Since 1989, the Friends have contributed to making the Botanic Gardens a very special place. Their activities and services benefit the day-to-day functions of the Gardens and all funds they raise go towards special projects here.

Every month, the Friends of the Botanic Gardens organise a speaker for members and the public. 

All talks are $5 for Friends' and CHS members and $10 for the general public, refreshments are provided.

Check the Botanic Gardens events page for upcoming talks.

The friendly and knowledgeable Friends Guides are offering free guided tours through October 2020. 

  • 1.30pm daily
  • Meet at The Kiosk (opposite the Armagh Street car park entrance to the Gardens)
  • Tours run for 45 to 60 minutes
  • Please register your interest with friendsofthegardens@gmail.com.
Date Theme
Monday 5 October Gondwana Collection
Tuesday 6 October New Zealand Gardens
Wednesday 7 October Rock and Crevice Gardens
Thursday 8 October Armstrong Lawn
Friday 9 October Curators Garden
Saturday 10 October Archery Lawn
Sunday 11 October Gondwana Collection
Monday 12 October New Zealand Gardens
Tuesday 13 October Rock and Crevice Gardens
Wednesday 14 October Armstrong Lawn
Thursday 15 October Curators Garden
Friday 16 October Archery Lawn
Saturday 17 October Gondwana Collection
Sunday 18 October New Zealand Gardens
Monday 19 October Rock and Crevice Gardens
Tuesday 20 October Armstrong Lawn
Wednesday 21 October Curators Garden
Thursday 22 October Archery Lawn
Friday 23 October Gondwana Collection
Saturday 24 October New Zealand Gardens
Sunday 25 October Rock and Crevice Gardens
Monday 26 October Armstrong Lawn
Tuesday 27 October Curators Garden
Wednesday 28 October Archery Lawn
Thursday 29 October Gondwana Collection
Friday 30 October New Zealand Gardens
Saturday 31 October Rock and Crevice Gardens

There will also be a special walk at Mona Vale Gardens on Saturday 31 October. This free walk will run for 90 minutes, meet at Mona Vale.


 Special interest tours for groups can be booked by prior arrangement. 

Contact friendsofthegardens@gmail.com or phone Pat Whitman on 03 384 3475 to arrange a guided tour for your group.

Volunteers from the Friends and the Canterbury Horticultural Society are available to share their knowledge about gardening, horticulture and botany at the Kiosk from 10am to 3pm daily.

If you can't make it down to the Gardens, join HortTalk(external link) on Facebook for all your gardening queries.

Teams of volunteers work in the Friends' glasshouse propagating plants. These plants can be purchased from the Plant Sale stand located next to Jenny Gillies' Enchanted Garden exhibition. All plants are $5 - you can either leave cash in the honesty box or drop into the Kiosk to make your purchase. Please bring your own bag.

Look out for the annual spring and autumn plant sales where you can pick up beautifully propagated plants for only $5 each! These sales will be advertised on our events page.

The Friends volunteer their time and skills to help Botanic Gardens Curators in our varied plant collections, as well as supporting education and conservation events.

Their tireless fundraising also provides crucial research and training opportunities for the Gardens and its staff.