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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)

HortSkills: Intermediate Level

5.30pm to 7.30pm Thursdays, August 29 to September 26, 9am to 1.30pm Saturday 14 September

The Canterbury Horticultural Society is hosting HortSkills: Intermediate Level, a horticultural course aimed for those who have moved beyond the foundations.

This five week, six session course will cover weeds, lawn care, plants for garden design, propagation, plant parts, functions and botany. Sessions take place on Thursday evenings with the exception of one practical session on a Saturday morning.

  • The Kiosk, opposite the Armagh Street footbridge entrance to the Botanic Gardens
  • $150 per person, 10% discount for returning students.

Register for the course.(external link)

All About Gardening: September

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

Join the Canterbury Horticultural Society for All About Gardening in September.

Speaker Greg Byrnes, Te Kohaka o Tuhaitara Trust, will discuss regeneration. Greg's history has included working in local, regional and central government in Australasia as well as volunteer work in the environmental sector. He aims to bring about change in the way New Zealanders engage with nature and conservation.

  • The Kiosk, Christchurch Botanic Gardens (just over the footbridge from the Armagh St carpark)
  • $5 for members, $10 for the general public
  • Includes tea, coffee & biscuits

Eat Your Weeds Workshop

10am to 12pm, Wednesday 11 September

Did you know that many common weeds are actually edible, not to mention tasty and nutritious? The Canterbury Horticultural Society will host Tuahiwi Botanicals who are presenting a workshop on edible (and not so edible) weeds. You will learn the basics of identifying what you can and can't eat, how to safely taste plants and what you can make with them - pesto and herbal tea anyone?

Palm trees, an illustrated talk

4pm, Sunday 22 September

The Friends of the Botanic Gardens are proud to present September's speaker, Guillaume Jacob, Curator of the American Section, Christchurch Botanic Gardens.

Guillaume will speak about the diversity of palm trees and illustrate his talk by visiting the variety of species in the Gardens.

  • Meet in The Kiosk (the building opposite the Armagh Street footbridge entrance to the Gardens)
  • $5 for Friends members, $10 for general public
  • Refreshments included

Chrysanthemum Circle: Propagation Workshop

1.30pm, Saturday 28 September

Learn how to grow new plants from cuttings and division. Everyone welcome!

  • The Kiosk (near the children's play area)
  • Free

What’s the Story? Kid’s Activity Trail

Daily, 28 September to 28 October

Have fun exploring the rich cultural heritage of Ōtautahi with “What’s the Story?”, a city wide trail run jointly by Christchurch Botanic Gardens, Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū, Tūranga Central Library and Canterbury Museum.

Grab a free trail guide from the Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre or one of the other venues to dive in!

  • For children 5 +
  • Parent/guardian/caregiver required
  • Free

Find out more information(external link).

Breeze Walking Festival: Commemorative Tree Walk

1pm to 2pm, Monday 30 September

Enjoy a guided walk through the gardens and learn about the significance of some of the Gardens’ commemorative trees.

  • Meet outside the Visitor Centre
  • Free
  • Suitable for buggies and wheelchairs

Find out more information(external link), or check out the rest of the Breeze Walking Festival programme(external link).

Banks and Solander celebration of 250 years

4pm, Sunday 20 October

The Friends' of the Botanic Gardens are proud to present October's speaker, Ewen Cameron, Curator of Botany at Auckland Museum.

Ewen will present his talk 'Banks and Solander celebration 250 years: The first descriptions, illustrations and scientific collections of the New Zealand Flora'.

Ewen has been the Curator of Botany at Auckland Museum for over 25 years. Through field work and herbarium research, Ewen has built up a life time of knowledge of northern New Zealand vascular flora. He has looked at over 1400 herbarium specimens, spread over ten herbaria, while researching what Banks and Solander collected in New Zealand. The Auckland Museum holds a full set of the New Zealand section of Banks' 'Florilegium', also a proof set of the 'Florilegium' from the 1890s, as well as 543 Banks and Solander herbarium specimens.

  • Meet in The Kiosk (the building opposite the Armagh Street footbridge entrance to the Gardens)
  • $5 for Friends members, $10 for general public
  • Refreshments included

1769 Garden: Creation and Curation

Time to be confirmed, Wednesday 23 October

The 1769 Garden is part of Waikereru Ecosanctuary, a project initiated by Dame Anne and Jeremy Salmond. Curator of the 1769 Garden, Malcolm Rutherford, will talk about the creation of the garden, how it is used today and some of the stories it holds through the design and species choice. 

  • Meet in The Kiosk (the building opposite the Armagh Street footbridge entrance to the Gardens)
  • $5 for Friends and CHS members, $10 general public

Banks and Solander Collection Display

10am to 3pm daily, October 11 to November 3

Two hundred and fifty years ago, botanists Joseph Banks and Daniel Solander accompanied Captain James Cook on his voyage to New Zealand. They were fascinated by New Zealand's unique plants and collected the first herbarium samples. Celebrate the 250th anniversary of their discoveries and see some of these samples on display at the Botanic Gardens.

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

Spring Plant Sale

11am to 3.30pm, Sunday 3 November

Join the Friends of the Botanic Gardens for their popular Spring Plant Sale! Snap up some gorgeously propagated native and exotic plants for competitive prices.

  • Under the palm tree outside the Kiosk
  • Cash or EFTPOS accepted
  • Bring your own bag

Working with New Zealand Plants

4pm, Sunday 17 November

The Friends of the Botanic Gardens are proud to present November's speaker, the Botanic Gardens' own Luke Martin, Collection Curator New Zealand Section.

Luke's presentation will cover his experience working with indigenous species for the Department of Conservation and how this relates to his work in the New Zealand Section of the Botanic Gardens. The talk will begin in the Kiosk and, weather permitting, move into the New Zealand section.

  • The Kiosk
  • $5 for Friends and CHS members, $10 general public

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

Volunteer

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