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Enchanted Garden Exhibition

Open daily 10am to 4pm until mid 2017.
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)


Inghams Lazy Sundays - bonus sessions

Sundays 3pm to 4.30pm.
Archery Lawn. 

The live music continues with a special bonus session and a new date for last weekend's cancelled acts:

  • 12 March, Christchurch pop rockers August Fields, singer songwriter Katie Thompson and emerging indie pop rock artists, Volts.

Summer Bandstand

Sundays 12.30pm to 2pm.
Central Lawn. 

Live music from some of our best brass, silver and pipe bands:

  • 12 March, Botanic Gardens Central Lawn - Woolston Brass Academy
  • 19 March, Botanic Gardens Central Lawn - City of Christchurch Highland Pipe Band
  • 26 March, Botanic Gardens Central Lawn - The Salvation Army Christchurch City Band

Edible Christchurch & Heritage fruits which helps community resistance 

12 March, 4pm
Old Information Centre

The Friends of the Christchurch Botanic Gardens present talks once a month. This month Dr Matt Morris will represent the Food Resilience Network and speak about efforts to make Christchurch 'the best edible garden city in the world.'
Krystina Hill will discuss growing heritage fruit trees in the Canterbury climate.  


Autumn Harvest Discovery Trail

14 April to 30 April, 10am to 5pm.

Join us in the school holidays on our ever popular trail. We are  hunting for plants that are great to eat. Suitable for ages 5-10. Collect your booklet from the Visitor Centre.

Exploring Cass

16 April, 4pm
Old Information Centre

The Friends of the Christchurch Botanic Gardens present talks once a month. This month Friends grant winner Heidi Connolly will speak about her field trip to Cass. 

Celebrating Autumn Garden Show

Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 April, 10am to 5pm.
Ilex Room & Marquee.

Vibrant flowers & plants from alpines to bonsai jointly presented by Canterbury Horticultural Society and Christchurch City Council Botanic Gardens. 

Last years event featured Edible Canterbury/Ōtākaro Orchard, Christchurch Beautifying Association, Friends of Botanic Gardens, Christchurch Bonsai Society, NZ Alpine Society, Canterbury Orchid Society, Riccarton Horticultural Society, Canterbury Horticultural Society (CHS) Fruit & Vegetable and Chrysanthemum Circles, CHS Combined Garden Clubs and the CHS itself. We are expecting another great turn out for 2017.

Curators Edible Garden Session
Bedding in–Preparing your food garden for winter

Sunday 30 April, 1.00pm to 3.30pm.
Curator’s House Garden.
$39 Book online at

Curator Louise Young and sustainability expert Rhys Taylor will share with you the joys and jobs of autumn in the vegetable garden.This workshop will include practical demonstrations to help prepare your garden for winter.

Discover how to protect winter crops, the best green manures to plant and planning for crop rotation. Finish with a taste of Autumn-themed Spanish Tapas by renowned restaurateur Javier Garcia. 

Hagley Park Events 


Ultimate Frisbee Tournament

Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 March, from 9am. 
North Hagley Park.

Come down and watch teams from around New Zealand compete in the Chalice City Classic and demonstrate their athletic abilities.

Jump For Cancer Hagley 

Friday 24 March, 4pm. 
North Hagley Park.
Free to the public. VIP tickets $200. 

This show jumping event will raise funds for the Breast Cancer Foundation with 40 horses and ponies competing. The team at the Botanic Gardens are currently growing masses of pink flowers to decorate the jumps and surrounding area.

Limited VIP tickets are available, contact


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