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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)

Deep South Lazy Sundays

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

Put summer 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)

All About Gardening

7pm, Monday 3 February and 9.45am, Tuesday 4 February

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. Join us at The Kiosk for a friendly meeting of like-minded gardeners and horticultural enthusiasts.

In February, join Clare Scott for her talk 'Growing in a Small Garden and 3rd Age Gardening'. An active garden columnist, Clare has a deep affection for all plants (especially heritage roses) and the stories they tell. Hailing from a farming background she was a sole green keeper for three years and has been involved in garden centres for the past 30 - 20 years as a buyer and manager.

  • Meet at the Kiosk
  • $5 for CHS and Friends members, $10 general public
  • Tea, coffee and biscuits provided

Christchurch Photographic Society Exhibition 2020

10am to 4pm, Thursday 6 to Sunday 9 February

Be inspired by a variety of outstanding images from 20 award winning photographers at the Christchurch Photographic Society's 2020 exhibition. Artwork will be available to purchase.

  • The Kiosk (opposite the Armagh Street footbridge entrance to the Botanic Gardens)
  • Free entry

All About Gardening

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

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. Join us at The Kiosk for a friendly meeting of like-minded gardeners and horticultural enthusiasts.

In March, join speaker David Adams for his talk 'Daffodil Bulbs' . A life member and former president of both the Canterbury Horticultural Society and the National Daffodil Society, David has international recognition in daffodil culture and breeding. A retired teacher he brings skills in presentation and practical learning. A not to miss meeting for daffodil fans!

  • Meet at the Kiosk
  • $5 for CHS and Friends members, $10 general public
  • Tea, coffee and biscuits provided

Friends of the Botanic Gardens Summer Series

4pm, Sunday 15 March

The Friends of the Botanic Gardens are proud to present March speaker Alan Morgan with his talk 'Vive la Difference': Flora from Australia to the Sub-Antarctic Islands.

Alan, a plantsman, traveller and photographer will share his knowledge and experience of these flora.

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

Succulent and Cacti Display

9am to 5pm, Saturday 28 March

The Christchurch Succulent & Cacti Club are taking over The Kiosk for the day with a fabulous display of cacti and succulents. There will be information about growing and how to become a club member as well as lots of sales tables! Come and find out more about this active group of growers.

  • The Kiosk
  • Free entry
  • Cash sales only

Volunteer

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