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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)

Some Don't Like It Hot

10.30am, Friday 22 November

The Friends of the Botanic Gardens are thrilled to present speaker Kate Roud, Curator of the New Zealand Collection at the Royal Botanic Garden Victoria.

Kate will talk about the joys and challenges of caring for New Zealand flora in Melbourne, a collection installed in 1906 by renowned landscape designer William Robert Guilfoyle. Kate will also share the strategies developed to help preserve this landscape in the face of climate change.

  • Meet in the KIOSK.
  • Friends and CHS members $5, non-members $10.
  • All welcome, please RSVP to friendsofthegardens@gmail.com

Banks Peninsula Spring Garden Visit

9am, Saturday 23 November

Join the Friends of the Botanic Gardens on a Banks Peninsula adventure to visit two fabulous large country gardens. 
The morning will be spent visiting Fisherman's Bay followed by a BYO lunch at the Akaroa Heritage Park and possibly a coffee stop in Akaroa. In the afternoon, enjoy the beautiful French Farm (formerly Nancy Tichbourne's garden). 

  • $20 to visit both gardens + a contribution towards petrol
  • Bring your own lunch

Wildlife Gardening - An Illustrated Talk

7.30pm, Tuesday 26 November

The Canterbury Horticultural Society, Royal NZ Institute of Horticulture and Friends of the Christchurch Botanic Gardens are pleased to present an illustrated talk by Chris Baines.

Chris Baines has been championing the links between people and nature for more than 40 years. In this illustrated talk he will provide a practical insight into the development of wildlife gardening in the UK and he will also describe the ways in which nature is influencing a whole range of landscape issues, from public health and education to water catchment management and coastal defence.

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

Planting Pumpkins

Saturday 30 November, 10.30am and 1pm

Bring the kids along to plant their very own pumpkin to take home!

  • Children of all ages welcome
  • Caregiver required
  • Free
  • The Kiosk (just over the Armagh Street footbridge)

Find out more information.(external link)

All About Gardening: December

7pm, Monday 2 December and 9.45am, Tuesday 3 December

Join the Canterbury Horticultural Society for their monthly programme, All About Gardening.

This month's speaker is Catherine O'Neill from the Canterbury Community Gardens Association. The Association is a support network for 30 community gardens throughout Canterbury - part of a thriving global movement for people to grow their food together. Catherine will share some of her experiences with us.

  • The KIOSK, Christchurch Botanic Gardens (just over the footbridge from the Armagh St carpark)
  • $5 CHS and Friends' members, $10 non-members
  • Includes tea, coffee & biscuits

Christmas baubles

December 2019

Take festive 'elfies' with friends and whānau next to our giant Christmas baubles!

  • Archery Lawn, Botanic Gardens
  • Mid December to mid January

Deep South Lazy Sundays

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

Put the sun 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)

Volunteer

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