Thomas Edmonds, the manufacturer of the famous brand of baking powder, commissioned this garden around his new factory, built in 1923.

Edmonds Factory Park

The garden and factory, which feature on the cover of the best-selling Edmonds Cookery Book, have been a horticultural delight for generations of visitors and residents of the city. The gardens have won many awards in civic beautifying competitions and are a popular site for outdoor weddings and photography.

Until the late 1980s, a succession of gardeners was employed full-time to maintain and develop the formal geometric beds, lawns and plantings of annuals. Recently new, enclosed areas of a more natural style have been developed, with an emphasis on low maintenance, featuring permanent plantings of evergreen shrubs and dwarf conifers.

The City Council acquired a major portion of the original Edmonds Factory Garden in 1991 after the building had been demolished and the property sub-divided. Since then, a rose garden and an oval garden have been added. The garden is well supported by the local community and a dedicated group known as Friends of the Edmonds Factory Garden works with the City Council to care for the garden.

Edmonds Factory Park Wedding Map

Terms and conditions

For the ceremony:

  • A maximum of 12 chairs may be used for elderly or less mobile guests. Chairs with wide, flat bottomed tips only can be used.
  • Chair Hire is available at $2 each from Friends of EFG. Contact John Hoskin, (03) 389 3584 to arrange.
  • Power is available from 4 power points at the Glasshouse. Contact John Hoskin, (03) 389 3584 to arrange. You will need your own extension.
  • A small portable stereo may be used - no amplified sound or music is allowed.
  • One glass of alcohol (in plastic glasses) may be served to guests for ceremonial toasting.
  • All people (includes photographers) must keep to the pathways and lawn areas and must not stand on or among any of the plant collections.

In keeping with the natural setting:

  •  Marquees and other structures (including free standing umbrellas) are not permitted.
  • Items must not be attached to trees, buildings or other fixed structures and no decorations, balloons, rice, petals, birdseed or confetti are allowed.

To ensure everyone’s safety and enjoyment:

  • Vehicle access is restricted. Contact John Hoskin, (03) 389 3584 to arrange vehicle access into the car park. Please note there is a speed limit of 20kph.


No refunds unless adverse weather conditions prevent your ceremony taking place. Under these circumstances, you must contact our call centre within 24hrs of your booking time. Ph: (03) 941 8999.

A fee of 10% will be charged to cover administration.

Important information

We advise all wedding and civil union ceremony and photo session parties to book alternative back-up wet weather venues.

Please note that as our garden and heritage parks are public spaces, no part may be hired exclusively. Be aware that other non-related activities may be occurring in, or in close proximity to the booked area during your period of use. Parks staff aim for a high standard within the grounds. However, sometimes there may be maintenance work within or close by the areas booked.

The Christchurch City Council reserves the right to cancel any bookings due to circumstances beyond its control.

Map of the bookable locations in the Gardens, plus terms and conditions of use [PDF 860KB].