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Last reviewed: Thu, 27 Dec 2012

Events in the Gardens

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

Philosophy in the Gardens: a Word Christchurch Writers & Readers Festival event

Why did Marcel Proust have bonsai beside his bed? What was Jane Austen doing, coveting an apricot? How was Friedrich Nietzsche inspired by his ‘thought tree’? In Philosophy in the Gardens Damon Young explores one of literature’s most intimate relationships: that between authors and their gardens.

For some, the garden provided a retreat; for others, solitude’s quiet counsel. For all, it played a philosophical role, giving their ideas a new life. In this special festival session, in a room with a view in the Christchurch Botanic Gardens, Damon Young reveals the profound thoughts discovered in parks, backyards and pot-plants and discusses the importance of botanic gardens. Introduced by Christchurch Botanic Gardens curator, John Clemens.

When: Saturday 30 August, 10am
Where: ilex Function Room, Christchurch Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre
Cost: General Admission: $18 plus booking fee, The Press Subscribers Concession: $16 plus booking fee

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Voices of Spring - a concert by The Opera Club

Celebrate the arrival of Spring with an afternoon of song in the ilex Function Room, performed by some of Christchurch's finest voices.

Cost: Opera Club members $15, non-members $20
Tickets available from Dash Tickets

Voices of Spring concert
Photo of function room lecture.

Friends of the Botanic Gardens Lecture

Sunday 14 September, 2pm

Ines Shonberger, in charge of the Allan Herbarium at Landcare, Lincoln will give a talk titled 'Early Plant Collectors of New Zealand' in the Visitor Centre's Function Room. Members $2, non-members $5


Authorising Unit: Communications

Last reviewed: Thursday, 27 December 2012

Next review: Thursday, 27 June 2013

Keywords: botanic gardens, events