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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)

Deep South Lazy Sundays

3pm to 5.30pm, Sunday 12 January to Sunday 16 February

Put summer into your Sundays with free live music outside in the Botanic Gardens. This year's line-up includes Adam Hattaway and the Haunters, Hobnail, Coyote, Katie Thompson, The Butlers, The Response, Pieces of 8 and NZ Opera with Atlas Voices. Bring a picnic and spend the end of your weekend relaxing in the sun with good music, friends and food.

Anthony Harper Summer Theatre: Treasure Island

Wednesday 29 January to Sunday 16 February

Anthony Harper Summer Theatre and Rollicking Entertainment present a hilarious re-telling of the ultimate pirate adventure. Escape the landlubber life and plunge into a world of buccaneers, buried gold, treasure maps, treacherous waters and a mild dose of scurvy.

Expect amazing sword fights, live sound effects and ridiculous dancing and rapid-fire storytelling. Set sail for adventure in the gardens this summer. Bring outdoor chairs, picnic blankets and your sense of humour!

  • This is a free event suitable for all ages
  • Koha donations will be gratefully accepted by Rollicking Entertainment
  • Weather Station/Observatory Lawn (near the Magnetic Observatory)

Times and days of performances vary:
Weeknights (Wednesday - Friday only), 6.30 - 8.30pm
Weekends, 1.30 - 3.30pm and 6.30 - 8.30pm
Waitangi Day 1.30pm and 6.30pm

Find out more information.(external link)

All About Gardening

7pm, Monday 3 February and 9.45am, Tuesday 4 February

Every month the Canterbury Horticultural Society Events Committee secures an interesting speaker for the morning and evening meetings. This is followed by ‘Gardening Half Hour’, an informative session hosted by Michael Coulter. Join us at The Kiosk for a friendly meeting of like-minded gardeners and horticultural enthusiasts.

In February, join Clare Scott for her talk 'Growing in a Small Garden and 3rd Age Gardening'. An active garden columnist, Clare has a deep affection for all plants (especially heritage roses) and the stories they tell. Hailing from a farming background she was a sole green keeper for three years and has been involved in garden centres for the past 30 - 20 years as a buyer and manager.

  • Meet at the Kiosk
  • $5 for CHS and Friends members, $10 general public
  • Tea, coffee and biscuits provided

Friends of the Botanic Gardens Summer Series

4pm, Sunday 15 March

The Friends of the Botanic Gardens are proud to present March speaker Alan Morgan with his talk 'Vive la Difference': Flora from Australia to the Sub-Antarctic Islands.

Alan, a plantsman, traveller and photographer will share his knowledge and experience of these flora.

  • Meet in the Kiosk, opposite the Armagh Street footbridge entrance to the Botanic Gardens
  • $5 for CHS and Friends members, $10 for general public
  • Refreshments provided

Volunteer

To get involved in volunteering in the Botanic Gardens, join the Friends' of the Botanic Gardens(external link).