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Witch Hazel flowers in the Botanic Gardens

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Enchanted Garden exhibition

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.

  • open daily 10am to 4pm until June 30
  • $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).

July 2017

CHS: Winter Workshops

Hone your skills or learn something new at this month's Canterbury Horticultural Society Winter Workshop: 'Have a Go' at Pruning Roses, Hydrangeas and Camellias. Please bring meth and rags for hygiene and your own secateurs. The event will be cancelled if wet.

  • Saturday 8 July, 10am
  • Annette Hill's Tomnahurich, 20 Longstaffs Road, Halswell
  • members free, non members $10 at the door, morning tea provided
  • register now via the CHS Office on 366 6937 or email

Kidsfest - The Very Hungry Caterpillar in the Gardens

The Very Hungry Caterpillar has been munching his way through the Christchurch Botanic Gardens! Follow him through the Gardens and discover what’s in his belly in this exciting trail packed with scenes inspired by Eric Carle’s classic picture book. It is accompanied by several live story sessions brought to you by the Christchurch City Libraries.

Botanic Gardens trail

  • Saturday 8 July to Saturday 22 July, 10am to 4.30pm
  • free, pick up your event map from the Visitor Centre.

Story telling sessions

  • Wednesday 12 July, Friday 14 July, Wednesday 19 July and Friday 21 July, 10.30am to 11.30am
  • free
  • bookings required, phone Christchurch City Libraries on (03) 941 5140.

CHS: Winter Speaker Series

Join David Adams as he  presents this month's talk on the history, literature and modern development of bulbs. As a former President of the Canterbury Horticultural Society, David showcases his internationally recognised skill in daffodil culture and breeding.

CHS: Fundamentals of Horticulture Course

Join qualified horticulturalist David Milne on this five week course aimed at learning the basics of horticulture. Perfect for the interested home gardener or those in the trade wishing to up skill, learning outcomes include plant structure, function, and propagation, soil types and modification and selecting plants to suit the growing conditions.

Horticulture's contribution to taxonomic botany

The Friends of the Botanic Gardens present a talk once a month. This month's talk is presented by Dr Peter Heenan, an ecological and botanical consultant with a 10 year career in horticulture. Dr Heenan's talk will focus on the New Zealand Native Collection in the Botanic Gardens.

  • Friday 21 July, 10am
  • Old Information Centre
  • members $2, non members $5. 


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