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Felicia flower and native blue butterfly

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Enchanted Garden exhibition

Open daily, 11am to 3pm until 30 September 2018

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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Matariki: Make a wish tree

Daily, 9am to 4pm, 14 June to 27 July

Make a wish for the Matariki New Year! Write or draw your wish on native leaf cards and either take your wish home or we'll hang it on our wish tree until spring!

  •  Exhibition room, opposite the Ilex Cafe in the Visitor Centre
  • Free

Kidsfest: Dino Detectives

Daily, 10am to 4pm, Saturday 7 July to Saturday 21 July

There's a dinosaur in the gardens and it's eating all the trees! Follow the trail of clues and figure out which of our suspects is responsible... 

Dino themed activities in the Old Information Centre at the end of the trail.

  • Self guided discovery trail in the Botanic Gardens (parents/guardians required)
  • Collect your free booklet from the Visitor Centre
  • Best for children 4 - 10 years but all ages welcome

Fundamentals of Horticulture course

5.30pm to 7.30pm Wednesdays, 1 to 29 August

Run by the Canterbury Horticultural Society, this course is a fantastic opportunity to learn the basics of horticulture in a 5 week, 6 session course.

The course will be led by qualified horticulturalist David Milne who will look at plant names and classification, plant functions, pests, diseases, propagation and tree and shrub planting. 

As well as classes on Wednesday evenings, there will be one practical session on Saturday 18 August between 9am and 1pm.

Canterbury Horticultural Society: All About Gardening

7pm, Monday 6 August and 9.45am, Tuesday 7 August

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. 

The August programme and speaker is yet to be confirmed.

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

House of Travel Botanic D'Lights

6pm to 9pm, Wednesday 8 August to Sunday 12 August

Turn on the lights, switch on your imaginations. House of Travel Botanic D’Lights transforms the Botanic Gardens and The Arts Centre into a spectacle of illuminated artworks and innovative light installations!

Developed and produced by a dedicated team from Christchurch, this five-night winter spectacle engages NZ’s leading lighting artists, designers and creative thinkers. When darkness falls, you’ll explore an illuminated pathway which turns the vast collection of plants and grand conservatories into a glittering winter wonderland. All to the beat of exciting soundscapes and special performances.

  • Free but a gold coin donation for St John is appreciated
  • Christchurch Botanic Gardens, Rolleston Ave, Christchurch city centre
  • Entry points: Western Gate, Southern gate, Rolleston Ave Gate and Armagh Street Gate


Curator's Edible Garden Workshop: Winter pruning

10am to 12.30pm, Sunday 12 August

Join Collection Curator Louise Young and Sustainability Expert Rhys Taylor for this month’s Edible Garden Workshop.

August is all about pruning so come along and receive hands on, practical advice on how to prune everything from apples and pears to berries and currants. Enjoy a winter tapas tasting from the Curator’s House restaurant to round off the morning.

  • Curator's Edible Garden, next to the Curator's House Restaurant off Rolleston Ave
  • Tickets $39 from eventfinda(external link), only 15 available!

CHS Winter Speaker Series: Our Living Landscape

7pm, Thursday 16 August

Join the Canterbury Horticultural Society for the finale of their Winter Speaker Series: the M J Barnett Memorial Lecture with speaker Jason Butt, biodiversity officer for the Canterbury Regional Council.

Jason's talk, 'Don't Panic! It's Only Nature', will focus on some of the forms indigenous ecosystem regeneration takes in Canterbury and will be covering some of the less obvious ecosystem types – many of which are lost because they are poorly understood or recognised.

Friends of the Botanic Gardens Winter Series Talk

10.30am, Friday 17 August

The Friends of the Botanic Gardens hold a talk once a month. This month, Sue Verrall, independent travel leader and travel leader for Discover Travel, will give her talk 'The Great Rift Valley of East Africa'. 

For 16 years in the mid 1990s Sue lived and worked along the Great Rift Valley. She established a landscape company in Tanzania working in stunning wildlife lodges and coastal retreats. She will talk about the wonderful experiences she had during this time.

  • Old Information Centre (opposite the Armagh Street footbridge)
  • Friends' members $5, non members $10


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