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News and Events

This webpage lists forthcoming News and Events - check this page often.

All are welcome to our events.  Please encourage family and friends to join us.

Past News and Events are recorded in our Newsletter.


Summer Series Events for Friends of the Christchurch Botanic Gardens
  • 27 Feb to 17 March
    Wed to Fri: 6.30–8.30pm
    Sat to Sun: 2–4pm & 6.30–8.30pm

Anthony Harper Summer Theatre: King Arthur

Rollicking entertainment presents King Arthur, an epic tale retold with a fresh, diverse and cheeky rendition that will entertain all. On the Murray Aynsley Lawn (near the Heritage Rose Garden). A free event for all ages, expect an exciting few hours packed with sword fights and a fresh, funny take on the traditional tale.

  • Autumn

Agents of Discovery

Botanic Gardens, various locations. Discover a secret world at the Botanic Gardens where you can solve puzzles and learn all about your local environment. Free to download and play from the App Store or Google Play, there are two versions – one for children aged four to seven, and one for children eight to 12.

  • Sat 9 to Sun 17 March

Pop up nature play space

Botanic Gardens, near the children’s playground. Build a hut, have a tea party, balance on a log – this pop up is all about creative and imaginative play! Running as part of Parks Week 2019.

  • Fri 15 March, 8.45am–5pm

Little Kiwis Nature Play Conference 2019

Botanic Gardens, Visitor Centre Function Room. Explore nature play and learn how to connect children to their environment through inspiring speakers and hands on workshops. A conference for teachers, urban designers, parents or anyone who works with children! Head to the for tickets.

  • Sun 17 March, 4pm

Friends walk/talk: Central Rose Garden

Susan Sanders, Curator of the Garden, will walk us over to the rose garden where she will talk about the growing and caring of these popular plants.

Venue: Meet at Function Room Visitors Centre
Cost: $5 Members. $10 Non Members

  • Sat 6 – Sun 7 April, 8am–4pm

2019 Asia-Pacific Tree Climbing Championship

Botanic Gardens, opposite the Visitor Centre. Come and watch a top level international sporting event that tests competitor’s agility, speed and skill high in the canopy of carefully chosen trees. An Arbor Fair will be running below with market stalls and loads of tree related activities and talks for kids and adults alike!

  • Sat 13 – Sun 28 April

Autumn Discovery Trail: BioBlitz

Pick up a free booklet from the Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre. Pests, plants and poo? Oh my! Discover what makes our environment so diverse in the autumn discovery trail.

  • Sun 28 April,

Friends talk: Dr. Janet Cubey, Botanist Royal Society

Janet will talk about her work with the Royal Horticultural Society.

Venue: Function Room Visitors Centre
Cost: $5 Members. $10 Non Members


Winter Series Events for Friends of the Christchurch Botanic Gardens

  • Sun 5 May, 10am

Curators Edible Garden

Botanic Gardens Curators Garden, next to the Curators House restaurant. Join Curator Louise Young and sustainability expert Rhys Taylor as they guide you through autumn in the edible garden. Head to for tickets.

  • Sun 5 May, 11am to 3.30pm

Autumn Plant Sale

Under the palm tree in front of the Kiosk.

  • Fri 17 May,

Friends talk: Kerry Swanson, Geologist/Author/Photographer

Kerry will have us looking through 3D glasses as he talks about an intimate investigation of plant structure.

Venue: Function Room Visitors Centre or the Kiosk
(This will depend on whether the Kiosk is opened for business by that time.)
Cost: $5 Members. $10 Non Members

  • Fri 21 June,

Friends talk: An illustrated talk on Japanese gardens by Wolfgang Bopp, Director Director of the Christchurch Botanic Gardens.

Venue: The Kiosk
Cost: $5 Members. $10 Non Members

  • Fri 19 July,

Jacky Bowring. Gardens of Melancholy: Reflection, Contemplation and Memory.

Dr Jacky Bowring is Professor of Landscape Architecture at Lincoln University, and is particularly interested in the emotional and experiential dimensions of landscape.  The emotion of melancholy is a focus for her research, including places for contemplation, reflection and ‘beautiful sadness.’  As well as researching on the topic she is a registered landscape architect and brings theories of emotion into designing, including her current work on the memorial landscape for the Pike River Mine Tragedy.

Venue: The Kiosk
Cost: $5 Members. $10 Non Members