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Felicia flower and native blue butterfly

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Enchanted Garden exhibition

Open daily, 11am to 3pm until 31 January 2019

A riot of larger-than-life flowers and fruit has taken over the former Tea Kiosk in the Botanic Gardens. 

The flamboyant fabric creations of local costume artist Jenny Gillies are on show in the newly reopened Christchurch Botanic Gardens Kiosk Gallery.

  • $10 adults 
  • $5 seniors, students and children 5 years old and over 
  • No charge for children under 5 years old
  • $15 family concession (two adults, two children).

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Friends of the Botanic Gardens: Fern Factor

4pm, Sunday 23 September

This month, the Friends of the Botanic Gardens are excited to present speaker Paul Michael, Director of Fern Factor.

Paul will talk about the many parts ferns play to help the environment. From holding banks to building carbon, these ancient wonders play a vital role in our native ecosystems.

Friends' members $5, non-members $10, refreshments included.

Old Information Centre, by the Armagh Street car park entrance of the Botanic Gardens.


NZARB South Island Tree Climbing Competition

From 8.30am, Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 September

New Zealand arborists are at the forefront of tree climbing – come along and watch them put their skills to the test and go head to head at the south island regional championships!

Preliminaries will take place on Saturday followed by the Master’s event on Sunday.

 For more information about the event, check the New Zealand Arboricultural Association website(external link).

Pollen Power Discovery Trail

9am to 5pm daily, Saturday 29 September to Sunday 14 October

Learn all about the secret life of pollinators in this free school holiday discovery trail!

  • Collect your free booklet from the Botanic Gardens' Visitor Centre
  • Bring a pen or pencil to help you complete the activities

Canterbury Horticultural Society: All About Gardening

7pm, Monday 1 October and 9.45am, Tuesday 2 October

All About Gardening is the Canterbury Horticultural Society's monthly meeting. Anyone is welcome to attend to learn new tips and tricks for their garden as well as chat to like minded folk. 

October's speaker is Michael Trengrove from The Electric Garden - Digital Future Aotearoa. Michael will talk about a new project for primary schools which supports digital learning through gardening, and develops gardening knowledge through coding. Also in the programme will be the ever popular Gardening Half Hour.

  • Christchurch Bridge Club, 12 Nova Place (plenty of parking available)
  • $2 for CHS members, $5 for non members
  • Refreshments included


Backyard Buzz project

Monday 1 October to Monday 31 December

What's the buzz in your backyard? We need your help to find out!

Tell us what pollinators are visiting the flowers in your garden for ten minutes each month between October and December. Check out the Backyard Buzz webpage for more information and to register your interest.

A better understanding, and the promotion of wild pollinators in Christchurch will benefit our biodiversity, our food, our gardens and our native plants.

Breeze Walking Festival: Pollinator Promenade

2pm to 3.30pm, Wednesday 3 October

Join our ecologist on a guided walk around the Christchurch Botanic Gardens, talk to some of the garden curators, and find out how the Botanic Gardens supports pollinator diversity.

  • Grade: Easy - flat terrain, 30 to 60 minutes
  • Suitable for: Buggies and wheelchairs
  • Meet outside the Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre
  • Free

Cancelled if wet. See more information on the Pollinator Promenade event page and check out the other walks available in the Breeze Walking Festival programme(external link).

All right? Amble

10.30am to 2.30pm, Sunday 7 October 2018

Part treasure hunt, part orienteering, this is a fun family walk with a difference.

Pick up your map from the Botanic Gardens Visitors Centre by 1.45pm and scout out hidden delights. Collect a stamp at each point and return your map for a prize.

  • Grade: Easy - flat terrain 30 to 60 mins.
  • Suitable for: Children in pushchairs/buggies and people using wheelchairs.
  • Postponement date: If wet, postponed until Sunday 14 October 2018.

More information on the All right? Amble event page(external link).


Beca Heritage Week: Camellias for Kate

2pm to 4pm, Sunday 14 October

An afternoon of camellias, cakes and craft!

Come along to this Heritage Week event celebrating the 125th anniversary of women's suffrage in New Zealand. Start with a short guided tour of the Kate Sheppard Memorial Walk in the Botanic Gardens to learn about the symbol of the suffragists - the white camellia. Then, head to the gorgeous function room for a craft workshop where you will make your own wearable camellia brooches. Tea and cake will be served during the workshop.

  • Tickets $30 plus booking fees on eventfinda(external link)
  • Meet in the Botanic Gardens car park off Armagh Street and look for the flag
  • Please wear sturdy footwear for the walk as the ground can become slippery

FESTA 2018 Curator's Edible Garden: Sowing and Growing

10am to 12.30pm, Saturday 20 October

Join Botanic Gardens' Curator Louise Young and Sustainability Expert Rhys Taylor for this seasons Edible Garden Workshop.

This spring inspired workshop offers hands on learning and practical advice about seed sowing, crop rotation and companion planting.

Round off the morning with tasty tapas from the Curator's House restaurant!


If you are looking for something to do in Christchurch parks, please check out our volunteer programme.