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10am to 11.30am, Mondays during the school term

Calling all parents, grandparents and caregivers! Bring your preschool aged tamariki into the Christchurch Botanic Gardens to enjoy a simple craft or plant based activity with the Canterbury Horticultural Society.

Stories, toys and colouring-in available too.

  • All welcome - no booking needed (caregiver supervision is required).
  • Tea and coffee provided.
  • Gold coin koha entry
  • Runs during School term-time.

Enjoy gardening and nature based activities with your preschooler.

More information available on the Canterbury Horticultural Society Facebook page(external link).

3.45pm to 5pm, third Thursday of the month

Join this enthusiastic group of children who meet for practical gardening activities and to learn the science of good gardening with the Canterbury Horticultural Society.

If you know a child between 7 and 14 years of age who would be interested in learning more about all sorts of gardening then get in touch with the CHS(external link)

  • Meet at The Kiosk (just over the footbridge from the Armagh St car park).
  • Free, but participants must bring their own face mask and gloves for handling potting mix.

Please note that September's meeting will take place at the Lincoln Events Centre on Sunday 27 September at 1pm so children can explore and discuss the Botanical Expo.

7pm Tuesdays, 4 to 25 May

Love growing indoor plants and want to know more?

These concise evening classes provide a general understanding of houseplant health and maintenance with the opportunity to learn more in-depth techniques including propagation and the lost art of macramé. 

Pick and mix which sessions to come along to.

$34 for members or $40 for non-members per class.

  • Macramé:  4 May
    Learn how to make two hangers for trailing plants
  • General Indoor Plant Maintenance:  11 May
    Understand how to keep your plants healthy and happy. Explore different indoor plant species and their growing medium, light, temperature, water and feeding needs. Learn to identify common pests and diseases and how to combat them.
  • Beginners Propagation:  18 May
    Addicted to indoor plants, but don't have the budget for more plant babies? Learn to propagate and extend your collection for free. From how to sow seeds correctly to taking cuttings, all will be revealed.
  • Intermediate Propagation:  25 May
    Explore in-depth techniques to expand your collection

Book online with the Canterbury Horticultural Society.(external link)

11.30am to 12.30pm

Join a family-friendly tour of the Botanic Gardens that takes a closer look at the diversity of the tree collection, with a particular focus on conifers, bark and fruits.

What better way to spend an hour than taking an autumnal stroll with knowledgeable guides.

  • Free, no bookings required. 15 places available - first-come, first-served.
  • Meet at the Botanic Gardens Kiosk. 
  • 11.30am to 12.30pm

Join Open Christchurch(external link) on 15 and 16 May.

With 46 open buildings, two guided central city walks and dozens of special activities (from children’s workshops to performance as well as expert talks and tours), Open Christchurch 2021 is a celebration of our architecture.

Discover new spaces or get up close to buildings you love, for free.

2pm to 2.30pm, Sunday 16 May

One of the first post-quake builds in Christchurch, the Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre is a striking, airy contemporary structure.

Architectural historian Jenny May will show you how this building marries form with function, with a design based on a Dutch commercial greenhouse system and a botanical theme that continues through its interior elements.

  • Meet by the entrance to the Visitor Centre on the riverside of the building.
  • 2pm to 2.30pm
  • Free, no bookings required

Jenny May is an architectural historian and heritage consultant who has been involved in heritage for some 30 years. She is currently involved in a number of projects including the reinstatement of Christ Church Cathedral and the Arts Centre of Christchurch. She received the ONZM in the 2007 New Year’s Honours for her work in heritage.

Join Open Christchurch(external link) on 15 and 16 May.

With 46 open buildings, two guided central city walks and dozens of special activities (from children’s workshops to performance as well as expert talks and tours), Open Christchurch 2021 is a celebration of our architecture.

Discover new spaces or get up close to buildings you love, for free.

1pm to 1.45pm, Sunday 16 May

Join Kate Russell for a tour of the iconic Cuningham House conservatory – a building with a fascinating history and collection of plants.

Hear the tale of Irish immigrants coming to make a new life in New Zealand, followed by tragedy, scandal and, ultimately, a very generous gift to the city.

Home to a range of exotic plants from far-flung places, Cuningham House collection includes the famous ‘corpse flower’, which bloomed in 2020, in addition to tropical fruit and carnivorous plants.

The next chapter in the conservatory’s story is a fundraising programme to ensure that the structure stands for another 100 years.

  • Free, no bookings required.
  • Meet outside Cuningham House Conservatory, Christchurch Botanic Gardens.
  • Publicly accessible restrooms, wheelchair/walking aid/pram accessible, service animals allowed, assistive listening devices, child friendly.

Join Open Christchurch(external link) on 15 and 16 May.

With 46 open buildings, two guided central city walks and dozens of special activities (from children’s workshops to performance as well as expert talks and tours), Open Christchurch 2021 is a celebration of our architecture.

Discover new spaces or get up close to buildings you love, for free.

10am, Friday 21 May

Join the Friends of the Botanic Gardens for their Winter Speaker Series.

This month, Peter Worsp will talk about Terra Viva Home and Garden - his successful plant and homewares store, cafe and landscape design service - on Wairakei Road.

  • The Kiosk, Christchurch Botanic Gardens.
  • $5 for CHS and Friends members, $10 general public.
  • Refreshments included.

5.30 to 7.30pm Thursdays, June 3 to July 1 2021

Continue your passion for gardening and horticulture in this popular evening class.

Led by David Milne this intermediate course covers a range of topics from weeds to botany. Among other things, the practical session includes building a compost heap.

Timetable

  • Thursday 3 June 5.30pm to 7.30pm Weeds & Control Methods
  • Thursday 10 June 5.30pm to 7.30pm Composting
  • Thursday 17 June 5.30pm to 7.30pm Plant Classification
  • Thursday 24 June 5.30pm to 7.30pm Soils / Botany
  • Thursday 1 July 5.30pm to 7.30pm Plant Propagation
  • Saturday (Date TBC) 12.30 to 4.30pm Practical

Venue

The Kiosk – Christchurch Botanic Gardens. Conveniently located just over the footbridge from the Armagh Street car park.

Cost

7pm, Monday 7 June and 9.30am, Tuesday 8 June

Join the Canterbury Horticultural Society at The Kiosk for a friendly meeting of like-minded gardeners and horticultural enthusiasts.

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.

June's speaker is Christchurch Botanic Gardens Collection Curator Luke Martin. Luke will talk about his travels to New Zealand's Subantarctic Islands and share with us his highlights of the flora and fauna he encountered on these far away islands.

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  • Meet at The Kiosk, Christchurch Botanic Gardens (Just over the Armagh carpark footbridge)
  • Members: $5.00, non-members: $10.00
  • Tea, coffee and biscuits included

10am, Friday 18 June

Join the Friends of the Botanic Gardens for their Winter Speaker Series.

This month join Julia Atkinson-Dunn, designer, passionate amateur gardener and writer of recently published book 'Petal Power'. Julia will talk about catching the gardening bug and where it has led her!

  • The Kiosk, Christchurch Botanic Gardens.
  • $5 for CHS and Friends members, $10 general public.
  • Refreshments included.

10am, Friday 16 July

Join Maritime Archaeologist and Historian Dr Rosanne Hawarden for a fascinating look at her research and findings on Christchurch's connection to Rapa Nui-Easter Island's plants, including Sophoro toromiro (closely related to kowhai) now extinct in the wild.

  • The Kiosk, Christchurch Botanic Gardens.
  • $5 for CHS and Friends members, $10 general public.
  • Refreshments included.

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