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 are offering free guided tours of some of our most spectacular collections through November and December!

  • 1.30pm daily
  • Meet at The Kiosk (opposite the Armagh Street car park entrance to the Gardens)
  • Tours run for 45 to 60 minutes unless otherwise stated
  • For groups of five or more, please book at Smaller groups and individuals do not need to book.

There will also be two special walks at Mona Vale Gardens on Saturday 31 October and Saturday 28 November. These free walks will run for 90 minutes, meet at Mona Vale lily pond.

Date Theme
Tuesday 24 November Armstrong Lawn: Plants and history
Wednesday 25 November Heritage Rose Garden
Thursday 26 November Herbaceous Border
Friday 27 November Archery Lawn: Notable trees
Saturday 28 November New Zealand Native Gardens
Saturday 28 November Mona Vale Gardens (90 minutes)
Sunday 29 November Gondwana Collection
Monday 30 November Curators Garden
Tuesday 1 December Heritage Rose Garden
Wednesday 2 December Heritage Rose Garden
Thursday 3 December Archery Lawn: Notable Trees

Friday 4 December

Armstrong Lawn: Plants and History
Saturday 5 December New Zealand Gardens
Sunday 6 December Curator's Garden
Monday 7 December Temperate Asian Border
Tuesday 8 December The Conservatories
Wednesday 9 December Gondwana Collection
Thursday 10 December Archery Lawn: Notable Trees
Friday 11 December The Conservatories
Saturday 12 December Mona Vale Gardens
Sunday 13 December New Zealand Gardens
Monday 14 December Temperate Asian Border
Tuesday 15 December Cockayne Memorial Garden
Wednesday 16 December Armstrong Lawn: Plants and History
Thursday 17 December General Interest Walk (60-90 min)
Friday 18 December Curator's Garden
Saturday 19 December Cockayne Memorial Garden
Sunday 20 December Gondwana Collection
Monday 21 December New Zealand Gardens
Tuesday 22 December Cockayne Memorial Garden
Wednesday 23 December Archery Lawn: Notable Trees
Thursday 24 December Herbaceous Border
Friday 25 December Christmas Day - no walk
Saturday 26 December General Interest Walk (60-90 min)
Sunday 27 December Herbaceous Border
Monday 28 December The Conservatories
Tuesday 29 December Gondwana Collection
Wednesday 30 December Archery Lawn: Notable Trees
Thursday 31 December General Interest Walk (60-90 min)

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

Contact 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.