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Enchanted Garden exhibition

10am to 4pm, Monday to Sunday

The flamboyant fabric creations of local costume artist Jenny Gillies are on show in the Old Information Centre - come see the riot of larger-than-life flowers and fruit on display.

  • $5 entry, children under five free 
  • Old Information Centre, opposite the Armagh Street car park footbridge

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Margaret Watling Demonstration: The Sky is the Limit

7pm, Thursday 14 November

For the 2019 Margaret Watling Memorial Demonstration, be amazed by the extraordinary floral creations of 'The Sky is the Limit' by Franca Logan of Florienne.

Franca Logan is the owner of Florienne, a floral design studio in Auckland. Originally from the Netherlands, Franca has been a florist for over 25 years and has taught and designed around the world. Throughout her career she has been published in multiple floral design magazines and won numerous awards at flower shows around the globe.


Working with New Zealand Plants

4pm, Sunday 17 November

The Friends of the Botanic Gardens are proud to present November's speaker, the Botanic Gardens' own Luke Martin, Collection Curator New Zealand Section.

Luke's presentation will cover his experience working with indigenous species for the Department of Conservation and how this relates to his work in the New Zealand Section of the Botanic Gardens. The talk will begin in the Kiosk and, weather permitting, move into the New Zealand section.

  • The Kiosk
  • $5 for Friends and CHS members, $10 general public

Some Don't Like It Hot

10.30am, Friday 22 November

The Friends of the Botanic Gardens are thrilled to present speaker Kate Roud, Curator of the New Zealand Collection at the Royal Botanic Garden Victoria.

Kate will talk about the joys and challenges of caring for New Zealand flora in Melbourne, a collection installed in 1906 by renowned landscape designer William Robert Guilfoyle. Kate will also share the strategies developed to help preserve this landscape in the face of climate change.

  • Meet in the KIOSK.
  • Friends and CHS members $5, non-members $10.
  • All welcome, please RSVP to

Banks Peninsula Spring Garden Visit

9am, Saturday 23 November

Join the Friends of the Botanic Gardens on a Banks Peninsula adventure to visit two fabulous large country gardens. 
The morning will be spent visiting Fisherman's Bay followed by a BYO lunch at the Akaroa Heritage Park and possibly a coffee stop in Akaroa. In the afternoon, enjoy the beautiful French Farm (formerly Nancy Tichbourne's garden). 

  • $20 to visit both gardens + a contribution towards petrol
  • Bring your own lunch

Wildlife Gardening - An Illustrated Talk

7.30pm, Tuesday 26 November

The Canterbury Horticultural Society, Royal NZ Institute of Horticulture and Friends of the Christchurch Botanic Gardens are pleased to present an illustrated talk by Chris Baines.

Chris Baines has been championing the links between people and nature for more than 40 years. In this illustrated talk he will provide a practical insight into the development of wildlife gardening in the UK and he will also describe the ways in which nature is influencing a whole range of landscape issues, from public health and education to water catchment management and coastal defence.

  • The Kiosk, opposite the Armagh Street footbridge entrance to the Botanic Gardens
  • $5 for Friends and CHS members, $10 general public

All About Gardening: December

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

Join the Canterbury Horticultural Society for their monthly programme, All About Gardening.

This month's speaker is Christine Blance from the Canterbury Community Gardens Association. The Association is a support network for 30 community gardens throughout Canterbury - part of a thriving global movement for people to grow their food together. Christine fronts the South Community Gardens and will share some of her experiences with us.

  • The KIOSK, Christchurch Botanic Gardens (just over the footbridge from the Armagh St carpark)
  • $5 CHS and Friends' members, $10 non-members
  • Includes tea, coffee & biscuits


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