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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.

10am to 3pm, Saturdays

Envirokids is a chance to connect kiwi kids to our environmental community and it's free! 

Every Saturday, the Envirohub(external link) will have activities for kids inspired by the mahi (work) of different organisations who work with the environment. Activities available between 10am-3pm every Saturday (even in the holidays!).

  • 10am to 3pm every Saturday at the Kiosk, Botanic Gardens.
  • Children that come regularly can record their learning in a special passbook available once they attend their second event.
  • EnviroKids is also an accredited Children's University learning destination so stamps are available for participating children's passports.

Find out more information about EnviroKids(external link) or keep up to date on the EnviroKids Facebook(external link)

10.30am to 1.30pm, Thursdays

Pop in for an environmental chat if you need inspiration or advice on anything from starting a new environmental project,  volunteer challenges,  funding advice for green projects, sustainability at home or waste and recycling processes. The EnviroHub are here to help!
  • An opportunity to join an on-going conversation or have a one on one chat.
  • Free, no bookings required.
  • Drop into the Kiosk anytime between 10.30am and 1pm in the Kiosk, Botanic Gardens.

Find more information about Environmental Chat(external link).

1.30pm, last Saturday of the month

Warm your winter with botanic wonders on a free guided walk of Mona Vale Garden Park.

Join the knowledgeable and friendly volunteer guides of the Friends of the Botanic Gardens once a month to see Mona Vale evolve throughout the seasons.

Tours run for 90 minutes, please wrap up warm and wear sturdy footwear as the grounds can be slippery after wet weather.

Guided tours are free of charge and no bookings are required - just turn up on the day. Meet by the Rose Garden car park by 1.30pm.

  • Saturday 31 July
  • Saturday 28 August
  • Spring dates to be confirmed

If you have any queries about guided walks at Mona Vale or the Botanic Gardens, please contact friendsofthegardens@gmail.com.

9.30am to 4.30pm, Saturday 31 July

Join the Canterbury Horticultural Society for a practical hands-on full-day course at Avebury House(external link).

Learn the art of pruning your roses to ensure flourishing growth and flowers for the summer season. Also discover how to tame your other garden bushes and shrubs to create light, better ventilation and promote lush foliage.

Rose pruning

  • Identifying types of roses
  • Tools, equipment and hygiene
  • Technique
  • Aftercare
  • Pest and disease prevention

Winter pruning

  • Winter tidy up
  • Identifying when and what to prune
  • Methods
  • Improve ventilation and prevent disease
  • Mulch

Tutor David Milne is a qualified horticulturalist from Scotland where he worked for several private estates as well as the Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh.

In Christchurch, he became a full-time tutor with Agribusiness and is currently Head Gardener at Golden Health Care Group.

Tickets are available from the Canterbury Horticultural Society website(external link).

7pm, Monday 2 August and 9.30am, Tuesday 3 August

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.

August's speaker is Hayley Guglietta who will discuss the regeneration of the Ōtākaro-Avon River Corridor also known as the Residential Red Zone. Hayley lives and breathes Ōtākaro-Avon River regeneration and food security in greater Christchurch - join her to discover some of the wonderful community led projects that are happening.

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  • 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

Saturday 14 August

Join the Canterbury Horticultural Society for hands-on practical workshops at Avebury House(external link).

Establishing fruit trees - 9am to 12.30pm

Identify the best locations and varieties for establishing new fruit trees in Canterbury. By the end of this hands-on, practical workshop you will be able to confidently choose the ideal trees for your garden outlook and ensure they have the best start.

  • Picking the right location – sun, frost protection, wind direction, coastal environments.
  • Choosing the right variety suitable for Canterbury conditions.
  • Rootstock selection – size, vigour, disease resistance.
  • Soil and bed preparation.
  • Planting, staking and support.
  • Mulching.
  • Pest and diseases.

Fruit tree pruning - 1.30pm to 5pm

Learn how to winter prune fruit trees for improved health and fruiting. Not sure where to begin with your pip and stone fruit trees? Come and find out how to tame a neglected tree to ensure its longevity and increase production.

  • Appropriate tools and hygiene practice - secateurs types, loppers, pruning saw.
  • Why prune? Ventilation, health and fruiting.
  • Time of year - winter v summer.
  • The three D's of fruit tree pruning.
  • Tree shapes - vase, espalier and central leader.
  • Pip fruit - tip and spur fruiting, identifying the age of the wood.
  • Stone fruit.
  • Pruning young or newly established trees and restoring old trees.
Members $38 for one workshop or $76 for both. Non-members $ 45 for one or $90 for both.

7pm to 9.30pm, Tuesday 10 and 24 August

Beginner's workshop

In this beginner class, you will learn how to make two hangers for trailing plants. One basic design to get you into the swing of it before exploring different knots to allow you to create your own individual design.

With handouts and newfound skills, you will be able to create even more at home. Participants who complete this class can move on to the intermediate Macramé class.

Intermediate workshop

Time to take your Macramé skills to the next level.

In this intermediate class, you will learn how to make a wall hanging plant holder. These are not only a wonderfully looking craftwork to hang your trailing plants in but highly functional as they sit flat against the wall – perfect when you’re adding to the plant whanau.

Enjoy some warmth and hospitality at The Kiosk for this winter craft course.

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