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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.

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).

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)

10.30am, 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).