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.

Date Speaker Venue
Sunday March 17, 4pm

A Walk to the Roses

Join former Curator, Susan Sanders, as she walks us over to the Central Rose Garden and shares her experiences growing and caring for the stunning plants.

Visitor Centre Function Room

Sunday April 28, 4pm

Meet Botanist Dr Janet Cubey

Dr Janet Cubey will talk about her work with Royal Horticultural Society.

Visitor Centre Function Room

Friday 17 May, 10.30am

Investigating Plants in 3D

Geologist/Author/Photographer Kerry Swanson will have us looking through 3D glasses as he talks about an intimate investigation of plant structure.

Tea Kiosk

(opposite the Armagh Street car park footbridge and Jenny Gillies' Enchanted Garden)

Volunteer guides

The Friends are involved in a variety of activities including:

Horticultural Hub

Volunteers from the Friends and the Canterbury Horticultural Society are available to share their knowledge about gardening, horticulture and botany.

Drop by the Visitor Centre on Wednesdays and Sundays between 1pm and 4pm for gardening advice, inspiration or even just a chat.

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 opposite the Armagh Street car park footbridge. 

Look out for seasonal plant sales where you can pick up beautifully propagated plants for only $5 - the next one is from 11am to 3pm on Sunday 5 May.

Special events

Helping out at Mission HQ in 2017

The Friends have volunteered at numerous Botanic Gardens events over the years, such as Kidsfest, The Backyard Mistletoe Project, Conservation Week, Discovery Trails and many more. 

Their continued support has been crucial to the success of our many educational and conservation events.