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Enchanted Garden exhibition

Open daily 10am to 4pm until 30 June 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).

For more information, visit www.jennygillies.com(external link)

Anthony Harper Summer Theatre: The Little Prince

Thursday 1 February 2018 to Sunday 18 February

This year the Anthony Harper Summer Theatre presents 'The Little Prince', a whimsical tale about truth and love that all ages will enjoy. Masks, puppets and tricks will transform the Botanic Gardens into a magical universe - be sure to come along and watch!

  • 7pm Wednesday to Sunday, 1.30pm Saturday, Sunday and Waitangi Day
  • Murray Aynsley Law, Botanic Gardens
  • Free

City Sounds

12pm to 1.30pm, every Sunday in February

Hit the Botanic Gardens on a Sunday to hear talented brass bands each week. Pack a picnic or grab some tasty food from one of the many eateries nearby and make the most of these free concerts!

All bands will play on the Central Lawn, located between the Rose Garden and the Peace Bell.

  • Sunday 4 February: New Brighton Silver Band
  • Sunday 11 February: Stedfast Band
  • Sunday 18 February: Canterbury Brass Band
  • Sunday 25 February: Christchurch City Corps

Canterbury Horticultural Society: Junior Gardeners

3.45pm to 5pm, Thursday 15 February

Join these enthusiastic children for practical gardening activities and learning about the science of good gardening!

  • CHS Meeting Room, 2/153 Lichfield Street
  • Aimed at ages 8-14
  • Contact the CHS Office on 03 366 6937 for more information

Ingham's Lazy Sundays - The Swan Sisters

3.30pm to 5pm, 18 February

Enjoy free live music every Sunday afternoon in the Botanic Gardens throughout January and February. Bring a picnic and relax with friends, family and good tunes!

A delicate blend of folk, dreamy pop, country and swingin' blues, the talented duo of Amy Grace and Amiria Grenell encapsulate their friendship and love of storytelling through music. Gentle harmonies and acoustic instruments match their preferred intimate venues well.

Attracting Native Biodiversity to Gardens

4pm, Sunday 25 February

The Friends of the Botanic Gardens host a talk once a month. This month, Mike Bowie, Senior Tutor in the Pest Management and Conservation Department at Lincoln University will discuss native biodiversity in the garden. A fantastic speaker, Mike will give a brief introduction of what biodiversity we have lost, what species can benefit us and how they can be attracted back to our gardens.

  • Old Info Centre, Christchurch Botanic Gardens
  • Friends of the Botanic Gardens members $2, non members $10

Ingham's Lazy Sundays - All Girl Big Band

3.30pm to 5pm, 25 February

Enjoy free live music every Sunday afternoon in the Botanic Gardens throughout January and February. Bring a picnic and relax with friends, family and good tunes!

It's girl power to the max with this full jazz big band complete with sax, trombone, trumpet, rhythm and some powerhouse vocals! With an array of talented musicians ranging in age from high school up to 77, most of the members are professional musicians and music teachers with the group having numerous successful jazz gigs.

Take me outside - connecting children and parks

8am to 5pm, Friday 9 March

As the nature play movement grows in New Zealand, gain the knowledge and confidence to use nature as a teacher at this amazing conference and workshop. Aimed at educators and those who work with 0-7 year olds.

  • Visitor Centre and Ilex Cae
  • Registration $210
  • Group Discount: For 4 or more from the same centre / school / organisation $175 p.p.
  • Registration includes lunch, morning and afternoon tea.

Regenerating Christchurch's Port Hills

4pm, Sunday 18 March

The Friends of the Botanic Gardens host a talk once a month. This month, Dr Antony Shadbolt, Landscape Architect and Ecologist for the Christchurch City Council will speak about his work regenerating the Port Hills following the fires of 2017.

  • Old Information Centre, Christchurch Botanic Gardens
  • Friends of the Botanic Gardens members $2, non-members $10

Volunteer

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