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

Stay up to date with our seasonal Botanic Gardens newsletter

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

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).

October 2021 to April 2022

Join the Friends of the Botanic Gardens volunteer guides for free daily-guided walks at the Botanic Gardens and monthly-guided walks at Mona Vale. Pick and choose from a wonderful selection of topics or come along to all of them for a dose of exercise, beautiful displays and education rolled into one.

See the walk schedule.

Botanic Gardens Guided Walks

  • 1.30pm daily lasting 45 to 90 minutes.
  • Meet at the Kiosk, Christchurch Botanic Gardens.

Mona Vale Guided Walks

  • 1.30pm on selected dates throughout the month.
  • Walks last 90 minutes.
  • Meet by the Mona Vale rose garden.

If you have any queries about guided walks at Mona Vale or the Botanic Gardens, please contact

6.30pm to 8.30pm, every Tuesday in November
9am to 1pm, Saturday 20 November

Grow your confidence and kickstart a passion for horticulture in this six session course brought to you by the Canterbury Horticultural Society!

From problems that occur in our garden borders to botany and tips on irrigation, tutor David Milne covers a comprehensive cross section of home horticulture including:

  • Plant Functions
    Beginners guide to Botany. The development of a plant from seed. The key components of a plant plus the flower and pollination strategies.
  • Soils
    Soils and growing media for garden and potted plants. Discussing soil texture and structure, plus nutrients and fertilisers.
  • Pests, Disease & Disorders
    Looking at some of the problems that occur in our garden borders, lawns, vegetable beds and indoors. Control methods will be discussed.
  • Plant Propagation
    The chance to increase your plant stock?! Mainly a practical session. Look at the propagation techniques of division and cuttings, using appropriate soil mixes.
  • Plant Care
    What to look for in the garden centre and how to nurture. Tips on irrigation, feeding, staking, spraying etc. will be looked at.
  • Planting Practical
    Pruning plus lawns (preparation, seed sowing, care and maintenance)

Meet at the Kiosk in the Botanic Gardens (over the footbridge from the Armagh Street car park) on Tuesday 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 November from 6.30pm to 8.30pm. 

There will also be a practical planting workshop on Saturday 20 November at Richmond Community Garden from 9am to 1pm.

$160 for CHS and Friends members, $192 for non-members. Find out more from the Canterbury Horticultural Society website.(external link)

Contact or 03 366 6937 for more information.

11am to 4pm, Saturday 27 November

The inaugural Christchurch Paeony Show is happening soon!

The show will be held in the Christchurch Botanic Gardens' Kiosk - just over the footbridge from the Armagh Street car park.

Free entry but a koha is appreciated.

More information is available on the facebook event page.(external link)

7pm to 9pm, Tuesday 7 December

Join the Canterbury Horticultural Society for a Christmas Terrarium Workshop and create a miniature festive garden!

Workshop includes all materials and a mini terrarium to take home.

7pm to 9pm, Tuesday 9 December

Join the Canterbury Horticultural Society and celebrate the festive season with nature's very own baubles!

Under the guidance of moss-master Allan Paterson, create a Christmas-themed Kokedama ball using festive flora.

2pm to 3.30pm, Sunday 12 December

We invite you to the New Zealand World Peace Bell open day! Learn about the history and meaning of the bell and have a go at ringing it in the name of world peace.

  • 2pm to 3.30pm, Sunday 12 December
  • Peace Bell, Christchurch Botanic Gardens


7pm to 9pm, Tuesday 14 December

Join the Canterbury Horticultural Society for a Living Wreath Workshop and adorn your home with a long-lasting succulent wreath for Christmas!

This year we are all about sustainable decor so wreaths are crafted from an enchanting selection of succulents that celebrate the natural beauty of Aotearoa. Workshop includes all materials.

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