I had forgotten how [...]

Pink Lady Action. Images of Canberra

By 24 October 2012 FEATURED ARTICLE

Quite a vision driving down the parkway this evening – 6000 Pink Lady silhouettes have been planted at the National Arboretum for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Lot’s of people stopping for pics – perhaps a site closer to parking and access may of been easier for the public to enjoy – nevertheless, I’m always up [...]

Clarke & Di Pauli win a gong for their Arboretum work

By 24 September 2012

Queanbeyan surveyors Clarke & Di Pauli are letting it be known they’ve been recognised at the 2012 Excellence in Surveying and Spatial Information Awards.
Queanbeyan’s Clarke & Di Pauli Surveyors have been awarded the NSW Excellence in Infrastructure and Construction Award for their major role in the surveying of Canberra’s National Arboretum Visitor’s Centre.
Clarke & Di [...]

The Arboretum’s Advisory Board unveiled

By 13 August 2012

This week’s summary of cabinet outcomes includes the appointment of a National Arboretum of Canberra Advisory Board.
And the sacred cows are:
– Mr John Mackay (Chair);
– Ms Jocelyn Plovits;
– Mr David Marshall;
– Mr Bob Winnel;
– Ms Anne Duncan;
– Mr Eric Koundouris;
– Mr Jon Stanhope;
– Professor Cris Brack;
– Mr Gary Rake; and
– Ms Fay Steward.

Morgan Tsvangirai plants a tree

By 23 July 2012

Celebrity Tree Planting continues at the arboretum with the latest one being Morgan Tsvangirai planting an African Walnut with Joy Burch.
ACT Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Joy Burch, today joined The Honourable Morgan Tsvangirai, Prime Minister of the Republic of Zimbabwe, in a ceremonial tree planting at the National Arboretum Canberra.
“An African Walnut was planted today [...]

Sumi Jo to headline Voices in the Forest

By 3 May 2012

[ 24 November 2012; ]

Andrew Barr has announced the lineup for this year’s Voices in the Forest at the Arboretum:

This year’s concert features performances by Sumi Jo, a Korean soprano, and Stuart Skelton, an Australian-born tenor. The Royal Military College Band, the Voices in the Forest Orchestra, and choirs and soloists from schools and colleges across the ACT will [...]

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