Join us for one of our upcoming events at the Gardens. We look forward to seeing you!

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Download a map of the Botanic Gardens [PDF, 2.2 MB] showing all event locations.

10am to 11.30am, Mondays during the school term

Calling all parents, grandparents and caregivers! Bring your preschool aged tamariki into the Christchurch Botanic Gardens to enjoy a simple craft or plant based activity with the Canterbury Horticultural Society.

Stories, toys and colouring-in available too.

  • All welcome - no booking needed (caregiver supervision is required).
  • Tea and coffee provided.
  • Gold coin koha entry
  • Runs during School term-time.

Enjoy gardening and nature based activities with your preschooler.

More information available on the Canterbury Horticultural Society Facebook page(external link).

3.45pm to 5pm, third Thursday of the month

Join this enthusiastic group of children who meet for practical gardening activities and to learn the science of good gardening with the Canterbury Horticultural Society.

If you know a child between 7 and 14 years of age who would be interested in learning more about all sorts of gardening then get in touch with the CHS(external link)
  • Meet at The Kiosk (just over the footbridge from the Armagh St car park).
  • Free, but participants must bring their own face mask and gloves for handling potting mix.

*Please note that September's meeting will take place at the Lincoln Events Centre on Sunday 27 September at 1pm so children can explore and discuss the Botanical Expo.

1.30pm, daily through October and November

Join the friendly and knowledgeable Friends of the Botanic Gardens for free guided walks through some our most popular collections. 

Check the walk timetable to find a walk that interests you.

  • Meet at the Kiosk (opposite the Armagh Street car park entrance to the Gardens)
  • 1.30pm daily, walks run 45-60 minutes except for special interest walks which run for 60-90 minutes.
  • For groups of five or more, please book your attendance with friendsofthegardens@gmail.com. Booking is not necessary for smaller groups and individuals.

Bring all your friends and enjoy a informative spring tour of your favourite section.

7-9pm, Thursday 5, 12, 19 and 26 November

Are you new to growing indoor plants?

This short evening course provides a general understanding of houseplant health and maintenance with the opportunity to learn more in depth techniques including terrariums and propagation.

$136 Members & Friends of the Christchurch Botanic Gardens
$160 Non-Members
$176 Combined Course & CHS Membership

Includes take home terrarium, macramé hanger and potted cuttings.
Located at The Kiosk, Christchurch Botanic Gardens

Become a Member of the CHS and receive 15% off all our courses and workshops. Membership valid to December 2021.

Limited tickets, book online now.(external link)

7pm, Monday 2 November and 9.45am, Tuesday 3 November

Join the Canterbury Horticultural Society at The Kiosk for a friendly meeting of like-minded gardeners and horticultural enthusiasts.

Every month the Canterbury Horticultural Society Events Committee secures an interesting speaker for the morning and evening meetings. This is followed by ‘Gardening Half Hour’, an informative session hosted by Michael Coulter.

November's speakers are Colin Meurk and Rachel Teen who will give a joint presentation on water issues and water friendly gardens. Colin Meurk is a Crown Research associate and consultant ecologist.  Rachel Teen has a Masters in Water Resource Management and is working towards a PhD, investigating the concept of water sensitive cities. Find out more.(external link)

  • Meet at The Kiosk, Christchurch Botanic Gardens (Just over the Armagh carpark footbridge)
  • Members: $5.00, non-members: $10.00
  • Tea, coffee and biscuits included

10am to 4pm daily, Thursday 29 October to Sunday 1 November

Four local Christchurch artists will be featuring works in an outstanding exhibition of photography, oil and watercolour painting.

Artwork displayed will also be available to purchase.

  • Free entry.
  • The Kiosk, Christchurch Botanic Gardens.

3.30pm, Sunday 22 November

Join the Friends of the Botanic Gardens for their monthly talk. 

This month, Botanic Gardens Curator Louise Young will guide us on an informative walk through the Curator's Garden, explaining her plantings and philosophy. Louise will also show us some behind the scenes hidden gems!

  • $5 for Friends and CHS members, $10 general public.
  • Meet at the Curator's Garden (next to the Curator's House restaurant) for afternoon tea followed by the walk.

For more information, email Friendsofthegardens@gmail.com.

7pm to 9.30pm, Monday 23 November and 9.30am to 12pm, Tuesday 24 November

Join Floral Art Canterbury designer and tutor Shirley Russ and bring the spirit of Christmas into your home.  
Explore concepts and create a floral design for hanging on your door during the Christmas season. Bring a friend and discover your creativity in this fun festive workshop.

10am to 4pm, Saturday 28 to 29 November

Enjoy roses of all types picked from the stunning gardens of the Rose Society's members. 

A feast of colour and fragrance to senses awaits you in the Kiosk!

  • Free
  • The Kiosk, Christchurch Botanic Gardens

7pm to 9.30pm, Monday 30 November and 9.30am to 12pm, Tuesday 1 December

Join Floral Art Canterbury designer and tutor Shirley Russ and bring the spirit of Christmas into your home.  
Explore concepts and create a floral table design for all to share in the Christmas spirit. Bring a friend and discover your creativity in this fun festive workshop.

7pm, Monday 7th and & 9.45am, Tuesday 8th December

Join the Canterbury Horticultural Society at The Kiosk for a friendly meeting of like-minded gardeners and horticultural enthusiasts.

Every month the Canterbury Horticultural Society Events Committee secures an interesting speaker for the morning and evening meetings. This is followed by ‘Gardening Half Hour’, an informative session hosted by Michael Coulter.

November's speakers are Paul O'Donnell and Gordan Nairn from the Christchurch Hobbyist Beekeepers Club. Paul and Gordon will present 'Bee Kind' - teaching us how to keep bees happy in our gardens. There will be live bees in the building and they will touch on the art of beekeeping. Find out more.(external link)

 

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  • Meet at The Kiosk, Christchurch Botanic Gardens (Just over the Armagh carpark footbridge)
  • Members: $5.00, non-members: $10.00
  • Tea, coffee and biscuits included

The NZ Lily Society will also be having a sale starting Monday 30 November and running through to Tuesday 8 December. Bring some cash along to support this fundraiser and snap up some beautiful lilies as Christmas gifts!

To get involved in volunteering in the Botanic Gardens, join the Friends' of the Botanic Gardens(external link).