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COVID-19 update: The Botanic Gardens are open

The Botanic Gardens and buildings are within the Gardens are open under alert level 2. To help keep everyone well, please continue to maintain a 2 metre distance from other people when you’re out and about and wash your hands before and after using equipment in our gardens.

The following are now open:

  • All parks and gardens
  • Public toilets
  • Playgrounds, play equipment or exercise equipment in parks
  • Visitor and information centres
  • Dog parks
  • The Botanic Gardens
  • Boat ramps and wharves
  • Cemeteries

Unite Against Covid-19, visit

Located in the Kiosk, opposite the Armagh Street footbridge entrance to the Gardens, the Canterbury Horticultural Society (CHS) is open from 10am to 3pm, seven days a week. Drop in for a chat with the friendly and knowledgeable volunteers inside.

The CHS is New Zealand's largest gardening and horticultural organisation, providing information, garden tours and activities including: 
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  • All About Gardening, a monthly programme of gardening and speakers held on the first Monday evening and Tuesday morning of the month.
  • Winter Speaker Series, a themed series of monthly talks held annually.
  • Various workshops and training courses aimed at upskilling in horticulture.

Find out more, or become a member.(external link)