Join us for one of our upcoming events at the Gardens. We look forward to seeing you!

Stay up to date with Botanic Gardens events and seasonal highlights on Facebook(external link).

Download a map of the Botanic Gardens [PDF, 2.2 MB] showing all event locations.

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 are available too.

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

Enjoy gardening and nature-based activities with your preschooler.

More information is 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.

10am to 3pm, Saturdays

Envirokids is a chance to connect kiwi kids to our environmental community and it's free! 

Every Saturday, the Envirohub(external link) will have activities for kids inspired by the mahi (work) of different organisations who work with the environment. Activities available between 10am-3pm every Saturday (even in the holidays!).

  • 10am to 3pm every Saturday at the Kiosk, Botanic Gardens.
  • Children that come regularly can record their learning in a special passbook available once they attend their second event.
  • EnviroKids is also an accredited Children's University learning destination so stamps are available for participating children's passports.

Find out more information about EnviroKids(external link) or keep up to date on the EnviroKids Facebook(external link)

10.30am to 1.30pm, Thursdays

Pop in for an environmental chat if you need inspiration or advice on anything from starting a new environmental project,  volunteer challenges,  funding advice for green projects, sustainability at home or waste and recycling processes. The EnviroHub are here to help!
  • An opportunity to join an on-going conversation or have a one on one chat.
  • Free, no bookings required.
  • Drop into the Kiosk anytime between 10.30am and 1pm in the Kiosk, Botanic Gardens.

Find more information about Environmental Chat(external link).

Throughout the year

Join the Friends of the Botanic Gardens volunteer guides for free guided walks at the Botanic Gardens (November to April) and Mona Vale Gardens (year-round). Pick and choose from a wonderful selection of topics or come along to all of them for a dose of exercise, beautiful displays, and education rolled into one.

See the walk schedule.

Botanic Gardens guided walks

  • October to April
  • 1.30pm daily lasting 45 to 90 minutes.
  • Meet at the Kiosk, Christchurch Botanic Gardens.

Mona Vale guided walks

  • Selected dates throughout the year.
  • 1.30pm, lasting approx. 90 minutes.
  • Meet by the Mona Vale rose garden.

If you have any queries about guided walks at Mona Vale or the Botanic Gardens, please contact friendsofthegardens@gmail.com

1pm to 4pm, Friday 27 January

The Friends of the Christchurch Botanic Gardens are proud to present the Crevice Garden Workshop.

Kenton Seth, an internationally recognised crevice garden designer is running a workshop covering:

  • How crevice gardens developed.
  • How crevice gardens can offer a unique feature in your garden.
  • Building a crevice garden (an extension to the existing one).
  • Plants to grow in crevice gardens and planting techniques.

This three-hour workshop costs $40.

To register your attendance, please pay the Friends of the Botanic Gardens via bank deposit: 02-0820-0420043-000 and state Kenton Seth workshop and your name as the reference.

Seating will be available. Meet at the Crevice and Rock Garden in the Christchurch Botanic Gardens.

For further information contact friendsofthegardens@gmail.com or check the Facebook event.(external link)

1pm and 7pm, Wednesday 1 February

Join the Canterbury Horticultural Society for their monthly speaker series, Garden Life.

Main Speaker: Melissa Reimer
How to use sculpture within your garden

As Curator of the Tai Tapu Sculpture Garden Melissa works alongside some of the most interesting artists in the country. She is committed to the Arts in New Zealand, with a passionate drive to see more sculpture in public spaces, homes and gardens.

Join us to hear about Tai Tapu Sculpture Garden’s 10-year history and its purpose; a little about the history of sculpture in private gardens; and learn more about how sculpture can enhance your own garden and enrich your outdoor experience.

From creating a dramatic focal point or energising a space to detracting from the neighbour’s fence; paying tribute to someone or something by way of a memorial and a place for reflection; to creating pockets of tranquillity or drama, sculpture belongs in every garden, big and small.

Mini Speaker: Colin Meurk
CHS Honorary Botanist

Venue

The Kiosk
Christchurch Botanic Gardens
Just over the Armagh Street footbridge and near the children's play area.

Cost

Members: $5
Non-members: $10
Tea, coffee and biscuits included

Find out more about Garden Life and how to become a CHS member.(external link)

6.30pm to 8pm, Wednesday 15 February

Get easy tips to photograph and capture the beauty of your garden with Julia Atkinson-Dunn. 

Learn how to utilise natural light and compose images to record your garden’s beauty using your smartphone or camera.

In this easy-going session, self-taught photographer and garden writer Julia Atkinson-Dunn will demonstrate her tips and tricks for capturing images of your garden with the user-friendly technology of smartphones, as well as her process using a traditional camera.

A focus on skills for wider shots and close-ups will be covered as the group explores the Botanic Gardens in the early evening, practising skills as they are presented.

Tutor

Tutor Julia Atkinson-Dunn Julia Atkinson-Dunn is a passionate new gardener of 6 years. With a background in interior design, art and writing, she found a new creative pathway in learning to understand gardening and plants with the purchase of her Linwood villa in 2017.

Since then she has photographed and written two books with Koa Press, attempting to inspire fellow beginners and home gardeners with her local point of view.

She has also written over 90 articles as part of her gardening column for Stuff and is currently working on her next publication. You can view Julia’s writing and garden-inspired artwork on her site www.studiohome.co.nz(external link).

Venue

The Kiosk
Christchurch Botanic Gardens
Just over the Armagh Street footbridge and near the children's play area.

Cost

CHS and Friends Members: $40
Non-members: $50

Find out how to become a CHS member.(external link)

7pm to 9pm, Tuesday 21 February

Master the art of cuttings and expand your plant collection this Autumn!

Semi-hardwood cuttings can be used to propagate a wide range of perennials and evergreen shrubs ranging from camellias, rhododendrons and hebes to popular herbs like bay, lavender, rosemary and thyme. 

They are usually taken in late Summer through to early Autumn when new growth has matured and become firmer.

In this two-hour workshop participants will observe examples in the Christchurch Botanic Gardens and then prepare lots of different provided materials to take home and tend.

Tutor - Pratima Dhakal Acharya

With a Master’s degree in Horticultural Science from Lincoln University and in charge of propagation at a commercial nursery, Pratima is an expert in her field.

A passionate horticulturist, Pratima is motivated to work with people and plants to contribute to a sustainable future. Take home an array of cuttings and the skills to increase your outdoor plant selection.

Venue

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

Email: office@chsgardens.co.nz

Cost

CHS and Friends members: $40 per workshop.

Add a CHS membership(external link) to your order and check out at the discounted members rate.

7pm to 9pm Tuesdays - 28 February, 7 March, 14 March and 12.30pm to 2.30pm, Saturday 11 March.

Grow - Pick - Arrange

A four-session course hosted at Canterbury Horticultural Society’s Kiosk at the Christchurch Botanic Gardens and Moon River Flower Farm. Sustainable Floristry is a beautiful foundation course covering the fundamentals of growing right through to arranging.

Tutor Claire Maetzig’s philosophy is one of ‘slow flowers’ – field-grown flowers that bloom in harmony with the seasons. Moon River flowers are natural, beautifully scented and have a whimsical cottage garden aesthetic.

This short course is suitable for future florists, designers or creative amateurs keen on floral art.

All flowers and materials provided. Complimentary tea, coffee and light refreshments are available throughout each session.

Each session you’ll get to take home all arrangements made on the course as well as:

  • Flower Pin Frog – Kenzan Ceramic container.
  • Dried flower pressing kit.
  • Flower Scissors.
  • Dried flower wreath.
  • Seeds and plant cuttings to grow your own.

Tutor

Claire Maetzig is a farmer and florist at Moon River(external link). A home gardener and floral designer gone wild (with enthusiasm!). Having grown and arranged flowers for over 7 years she expanded her growing space in 2021 to include 1/2 an acre of leased land in the Christchurch red zone.

With several years of study in Japanese flower arranging (Ikebana) Claire offers a unique design perspective. She loves to work in harmony with the seasons, showcasing the characteristics and beauty of each floral element in her arrangements. Her style is naturalistic and whimsical.

Growing her own flowers and using organic farming techniques is particularly important to Claire, “I want to use locally grown flowers in my floristry and for them to be as fresh as possible. I have studied organic garden design and no dig farming techniques and continue to seek new flower farming knowledge at every opportunity.”

We are delighted to secure Claire as tutor for this special floristry course.

Session 1

Tuesday 28 February 2023.

The Kiosk, Christchurch Botanic Gardens

  • Planting in autumn for spring flowers
  • Propagating perennials from cuttings and division

Get yourself sorted for gorgeous spring and early summer flowers. Claire will teach you some easy at-home techniques for seed raising and propagation even if you don’t have a greenhouse. The session includes seeds and cuttings for you to practice in class and more to take home for your own garden.

Session 2

Tuesday 7 March 2023.

The Kiosk, Christchurch Botanic Gardens

  • Sustainable floral arrangement

Learn all about the new movement towards environmentally friendly and sustainable floristry. Practice working with a flower pin frog (Kenzan) and take it home to use over and over again.

Learn how to create a cute jar arrangement – perfect for gifting. All these activities will use flowers from Moon River Flower Farm.

Session 3

Saturday 11 March 2023.

Moon River Flower Farm (Rain day Sunday 12)

  • Harvesting techniques. 
  • Red Zone foraging.
  • Picking flowers and arranging them in garden style bouquet.
  • Wrapping bouquets.

Come and visit Moon River Flower Farm and hear about how it all started. Learn harvesting techniques and pick your own flowers. While your gorgeous cut flowers ‘condition’ in water, join Claire for a red zone wander and forage foliage to add to your bouquets.

Regroup and learn how to create a garden-style bouquet following Claire’s demonstration. Finally learn how to wrap your bouquet using craft paper and paper ribbon.

Session 4

Tuesday 14 March 2023.

The Kiosk, Christchurch Botanic Gardens.

  • Pressing Flowers
  • Creating a wreath with Dried Flowers

Time to get creative with flower crafts that will see you through the winter. First, learn about pressing flowers and have a go using your new flower press kit. Next, enjoy letting your creative spirit loose by making a gorgeous dried flower wreath.

Venue

Classes will be held at The Kiosk, conveniently located just over the footbridge from the Armagh Street car park in the Christchurch Botanic Gardens and at Moon River Flower Farm, Trent Street, Linwood.

Email: office@chsgardens.co.nz

Facebook Event(external link)

Cost

  • CHS and Friends members $550
  • Non-members $660 

Add a CHS Membership(external link) to your order and check out at the discounted members rate.

Members receive up to 20% off all our courses and workshops. Membership is valid for 12 months from purchase.

1pm and 7pm, Wednesday 1 March

Join the Canterbury Horticultural Society for their monthly speaker series, Garden Life.

Main Speaker: Marg and Geoff Allison

Not Just Pretty Flowers - the New Zealand Dahlia Collection at the Christchurch Botanic Gardens

“Dahlias are the supreme summer and early autumn flowers. They sparkle in soft light. It is only in the last decade that more gardeners have come to appreciate their charms.” Quote from The Garden RHS September 2022.

Marg and Geoff Allison, as volunteers under the umbrella of the Friends of the Christchurch Botanic Gardens, have taken responsibility for the dahlia collection for the past five years. 

Both retired, Marg has a health sector background and Geoff with the Ministry of Agriculture. Between them, they can spend up to 30 hours a week working on the collection. In addition, time is spent at home networking, researching and maintaining records.

In their illustrated presentation Geoff and Marg will outline their five-year journey of recovering and reimagining the New Zealand dahlia collection and including the species dahlias; the guidance and encouragement of Dr Keith Hammett and other New Zealand dahlia raisers and experts; the successes and challenges of developing and maintaining a collection in a public garden.

Mini Speaker: Scott Astill
CHS Scholarship Recipient

Venue

The Kiosk
Christchurch Botanic Gardens
Just over the Armagh Street footbridge and near the children's play area.

Cost

Members: $5
Non-members: $10
Tea, coffee and biscuits included

Find out more about Garden Life and how to become a CHS member.(external link)

3pm to 6pm, Sunday 12 March 2023

The Friends of the Botanic Gardens invite you to enjoy bubbles, canapes, music and croquet on the lawn at Mona Vale.

Tickets are available to purchase for $120 per person and all proceeds will help restore the historic Bathhouse to its former glory.

Dress for the occasion - Edwardian-inspired fashion is encouraged.

Find out more and purchase tickets.(external link)

Please direct all enquiries to monavalefundraising@gmail.com

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