Join us for one of our upcoming events at the Gardens. We look forward to seeing you!

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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.

  • $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).

Demystifying Photosynthesis

4pm, Sunday 24 September

The Friends of the Botanic Gardens present a talk once a month. This month, Dr Rainer Hoffman, Assistant Professor Wine, Food and Molecular Biology at Lincoln, will discuss the complexities of photosynthesis and unravel the mysteries of this fascinating process.

  • Old Information Centre
  • Members $2, Non-members $5
  • Afternoon tea provided

Spring Garden Awards

Entries close on Wednesday 27 September

Hosted by the Canterbury Horticultural Society, the Spring Garden Awards are a way of acknowledging the wonderful work of home gardeners, landscape designers, city planners, teachers and employed gardeners.

If you know someone who's had their green thumbs hard at work then why not nominate them today!

  • Awards open to all residents of Christchurch
  • Free to enter
  • Download the entry form here(external link) 
  • Judging day will be on Sunday 1 October

It's a Wild Life!

9am to 4pm, Saturday 30 September to Sunday 15 October

Head along to this event during the Breeze Walking Festival to find the Botanic Gardens is full of more than just plants. We have lots of animals who live here too and you can discover them all on this self guided tour. 

  • Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre, off Rolleston Ave
  • Pick up your free booklet from the Botanic Gardens Visitor centre
  • Best for children aged 5 to 10 years of age

Walk and Talk with Gardens' Curators

11am to 12pm, Monday 2 October

Meet the Botanic Gardens curators to discuss the plans for future planting, conservation, and the impacts of climate change. The walk will be led by guides from the Friends of the Botanic Gardens and is part of the The Breeze Walking Festival 2017.

  • Meet at the Christchurch Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre, off Rolleston Ave
  • Free

A Mindful Meander

12pm to 1pm, Tuesday 3 October

Join meditation and mindfulness practitioner Di Robertson on a peaceful meander through the Botanic Gardens and take a break from your busy working day to explore the joy of beautiful surroundings. This event is part of the Breeze Walking Festival 2017.

  • The trail will be accessible to push chairs, buggies, wheelchairs and motor scooters.
  • Meet at the riverside entrance to the Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre
  • Free

All right? Amble

10am to 2pm, Sunday 8 October

Come along to the Breeze Walking Festival's All Right? Amble for a family walk with a difference. Part treasure hunt, part orienteering, scout out hidden delights and activities at five different stations around the Gardens. Collect a stamp at each point and return your map for a goody bag.

  • Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre, off Rolleston Ave
  • Pick up a map from the Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre
  • Fabulous free family time

Wild Eyes Mission HQ

10am to 2pm, Saturday 14 October

Put your nature ninja skills to the test at Wild Eyes Mission HQ! This special combined Conservation Week and Breeze Walking Festival event will see families put themselves through a series of missions scattered around the Botanic Gardens and Hagley Park. Take a photo of your successful mission and upload it into the Wild Eyes community to earn a set of Wild Eyes.

  • Old Information Centre, Botanic Gardens
  • Free


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