Art in the Botanic Gardens

There are a number of important art works on display around the Christchurch Botanic Gardens, amassed through acquisitions and donations throughout the history of the Gardens.

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

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As well as permanent artworks, the Botanic Garden often has temporary art installed from organisations or generous donors.

Having a whale of a time by Charlotte Bobichon


SCAPE Public Art have been installing contemporary art in Christchurch for 20 years. Not only do SCAPE install artworks from internationally renowned artists, they have opportunities for emerging and junior artists to showcase their work. The Botanic Gardens and Hagley Park are often recipients of imaginative and thought provoking pieces from the talented artists that SCAPE works with each season. See what's coming up and where to find it on the SCAPE website.


Flora and Otto

Flora and Otto by Crack'd for Christchurch

Popular art work 'Flora and Otto' was created from the rubble of the Christchurch earthquakes by Crack'd for Christchurch and generously donated to the Botanic Gardens. The dedicated volunteer artists of Crack'd for Christchurch collected broken china that residents couldn't bear to throw away and re-purposed it into a beautiful mosaic armchair and ottoman. The two tonne artwork currently sits in the Daffodil Woodland, looking onto the Heritage Rose Garden while a permanent location is being decided. Read more about Crack'd for Christchurch on their Facebook page.