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 details change. Find botanic garden details at the end.

May 20-27 International Rhododendron Conference, Bremen, Germany.

May 22 Weed Plant Problems, 11am, Auckland Botanic Gardens, free. Talk to the experts.

May 22 Biological Backyard Growing, 6.30-8.30pm for 4 weeks, Rutherford College, Auckland, $79. Next course, October.

May 22-26 Chelsea Flower Show, London.

May 23 10 Billion Mouths, 8am-6.30pm, Baypark, Tauranga. Agritech innovators, $295.

May 23 Pruning, 7-9pm for 2 weeks and a Saturday 10am-noon, Selwyn College, Auckland, $55.

May 23 Ornamental to Detrimental, 6.30pm, Aronui Lecture Theatre, Thorndon, Wellington, free.

May 24 Waikato Horticultural Society: Callas, 7.30pm, Hamilton Gardens, $5. Speaker is Trevor Brljevich of Quality Callas.

May 25 Using Native Plants in your Garden, 11am, Auckland Botanic Gardens, free.

May 25-27 Block & Orchard Design, near Tirau, $300/person or $500/couple.

May 26 Edible Weeds & Green Smoothies, 1-3pm, Lime Peace Organics, Opotiki, $50.

May 26 Garden Design, 9am-3pm for 2 days, Fraser High School, Hamilton, $85.

May 26 Composting & Worm Farming, 9.30am-12.30pm, The Falls Retreat, Karangahake Gorge, $75.

May 26 Waikato-BOP Tree Climbing Competition.

May 26 Free Home Composting Workshop, 1.30pm, Taupo Community Gardens.

May 26-June 2 International Palm Society Conference, Colombia.

May 27 Practical Pruning: Apples & Pears, 9am-noon, Tauranga $60.

May 27 Urban Homesteading & Radical Home Economics, Waikato Environment Centre, $109.

May 27 Bonsai Workshop, 2-4pm, Bunnings, Hamilton, free.

May 27 Botanic Gardens Day, New Zealand and Australia:

May 28 Dinner in the Garden, guided walk, 11am, Wellington Botanic Gardens, $5.

May 28-29 International Conference on Botany, Tokyo, Japan.

May 29-June 3 World Bromeliad Conference, San Diego, California, US.

May 30 The Full Monty Garden Workshop, 9.30am-3pm, The Falls Retreat, Karangahake Gorge, $120.

June 1 Plant for Arbor Day, 10am-1pm, Waiwhakareke Natural Heritage Park, Hamilton.
June 2 Nature Journalling for All Ages, 10am-1pm, Auckland Botanic Gardens, $20.
June 2-3 Plant Sales10am-4pm, Hamilton Gardens.
June 2-3 Orchid Show, Whangarei, 10am-4pm (Sat) and 9am-3pm (Sun), Badminton Club Hall, 41 Porowini Ave.
June 5 Arbor Day, New Zealand.
June 9 Intro to Edible Gardening, 9.30am-12.30pm, The Falls Retreat, Karangahake Gorge, $75.
June 9 American Hydrangea Society Garden Tour, 9am-5pm, Atlanta, Georgia.
June 9-16 Flora in Italia, wildflower workshops for Kiwis in the Marche region, $4500.
June 14-17 American Conifer Society National Meeting, Cary, North Carolina.
June 15 Matariki: Work of the Gods, 7-9pm, Stonehenge Aotearoa, near Carterton, Wairarapa, $20/$5.
June 16 Worm Composting Workshop, 1pm, War Memorial Hall, Katikati. Open to Western Bay residents only.
June 16 & 23 Tree Pruning Workshop, 10am-2pm for 2 Saturdays, Katikati area, $50.
June 16 Winter Orchard Pruning, 10am-4pm, Tirau, $120.
June 16 Introduction to Permaculture, 10am-2pm, Selwyn College, Auckland, $49.
June 16 Midwinter Herb Seminar, 1.30-4.20pm, Horticulture Centre, Great North Rd, Western Springs, Auckland, visitors $10 (members $5).
June 17 Midwinter Flower Arrangements, 10am-4pm, Selwyn College, Auckland, $95.
June 18 Rotorua Botanical Society AGM, 6pm, DOC office (Scion entry), guest speaker Richard Pender on Hawaiian flora.
June 18-21 Plant Biology Europe Conference, Copenhagen, Denmark.
June 19 Plant Propagation Through the Year, 9.30am-2.30pm, Whakamarama (near Tauranga), $45 (series of 4 $165).
June 23 Composting & Worm Farming, 9.30am-12.30pm, The Falls Retreat, Karangahake Gorge, $75.
June 23 Educating the Experienced Gardner, 9.30am-12.30pm, The Falls Retreat, Karangahake Gorge, $75.
June 23 & 30 Pruning Workshop, Katikati area, $50, includes fruit trees.
June 23 Rose Pruning Demonstration, 1pm, Parnell Rose Gardens, Auckland, free. June 30, if wet.
June 23-24 UK Sweetpea Society National Show, Abingdon, Oxfordshire.
June 24 Bonsai Workshop, 2-4pm, Bunnings, Hamilton, free.
June 24 The Native Podocarp Grove, 2-3.30pm, Ptair Wilton’s Bush, Wellington, $5.
June 25-27 Global Bamboo and Rattan Congress, Beijing, China.
June 27-July 1 North American Lily Society Convention, Des Moines, Iowa, US.
June 28 Waikato Horticultural Society: NZ Gardener, 7.30pm, Hamilton Gardens, $5. Speaker is Jo McCarroll.
June 28 Home Food Production Workshop Part 1, 5.30-7.30pm, Hawke’s Bay Environment Centre, Hastings, free. (Part 2 on July 5.)
June 28-29 Ancient Tree Forum Conference, Hereford, UK.
June 28-July 4 World Federation of Rose Societies Convention, Copenhagen, Denmark.
June 29 The Full Monty Garden Workshop, 9.30am-3pm, The Falls Retreat, Karangahake Gorge, $120.
June 29-July 1 European Tree Climbing Championships, Thiory, France.
June 30 Florals in Acrylics, 10am-3pm, Uxbridge Arts Centre, Howick, Auckland, $97.
June 30-July 1 Plant Sales10am-4pm, Hamilton Gardens.
July 1 Rose Pruning Demonstration, phone 06 867 5477 for details.
To July 1 Ngāi Tipu Taketake – Indigenous Flora Exhibition, Auckland Regional Botanic Gardens.
July 5 Home Food Production Workshop Part 2, 5.30-7.30pm, Hawke’s Bay Environment Centre, Hastings, free.
July 6-14 International Clematis Society Tour, Scotland.
July 7 Tree Crop Sale, 9am-1pm, Hamilton Gardens Camellia carpark (gate 2). Cash only. Ph Beryl 027 695 6229.
July 7 Intro to Edible Gardening, 9.30am-12.30pm, The Falls Retreat, Karangahake Gorge, $75.
July 14 Tree Crop Sale, 10am-12.30pm, Showgrounds, Katikati. Ph 07 549 2795.
July 14 Propagation Workshop, 9am-4pm, Koanga Institute, Wairoa, $261 (earlybird).
July 14 Growing Healthy Veges, 9.30am-12.30pm, The Falls Retreat, Karangahake Gorge, $75.
July 14 Rose Pruning Demonstration,  8.30-10.30am, Roselands Shopping Centre, Great South Road, Papakura, free.
July 14-15 Bonsai Workshop with Tony Beeb, Hamilton (NZ).
July 14-15 UK Sweetpea Society National Show, RHS Harlow Carr, Harrogate, Yorkshire.
July 16-21 International Mycological Congress, San Juan, Puerto Rico.
July 18-22 Australian Orchid Conference, South Windsor, NSW.
July 23-25 Our Food Story, HortNZ conference, Christchurch.
July 23-31 Singapore Garden Festival.
July 21 Composting & Worm Farming, 9.30am-12.30pm, The Falls Retreat, Karangahake Gorge, $75.
July 21-25 Botanical Society of America Conference, Minnesota, US.
July 22 Bonsai Workshop, 2-4pm, Bunnings, Hamilton, free.
July 13-August 22 Orchid Extravaganza, Gardens by the Bay, Singapore.
July 23-27 International Zingiberales Symposium, Singapore Botanic Gardens.
July 26 Waikato Horticultural Society: Hamilton Garden Developments, 7.30pm, Hamilton Gardens, $5.
July 26-30 North American Native Orchid Conference, Annapolis, Maryland, US.
July 27 The Full Monty Garden Workshop, 9.30am-3pm, The Falls Retreat, Karangahake Gorge, $120.
July 28 Composting & Worm Farming, 9.30am-12.30pm, The Falls Retreat, Karangahake Gorge, $75.
July 28-August 4 IPPS Pacific Rim Conference, Hawaii.
July 29 Waikato Orchid Show, 10am-3pm, Hamilton Gardens.
July 29 NZ Lily Society Bulb Sale & Auction, 2pm, Riccarton Racecourse, Christchurch.
August 3-5 International Carnivorous Plant Society Conference, Santa Rosa, California, US.
August 3-5 International Tree Climbing Competition, Columbus, Ohio, US.
August 3-5 International Society of Arborists Convention, Columbus, Ohio, US.
August 4-5 Plant Sales10am-4pm, Hamilton Gardens.
August 12-16 Landscape & Urban Horticulture International Congress, Istanbul, Turkey.
August 13-16 Garden Writers Association Conference, Chicago, US.
August 14-18 World Bamboo Congress, Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico.
August 16-18 International Horticultural Congress, Istanbul, Turkey.
August 17-20 NZ Camellia Show & Convention, New Plymouth.
August 18 Home Composting for Beginners, 10am-noon, Hawek’s Bay Environment Centre, Hastings, free.
August 19 Snowdrop Day at Larnach Castle, 11am-4pm, entry charge.
August 19-24 International Cycad Conference, Nelspruit, South Africa.
August 23 Waikato Horticultural Society: Biosecurity, 7.30pm, Hamilton Gardens, $5.
August 26 Bonsai Workshop, 2-4pm, Bunnings, Hamilton, free.
August 26-29 Society for Medicinal Plant & Natural Product Research Convention, Shanghai, China.
September 1-2 Plant Sales10am-4pm, Hamilton Gardens.
September 1-2 Welsh Orchid Festival, National Botanic Gardens of Wales, Llanarthne.
September 5-6 Clivia Society Conference, Johannesburg, South Africa.
September 7 Morrinsville Daffodil Show, 11.30am-3.30pm, Presbyterian Church Hall, Canada St. Gold coin.
September 8 Worm Composting Workshop, 1pm, Community Centre, Waihi Beach. Open to Western Bay residents only.
September 8-9 US National Bonsai Convention, East Rochester, New York state.
September 9 Waikato & Rotorua Botanical Societies Field Trip, 9.30am at Maungatautari.
September 9 International Euphorbia Society AGM, Belgium.
September 9-12 Australasian Weeds Conference, Sydney.
September 10-14 International Congress on Education in Botanic Gardens, Warsaw, Poland.
September 11- 22 International Plant Propagators Society Tour, New York State area, US.
September 13-15 International Water Lily & Water Gardening Symposium, San Angelo, Texas.
September 15-16 North Island Daffodil Show, Hamilton Gardens.
September 15-October 14 Tesselaar Tulip Festival, Silvan, Victoria, Australia.
September 15-October 15 Canberra Floriade, Australia.
September 18-October 1 Tulip Time, Corbett Gardens, Bowral, NSW, Australia.
September 21-30 Toowoomba Festival of Flowers, Queensland, Australia.
September 21-22 International Herb Association Educational Conference, Arkansas, US.
September 21-23 Hebe Society (UK) AGM, Kent.
September 22 Waikato Horticultural Society: Gardens of England, 7.30pm, Hamilton Gardens, $5.
September 23 Bonsai Workshop, 2-4pm, Bunnings, Hamilton, free.
September 23-26 Biointensive Gardening, 9am-4pm, Koanga Institute, Wairoa, $522.
September 25 Plant Propagation Through the Year, 9.30am-2.30pm, Whakamarama (near Tauranga), $45 (series of 4 $165).
September 26-28 Growing Nutrient-dense Food, 9am-4pm, Koanga Institute, Wairoa, $342.
September 28-30 Tauranga Orchid Show, 10am-4pm, Tauranga Racecourse, Greerton, $3.
September 29-30 South Island Daffodil Show, Darfield Recreation Centre, Canterbury.
September 29-October 1 International Japanese Garden Conference, Portland, Oregon, US.
September 30-October 2 Forest Garden Design, 9am-4pm daily, Koanga Institute, Wairoa, $342 (earlybird).
October 3-5 Forest Garden Management, 9am-4pm daily, Koanga Institute, Wairoa, $522 (earlybird).
October 6 Beginners Home Gardening Workshop, 9am-5pm, Pakaraka Farm, near Thames, $150.
October 6 Looking at the Good Life, 10am-5pm, near Tirau, $120.
October 6-7 Plant Sales10am-4pm, Hamilton Gardens.
October 7 Grow Your Own Microgreens, 9am-5pm, Pakaraka Farm, near Thames, $150.
October 13 Fertile Gardening, 9am-5pm, Auckland, $180.
October 18-28 Renmark Rose Festival, Renmark, South Australia.
October 20-21 Organic Market Gardening Workshop, 9am-5pm, Pakaraka Farm, near Thames, $440.
September 21-24 Alexandra Blossom Festival, Otago, NZ.
October 22-24 International Oak Society Conference, University of California, Davis.
October 25 Waikato Horticultural Society: Birds, 7.30pm, Hamilton Gardens, $5.
October 25-26 International Maple Society Conference, Roscoff, Brittany, France.
October 26-28 Australian Garden History Society Conference, Southern Highlands, NSW.
October 27 African Violet & Gesneriad Show, Burwood RSL, NSW, Australia.
October 28 Bonsai Workshop, 2-4pm, Bunnings, Hamilton, free.
October 29 Principles of Small Garden Design, 7-9pm for 3 weeks, Selwyn College, Auckland, $64.
October 30 Biological Backyard Growing, 6.30-8.30pm for 4 weeks, Rutherford College, Auckland, $79.
November 2-4 British Orchid Congress & British Orchid Show, near Bath, UK.
November 3 Ferment, Preserve, Pickle, 9am-5pm, Pakaraka Farm, near Thames, $150.
November 3 Morrinsville Rose Show, 11.30am-3.30pm, Presbyterian Church Hall, Canada St. Gold coin.
November 3-4 Plant Sales10am-4pm, Hamilton Gardens.
November 3-6 NZ Rhododendron Conference, Nelson.
November 4-13 Heritage Roses in Australia National Conference, Albany, Western Australia.
November 8-10 NZ Arboricultural Association Conference, Dunedin.
November 8-11 Nelmac Garden Marlborough.
November 10-11 Franklin Hospice Garden Ramble.
November 10 Veges & Fruit from Small Gardens, 10am-2pm, Selwyn College, Auckland, $49.
November 11 Celebrate Christmas with Flowers Workshop, 10am-3pm, Kohimarama, Auckland, $88.
November 15-18 Bay of Plenty Garden & Art FestivalTauranga and the Western Bay of Plenty.
November 17 Pakaraka Farm Tour, 9.30am-12.30pm, near Thames, $25.
November 20 Plant Propagation Through the Year, 9.30am-2.30pm, Whakamarama (near Tauranga), $45 (series of 4 $165).
November 21 Introduction to Flower Photography, 7-9pm for 2 weeks plus a Saturday field trip, Selwyn College, Auckland, $75.
November 22 Waikato Horticultural Society: Lilies, 7.30pm, Hamilton Gardens, $5.
November 25 Bonsai Workshop, 2-4pm, Bunnings, Hamilton, free.
November Cactus & Succulent Show, Mt Albert War Memorial Hall, Auckland.
November 28-December 2 NZ Flower & Garden Show, Trusts Arena, Auckland.
November 30-December 2 Festival of Roses, Timaru.
December 1 Pests & Beneficials, 9.30am-2.30pm, Whakamarama (near Tauranga), $90.
December 1 Advanced Home Gardening Workshop, 9am-5pm, Pakaraka Farm, near Thames, $150.
December 1-2 Plant Sales10am-4pm, Hamilton Gardens.
December 2 Waikato & Rotorua Botanical Societies Field Trip, 9.30am at McLaren’s Falls Park (near Tauranga).
December 4-7 International Pear Symposium, Montevideo, Uruguay.

2019

March 19 Plant Propagation Through the Year, 9.30am-2.30pm, Whakamarama (near Tauranga), $45 (series of 4 $165 – this is the final date).
May 3-5 Magnolia Society International Annual Meeting, Chicago, US.
May 17- June 2 International Plant Propagators Society Tour, Queensland, Australia.
September 18-23 National Orchid Expo
, Palmerston North.
September 29-October 4 Australian Native Plant Society Conference, Albany, Western Australia.
NZ Tree Crops Association Conference, Nelson.

2020

World Daffodil Convention, Canberra, Australia.
Australis, a 6-month garden expo, Olympic Park, Sydney, Australia.
February World Association of Floral Artists Convention, Jaipur, India.
March 29 World Orchid Convention, Taiwan.
June World Heritage Rose Conference, Brussels, Belgium.
International Lichenological Symposium, Bonito, Brazil.

2021

October World Bonsai Convention, Perth, Australia.

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Dunedin: What’s On listing

Wellington: Events.

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