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Enchanted Garden exhibition

10am to 4pm, Monday to Sunday

The flamboyant fabric creations of local costume artist Jenny Gillies are on show in the Old Information Centre - come see the riot of larger-than-life flowers and fruit on display.

  • $5 entry, children under five free 
  • Old Information Centre, opposite the Armagh Street car park footbridge

For more information, visit www.jennygillies.com(external link)

Agents of Discovery

Any time, self guided.

Discover the world at the Christchurch Botanic Gardens! Join Agents of Discovery(external link), the not so secret, secret agency dedicated to learning outdoors and solving challenges. Use the clues around you to solve mysteries of nature, culture and technology that change every season.

  • Download the FREE app to your mobile device on the Play(external link) or Apple(external link) Stores, select the Botanic Gardens as the mission you'd like to play and discover a secret world at the Botanic Gardens.
  • Once downloaded, the game can be played offline so you don't need to worry about data or wifi.
  • Runs all summer long from 21 December.

If you have any questions about the game, feel free to message the Botanic Gardens' Facebook(external link) or email GardensEvents@ccc.govt.nz with your query.

All About Gardening: June

7pm, Monday 6 June and 9.45am, Tuesday 7 June

The Canterbury Horticultural Society's monthly gardening programme for the everyday gardener. You're invited to come along to a two hour programme of information, speakers, gardening tips and fun. 

June's speaker is Landcare Research Ecologist Colin Meurk. Colin will present his talk 'Christchurch-Otautahi - a green and kind city of the future'.

  • Held at The Kiosk, Christchurch Botanic Gardens (just over the footbridge from the Armagh St carpark)
  • $5 members $10 non-members
  • Includes tea, coffee & biscuits

Watercolour Flowers

10am to 12pm, Wednesdays between 5 - 26 June

Time to channel your inner artist with Watercolour Flowers, a short four session painting course with Rose Eastwood - well known for her popular floral cards and illustrations.

Learn the step by step process for creating beautiful watercolour flowers, including various tips and techniques that you can use for any other type of watercolour painting. 

  • Held at The Kiosk, opposite the Armagh Street car park entrance to the Botanic Gardens
  • $120, register by midday on 4 June 2019
  • Cost includes all materials and morning tea

CHS Winter Speaker Series

7pm, Thursday 13 June

Join the Canterbury Horticultural Society at their Winter Speaker Series. This year's theme is Our Living Landscape: Developments in viticulture from Akaroa beginnings to Waipara today.

June's speaker is Steve Wratten with his talk 'Biodiversity in the vineyards around Waipara'.
Professor Wratten is a leading researcher in agro-ecology, with a focus on the biological control of pests. He pioneered the use of using non-native and endemic plant species in agriculture to enhance pest control and reduce pesticide usage. His methods were trialled in the Waipara wine growing region of Canterbury and are now in use in every vineyard region in New Zealand and Australia, as well as some regions in Europe and the US.

  • $5 CHS and Friends' members, $10 for the general public
  • The Kiosk, opposite the Armagh Street car park entrance to the Botanic Gardens
  • Light refreshments provided

Japanese Gardens: An Illustrated Talk

10.30am, Friday 21 June

The Friends of the Botanic Gardens are proud to present their June speaker, Wolfgang Bopp - Director of the Christchurch Botanic Gardens.

Wolfgang will present an illustrated talk on Japanese Gardens.

  • Meet in The Kiosk (the building opposite the Armagh Street footbridge entrance to the Gardens)
  • $5 for Friends members, $10 for general public
  • Refreshments included

All About Gardening: July

7pm, Monday 1 July and 9.45am, Tuesday 2 July

The Canterbury Horticultural Society's monthly gardening programme for the everyday gardener. You're invited to come along to a two hour programme of information, speakers, gardening tips and fun. 

This month, Jane Lancaster from Catalyst Ltd will present her talk 'Food Labelling and Regulation' and discuss what consumers look for, what is reasonable to deliver and what are the trends. With 30 years experience in innovation in the food and agriculture industry, Jane has experience with primary food production and processing, food safety, food regulations, food exporting and biotechnology.

  • Held at The Kiosk, Christchurch Botanic Gardens (just over the footbridge from the Armagh St carpark)
  • $5 members $10 non-members
  • Includes tea, coffee & biscuits

Gardens of Melancholy: Reflection, Contemplation and Memory

10.30am, Friday 19 July

The Friends of the Botanic Gardens are proud to present July's speaker - Dr Jacky Bowring, Professor of Landscape Architecture at Lincoln University.

Dr Bowring's interests lie 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'.

A registered landscape architect, Jacky brings theories of emotion into designing, including her current work on the memorial landscape for the Pike River Mine Tragedy.

Volunteer

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