Join us for one of our upcoming events at the Gardens. We look forward to seeing you!

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Download a map of the Botanic Gardens [PDF, 2.2 MB] showing all event locations.

10am to 3pm daily

The flamboyant fabric creations of local costume artist Jenny Gillies are on show in the Old Information Centre - come see the riot of larger-than-life flowers and fruit on display.

  • $5 entry, children under five free 
  • Old Information Centre, opposite the Armagh Street car park footbridge

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

10am to 11.30am, Mondays during the school term

Calling all parents, grandparents and caregivers! Bring your preschool aged tamariki into the Christchurch Botanic Gardens to enjoy a simple craft or plant based activity with the Canterbury Horticultural Society.

Stories, toys and colouring-in available too.

  • All welcome - no booking needed (caregiver supervision is required).
  • Tea and coffee provided.
  • Gold coin koha entry
  • Runs during School term-time.

Enjoy gardening and nature based activities with your preschooler.

More information available on the Canterbury Horticultural Society Facebook page(external link).

3.45pm to 5pm, third Thursday of the month

Join this enthusiastic group of children who meet for practical gardening activities and to learn the science of good gardening with the Canterbury Horticultural Society.

If you know a child between 7 and 14 years of age who would be interested in learning more about all sorts of gardening then get in touch with the CHS(external link)
  • Meet at The Kiosk (just over the footbridge from the Armagh St car park).
  • Free, but participants must bring their own face mask and gloves for handling potting mix.

*Please note that September's meeting will take place at the Lincoln Events Centre on Sunday 27 September at 1pm so children can explore and discuss the Botanical Expo.

Daily, Monday 14 Septmember to Sunday 11 October

Kia ora tamariki mā! Explore Ōtautahi Christchurch and improve your te reo Māori with this fun taonga hunt.

Pick up a booklet for this self-guided discovery trail at Christchurch Art Gallery, Tūranga, Canterbury Museum, Botanic Gardens or the Arts Centre and begin the adventure.

Complete all the activities and earn yourself a free kids size hot chocolate at Universo Cafe. Namunamuā!

Trail runs from 14 Sept – 11 Oct, while stocks last.

10am to 4pm, Friday 25 September to Tuesday 27 October

New Zealand’s braided rivers and their ecosystems are unique and rare, and they need our help!

Visit the Christchurch EnviroHub’s braided river exhibition, in the Botanic Gardens Kiosk, to learn about these special environments, the wildlife that calls them home, and the threats that are putting these rivers at risk of extinction. Learn about river protection groups, and sign-up for upcoming river care events at our information table. The river exhibition will be running most days, however other events may be happening in the venue on some days. 

 After you’ve visited our exhibition, adventure through the Botanic Gardens to complete our Agents of Discovery mission!

  • DOwnload the free Agents of Discovery app from Google Play(external link) and the App Store(external link)
  • If you download the app and mission (found inside the app) from home, you won't need to use WiFi or data onsite.
  • The Agents of Discovery mission will be available to play at the Botanic Gardens daily for the duration of the event

 Find out more information on the Christchurch EnviroHub Facebook page(external link), or email us at info@chchenvirohub.org.

10am to 4pm, Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 October

Pop into the Kiosk for Beautiful Bonsai! There will be a bonsai competition as well as demonstrations and advice for how to care for bonsai. A must for anyone keen to begin their own bonsai journey.

Event takes place in the Kiosk, just over the footbridge from the Armagh Street car park.

Hosted by the Canterbury Horticultural Society.

1.30pm, daily through October

Join the friendly and knowledgeable Friends of the Botanic Gardens for free guided walks every day through October.

With six different themed walks, you'll never get bored! Check the walk timetable to October's schedule.

  • Meet at the Kiosk (opposite the Armagh Street car park entrance to the Gardens)
  • 1.30pm daily, walks run 45-60 minutes.
  • Register your interest with friendsofthegardens@gmail.com

Bring all your friends and enjoy a informative spring tour of your favourite section.

7pm to 9pm, Monday 5 October and 9.45am to 11.45am, Tuesday 6 October

Join the Canterbury Horticultural Society at The Kiosk for a friendly meeting of like-minded gardeners and horticultural enthusiasts.

Every month the Canterbury Horticultural Society Events Committee secures an interesting speaker for the morning and evening meetings. This is followed by ‘Gardening Half Hour’, an informative session hosted by Michael Coulter.

October's speaker is Cornelia Holten from Korukai Herb Farm(external link). Korukai produce a range of natural herbal products for general health and healing. They grow over 80 medicinal herbs and harvest and process 40 of them to be used for their products.

  • Meet at The Kiosk, Christchurch Botanic Gardens (Just over the Armagh carpark footbridge)
  • Members: $5.00, non-members: $10.00
  • Tea, coffee and biscuits included

12pm to 4pm, Sunday 11 October

We have an Antarctic secret. Tucked away in the Christchurch Botanic Gardens is a building with ties to a magnificent history of adventure, exploration and heroism.

Discover the Magnetic Observatory workshop - the last addition to the group of buildings used by visiting scientists, including Antarctic explorers, since 1901.

  • The Magnetic Observatory can be found along the main path between the Riccarton Ave car park and Armagh St car park entrances to the Botanic Gardens. See a location map.(external link)
  • Pop in between 12pm and 4pm, rain or shine, to learn about the fascinating history and Antarctic connections of the building.

Find more Days of Ice events(external link).

10.30am to 12.30pm, Sunday 18 October

Join the Friends of the Botanic Gardens for their monthly event.

In October, the Friends will visit Orton Bradley Park for a guided tour of the Canterbury Rhododendron Society's garden. 

  • $5 per person for a guided tour, $10 per car for entry to Orton Bradley Park.
  • Bring a picnic or enjoy a coffee at the rustic cafe in the park
  • Bookings are essential, please text or phone Vicki Steven on 022 1304 342 by October 11.

7pm, Monday 2 November and 9.45am, Tuesday 3 November

Join the Canterbury Horticultural Society at The Kiosk for a friendly meeting of like-minded gardeners and horticultural enthusiasts.

Every month the Canterbury Horticultural Society Events Committee secures an interesting speaker for the morning and evening meetings. This is followed by ‘Gardening Half Hour’, an informative session hosted by Michael Coulter.

November's speakers are Colin Meurk and Rachel Teen who will give a joint presentation on water issues and water friendly gardens. Colin Meurk is a Crown Research associate and consultant ecologist.  Rachel Teen has a Masters in Water Resource Management and is working towards a PhD, investigating the concept of water sensitive cities. Find out more.(external link)

  • Meet at The Kiosk, Christchurch Botanic Gardens (Just over the Armagh carpark footbridge)
  • Members: $5.00, non-members: $10.00
  • Tea, coffee and biscuits included

7-9pm, Thursday 5, 12, 19 and 26 November

Are you new to growing indoor plants?

This short evening course provides a general understanding of houseplant health and maintenance with the opportunity to learn more in depth techniques including terrariums and propagation.

$136 Members & Friends of the Christchurch Botanic Gardens
$160 Non-Members
$176 Combined Course & CHS Membership

Includes take home terrarium, macramé hanger and potted cuttings.
Located at The Kiosk, Christchurch Botanic Gardens

Become a Member of the CHS and receive 15% off all our courses and workshops. Membership valid to December 2021.

Limited tickets, book online now.(external link)

3.30pm, Sunday 15 November

Join the Friends of the Botanic Gardens for their monthly talk. 

This month, Botanic Gardens Curator Louise Young will guide us on an informative walk through the Curators Garden, explaining her plantings and philosophy. Louise will also show us some behind the scenes hidden gems!

  • $5 for Friends and CHS members, $10 general public
  • Meet at the Kiosk for afternoon tea followed by the walk

For more information, email Friendsofthegardens@gmail.com.

To get involved in volunteering in the Botanic Gardens, join the Friends' of the Botanic Gardens(external link).