Since 1989, the Friends have contributed to making the Botanic Gardens a very special place. Their activities and services benefit the day-to-day functions of the Gardens and all funds they raise go towards special projects here.

Two gardeners stand amongst some daffodils

Friends' talks

Every month, the Friends of the Botanic Gardens organise a speaker for members and the public. 

All talks are $5 for Friends' members and $10 for the general public, refreshments are provided.

Check the Botanic Gardens events page for upcoming talks.

Volunteer guides

The Friends offer daily guided tours of the Botanic Gardens between September and April:

  • Time: 1.30pm
  • Meet: By the Museum gates on Rolleston Avenue
  • Cost: Donation of your choosing

Tour guides are knowledgeable and friendly and will tailor the tour to the interests of attendees.

No bookings required, please arrive 15 minutes before tour start time.


 Special interest tours for groups can be booked by prior arrangement. 

Contact friendsofthegardens@gmail.com to arrange a guided tour for your group.

Horticultural Hub

Volunteers from the Friends are available to share their knowledge about gardening, horticulture and botany via a Horticultural Hub.

Operating from the Canterbury Horticultural Society's headquarters in The Kiosk (opposite the Armagh Street footbridge entrance to the Gardens), the Friends are there to run the Hub from 10am to 3pm daily.

If you can't make it down to the Gardens, join HortTalk(external link) on Facebook for all your gardening queries.

Propagation group

Teams of volunteers work in the Friends' glasshouse propagating plants. These plants can be purchased from the Plant Sale stand located next to Jenny Gillies' Enchanted Garden exihibition.

Look out for the annual spring and autumn plant sales where you can pick up beautifully propagated plants for only $5 each! These sales will be advertised on our events page.

Ongoing ontribution

Helping out at Mission HQ in 2017

The Friends volunteer at numerous Botanic Gardens education and conservation based events and their support has been crucial to the success of many.

Their tireless fundraising provides research and training opportunities for the Gardens and its staff.