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

Stay up to date with our seasonal Botanic Gardens newsletter

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.

10am to 3pm, Saturdays

Envirokids is a chance to connect kiwi kids to our environmental community and it's free! 

Every Saturday, the Envirohub(external link) will have activities for kids inspired by the mahi (work) of different organisations who work with the environment. Activities available between 10am-3pm every Saturday (even in the holidays!).

  • 10am to 3pm every Saturday at the Kiosk, Botanic Gardens.
  • Children that come regularly can record their learning in a special passbook available once they attend their second event.
  • EnviroKids is also an accredited Children's University learning destination so stamps are available for participating children's passports.

Find out more information about EnviroKids(external link) or keep up to date on the EnviroKids Facebook(external link)

10.30am to 1.30pm, Thursdays

Pop in for an environmental chat if you need inspiration or advice on anything from starting a new environmental project,  volunteer challenges,  funding advice for green projects, sustainability at home or waste and recycling processes. The EnviroHub are here to help!
  • An opportunity to join an on-going conversation or have a one on one chat.
  • Free, no bookings required.
  • Drop into the Kiosk anytime between 10.30am and 1pm in the Kiosk, Botanic Gardens.

Find more information about Environmental Chat(external link).

7pm to 9pm, Tuesdays between 21 September and 12 October

Are you new to growing indoor plants?

This weekly workshop provides a general understanding of houseplant health and maintenance with the opportunity to learn more in-depth techniques including kokedama, terrariums and propagation. Pick and mix which sessions to come along to.

Beginners propagation

  • Tuesday 21 September, 7pm to 9pm.
  • Addicted to indoor plants, but not got the budget for more plant babies? Learn to propagate and extend your collection for free. From how to sow seeds correctly to taking cuttings, all will be revealed.

Kokedama 

  • Tuesday 28 September, 7pm.
  • Come and learn the Japanese art form of Kokedama with Allan Paterson of Magic Moss. Take home your own bonsai inspired ornamental moss ball.

Terrariums 

  • Tuesday 5 October, 7pm to 9pm.
  • Learn all about terrariums with Allan Paterson from Magic Moss: possible containers, the tools required, suitable plants, moisture/drainage, soil and whether to seal or leave open. Then get your hands dirty and take home your own mini one to get you started.

General indoor plant care

  • Tuesday 12 October,  7pm to 9pm.
  • Explore different indoor plant species and their growing medium, light, temperature, water and feeding needs. Learn to identify common pests and diseases and how to combat them.

Single classes are $40 for CHS and Friends of the Botanic Gardens' members and $50 for non-members. Book tickets on the CHS website.(external link)

Meet at the Kiosk in the Botanic Gardens.

1.30pm, last Saturday of the month

Celebrate spring with a free guided walk of Mona Vale Garden Park.

Join the knowledgeable and friendly volunteer guides of the Friends of the Botanic Gardens once a month to see Mona Vale evolve throughout the seasons.

Tours run for 90 minutes, dress for all seasons and wear sturdy footwear as the grounds can be slippery after wet weather.

Guided tours are free of charge and no bookings are required - just turn up on the day. Meet by the Rose Garden car park by 1.30pm.

  • Saturday 25 September
  • Saturday 23 October
  • Saturday 30 October

If you have any queries about guided walks at Mona Vale or the Botanic Gardens, please contact friendsofthegardens@gmail.com.

6pm to 8pm, Wednesday 13 October

Learn how to create multiples of your favourite plant and turn your home garden into your very own garden centre.

Share your plants with friends, swap with neighbours or give away.

Limited to 12 participants to comply with level 2 social distancing guidelines. Please wear a mask.

7pm to 9pm, Tuesday 19 October

Discover how to care for your garden tools to ensure they are always in good working order and last longer at this Canterbury Horticultural Society workshop.

Geoff MacMillan of Kiwiflora Nurseries(external link) will be demonstrating how to look after common hand tools, spades, shears and loppers. Under Geoff’s guidance attendees can deconstruct and practice sharpening their own secateurs brought from home.

  • The classes are held in The KIOSK at the Christchurch Botanic Gardens (Just over the footbridge from the Armagh St carpark).
  • Free parking is available for the duration.
  • Members (CHS and Friends of the Botanic Gardens) are $40, non-members $50.
  • Purchase a ticket from the CHS website.(external link)

For more information contact office@chsgardens.co.nz or call 03 366 6937.

7pm, Monday 4 October and 9.30am Tuesday 5 October

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.

October's speaker is Brad Lake of Tāpapa Store and the Brothers Green. Brad will share his passion for all things hemp. His businesses produce and sell high quality nutritious local food products in an environmentally regenerative way.

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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

7pm, Monday 4 and 9.30am, Tuesday 5 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.

In November, join Elizabeth Jenkins for 'A Tale of Two Welbecks'. Elizabeth will give an illustrated talk on her two favourite homes - one in England where she grew up and the other she created in Okuti Valley. 

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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

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

October 2021 to April 2022

Join the Friends of the Botanic Gardens for daily free guided walks.

The knowledgeable volunteer guides run 45 minute themed walks - pick and choose from a wonderful selection or come to them all. Right now, the Gardens is putting on a beautiful spring show so we encourage you to take this opportunity to explore in-depth.

Guided tours are free of charge and no bookings are required - just turn up on the day. Meet at the Kiosk by 1.30pm.

See the full walk schedule.

If you have any queries about guided walks at Mona Vale or the Botanic Gardens, please contact friendsofthegardens@gmail.com.