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

Witch Hazel flowers in the Botanic Gardens

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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).

All About Gardening: September AAG

7pm to 9pm, Monday 4 September 9.45am to 11.45am, Tuesday 5 September

The Canterbury Horticultural Society hosts a twice monthly speaker event. September is host to Sarah Berger, co-ordinator of OOOBY  or Out of our own backyard and she will discuss their philosophy and business model. Pamela Smith from Oderings will follow with a talk on lesser known edibles.

There will also be gardening tips and tasks as well as coffee, tea and refreshments provided.

Curator's Edible Garden: Sowing and Growing

1pm to 3.30pm, Sunday 17 September

Curator Louise Young and sustainability expert Rhys Taylor will share a bounty of spring tips. Discover how to use composts, liquid feeds and manures in your crop rotation, hands on seed sowing and pricking out seedlings, protecting Mediterranean crops under glass, companion plants and natural pest-reducers, planning sun shade.

Includes a seasonal tour of the Potager Garden at the Curator's House. Spanish tapas and refreshment.

How Plants Grow

4pm, Sunday 24 September

The Friends of the Botanic Gardens present a talk once a month. This month, Dr Hoffman, Assistant Professor Wine, Food and Molecular Biology at Lincoln, will talk about how plants grow and how we can use this knowledge in our gardens and get the best out of our plants.

  • Old Information Centre
  • Members $2, Non-members $5.

Spring Garden Awards

Entries close on Wednesday 27 September

Hosted by the Canterbury Horticultural Society, the Spring Garden Awards are a way of acknowledging the wonderful work of home gardeners, landscape designers, city planners, teachers and employed gardeners.

If you know someone who's had their green thumbs hard at work then why not nominate them today!

  • Awards open to all residents of Christchurch
  • Free to enter
  • Download the entry form here(external link) 
  • Judging day will be on Sunday 1 October


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