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Enchanted Garden exhibition

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.

  • Open daily 10am to 4pm until June 30
  • $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).

May 2017

Developing the North American collection

The Friends of the Christchurch Botanic Gardens present a talk once a month. This month, Collection Curator Guillaume Jacob will speak about the development of the North American Collection that surrounds the Kiosk Lake in the Botanic Gardens. 

  • Friday 26 May, 10am
  • Old Information Centre
  • Members $2, Non-members $5

Botanic Gardens Australia New Zealand open day

Ever wanted to see the inner workings of a nursery? BGANZ invites you to come along and see where the most fragile and exotic plants are nurtured and grown before being displayed in the Botanic Gardens.

  • Sunday 28 May, 11am to 3pm
  • Visitor Centre
  • Free

July 2017

Kidsfest - The Very Hungry Caterpillar in the Gardens

The Very Hungry Caterpillar has been munching his way through the Christchurch Botanic Gardens! Follow him through the Gardens and discover what’s in his belly.

The award winning team at the Botanic Gardens has created a trail with scenes inspired by Eric Carle’s classic picture book. This activity is free and available throughout the July school holidays.

It is accompanied by several live story sessions brought to you by the Christchurch City Libraries.

Botanic Gardens trail

  • Saturday 8 July to Saturday 22 July, 10am to 4.30pm
  • Free, pick up your event map from the Visitor Centre

Story telling sessions

  • Wednesday 12 July, Friday 14 July, Wednesday 19 July and Friday 21 July, 10.30am to 11.30am
  • Free
  • Bookings required, phone Christchurch City Libraries on (03) 941 5140

Horticulture's contribution to taxonomic botany

The Friends of the Botanic Gardens present a talk once a month. This month's talk is presented by Dr Peter Heenan, an ecological and botanical consultant with a 10 year career in horticulture. Dr Heenan's talk will focus on the New Zealand Native Collection in the Botanic Gardens.

  • Friday 21 July, 10am
  • Old Information Centre
  • Members $2, Non-members $5 

August 2017

Curator's Edible Garden Session: Pruning and Planning

Curator Louise Young and sustainability expert Rhys Taylor will share the joys and jobs of winter in the edible garden. Plan your vegetable crops for next season, choose seeds, see a pruning demonstration and learn what to sow for Spring. This session includes a seasonal tour of the Potager Garden at the Curator's House, Spanish tapas and hot drinks. 

  • Sunday 6 August, 1pm to 3.30pm
  • Curator's House Garden
  • Tickets $39, book on Eventfinda


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