Events

Do you have a garden-related event coming up? Contact Sandra to have it listed. While all effort is made to ensure accuracy, Sandra’s Garden can not be held responsible if changes are made.

July 20 Tree Crop Sale, 10am-1pm, Showgrounds, Katikati. Ph 07 549 2795.

July 20-21 Bonsai Workshop with Tony Bebb, Hamilton.

July 20 NZ Orchid Society Show, Mt Albert War Memorial Hall, Auckland.

July 21 Rose Pruning Demo, 1-3pm, Auckland Horticultural Centre, 990 Great North Rd, free.

July 21 & 28 Bush Skills for Women, 8.30-2.30pm, Katikati Community Centre, $60 one day/$110.

July 22 How Safe is our Food? 7-9pm, Yacht Club, Tauranga, $5. Cafe Scientifique presentation by Prof Nigel French.

July 24 Understanding Soils 1, 9.30am-2.30pm, Whakamarama (near Tauranga), $68. Also July 30.

July 24 Drop-in Gardening Group, 10-11am, 14 Jocelyn St, Katikati, free. Contact 07 549 4522.

July 25 Waikato Horticultural Society: Bonsai, 7.30pm, Hamilton Gardens Gate 2, $5. Ph Carmel 07 855 3404.

July 27 Edible Weeds & Green Smoothies, 10am-2pm, Greerton, Tauranga,

July 27 Mustelids, Traps & More, 3-5pm, Acacia House, Whakatane, free. A presentation by Dr Carolyn King.

July 27-30 Botanical Society of America Conference, Tucson, Arizona.

July 28 Crop Swap, 9-10am, Our Place, Willow St, Tauranga.

July 28 Fruit Tree Pruning Demo, 1.30pm, Decor Gardenworld, Bethlehem, Tauranga, free.

July 28 Waikato Orchid Show, Hamilton Gardens. Ph 07 843 8348.

July 28 Bonsai Workshop, 2-4pm, Bunnings, Te Rapa, Hamilton, free.

July 30 Understanding Soils 1, 9.30am-2.30pm, Whakamarama (near Tauranga), $68.

August

August 1 Floristry Fun, 6.30-8.30pm for 6 weeks, Fraser High School, Hamilton, $79.

August 3 Garden Design, 9am-3pm for 2 weeks, Fraser High School Hamilton, $89.

August 3 The Full Monty Vege Gardening, 9.30am-3pm, The Falls Retreat, Karangahake Gorge, $120 (includes lunch). Repeated September 7.

August 3 Tree Crop Sale, 9.30am-1pm, Auckland Regional Botanic Gardens. Contact Kathrina  09 2671260.

August 3-4 Plant Sale, Hamilton Gardens.

August 4 Rotorua & Waikato Botanical Societies Field Trip, Fitzgerald Glade, Western Mamaku Range.

August 4 The Secretive World of Native Orchids, 7pm, Peppertree Restaurant, Coromondael township. Talk by Carlos Lehenbach, curator of the botanical collections at Te Papa.

August 4 Snowdrop Day, Larnach Castle, 11am-3pm, Otago Peninsula, $10.

August 6 Winter Fruit Tree Pruning, 9.30am-2.30pm, Whakamarama (near Tauranga), $68. Also August 10.

August 10 Winter Fruit Tree Pruning, 9.30am-2.30pm, Whakamarama (near Tauranga), $68.

August 10 CSA Orchid Show, 9am-4pm, Mt Albert War Memorial Hall, Auckland, $20 (includes teas, lunch and guest speaker from the US). Ph Joe 07 867 7314.

August 13-15 NZ Plant Protection Society Conference, Auckland.

August 17-18 Poverty Bay Horticultural Society Spring Show, A&P Showgrounds, Gisborne.

August 19 Daffodil Show, Hamilton Gardens. Ph Robin 021 760 545.

August 19 Eastwoodhill Aboretum AGM. Near Gisborne.

August 21-25 International Waterlily Society Symposium, France.

August 21 Robin Count, 9am-12.30pm, Aongatete Forest, end of Wright Rd, off SH2, between Katikati and Tauranga, free.

August 22 Waikato Horticultural Society: Hamilton Gardens, 7.30pm, Hamilton Gardens Gate 2, $5. Ph Carmel 07 855 3404.

August 23-26 National Camellia Show & Convention, Whanganui.

August 24 Understanding Soils 2, 9.30am-2.30pm, Whakamarama (near Tauranga), $68. Also August 27.

August 24 Growing Your Own Backyard Supermarket, 9-11.30am, Katikati Community Centre, $15.

August 24-25 Tulip Festival, 9am-3.30pm, Eden Garden, Auckland, entry charge.

August 24-25 & 31 Beginners Beekeeping, 9am-1pm, Katikati, $85.

August 25 Bonsai Workshop, 2-4pm, Bunnings, Te Rapa, Hamilton, free.

August 27 Understanding Soils 2, 9.30am-2.30pm, Whakamarama (near Tauranga), $68.

August 28 Drop-in Gardening Group, 10-11am, 14 Jocelyn St, Katikati, free. Contact 07 549 4522.

August 29-September 2 US National Dahlia Show, Grand Rapid, Michigan.

August 30 Daffodil Show, noon-4pm, St Paul’s Church, Putaruru, gold coin. Ph Robin 021 760 545.

August 31 Plant a Garden Workshop, 9.30am-3.30pm, Papamoa Hills, $90 (includes lunch).

August 31 Daffodil Show, Hamilton Gardens. Ph Robin 021 760 545.

September

September 6 Morrinsville Daffodil Show, 11.30am-3.30pm, Presbyterian Church Hall, Canada St. Gold coin. Ph Margaret 027 788 6149.

September 7 The Full Monty Vege Gardening, 9.30am-3pm, The Falls Retreat, Karangahake Gorge, $120 (includes lunch).

September 7, Rotorua Botanical Society Field Trip, Aongatete Forest (midway between Tauranga & Katikati).

September 8 Carterton Daffodil Festival, includes the Daffodil Express steam train from Wellington.

September 14 Propagation of Spring Seeds, 9.30am-2.30pm, Whakamarama (near Tauranga), $68. Also September 17.

September 14 Hastings Blossom Festival, parade starts 11am.

September 14-15 NZ Alpine Garden Society & Daffodil Show, Woolston, Christchurch, $5.

September 14- October 13 Tesselaar Tulip Festival, Victoria, Australia.

September 14-October 13 Floriade, Canberra, Australia.

September 15-20 Reclaim your Health, Koanga Institute, near Wairoa, $920

September 17 Propagation of Spring Seeds, 9.30am-2.30pm, Whakamarama (near Tauranga), $68.

September 18 World Bamboo Day.

September 18 Kereru Count, 9am-12.30pm, Aongatete Forest, end of Wright Rd, off SH2, between Katikati and Tauranga, free.

September 19-22 National Orchid Expo, Palmerston North.

September 21 Daffodil Show, Hamilton Gardens. Ph Robin 021 760 545.

September 21 Greerton Village Cherry Blossom Festival, Tauranga.

September 22 Bonsai Workshop, 2-4pm, Bunnings, Te Rapa, Hamilton, free.

September 22 Spring Flowers: Pastoral Table Centres, 10.30am-12.30pm, Auckland City Art Gallery, $238.50 (non-member). The second of three seasonal workshops.

September 22 Nelson Cherry Blossom Festival, 11.30am-2.30pm.

September 22-27 Gardening Masterclass, Koanga Institute, near Wairoa, $828.

September 22-25 Biointensive Gardening, Koanga Institute, near Wairoa, $580 ($522 until August 25).

September 25 Drop-in Gardening Group, 10-11am, 14 Jocelyn St, Katikati, free. Contact 07 549 4522.

September 26 Waikato Horticultural Society: Fruit & Nut Trees, 7.30pm, Hamilton Gardens Gate 2, $5. Ph Carmel 07 855 3404.

September 27-29 Alexandra Blossom Festival (NZ).

September 26-27 Growing Nutrient-dense Food, Koanga Institute, near Wairoa, $380 ($342 until August 25).

September 28-January 12 Picturesque Gardens, an exhibition at Waikato Museum to support the latest new garden at Hamilton Gardens, free.

September 29 Waikato Orchid Show, Hamilton Gardens.

September 29-October 4 Forest Garden Intensive, Koanga Institute, near Wairoa.

September 29-October 4 Australian Native Plant Society Conference, Albany, Western Australia.

October

October 5-6 Rotorua Botanical Society Field Trip, Whangapoua, Coromandel.

October 5-6 Plant Sale, Hamilton Gardens.

October 11-13 Tauranga Orchid Show, Tauranga Racecourse, 10am-4pm daily, $3 entry (under 12 free).

October 11-13 NZ Bonsai Convention, Hamilton.

October 12 Herb Society Spring Expo, 10am-3pm, Katikati Community Centre, $15.

October 12 Beginners Home Gardening Workshop, 9am-5pm, Pakaraka Permaculture (near Thames), $150. Repeated November 30.

October 12 Okareka Mistletoe Restoration Day.

October 13 Spring Fling, 11am-3pm, Larnach Castle, Otago Peninsula, $10.

October 17-20 Australasian Bromeliad Conference, Gold Coast, Australia.

October 19 Understanding Soils 3, 9.30am-2.30pm, Whakamarama (near Tauranga), $68. Also October 22.

October 19 Back to Basics Herbal Medicine, 10am-3pm, Katikati Community Centre, $55.

October 19 Seed Saving Workshop, 2-4.30pm, Papamoa Hills, $45.

October 19-20 Divining the Landscape, Koanga Institute, near Wairoa, $342 (earlybird available until October 5).

October 20 Soap-making, Creams & Ointments, 10am-3pm, Katikati Community Centre, $85.

October 20 Welcome to the Birds, guest speaker at 1pm, Pūkorokoro Miranda Shorebird Centre.

October 20-23 Botanic Gardens Australia & NZ Conference, Wellington.

October 22 Understanding Soils 3, 9.30am-2.30pm, Whakamarama (near Tauranga), $68.

October 23 Drop-in Gardening Group, 10-11am, 14 Jocelyn St, Katikati, free. Contact 07 549 4522.

October 24 Waikato Horticultural Society: Irises, 7.30pm, Hamilton Gardens Gate 2, $5. Ph Carmel 07 855 3404.

October 24-November 3 Tauranga Arts Festival.

October 25-27 Australian Garden History Society Conference, Te Papa, Wellington (NZ).

October 26-27 Organic Market Gardening Workshop, 9am-5pm, Pakaraka Permaculture (near Thames), earlybird $350.

October 26-November 3 Jacaranda Festival, Grafton, NSW, Australia.

October 27 Bonsai Workshop, 2-4pm, Bunnings, Te Rapa, Hamilton, free.

October 29-November 1 NZ Rhododendron Conference, Rotorua, the 75th jubilee event.

November

To November Kauri: The Past, The Present, The Future, Western Bay Museum exhibition, Main Rd, Katikati, free.November NZ Rose Show, Hamilton.

November Rotorua Garden Festival.

November 1-10 Taranaki Garden Festival.

November 2-3 Plant Sale, Hamilton Gardens.

November 3 Rotorua Botanical Society Field Trip, Toatoa Scenic Reserve, near Opotiki.

November 3 Scarecrow Festival, 11am-3pm, Hamilton Gardens, free.

November 3 Festive Flowers: Christmas Wreath, 10.30am-12.30pm, Auckland City Art Gallery, $238.50 (non-member). The final of three seasonal workshops.

November 7-10 Garden Marlborough, NZ.

November 9 Propagation of Summer Softwoods, 9.30am-2.30pm, Whakamarama (near Tauranga), $68.

November 9-10 Botanical Painting & Drawing, 10am-4pm with Sandra Morris, Auckland Regional Botanic Gardens, $215 (includes field trip but BYO materials).

November 12 Propagation of Summer Softwoods, 9.30am-2.30pm, Whakamarama (near Tauranga), $68.

November 14-17 Pacific Rose Bowl Festival, Rogers Rose Garden, Hamilton (Waikato Rose Show Nov 16-17).

November 15-16 Garden & Art Trail, Taupo, $40.

November 15-17 Rotorua Garden Festival.

November 15-18 Herb Federation of NZ Conference, Silverstream Retreat, Hutt Valley.

November 16 Ferment, Preserve & Pickle Workshop, 9am-5pm, Pakaraka Permaculture (near Thames), $200.

November 16-17 Waikato Rose Show, Hamilton Gardens, entry charge.

November 16-17 Auckland Garden DesignFest, 10.30am-3pm, $65.

November 24 Garden Festival, Cambridge (NZ).

November 24 Bonsai Workshop, 2-4pm, Bunnings, Te Rapa, Hamilton, free.

November 24-28 NZ Plant Conservation Network Conference, Wellington.

November 27 Drop-in Gardening Group, 10-11am, 14 Jocelyn St, Katikati, free. Contact 07 549 4522.

November 28 Waikato Horticultural Society: Fairfield Project, 7.30pm, Hamilton Gardens Gate 2, $5. Ph Carmel 07 855 3404.

November 30 Weed Management, 9.30am-2.30pm, Whakamarama (near Tauranga), $68. Also December 3.

November 30 Beginners Home Gardening Workshop, 9am-5pm, Pakaraka Permaculture (near Thames), $150.

December

December 1 Rotorua & Waikato Botanical Societies Field Trip, Oruanui/Marotiri podocarp forest remnants, north Taupo.

December 3 Weed Management, 9.30am-2.30pm, Whakamarama (near Tauranga), $68. Also December 3.

December 7 Advanced Home Gardening Workshop, 9am-5pm, Pakaraka Farm (near Thames), $150.

2020

January 9-12 Regional Rose Convention, Kolkata, India.

January 11-12 Organic Market Gardening Workshop, Pakaraka Permaculture (near Thames), $350.

January 25-27 NZ Alpine Garden Society Study Weekend, Riccarton, Christchurch. The 60th anniversary event includes a lecture, garden visits and a mountain visit.

February 1 Ferment, Preserve & Pickle Workshop, 9am-5pm, Pakaraka Permaculture (near Thames), $200.

February 8 Pests & Diseases 1, 9.30am-2.30pm, Whakamarama (near Tauranga), $68. Also February 11.

February 11 Pests & Diseases 1, 9.30am-2.30pm, Whakamarama (near Tauranga), $68.

February 15 Beginners Home Gardening Workshop, 9am-5pm, Pakaraka Permaculture (near Thames), $150.

February 22-23 Organic Market Gardening Workshop, 9am-5pm, Pakaraka Permaculture (near Thames), earlybird $350.

February 23-28 Seed Week, Koanga Institute, near Wairoa.

February 24-March 1 World Association of Floral Artists Convention, Jaipur, India.

February 29 Advanced Home Gardening Workshop, 9am-5pm, Pakaraka Farm (near Thames), $150.

February 29 Fruit Tree Pruning, 9.30am-2.30pm, Whakamarama (near Tauranga), $68. Also March 3

March 3 Fruit Tree Pruning, 9.30am-2.30pm, Whakamarama (near Tauranga), $68.

March 7 Companion Bird & Insect Planting, 9.30am-2.30pm, Whakamarama (near Tauranga), $68. Also March 10

March 9-15 World Orchid Convention, Taiwan.

March 10 Companion Bird & Insect Planting, 9.30am-2.30pm, Whakamarama (near Tauranga), $68.

March 13-15 NZ Gardens Trust Conference, Manawatu, guest speaker from the US.

March 14-15 Organic Market Gardening Workshop, Pakaraka Permaculture (near Thames), $350.

March 14-15 Traditional Food Storage, Koanga Institute, near Wairoa.

March 24-30 International Protea Research Symposium, Canary Islands.

March 27-29 NZ Tree Crops Association Conference, Auckland.

March 27-30 Australian Landscape Conference, Melbourne.

March 28 Autumn Propagation, 9.30am-2.30pm, Whakamarama (near Tauranga), $68. Also March 31.

March 31 Plant Propagation Through the Year, 9.30am-2.30pm, Whakamarama (near Tauranga), $68.

April 28 Pests & Diseases 2, 9.30am-2.30pm, Whakamarama (near Tauranga), $68. Also May 2.

April 29 Urban Beekeeping, for 10 weeks, Papamoa Library & Community Centre, $100.

May 2 Pests & Diseases 2, 9.30am-2.30pm, Whakamarama (near Tauranga), $68.

May 9-10 Grow your own Mushrooms, Koanga Institute, near Wairoa.

May 23 Crop Management, 9.30am-2.30pm, Whakamarama (near Tauranga), $68. Also May 26.

May 26 Crop Management, 9.30am-2.30pm, Whakamarama (near Tauranga), $68.

June World Heritage Rose Conference, Brussels, Belgium.

June 13-14 Urban Garden Design, Koanga Institute, near Wairoa.

July 4 Fruit Tree Propagation, Koanga Institute, near Wairoa.

July 5 Introduction to Pruning, Koanga Institute, near Wairoa.

September 11-13 US National Dahlia Show, Wenatchee,Washington state.

September 17-21 World Daffodil Convention, Canberra, Australia.

September-March Australis, a 6-month garden expo, Olympic Park, Sydney, Australia.

October World Bamboo Congress, Taiwan.

November 14-15 Franklin Hospice Garden Ramble.

International Lichenological Symposium, Bonito, Brazil.

November NZ Iris Convention, Tauranga.

November International Permaculture Convergence, Argentina.

November 28-29 NZ Rose Show & Convention, Palmerston North. Celebrating 50 years of rose trials in the city.

2021

May 8-11 International Rock Garden Conference, Perth, Scotland. 

October 14-17 World Bonsai Convention, Perth, Australia.

October 21-28 World Rose Convention, Adelaide, Australia.

2022

Floriade, The Netherlands. A once-in-10-years event.

NZ Botanic Gardens:

Auckland: Upcoming events

Christchurch: Events calendar

Dunedin: What’s On listing

Wellington: Events.

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