Gardening Australia - - OUT & ABOUT -

16th Na­tional Ar­bore­tum For­est Open Day

12–4pm. River Rd, Mo­lon­glo Val­ley. (02) 6207 8484. Free. For one day only, the River Road gates are open to al­low vis­tors to drive around and wan­der through some of the ar­bore­tum’s rarest forests. Join the free tours, show­cas­ing stories be­hind the for­est pat­terns and ANU Re­search Forests. Bring a pic­nic! Post­poned if rain­ing.

16th Sept–15th Oct Flo­ri­ade’s 30th Year

10am–7pm. Com­mon­wealth Park, Can­berra. 1300 852 780. Free. Aus­tralia’s premier spring event cel­e­brates its 30th an­niver­sary. More than 1 mil­lion blooms cre­ate a strik­ing back­drop to a month-long fes­ti­val filled with hor­ti­cul­tural work­shops, cul­tural cel­e­bra­tions, artis­tic dis­plays and fun entertainment and ac­tiv­i­ties. NightFest (22nd–24th, 29th–1st, $30) lights up the beds. flo­ri­adeaus­

23rd–24th Can­berra Orchid Show

Sat 10am–5pm, Sun 10am–4pm. Ainslie Foot­ball Club, 52 Wake­field Ave, Ainslie. (02) 6251 7660. $2. View a wide range and di­ver­sity of or­chids on dis­play and for sale.

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