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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.


  • Sun 16 Sept, 11am to 3pm

Operation Nature

A Conservation Week event for all ages. Head to the Botanic Gardens to find out how you can help the environment from your backyard.

Venue: Old Information Centre
Cost: Free

  • Wed 19 Sept, 7.30pm

PechaKucha Night: Women, Science & Conservation

Celebrate both the 125th anniversary of women’s suffrage and conservation week with a night of quickfire talks by amazing women.

Venue: Botanic Gardens’ Function Room. Book at
Cost: $18 + plus booking fees

  • Sun 23 Sept, 4pm

Friends of the Botanic Gardens talk - The parts ferns play to help the environment

By Paul Michael, Director of Fern Factor. From holding banks to building carbon these ancient wonders play a vital part in our native ecosystems.

Venue: Old Information Centre
Cost: Members $5. Non members $10

  • Sat 29 Sept to Sun 14 Oct

Pollen Power Discovery Trail

Follow Harry the Hoverfly through the Botanic Gardens to meet his friends and see the important pollination work they do.

Collect your booklets from the Botanic Gardens Visitor
Centre. Bring your own pen.

Cost: Free

  • Wed 3 Oct, 2pm to 3.30pm

The Breeze Walking Festival: Pollinator Promenade

Discover the secrets of pollination on this special tour around the Gardens. Learn about their powers and plights, common and not so common species and even about hand pollination in the conservatories.

Meet out front of the Visitor Centre.

Cost: Free

  • Sun 7 Oct, 10.30am to 2.30pm

Allright? Amble

Part treasure hunt, part orienteering, this is a fun family walk looking to re-connect people in the outdoors.

Pick up your map from the Visitor Centre by 1.45pm and scout out hidden delights.

Cost: Free

  • Sun 14 Oct, 12 Noon

Friends’ visit to Penny Zino’s Flaxmere Gardens

We will travel in private cars to visit this wonderful garden at 128 Westenras Rd, Hawarden.

Cost: $12 per person

  • Sun 14 Oct, 2pm to 4pm

Camellias for Kate

Start this event with a guided tour through the Kate Sheppard Memorial Walk and learn about the significance of the camellia to New Zealand suffragists. Follow this with a craft workshop where you can make your own wearable camellia accompanied by refreshments. An afternoon of camellias, cake and crafts awaits!

Venue: Botanic Gardens’ Function Room. Book at
Cost: $30 + booking fees

  • Sat 20 Oct, 10am to 12.30pm

Curator’s Edible Garden Workshop: Sowing and Growing

Make the most of spring gardening at this wonderful workshop hosted by Collection Curator Louise Young and Sustainability Expert Rhys Taylor. Part of the FESTA festival.

Venue: Curator’s Garden (next to Curator’s House restaurant). Book at
Cost: $39 + booking fee.

  • Sun 18 Nov, 4pm

Friends talk - Garden City to Eco City – an enriched notion of urban greenness

Presented by Colin Meurk, Research Associate at Landcare
Research, Lincoln.

Venue: Old Information Centre
Cost: $5 Members. $10 non members

  • Sun 2 Dec, 4pm

Friends Xmas party

Speaker to be announced later.

Venue: Old Information Centre.