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Last reviewed: Thu, 27 Dec 2012

What's On

Visit Christchurch Botanic Gardens – where something interesting is always happening.

Events in the Visitor Centre

Ingham Lazy Sundays – free music in the park

Every Sunday from January 4 – 22 February, 3 – 4.30pm
Archery Lawn
(except January 11 at St. Albans Park, corner Barbadoes St and Edward Ave)

Join stellar acts like the Swan Sisters, Graham Wardrop and Flip Grater for lazy Sunday afternoons on the Archery Lawn. 
For a full programme visit:



Saturday 31 January
7.30-10pm, with pre-show entertainment from 5.30pm

Under the baton of conductor Kenneth Young, the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra will perform an exciting programme of music from the movies from 7.30pm.
Bring a picnic, family and friends. Sing along, dance, or let the music wash over you.

The evening will draw to a close with a spectacular fireworks display.
For a full programme visit:

Sunday Bandstand

1 February – 29 March, 12.30 – 2pm
Central Lawn

Enjoy free performances by brass and pipe bands on the Central Lawn, as well as at Cave Rock in Sumner. Pack a picnic and bring the family!
For a full programme visit:

All About Gardening - Canterbury Horticultural Society

Canterbury Horticultural Society

Tuesday 3 February, 7 - 9pm
Wednesday 4 February, 9.45am - 11.45am

The Canterbury Horticultural Society will host its February All About Gardening in the Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre on Tuesday 3rd February and Wednesday 4th February.

The sessions will be split into two halves with Botanic Gardens Collection Curator David Barwick talking about the herbaceous border to half of the attendees while Gardens and Heritage Parks Team Leader Jeremy Hawker conducts a tour of the nursery and plant propagation area. The two groups will then interchange for the second half of the programme.

Cost to CHS members is $5 and non-members $10.

Andrea di Robilant: Chasing the Rose lecture

Chasing the Rose

Wednesday 25 February, 6.30pm
ilex Function Room
Optional tour 4.30pm leaves from the Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre

Join Andrea di Robilant, Italian journalist, historian and author ofChasing the Rose for a very special event in the Christchurch Botanic Gardens. Andrea will recount the enthralling search for the identity of a mysterious old rose, taking us back in time to Josephine Bonaparte and into some of the most delightful rose gardens in Europe today.

Make it an evening to remember by taking an optional guided tour of the Heritage Rose Garden before settling in to listen to this marvellous storyteller. A book signing will follow Andrea's talk - purchase your copy of Chasing the Rose from the Visitor Centre on the night and have it personally signed by the author himself.

There is also an optional FREE guided tour of the Heritage Rose Gardens which will depart at 4.30pm from the Visitor Centre. Please RSVP to .

Presented by Heritage Roses New Zealand Incorporated, in association with WORD Christchurch and Christchurch Botanic Gardens.

$22/$20 (Heritage Rose New Zealand and New Zealand Rose Society members)

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Cricket World Cup Opening Ceremony Event

Thursday 12 February, 6.30 - 11pm
North Hagley Park

This free event - held in North Hagley Park - will be a celebration of New Zealand and its passionate love of cricket and will feature appearances by New Zealand legends of the game Sir Richard Hadlee, Stephen Fleming and current New Zealand cricket captain Brendon McCullum.

The event will kick off at 6.30pm with a much-loved Kiwi pastime - a giant game of backyard cricket featuring local cricket teams, roving entertainers, and New Zealand cricketing heroes. The main event will start at 9pm with a unique, colourful and cultural welcome produced in partnership with Ngai Tahu. A live stage show and video appearance by a number of New Zealand sporting legends will celebrate New Zealand’s love of backyard cricket, before ceremonial speeches and the official opening of the tournament begins. A party, performances by some of New Zealand’s top musical acts and one of the biggest fireworks displays ever hosted in Christchurch will signal the end of this special event. 

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Authorising Unit: Communications

Last reviewed: Thursday, 27 December 2012

Next review: Thursday, 27 June 2013

Keywords: botanic gardens, events