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Enchanted Garden exhibition

Closed from 1 February 2019, reopening late February 2019

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

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

Agents of Discovery

Friday 21 December to Friday 1 March

This summer, 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. 

  • 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.

Deep South Lazy Sundays

Every Sunday between 20 January and 17 February, 3pm to 4.30pm

Put the summer in Sundays with free live music in the Botanic Gardens. Bring a picnic and spend the end of your weekend relaxing on the lawn with live music, good food, and friends.

All About Gardening

7pm, Monday 4 February, or 9.45am, Tuesday 5 February

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

February's speaker is Catherine Fink, Occupational Therapist from Thrive. Catherine's talk, 'Aging Well in the Garden', will offer practical strategies for staying safe, independent and getting the most out of your gardening ability. You will learn about ergonomics in the garden, preventing falls, maximising energy capacity and the health benefits of gardening into old age. 

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).

 

Friends of the Botanic Gardens' talk

4pm, Sunday 24 February

The Friends of the Botanic Gardens are proud to present Christchurch City Council Senior Ecologist, Nick Head. 

Nick will talk about the values and challenges he faced while working for the Department of Conservation (DOC) in Canterbury.

  • $5 for Friends' members, $10 general public
  • Botanic Gardens' Tea Kiosk building
  • Refreshments included

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.

Friends of the Botanic Gardens talk

4pm, Sunday 17 March

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

Susan will walk attendees over to the Central Rose Garden and share some stories behind the growing and caring of these popular plants.

  • Friends' members $5, general public $10
  • Botanic Gardens Tea Kiosk building
  • Refreshments included

Volunteer

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