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COVID-19 update: The Botanic Gardens is closed

The Government is asking for everyone to stay at home. Their advice is that you can go for a walk or exercise outdoors for a short time, but to stick to simple walks or exercise spots close to home. 

We’ve closed all of our Council facilities until further notice, to support the Government’s fight against COVID-19. This includes the Botanic Gardens.

The following are also closed:

  • Public toilets.
  • Playgrounds, play equipment or exercise equipment in parks.
  • Car parks within parks.
  • Visitor and information centres.
  • The Spencer Park animal area and fenced dog parks.
  • All Council-owned sports facilities

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)