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

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Enchanted Garden exhibition

Open daily 10am to 4pm until 31 December

A riot of larger-than-life flowers and fruit has taken over the former Tea Kiosk in the Botanic Gardens. 

The flamboyant fabric creations of local costume artist Jenny Gillies are on show in the newly reopened Christchurch Botanic Gardens Kiosk Gallery.

  • $10 adults 
  • $5 seniors, students and children 5 years old and over 
  • No charge for children under 5 years old
  • $15 family concession (two adults, two children).

It's a Wild Life!

9am to 4pm, Saturday 30 September to Sunday 15 October

Head along to this discovery trail during the Breeze Walking Festival to find the Botanic Gardens is full of more than just plants. We have lots of animals who live here too and you can discover them all on this self guided tour. 

  • Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre, off Rolleston Ave
  • Pick up your free booklet from the Botanic Gardens Visitor centre
  • Best for children aged 5 to 10 years of age
  • Check the event listing(external link) for more information

Wild Eyes Mission HQ

10am to 2pm, Saturday 14 October

Put your nature ninja skills to the test at Wild Eyes Mission HQ! This special combined Conservation Week and Breeze Walking Festival event will see families put themselves through a series of missions scattered around the Botanic Gardens and Hagley Park. Take a photo of your successful mission and upload it into the Wild Eyes community to earn a set of Wild Eyes.

All right? Amble

10am to 2pm, Sunday 15 October

Come along to the Breeze Walking Festival's All Right? Amble for a family walk with a difference. Part treasure hunt, part orienteering, scout out hidden delights and activities at five different stations around the Gardens. Collect a stamp at each point and return your map for a goody bag.

  • Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre, off Rolleston Ave
  • Pick up a map from the Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre
  • Fabulous free family time
  • Check the event listing(external link) for more information

All About Gardening

7pm, Monday 6 November and 9.45am, Tuesday 7 November

The Canterbury Horticultural Society hosts a monthly meeting with talks, gardening highlights and refreshments. This month, Hamish Fig from Fig Landscapes will be on site to talk about trends in home landscaping.

  • Meet at the Christchurch Bridge Club, 21 Nova Place (off Barbadoes Street)
  • Free for CHS members, $5 for non members
  • Includes tea, coffee, and refreshments.


6.45pm, Thursday 9 November

Come and be wowed at the Margaret Watling Memorial Demonstration where two local floral designers will sit the Floral Art New Zealand national demonstrators exam. Both Shirley Russ and Annette Waller will present a one hour floral art demonstration to a large audience and panel of judges who will assess their designs and stagemanship. 

  • Tickets $40, purchase here(external link) or call 03 366 6937
  • Doors open at 6pm, ticket holders must be seated by 6.45pm
  • Main Auditorium, The Piano Centre for Music and the Arts, 156 Armagh Street
  • Cash bar open in the atrium

A guided walk in the Woodland

4pm, Sunday 12 November

Lizzie Bristow, Curator of the Woodland Section in the Botanic Gardens, will walk the group over to the Woodland and discuss the history of the area and the unusual trees

  • Meet at the Old Information Centre


If you are looking for something to do in Christchurch parks, please check out our volunteer programme.