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

Stay up to date with our seasonal Botanic Gardens newsletter

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

10am to 3pm daily

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 link)

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 4pm, Friday 25 September to Tuesday 27 October

New Zealand’s braided rivers and their ecosystems are unique and rare, and they need our help!

Visit the Christchurch EnviroHub’s braided river exhibition, in the Botanic Gardens Kiosk, to learn about these special environments, the wildlife that calls them home, and the threats that are putting these rivers at risk of extinction. Learn about river protection groups, and sign-up for upcoming river care events at our information table. The river exhibition will be running most days, however other events may be happening in the venue on some days. 

 After you’ve visited our exhibition, adventure through the Botanic Gardens to complete our Agents of Discovery mission!

  • DOwnload the free Agents of Discovery app from Google Play(external link) and the App Store(external link)
  • If you download the app and mission (found inside the app) from home, you won't need to use WiFi or data onsite.
  • The Agents of Discovery mission will be available to play at the Botanic Gardens daily for the duration of the event

 Find out more information on the Christchurch EnviroHub Facebook page(external link), or email us at

1.30pm, daily through October

Join the friendly and knowledgeable Friends of the Botanic Gardens for free guided walks every day through October.

With six different themed walks, you'll never get bored! Check the walk timetable to October's schedule.

  • Meet at the Kiosk (opposite the Armagh Street car park entrance to the Gardens)
  • 1.30pm daily, walks run 45-60 minutes.
  • Register your interest with

Bring all your friends and enjoy a informative spring tour of your favourite section.

7-9pm, Thursday 5, 12, 19 and 26 November

Are you new to growing indoor plants?

This short evening course provides a general understanding of houseplant health and maintenance with the opportunity to learn more in depth techniques including terrariums and propagation.

$136 Members & Friends of the Christchurch Botanic Gardens
$160 Non-Members
$176 Combined Course & CHS Membership

Includes take home terrarium, macramé hanger and potted cuttings.
Located at The Kiosk, Christchurch Botanic Gardens

Become a Member of the CHS and receive 15% off all our courses and workshops. Membership valid to December 2021.

Limited tickets, book online now.(external link)

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

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.

November's speakers are Colin Meurk and Rachel Teen who will give a joint presentation on water issues and water friendly gardens. Colin Meurk is a Crown Research associate and consultant ecologist.  Rachel Teen has a Masters in Water Resource Management and is working towards a PhD, investigating the concept of water sensitive cities. Find out more.(external link)

  • 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 to 4pm daily, Thursday 29 October to Sunday 1 November

Four local Christchurch artists will be featuring works in an outstanding exhibition of photography, oil and watercolour painting.

Artwork displayed will also be available to purchase.

  • Free entry.
  • The Kiosk, Christchurch Botanic Gardens.

3.30pm, Sunday 15 November

Join the Friends of the Botanic Gardens for their monthly talk. 

This month, Botanic Gardens Curator Louise Young will guide us on an informative walk through the Curators Garden, explaining her plantings and philosophy. Louise will also show us some behind the scenes hidden gems!

  • $5 for Friends and CHS members, $10 general public
  • Meet at the Kiosk for afternoon tea followed by the walk

For more information, email

10am to 4pm, Saturday 28 to 29 November

Enjoy roses of all types picked from the stunning gardens of the Rose Society's members. 

A feast of colour and fragrance to senses awaits you in the Kiosk!

  • Free
  • The Kiosk, Christchurch Botanic Gardens

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