The Friends of the Christchurch Botanic Gardens are a group of people who have been supporting the Gardens since 1989.

Two gardeners stand amongst some daffodils

The Friends contribute to making the Botanic Gardens a very special place by undertaking activities and providing services that benefit the day-to-day functions of the Botanic Gardens. 

 All funds raised by the Friends go towards special projects in the Gardens.

Volunteer guides

The Friends are involved in a variety of activities including:

Horticultural Hub

Volunteers from the Friends and the Canterbury Horticultural Society are available to share their knowledge about gardening, horticulture and botany.

Drop by the Old Info Centre (just over the bridge from the Armagh Street carpark entrance to the Gardens) on Wednesdays and Sundays between 1pm and 4pm for gardening advice, inspiration or even just a chat.

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


Propagation group

Teams of volunteers work in the Friends' glasshouse propagating plants.

Look out for seasonal plant sales where you can pick up beautifully propagated plants for only $5.

Special events

Helping out at Mission HQ in 2017

The Friends have volunteered at numerous Botanic Gardens events over the years, such as Kidsfest, The Backyard Mistletoe Project, Conservation Week, Discovery Trails and many more. 

Their continued support has been crucial to the success of our many educational and conservation events.