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1st: Whareroa Farm Planting Working Bee – Kapiti Coast
Do some good and be rewarded with a free hotdog and morning tea.
9am–12pm, take the Mackay’s Crossing exit to Queen Elizabeth Park, approximately 3.5km north of Paekakariki and follow the flags from the entrance to reach the site, bring good gloves and strong footwear, eg gumboots. Morning tea provided. www.doc.govt.nz
12th: 95th Anniversary of Howick Horticultural Society – Auckland
Celebratory lunch with guest speaker, cake and raffle.
Noon for 12.30pm, Howick Club, 107 Botany Rd, $27.50, contact Denise 09 576 9373
14th: Community Bushcare Day – Auckland
Help weed and learn about pest trapping at Eskdale Reserve. Bring
a spade if you can. Kids welcome.
10am–12pm, Domain Road, Glenfield www.kaipatiki.org.nz/volunteer
15th: Guided Walk: The Rose Garden Story – Wellington
The Lady Norwood Rose Garden was not always the beautiful garden that it is today – learn why on this easy 60-minute walk. If it is wet there will be a talk in the Begonia House.
11am–12pm, Botanic Garden Begonia House foyer, 101 Glenmore St, $5 (cash only),
18th: Rhododendron Auckland annual dinner and talk – Auckland
Annual dinner with presentation by Ms Liz LIght about the Eastern Himalayan rhododendrons
6.30 pm Monteith Room, Holy Trinity Cathedral, Parnell, contact Robyn 09 524 0241
21st: Bay of Plenty Tree Crop Association Tree Sale – Katikati
10am–12.30pm, A&P Show Grounds, contact Elizabeth (eve.) 07 549 2795
22nd: Growing plants for free – Taranaki
Learn how easy it is to create more of the plants you love from cuttings and seed collection.
10am–12pm, Hollard Gardens, free, www.trc.govt.nz
23rd: Guided Walk: Escape to The Tropics – Wellington
Escape the winter cold on a guided stroll to hear stories about tropical and temperate plants.
11am–12pm, Botanic Garden Begonia House foyer, $5 (cash only), www.wellington.govt.nz
29th: Fruit tree pruning – Taranaki
Learn good pruning techniques for pip and stone fruit and tips on tool maintenance.
10:00am - 12:00pm, Tūpare, Free, www.trc.govt.nz
29th: Waikato Orchid Society annual show – Hamilton
Various sales tables.
10am–3pm, Chartwell Room, Hamilton Gardens Pavilion, free, contact Jeanette Hewer 07 843 8348
1st: Trees for Canterbury planting day – Christchurch
Meet at the Manuka Bay Road Track Entrance on Manuka Bay Road.
9am, Port Robinson Reserve, North Canterbury, www.treesforcanterbury.org.nz
1st–30th Sep: Exhibition: “This Earth, My Body” – Dunedin
Visit over the next few months to learn how the planet we live on is an extension of our biological systems.
Dunedin Botanic Gardens Information Centre, free, www.dunedinbotanicgarden.co.nz
2nd & 3rd: All About Gardening – Christchurch
Paul Simmons from Simmons Paeonies joins the Canterbury Horticulture Society to talk about paeonies in all their beautiful shapes and sizes. Also in the programme, Gardening Half Hour.
Mon 7pm, Tues 9:45am, Christchurch Bridge Club, 21 Nova Pl, $2 members. $5 non-members Includes tea, coffee and biscuits. www.chsgardens.co.nz
6th–8th: Marlborough Home
& Garden Show – Blenheim
It’s all about ideas at the Marlborough Home & Garden Show. With over 100 exhibitors, ‘Ask an Expert’ sessions, latest trends, innovations and exclusive show specials it’s the place to be for inspiration for indoors and out.
10am–5pm (Sunday 10am–4pm), Marlborough Lines Stadium, Kinross St, purchase tickets
online or at the show box office, $5, Gold Card special (Friday only) $2.50, under 16s free, www.homeandgardenshow.co.nz
6th: HortTalk – Dunedin
Planting Natives: 30 years of tips and tricks. By Moira Parker, spokesperson, Save The Otago Peninsula (STOP), including what
to plant in different habitats, and how to be successful in the face
of different pests.
12pm–1pm, Dunedin Botanic Garden, free, www.dunedinbotanicgarden.co.nz
12th: Trees for Canterbury, More than Just a Plant Nursery – Christchurch
Part of the Canterbury Horticultural Society’s Winter Speaker Series 2018. Trees for Canterbury’s Steve Bush will talk about their work beyond growing native plants.
7pm, Harcourts Grenadier Auction Rooms, 98 Moorhouse Ave. $5 for members and students, $10 for non-members. www.chsgardens.co.nz
15th: Matariki Dawn Planting – Christchurch
Join rongoā (medicinal plants) practitioners as they celebrate Matariki, the Maori New Year, with a dawn karakia (prayer) and tree planting as a symbol of new beginnings for this new park.
6.45am & 10am plantings, Rongoā Garden – Styx 565R Marshland Rd, Ouruhia. For the later 10am planting meet at 303 Radcliffe Rd for a 10 minute walk into the site, free, bring a head torch and some kai to share, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 027 683 8618
21st: Rose Pruning Demonstration – Dunedin
Don’t be daunted anymore. Rose pruning is easy once you learn a few tips from the experts.
1.30–2.30pm, Dunedin Botanic Gardens Information Centre, free, www.dunedinbotanicgarden.co.nz
29th: New Zealand Lily Society Annual Bulb Auction and Sale – Christchurch
Auction includes species such as Lilium grayi, L. cernuum, L. corniolicum and others. Flowering sized bulbs will be available to purchase after auction concludes. No eftpos available.
2pm, Parade Room, Riccarton Park Racecourse, contact Marie email@example.com
3rd & 17th: Potting Working Bees – Hamilton
Bring your gloves and join avid native plant lovers potting up plants for the Waiwhakareke Natural Heritage Park.
9am–12pm, Waikato Ecological Enhancement Nursery. 284 Airport Road, Mystery Creek, free, www.waiwhakareke.co.nz
4th–5th: Hamilton Gardens Plant Sales – Hamilton
The Friends of Hamilton Gardens are hosting a plant sale with quality annuals and perennials available for purchase at very reasonable prices.
10am–4pm, Hungerford Crescent, SH1 (off Cobham Drive), free, contact Marleina Ruka 021 294 9601.
5th: Plant-A-Tree – Hamilton
Join students from Rototuna Senior High School planting up to 4500 trees. Bring a spade or wheelbarrow if you can.
9:30am–3pm, Rototuna High, Kimbrae Drive, Rototuna, free.
5th: An English Country Garden Concert – Lower Hutt
Hutt Valley Orchestra presents an afternoon concert of English music concluding with Percy Grainger’s classic.
3–4.30pm, St James’ Anglican Church, 71 Woburn Road, Lower Hutt, $15, children free, tickets 0800 289 849
8th: Waste Free Living Workshop – Tauranga
Suitable for all ages and stages, households and flats, to learn lots of ways you can minimise waste
6.30pm–9pm, Papamoa Community Centre, 15 Gravatt Road, Tauranga, $25, tickets www.katemeads.co.nz
15th: Rhododendron Auckland – Auckland
Talk by Karen Lowther, from Eden Gardens, about overseas gardens she has recently visited.
1.30pm, St Aidan’s Social Lounge, Ascot Ave, Remuera, free, phone Robyn 09 524 0241
18th: NZ National Camellia Show – New Plymouth
North Taranaki hosts the national displays of over 1000 entered blooms.
12.30–5pm, Ballroom, Quality Hotel Plymouth International, gold coin entry, www.nzcamelliasociety.co.nz
18th: Home Composting for Beginners – Hastings
Learn how to turn your waste into beautiful, rich, soil-enhancing compost.
10am–12pm, Environment Centre Hawke’s Bay, 809 Karamu Road, free, www.environmentcentre.org.nz
24th–25th: Waitakere Orchid Club Spring Show – Auckland
Biggest display of orchids and orchid traders in Auckland. Buy direct off growers. Native and exotic flowers. Morning/afternoon tea/lunch available.
10am–4pm, Kelston Community Centre, corner Awaroa Road and Great North Road, Glendene, free, facebook.com/WaitakereOrchidClub
25th–26th: Camellia and Daffodil Show – Gisborne
Enjoy the Poverty Bay Horticultural Society’s spring flower show with Open, Amateur, Novice and Children’s Classes.
Sat 1.30–4pm, Sun 9.30am–3.30pm, Farmers Air Events Centre, Showgrounds Park, $5, children under 12 free, contact Gillian
06 863 1310 or firstname.lastname@example.org
1st–29th: Fundamentals of Horticulture Course – Christchurch
A five week practical and theory based course designed for home gardeners or those in the trade needing to upskill their knowledge.
Weds 5.30–7.30pm and 1 practical session on Sat 18 Aug 9am-1pm, Waitakiri Primary School, 170 Burwood Road, $150, registrations close 26 July at www.chsgardens.co.nz
6th & 7th: All About Gardening – Christchurch
Regular monthly CHS gathering.
Mon 7pm, Tues 9.45am, Christchurch Bridge Club, 21 Nova Pl, $2 members, $5 non-members, www.chsgardens.co.nz
12th: Curator’s Edible Garden Workshop – Christchurch
Join a winter pruning workshop covering everything from apples and pears to berries and currants with a winter tapas tasting from the Curator’s House restaurant.
10am–12.30pm, Christchurch Botanic Gardens, Rolleston Ave, $39, bookings 03 941 7590.
12th: Terrace Station Open Garden Day – Hororata
Bring a picnic and enjoy the woodland walkway highlighting magnificent 150 year old sequoias and oaks as spring transforms
the forest floor into carpets of snowdrops.
11am–3pm, Terrace Station, signposted from the Hororata roundabout, $5, children free goes to the Terrace Station Charitable Trust, www.terracestation.org.nz
16th: M J Barnett Memorial Lecture – Christchurch
Canterbury Regional Council’s Biodiversity Officer for Waimakariri Jason Butt delivers the Canterbury Horticultural Society memorial lecture honouring Christchurch Botanic Gardens’ late director M J Barnett’s 30 years of service.
7–8.30pm, Harcourts Grenadier Auction Rooms, 98 Moorhouse Ave, $5 members, $10 non-members, www.chsgardens.co.nz