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Download a map of the Botanic Gardens [PDF, 2.2 MB] showing all event locations.

Enchanted Garden exhibition

10am to 4pm, Monday to Sunday

The flamboyant fabric creations of local costume artist Jenny Gillies are on show in the Old Information Centre - come see the riot of larger-than-life flowers and fruit on display.

  • $5 entry, children under five free 
  • Old Information Centre, opposite the Armagh Street car park footbridge

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

Agents of Discovery

Any time, self guided.

Discover the world at the Christchurch Botanic Gardens! Join Agents of Discovery(external link), the not so secret, secret agency dedicated to learning outdoors and solving challenges. Use the clues around you to solve mysteries of nature, culture and technology that change every season.

  • Download the FREE app to your mobile device on the Play(external link) or Apple(external link) Stores, select the Botanic Gardens as the mission you'd like to play and discover a secret world at the Botanic Gardens.
  • Once downloaded, the game can be played offline so you don't need to worry about data or wifi.
  • Runs all summer long from 21 December.

If you have any questions about the game, feel free to message the Botanic Gardens' Facebook(external link) or email GardensEvents@ccc.govt.nz with your query.

Anthony Harper Summer Theatre: King Arthur

Wednesday to Sunday, 27 February to 17 March

Rollicking entertainment presents King Arthur, an epic tale retold with a fresh, diverse and cheeky rendition that will entertain all. 

  • Free
  • Murray Aynsley Lawn (near the Heritage Rose Garden, backing onto the hospital)
  • Wednesday to Friday: 6.30pm to 8.30pm
  • Saturday to Sunday: 2pm to 4pm, 6.30pm to 8.30pm

 Read more information(external link) about the performance.

All About Gardening

7pm, Monday 4 March & 9.45am, Tuesday 5 March

Join the Canterbury Horticultural Society at their monthly event - a two hour programme of speakers, information, gardening tips and fun!

The March speaker is Dr Anthony Shadbolt, Biodiversity Team Leader and Landscape Ecologist from Christchurch City Council. Anthony's talk, 'Urban Forests', will focus on the restoration of indigenous forests in Christchurch and how they could support locally extinct wildlife. Anthony draws on ten years of wildlife research in Sarawak, East Malaysia.

Also in the programme will be the ever popular 'Gardening Half Hour' and a Q&A session.

  • 21 Nova Place, Christchurch Bridge Club (plenty of parking available)
  • $5 for CHS members, $10 for non-members
  • Includes tea, coffee and biscuits

Find out more about the Canterbury Horticultural Society.
(external link)

Pop up nature play space

Saturday 9 March to Sunday 17 March

Build a hut, have a tea party, balance on a log – this pop up is all about creative and imaginative play! Running as part of Parks Week 2019.

  • Free
  • Near the children's playground, Christchurch Botanic Gardens

Little Kiwis Nature Play Conference 2019

8.45am to 5pm, Friday 15 March

Connect with like minded people while gaining knowledge and confidence to use nature as the teacher.

Come and join us for a day of inspiration with some amazing New Zealand speakers, who will be exploring our children’s connection to their local environment through conversation and interaction. Our speakers will challenge you, inspire you and provide you with tools and strategies to take away with you.

A Walk to the Roses

4pm, Sunday 17 March

The Friends of the Botanic Gardens proudly present a talk on the Central Rose Garden by former Curator Susan Sanders.

Join Susan in the Function Room where she will guide everyone over to the Central Rose Garden and share her experiences behind the growing and caring of these popular plants.

  • Botanic Gardens' Visitor Centre Function Room
  • $5 for Friends' members and $10 for the general public
  • Please register your interest with Mary Carnegie at m.carnegie@xtra.co.nz

2019 Asia-Pacific Tree Climbing Competition

8am to 4pm, Saturday 6 April to Sunday 7 April

Come and watch a top level international sporting event that tests competitor’s agility, speed and skill high in the canopy of carefully chosen trees.

An Arbor Fair will be running below with market stalls and loads of tree related activities and talks for kids and adults alike!

Autumn Discovery Trail: BioBlitz

9am to 5pm, Saturday 13 April to Sunday 28 April

Pests, plants and poo? Oh my! Discover what makes our environment so diverse in the autumn discovery trail.

  • Pick up your free booklet from the Botanic Gardens' Visitor Centre

Meet Botanist Dr Janet Cubey

4pm, Sunday 28 April

The Friends of the Botanic Gardens are proud to present their monthly talk for April.

Dr Janet Cubey, Botanist for the Royal Society, will talk about her work with the Royal Horticultural Society.

  • Botanic Gardens' Visitor Centre Function Room
  • $5 for Friends' members and $10 for the general public
  • Please register your interest with Mary Carnegie at m.carnegie@xtra.co.nz

Curators Edible Garden

10am, Sunday 5 May

Join Curator Louise Young and Sustainability Expert Rhys Taylor as they guide you through autumn in the edible garden.

Investigate Plants in 3D

10.30am, Friday 28 May

The Friends of the Botanic Gardens are proud to present their monthly talk for May.

Join Kerry Swanson - Geologist, author, photographer – as he talks us through an intimate investigation of plant structure using 3D glasses.

  • Botanic Gardens' Visitor Centre Function Room
  • $5 for Friends' members and $10 for the general public
  • Please register your interest with Mary Carnegie at m.carnegie@xtra.co.nz

Volunteer

To get involved in volunteering in Christchurch parks, please check out our volunteer programme.