Since 1989, the Friends have contributed to making the Botanic Gardens a very special place. Their activities and services benefit the day-to-day functions of the Gardens and all funds they raise go towards special projects here.

Every month, the Friends of the Botanic Gardens organise a speaker for members and the public. 

All talks are $5 for Friends' and CHS members and $10 for the general public, refreshments are provided.

Check the Botanic Gardens events page for upcoming talks.

The friendly and knowledgeable Friends offer free guided tours of some of our most spectacular collections!

  • 1.30pm daily
  • Meet at The Kiosk (opposite the Armagh Street car park entrance to the Gardens)
  • Tours run for 45 to 60 minutes unless otherwise stated
  • For groups of five or more, please book at Smaller groups and individuals do not need to book.

There will also be two special walks at Mona Vale Gardens on Saturday 31 October and Saturday 28 November. These free walks will run for 90 minutes, meet at Mona Vale lily pond.

Date Theme
Friday 15 January Rock and Crevice Garden
Saturday 16 January New Zealand Gardens
Sunday 17 January Mona Vale Gardens (90 minutes)
Sunday 17 January General interest walk (60-90 minutes)
Monday 18 January The Conservatories
Tuesday 19 January Notable Trees
Wednesday 20 January Cockayne Memorial Garden
Thursday 21 January Curator's Garden
Friday 22 January New Zealand Gardens
Saturday 23 January Armstrong Lawn: History and trees
Sunday 24 January Notable Trees
Monday 25 January The Conservatories
Tuesday 26 January Gondwana Collection
Wednesday 27 January New Zealand Gardens
Thursday 28 January The Conservatories
Friday 29 January Herbaceous Border
Saturday 30 January Mona Vale Gardens (90 minutes)
Saturday 30 January General interest walk (60-90 min)
Sunday 31 January Plant Hunters: Trees and their stories

Special interest tours for groups can be booked by prior arrangement.

Contact or phone Pat Whitman on 03 384 3475 to arrange a guided tour for your group.

Volunteers from the Friends and the Canterbury Horticultural Society are available to share their knowledge about gardening, horticulture and botany at the Kiosk from 10am to 3pm daily.

If you can't make it down to the Gardens, join HortTalk(external link) on Facebook for all your gardening queries.

Teams of volunteers work in the Friends' glasshouse propagating plants. These plants can be purchased from the Plant Sale stand located next to Jenny Gillies' Enchanted Garden exhibition. All plants are $5 - you can either leave cash in the honesty box or drop into the Kiosk to make your purchase. Please bring your own bag.

Look out for the annual spring and autumn plant sales where you can pick up beautifully propagated plants for only $5 each! These sales will be advertised on our events page.

The Friends volunteer their time and skills to help Botanic Gardens Curators in our varied plant collections, as well as supporting education and conservation events.

Their tireless fundraising also provides crucial research and training opportunities for the Gardens and its staff.