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Felicia flower and native blue butterfly

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Enchanted Garden exhibition

Open daily 10am to 4pm until 30 September 2018

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).

For more information, visit www.jennygillies.com(external link)

Winter Speaker Series: Our Living Landscape

7pm, Thursday 14 June

Join the Canterbury Horticultural Society for their Winter Speaker Series. This year the theme is 'Our Living Landscape' and the talks lined up will focus on native plant regeneration.

This month's speaker is Keith Briden from the Department of Conservation. Keith's talk 'Wilding Conifers' will look at landscape scale weeding.

  • Purchase tickets here(external link) or pay cash at the door, $5 for students and CHS members, $10 for non-members
  • Harcourts Grenadier Auction Rooms, 98 Moorhouse Avenue
  • Light refreshments included

Matariki: Make a wish tree

Daily, 9am to 4pm, 14 June to 27 July

Make a wish for the Matariki New Year! Write or draw your wish on native leaf cards and either take your wish home or we'll hang it on our wish tree until spring!

  •  Exhibition room, opposite the Ilex Cafe in the Visitor Centre
  • Free

Friends of the Botanic Gardens Winter Series Talks

10.30am, Friday 15 June

The Friends of the Botanic Gardens hold a talk once a month. This month, Collection Curator Dean Pendrigh will lead a guided walk of the Pinetum. Here he will talk about the conifer collection, show some of the different genera and species grown in this area and share a few tips on how to identify them to genus level.

  • Meet at the Old Information Centre (opposite the Armagh Street footbridge)
  • Friends' members $5, non members $10

Matariki: Lantern making workshop

10am to 12pm, Sunday 24 June

Create and take home a nature lantern! Use twigs, leaves and paper to design LED lanterns to light up the chilly nights of Matariki. This workshop is best suited for 7-12 year olds (plus parents/guardians to help with construction) but all ages are welcome.

  • Tickets $5 on eventfinda(external link), only 15 spaces available (plus parents/guardians)
  • Old Information Centre (opposite the Armagh Street footbridge)

Canterbury Horticultural Society: All About Gardening

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

All About Gardening is the Canterbury Horticultural Society's monthly meeting. Anyone is welcome to attend to learn new tips and tricks for their garden as well as chat to like minded folk. 

In July, Paul Simmons from Simmons Paeonies will be talking about paeonies in all their beautiful shapes and sizes. The popular Gardening Half Hour will also be in the programme.

  • Christchurch Bridge Club, 12 Nova Place (plenty of parking available)
  • $2 for CHS members, $5 for non-members
  • Refreshments included

Kidsfest: Dino Detectives

Daily, 10am to 4pm, Saturday 7 July to Saturday 21 July

There's a dinosaur in the gardens and it's eating all the trees! Follow the trail of clues and figure out which of our suspects is responsible... 

Dino themed activities in the Old Information Centre at the end of the trail.

  • Self guided discovery trail in the Botanic Gardens (parents/guardians required)
  • Collect your free booklet from the Visitor Centre
  • Best for children 4 - 10 years but all ages welcome

Winter Speaker Series: Our Living Landscape

7pm, Thursday 12 July

Join the Canterbury Horticultural Society for their Winter Speaker Series. This year the theme is 'Our Living Landscape' and the talks lined up will focus on native plant regeneration.

This month's speaker is Steve Bush, manager of Trees for Canterbury. Steve will talk about what Trees for Canterbury has accomplished, where they are today and what else they get up to aside from growing native plants.

Friends of the Botanic Gardens Winter Series Talks

10.30am, Friday 13 July

The Friends of the Botanic Gardens hold a talk once a month. This month, Dr Alex Fergus, Ecology Technician at Landcare Research and Expedition Leader at Heritage Exhibitions will talk about the spectacular plant life of the New Zealand and Australian Sub-Antarctic Islands. The particular focus will be the four expeditions Alex has made to these islands over the 2017/2018 season.

  • Old Information Centre (opposite the Armagh Street footbridge)
  • Friends' members $5, non members $10

Volunteer

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