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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.

  • Sun 11 June

New members of Friends get together.
There will be a walk/talk for new members. Please meet at the Old Visitors Centre.

Penny Martin (Membership Secretary) will contact you by phone closer to the date.

  • Until 30 June
    10am to 4pm

Enchanted Garden Exhibition.
A riot of larger-than-life flowers and fruit has taken over the former Tea Kiosk in the Botanic Gardens. The flamboyant fabric creations of local costume artist Jenny Gillies are on show in the newly reopened Christchurch Botanic Gardens Kiosk Gallery.

$10 Adults. $5 Seniors, students and children 5 years old and over. No charge for children under 5 years old. $15 Family concession (two adults, two children).

  • Sun 16 July

Friends AGM.
Old Visitors Centre. Guest speakers Kristina MacDonald (Conservation and Sustainable Development Christchurch Botanic Gardens) and Juanita Miln (researcher) will speak about: “Returning native mistletoe to Christchurch”.

  • Sat 8-22 July
    10am to 4.30pm

KIDSFEST–The Very Hungry Caterpillar at the Gardens.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar has been munching his way through the Christchurch Botanic Gardens!

Follow him through the Gardens and discover what’s in his belly. The award-winning team at the Botanic Gardens has created a trail with scenes inspired by Eric Carle’s classic picture book. This activity is free and available throughout the July school holidays.

Pick up your trail map from the Visitor Centre. Free.

The trail is accompanied by several live story sessions brought to you by the Christchurch City Libraries.

Story-telling Sessions: Wednesday 12th, Friday 14th, Wednesday 19th and Friday 21st July. 10.30-11.30am.

Free, but bookings required:
Phone Christchurch City Libraries - 03 941 5140.

  • Fri 21 July

Friends of the Botanic Gardens talk:
Horticulture’s Contribution to Taxonomic Botany.

Dr Peter Heenan had a 10 year career in horticulture, including 3 years at the Botanic Gardens, before embarking on a 27 year scientific career with DSIR Botany Division and Landcare Research. He now works as an ecological and botanical consultant.

Old Information Centre. Members $2, Non-members $5.

  • Sun 6 Aug

Curators’ Edible Garden Session - Pruning and planning.
Curator Louise Young and sustainability expert Rhys Taylor will share with you the joys and jobs of winter in the edible garden.

See a pruning demonstration on fruit trees and shrubs. Plan your vegetable crops for next season, choose seeds and what to sow early for Spring (with some indoor activity) This session includes a seasonal tour of the Potager Garden at the Curator’s House, Spanish tapas and hot drinks.

Curators House Garden. $39 bookable on Eventfinda.

  • 14–15 Sept

Conference: Joseph Banks: Science, Culture and Exploration.
Bank’s influence on the Indo Pacific is the topic of a series of workshops, culminating in a conference in the UK during September 2017.

While many scholars have studied Banks’ activities in specific regions such as China, Australia, or India, this project will develop a more integrated vision of Joseph Banks by locating him in this history of the remaking of the Indo-Pacific world.

Workshops to date have encompassed representations of Banks from feminist, literary and art history perspectives as well as from those of scholars of maritime and exploration interests. The ultimate goal is to examine the transformative influences of Banks on his period and beyond with view develop a major grant application that will be able to absorb a more integrated and complex vision of Banks, in the build-up to the 200th anniversary of his death that will take place in 2020.

Find more information at:

The Banks Papers – State Library of New South Wales.
Banks letters are spread across the globe, in part because that is where he sent them, in part because his effects were split when auctioned some time after his death.

At the State Library of New South Wales and exciting project invites volunteers to undertake the transcription of over 7000 digitised letters, notes invoices and accounts. After registering, transcribers can work on any selected article, many of which are botany related. Library staff then review and approve this text. The work gives a chance to get alongside Banks his orrespondents and glimpse the minds of the period.

See more and have a go at:

Cook’s Centennial.
Watch out for advisories from the Ministry for Culture and Heritage about celebrations planned for the 250th anniversary of the Endeavour Voyage.

Emissaries – Lisa Reihana at The Venice Biennale.
Banks was on the door in Venice – alive and well and introducing the work that recasts the voyages and the original European “fabrication” of the Pacific to suggest a more complex story.

See more at:

  • Sun 17 Sept

Curators’ Edible Garden Session - Spring boost for veges.
Curator Louise Young and sustainability expert Rhys Taylor will share a bounty of spring tips. Discover how to use composts, liquid feeds and manures in your crop rotation, hands-on seed sowing and pricking out seedlings, protecting Mediterranean crops under glass, companion plants and natural pest-reducers, planning sun shade. Includes a seasonal tour of the Potager Garden at the Curator’s House, Spanish tapas and refreshment.

Curators House Garden. $39 bookable on Eventfinda.

  • Sun 24 Sept
Friends of the Botanic Gardens talk:
How plants grow.

Dr Hoffman, Assistant Professor Wine, Food and Molecular Biology at Lincoln, will talk about how plants grow and how we can use this knowledge in our gardens and get the best out of our plants.

Old Information Centre. Members $2, Non-members $5.

  • Sun 12 Nov

Walk/talk to the woodland area in the Botanic Gardens.
Lizzie Bristow, Curator Woodland Section Botanic Gardens, will walk the group over the bridge to discuss the history of the woodland gardens and have an in depth discussion about the unusual trees in the area and the beautiful perennial plants.

Old Information Centre.

  • Sun 3 Dec
Christmas party