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Witch Hazel flowers in the Botanic Gardens

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Enchanted Garden exhibition

Open daily 10am to 4pm until 31 December

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.

  • Open daily 10am to 4pm until 31 December
  • $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).

Kidsfest - The Very Hungry Caterpillar in the Gardens

Open daily 10am to 4pm, Saturday 8 July to Sunday 23 July

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 in this exciting trail packed with scenes inspired by Eric Carle’s classic picture book.

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

Botanic Gardens trail

  • Saturday 8 July to Sunday 23 July
  • 10am to 4.00pm
  • Free,

Pick up your event map from the Visitor Centre, or download your map [PDF, 288 KB].

Story telling sessions

  • Wednesday 12 July, Friday 14 July, Wednesday 19 July and Friday 21 July
  • 10.30am to 11.30am

These are now fully booked.

Fundamentals of Horticulture Course

Every Thursday 5.30pm to 7.30pm, 20 July to 17 August

Join qualified horticulturalist David Milne on this five week course aimed at learning the basics of horticulture.

Perfect for the interested home gardener or those in the trade wishing to up skill, learning outcomes include plant structure, function, and propagation, soil types and modification and selecting plants to suit the growing conditions.

Horticulture's contribution to taxonomic botany talk

10am, Friday 21 July

The Friends of the Botanic Gardens present a talk once a month. This month's talk is presented by Dr Peter Heenan, an ecological and botanical consultant with 40 years experience growing and studying native plants. Dr Heenan will present examples of a number of newly recognised native species during his talk.

  • Friday 21 July, 10am
  • Old Information Centre
  • Members $2, non members $5
  • Morning tea provided.

Curator's Edible Garden: Pruning and Planting

1.30pm to 3.30pm, Sunday 6 August

Join curator Louise Young and sustainability expert Rhys Taylor as they share the joys and jobs of winter in the edible garden.

Plan your vegetable crops for next season, choose seeds, see pruning in action, enjoy a seasonal tour in the Potager Garden at the Curator's House and tuck into delicious Spanish tapas and hot drinks.

Canterbury Horticultural Society: Winter Speaker Series

7pm, Thursday 10 August

Head along to the MJ Barnett Memorial Lecture to hear Dr Gary Houliston finish the Canterbury Horticultural Society's Winter Speaker Series with his talk on threatened plant species.

With a career as a Conservation Geneticist, Gary has done considerable work on what makes plants invasive and will share some of his findings. 

Canterbury Horticultural Society: Winter Workshop

10am, Saturday 12 August

New to pruning? Want the latest tips and tricks?

Either way come along to this month's Canterbury Horticultural Society Winter Workshop: Pruning fruit trees.

  • Saturday 12 August, 10am
  • Oaklands School, 37 Cunningham Place, Halswell
  • Members free, non-members $10 at the door, includes morning tea
  • Register now via the CHS Office on 366 6937 or email

Event will be cancelled if wet.



If you are looking for something to do in Christchurch parks, please check out our volunteer programme.