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. Botanic garden details at the end.

October 15-22 National Gardening Week, NZ. Includes free swan plant seed from Yates (click on the link).

October 19-21 Mahinga Kai Food Sovereignty, 2-3pm daily, Kākano Cafe, Christchurch, $10/koha.

October 20-22 Open Gardens Festival, Dunedin, small fees at the gardens. Repeats October 27-28.

October 21 Spring Fling, 11am-3pm, Larnach Castle, near Dunedin, garden entry $10 (adults).

October 21-24 International Oak Society Convention, UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden, California.

October 22 Bonsai Workshop with Will Baddeley, 9am-4.30pm, Hamilton, $110 (for non-club members).

October 22 Guided Tours of Truby King House & Garden, from 10am, Melrose, Wellington, free. Bookings essential.

October 22 Pesky, Prolific, Pollen-producing Plants Walk, 11am, Wellington Botanic Gardens, $5.

October 22 Botanics Unravelled Walk, 11am, Wellington Botanic Gardens, $5.

October 22 Eating Sustainably, 2-4pm, Botanic Gardens, Christchurch, $5, bookings essential.

October 22-24 International Oak Society Conference, University of California, Davis.

October 24 Photo Walk, 5.30pm, Wellington Botanic Gardens, free. The walk incorporates the Fresh Shoots Photo Competition which helps celebrates the Gardens’ 150th birthday

October 24 How to Start a Vege Garden from Scratch, 6-7pm, Lower Hutt War Memorial Library, free.

October 25 Waikato Horticultural Society: Birds, 7.30pm, Hamilton Gardens, $5.

October 25-26 International Maple Society Conference, Roscoff, Brittany, France.

October 25-28 US National Chrysanthemum Show, Reston, Virginia.

October 26-28 Australian Garden History Society Conference, Southern Highlands, NSW.

October 27 Back to Basics Herbal Medicine, 9.30am-2pm, Katikati area, $50.

October 27 Native Plant Sale, 8.30am-noon, Forest & Bird nursery, Fortunes Rd, Whakatane (signposted from SH30). Cash only.

October 27 Garden Design, 2 weeks, Fraser High School, Hamilton, $85.

October 27 The Full Monty on Vege Gardening, 9.30am-3pm, Falls Retreat, Karangahake Gorge, $120. Repeated December 15.

October 27 Home Composting Workshop, 1.30pm, Taupo Community Gardens, free but registration essential.

October 27 Home Composting Workshop, 1.30pm, near Turangi, free but registration essential.

October 27 African Violet & Gesneriad Show, Burwood RSL, NSW, Australia.

October 27-28 Open Gardens Festival, Dunedin, small fees at the gardens.

October 28 Soap Making, Cream & Ointment Workshop, 10am-3pm, Katikati Community Centre, $85.

October 28 Bonsai Workshop, 2-4pm, Bunnings, Hamilton, free.

October 28 Cactus & Succulent Swap Meet, Newbury Hall, near Palmerston North, gold coin entry.

To October 28 Renmark Rose Festival, Renmark, South Australia.

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 Morrinsville Rose Show, 11.30am-3.30pm, Presbyterian Church Hall, Canada St. Gold coin.
November 2-4 British Orchid Congress & British Orchid Show, near Bath, UK.
November 3 Tauranga Rose Show, 11.30am-4pm, Greerton Hall, $3.
November 3-4 Plant Sales10am-4pm, Hamilton Gardens.
November 3-4 Poverty Bay Horticultural Society Summer Show, 1.30-4pm (Sat) and 9.30am-3.30pm (Sun), Gisborne Showgrounds, $5. Includes novice and children’s sections, floral art, flowers and veges. Email Gillian.
November 3-6 NZ Rhododendron Conference, Nelson.
November 4 BOP Iris Show, 10am-4pm, Tauranga Boys’ College gymnasium, $3.
November 4 Altrusa Garden Ramble, 9.30am-4pm, Te Awamutu, Ohaupo and Pirongia, tickets $25. Gardens include a container house and The Olive Farm (both Ohaupo), and The Maples built in 1894 (Pirongia).
November 4 Scarecrow Festival, Hamilton Gardens.
November 4-13 Heritage Roses in Australia National Conference, Albany, Western Australia.
November 6 Beyond the Garden: A Botanical Perspective, 6pm, Rutherford House, Wellington, $160 (4 sessions, including a Saturday field trip).
November 7-11 Pacific Rosebowl Festival, Hamilton Gardens, free. Public vote decides the various rose trial titles.
November 7-11 Wildflower Sculpture Exhibition, 10am-5pm, Hastings area, $15.
November 8 Artistry of Flowers: Ikebana, 11.30am-1pm for 5 weeks, Parnell Community Centre, Auckland, $110. Style is Sogetsu School.
November 8-10 NZ Arboricultural Association Conference, Dunedin.
November 8-11 Nelmac Garden Marlborough.
November 9-12 NZ Iris Convention, Gisborne.
November 10 Bromeliad Display & Sales Day, 8am-noon, Matua Hall, Levers Rd, Tauranga, free entry. A bromeliad display and a wide range of plants for sale, many rare/unusual and not available at nurseries. Club members happy to advise on plants and their cultivation. Ph 07 576 7711.
November 10 Ferment, Preserve, Pickle, 9am-5pm, Pakaraka Farm, near Thames, $150.
November 10-11 Waikato Rose Show, noon-5pm (Sat); 10am-4.30pm (Sun), Hamilton Gardens, $5.
November 10-11 Franklin Hospice Garden Ramble.
November 10-11 Weaving Beautiful Baskets, 9.30am-4.30pm, Selwyn College, Auckland, $250.
November 10 Veges & Fruit from Small Gardens, 10am-2pm, Selwyn College, Auckland, $49.
November 11 Quarryfest, 10am-4pm, Te Puna Quarry Park (near Tauranga), gold coin.
November 11 Edible Weeds & Green Smoothie Workshop, 10am-1pm, Tikitere (near Rotorua), $65.
November 11 Celebrate Christmas with Flowers Workshop, 10am-3pm, Kohimarama, Auckland, $88.
November 12 Katherine Mansfield Garden Opening, 4-7pm, Hamilton Gardens, free.
November 15-18 Bay of Plenty Garden & Art FestivalTauranga and the Western Bay of Plenty.
November 15 Hand Tied Floral Arrangements, 10am-noon, Historic Village, Tauranga, $55.
November 16 Flower Crowns, 10am-noon, Historic Village, Tauranga, $65.
November 16 Terrariums, 1-3pm, Historic Village, Tauranga, $45.
November 16-18 Franklin Rose Show, St Andrew’s Centre, Waiuku.
November 17-18 Tauranga Fuchsia Show, noon-3pm (Sat) and 9am-3pm (Sun), Arts & Crafts Centre, Elizabeth St West, $3. Fuchsia plants for sale. Ph Pat 07 579 1655.
November 17 Kokedama, 10am-noon, Historic Village, Tauranga, $45.
November 17 Pakaraka Farm Tour, 9.30am-12.30pm, near Thames, $25.
November 17 Edible Weeds & Making Green Smoothies, 2-5pm, Matakana (near Auckland), koha (normally $65).
November 17-18 Auckland Rose Show, 11am-4pm (Sat) and 10am-3pm (Sun), Selwyn Library Hall, Parnell, Auckland.
November 17-18 Roses & Lavender High Tea Workshop, 2-5pm, cook school near Hastings, $90.
November 17-18 Crosshills Country Fair, 10am-4pm, Kimbolton, $15.
November 18 Chalk Pastel Flowers, 10am-noon, Historic Village, Tauranga, $95.
November 18 Cambridge Garden Festival, Waikato, NZ, $40 for 10 gardens; $10 for a lily farm tour.
November 18 Christmas Wreath Making, 11am-1pm, Auckland Art Gallery, $238.50 (reductions for AAG members).
November 18 Shakespeare’s Flowers Walk, 11am, Wellington Botanic Gardens, $5.
November 18 Lady Norwood Rose Garden Walk, 11am, Wellington Botanic Gardens, $5.
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 23-25 NZ Rose Show, Woodend School, North Canterbury.
November 23-25 Whangarei Garden Discovery, featuring 20 gardens.
November 24 Home Composting Workshop, 1.30pm, Taupo Community Gardens, free but registration essential.
November 24 Home Composting Workshop, 1.30pm, near Turangi, free but registration essential.
November 24 Garden Insects Workshop, 10am-noon, Dig It Gardens, Royal Oak, Auckland, koha.
November 24-25 Waihi Garden Ramble, 9am-4.30pm, gardens of east Waihi, $20. Tickets from Mitre 10, Seddon St, Waihi. Email Liz.
November 25 Bonsai Workshop, 2-4pm, Bunnings, Hamilton, free.
November 28-December 2 NZ Flower & Garden Show, Trusts Arena, Auckland.
November 30-December 2 Heritage Rose Association Conference, Whangarei.
November 30-December 2 Festival of Roses, Timaru.
December 1-March 3 The Garden Party, Waikato Museum, Hamilton, free. A special exhibition to mark the opening of the Katherine Mansfield Garden at Hamilton Gardens.
December 1 Edible Weeds & Green Smoothies, 10am-2pm, Greerton (Tauranga), $65.
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 Sweetpea & Flower Show, 10am-3pm, Auckland Horticultural Centre, Western Springs, free.
December 1 Picnic in the Pinetum, 11am-5pm, Ian McKean Pinetum, Rangiwahia (near Feilding), free. To celebrate the pinetum’s 60th birthday. Tours at noon and 2pm.
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 2 NZ Rose Trial Ground Awards, Palmerston North.
December 4-7 International Pear Symposium, Montevideo, Uruguay.
December 8-9 Iwitahi Native Orchid Reserve Working Bee, Napier-Taupo Rd, staying at Sika Lodge, $90 (includes meals). To book a bunk email Bill.
December 9 Koanga Institute Tour, 1-4pm, Wairoa area, $25.
December 15 The Full Monty on Vege Gardening, 9.30am-3pm, Falls Retreat, Karangahake Gorge, $120.

2019

January 3-4 Saving all Plants in a Changing World Conference, Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, China.
January 12 Avocado Food & Wine Festival, Uretara Domain, Katikati.
January 12-13 NZ Lily Show, Riccarton Racecourse, Christchurch, $5.
January 15 Grow Your Own Microgreens, 9am-5pm, Pakaraka Farm, near Thames, $150.
January 18 Waihi Dahlia Show, Memorial Hall, Waihi, noon-3.30pm.
January 19 Looking at the Good Life, 10am-5pm, near Tirau, $120. Animals, orchards and gardens.
January 25-27 Wild Orchids Southern Africa, South Africa.
January 26 Ferment, Preserve, Pickle, 9am-5pm, Pakaraka Farm, near Thames, $150.
January 26 Home Composting Workshop, 1.30pm, Taupo Community Gardens, free but registration essential.
January 26 Home Composting Workshop, 1.30pm, near Turangi, free but registration essential.
January 27 Koanga Institute Tour, 1-4pm, Wairoa area, $25.
January 28 Dahlia Show, Hamilton Gardens, 11.30am-3.30pm.
February Pruning & Maintaining a Home Orchard, Tirau.
February 9-10 National Dahlia Show (North Island), Feilding.
February 16-17 National Dahlia Show (South Island), Gore.
February 23 Rotorua Dahlia Show, Ngongotaha Hall, 10am-3.30pm.
February 23 Home Composting Workshop, 1.30pm, Taupo Community Gardens, free but registration essential.
February 23 Home Composting Workshop, 1.30pm, near Turangi, free but registration essential.
February 24-March 1 Seed Week,  Koanga Institute, near Wairoa, $828, camping facilities included.
March 2 Dahlia Show, Morrinsville, 11am-3.30pm.
March 10 Dahlia Show, Hamilton Gardens, 11.30am-3.30pm.
March 19 Plant Propagation Through the Year, 9.30am-2.30pm, Whakamarama (near Tauranga), $45 (series of 4 $165 – this is the final date).
March 23 Home Composting Workshop, 1.30pm, Taupo Community Gardens, free but registration essential.
March 23 Home Composting Workshop, 1.30pm, near Turangi, free but registration essential.
March 27-30 Festival of Flowers, Civic & Memorial Centre, Matamata, $15 (season ticket $30). Open 9am-8pm (Weds-Fri) and 9am-5pm (Sat).
March 29-31 NZ Tree Crops Association Conference, Nelson.
April 13-14 Go Wild with Weaving, Golden Bay, NZ. Repeated April 16-17.
April 16-17 Go Wild with Weaving, Golden Bay, NZ.
April 27 Home Composting Workshop, 1.30pm, Taupo Community Gardens, free but registration essential.
April 27 Home Composting Workshop, 1.30pm, near Turangi, free but registration essential.
April 27-May 2 Regional Rose Convention, Nanyang, China.
May 3-5 Magnolia Society International Annual Meeting, Chicago, US.
May NZ Floral Art Society Conference, Palmerston North, including Designer of the Year competition.
May Planning a Home Orchard, Tirau.
May 25 Home Composting Workshop, 1.30pm, Taupo Community Gardens, free but registration essential.
May 25 Home Composting Workshop, 1.30pm, near Turangi, free but registration essential.
May 29-June 1 IPPS Australia & NZ Conference, Sunshine Coast, Australia.
June 7-9 International Herb Symposium, Norton, Massachusetts, US.
May 17- June 2 International Plant Propagators Society Tour, Queensland, Australia.
June 1-2 Cactus Show, Glasgow Botanic Gardens, Scotland.
June North American Lily Society Show, Massachusetts.
July Propagation Workshop, Koanga Institute, Wairoa.
August 29-September 2 US National Dahlia Show, Grand Rapid, Michigan.
September 18-23 National Orchid Expo
, Palmerston North.
September 29-October 4 Australian Native Plant Society Conference, Albany, Western Australia.
October 11-13 NZ Bonsai Convention, Hamilton.
November NZ Rose Show, Hamilton.
November 7-10 Garden Marlborough festival.

2020

January Regional Rose Convention, Kolkata, India.
February World Association of Floral Artists Convention, Jaipur, India.
March World Orchid Convention, Taiwan.
March 24-30 International Protea Research Symposium, Canary Islands.
June World Heritage Rose Conference, Brussels, Belgium.
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.
International Lichenological Symposium, Bonito, Brazil.
October World Bamboo Congress, Taiwan.
November NZ Iris Convention, Tauranga.
November 28-29 NZ Rose Show & Convention, Palmerston North.

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.

NZ Botanic Gardens:

Auckland: Upcoming events
Christchurch: Events calendar
Dunedin: What’s On listing
Wellington: Events.

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