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.

February 23 Composting & Worm Farming, 9.30am-12.30pm, The Falls Retreat, Karangahake Gorge, $75 (includes lunch). Also March 23.

February 23 NZ House & Garden Tour, 10am-4pm, Whanganui, tickets start at $70.

To February 23 International Symposium on Aquatic Plants, Queenstown, NZ.

February 24 Edible Weeds & Green Smoothie Workshop, Whitianga, $65.

February 24 Rotorua Dahlia Show, 11.30am-3.30pm, Ngongotaha Hall.

February 24 Pruning & Maintaining a Home Orchard, 10am-4pm, near Tirau, $120.

February 24 Free Home Composting Workshop, 1.30pm, Taupo Community Gardens.

February 24 Garden Design Course, 9am-3pm for 2 weeks, Fraser High School, Hamilton, $85.

February 24 Organic Gardening Workshop, 9-11am, Parnell, Auckland, free.

February 24 How to Prepare for Growing & Gardening, 10.30-11.30am, Wellington, $10.

February 25-March 2 Seed Week at Koanga Institute, 9am-4pm daily, Wairoa, $820. Learn everything you need to set up a seed bank.

February 27 Dig a Little Deeper: The History of Market Gardening in the Hutt, noon-1pm, Petone Settlers Museum, free, a talk by Clark Stiles.

February 28 Queen Victoria’s Kitchen Garden at Windsor, 6.30pm, The Gardens Trust, London, £10 – £12.

March 1 100 Gardens in 100 Homes, Rotorua. Register your interest and Western Heights Community Association will help you have your own garden. Ph 07 562 5631 or email.

March 1 Our Taonga, Our Streams, Steeles Lane/Fairview Rd Reserve, Rotorua. Join the one-month project to clean the stream that runs through the Western Heights community. Ph 07 562 5631 or email.

March 1 Home-made Household Products, 6.30-8.30pm, Katikati Community Centre, $15. Repeated March 15.

March 1-4 Floral Festival, Eden Gardens, Auckland.

March 2 Growing Healthy Veges, 9.30am-12.30pm, The Falls Retreat, Karangahake Gorge, $75 (includes lunch). Also April 6.

March 2 Lux Organics Tour, 4-5.30pm, Ngongotaha, Rotorua, free.

March 3 The Full Monty on Growing Nutrient-dense Veges, 9.30am-3pm, The Falls Retreat, Karangahake Gorge, $120 (includes lunch. Also April 7.

March 3 Permaculture Landscape Design, 9am-5pm, Auckland, $180.

March 3 Gibbs Farm Sculpture Park, 10am-2pm, Kaipara Harbour (north of Auckland), $95. A fundraiser for the Auckland Art Gallery. See also April 8.

March 3 Guided Tour of Koanga Gardens, 1-4pm, near Wairoa, koha.

March 3 Salad & Herbs in a Small Space, 10am-noon, Hastings, free (must pre-register).

March 3 Queensland Begonia Show, 9am-4pm, Mt Coot-ha Botanic Gardens, Brisbane.

March 3-4 Plant Sales, 10am-4pm, Hamilton Gardens.

March 4 Vintage Garden Party, 1.30-4pm, Brain Watkins House, corner Cameron Rd and Elizabeth St, Tauranga, $2.

March 4 Edible Weeds & Green Smoothie Workshop, 10am-2pm, Greerton, Tauranga, $65. Repeated March 18.

March 4-5 Hamilton Dahlia Show, noon-3pm, Hamilton Gardens.

March 8 Creative Flower Arranging, 11.30am-1.3pm for 5 weeks, Parnell, Auckland, $110 (scroll down).

March 9 Introduction to Edible Gardening, 9.30am-12.30pm, The Falls Retreat, Karangahake Gorge, $75 (includes lunch). Also April 13.

March 10 Back to Basics Herbal Medicine, 9.30am-2pm, Katikati area, $50.

March 10 Living Fermented Foods, 10am-1pm, Papamoa, $50. A workshop on fermenting the excess food we have in our garden and orchards.

March 10 Beginners’ Worm Composting Workshop, 1-3.30pm, Tauranga Racecourse, $34.50 (take-home pack valued at $180). Tauranga City residents only.

March 10 How to Build a Rat-free Compost, 10.30-11.30am, Wellington, $10.

March 10-11 Hidden Design Festival, Sydney, Australia. See private gardens and landscapes by well-known designers.

March 10-18 Parks Week NZ.

March 11 Soap-making, Creams & Ointment Workshop, 10am-3pm, Katikati Community Centre, $85.

March 11 Edible Weeds & Green Smoothie Workshop, 10am-1pm, Whakamarama (near Tauranga), $70.

March 11 Permaculture, Chooks & Market Gardens, 1-4pm, Whakamarama.

March 11 Beginner Backyard Chooks, 1.30-2.30pm, Whakamarama.

March 11 Pakaraka Farm Tour, 9am-noon, near Thames, $50.

March 11 Kelmarna Gardens Autumn Festival, 11am-3pm, Herne Bay, Auckland, includes workshops, free.

To March 11 Kew Gardens Orchid Festival, Richmond, London.

March 12 A Ramble Through the Garden, 11am, Botanic Gardens, Wellington, $5.

March 14 Pine Hill Path & the Herb Garden, 11am, Botanic Gardens, Wellington, $5.

March 15 Home-made Household Products, 6.30-8.30pm, Katikati Community Centre, $15.

March 15-18 Fuchsiarama, Ashburton (NZ fuchsia show).

March 16 Simple Soil Test, 9.30-11.30am, Whakamarama (near Tauranga), koha. Bring your own soil sample and find out if you have clay, sandy-loam or something else.

March 16 BOP Forest Garden Design, 1.30-3.30pm, Whakamarama, $45. Multi-layered, woodland-type gardening styles can grow lots more food than traditional vege beds when correctly designed and planted.

March 16 Educating the Experienced Gardener, 9.30am-12.30pm, The Falls Retreat, Karangahake Gorge, $75 (includes lunch). Also April 20.

March 16 Our Heritage Garden, 11am, Botanic Gardens, Wellington, $5.

March 16-18 Homegrown Harvest, near Tirau, $250/person or $400/couple.

March 16-18 Permaculture Hui, Apiti (Manawatu), about $100.

March 17 Practical Pruning: Peaches, 9.30am-noon, Tauranga area, $60.

March 17 Growing Greens in Small Spaces, 10am-noon, Katikati area, $15.

March 17 NZ Plant Identification Field Workshop, 10am-1pm, Katikati area, $15. Repeated March 28.

March 17 Pain Free Gardening, 1-4pm, body movement workshop, Whakamarama (near Tauranga), $40.

March 17 Kokedama Workshop, 10am-noon, Uxbridge Arts Centre, Howick, Auckland, $98.

March 18 Sustainable Backyards Tours, 9am & 1pm, 9B Park Rd, Katikati, gold coin.

March 18 Edible Weeds & Green Smoothie Workshop, 10am-2pm, Greerton, Tauranga, $65.

March 18 Organic Garden Tours & Workshop, 1-6.30pm, Frankton, Hamilton. A combo ticket comprises a tour of 3 gardens and a compost workshop, $65.

March 18 Watercolours Floral, 10am-3pm, Uxbridge Arts Centre, Howick, Auckland, $107.

March 18 150 Years of Change, 11am, Wellington Botanic Gardens, $5.

March 21 International Day of Forests.

March 21-25 Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show.

March 23 Composting & Worm Farming, 9.30am-12.30pm, The Falls Retreat, Karangahake Gorge, $75 (includes lunch). 

March 23-25 European Orchid Council Conference & Exhibition, Paris.

March 23-28 Australian Landscape Conference, Melbourne (an ‘overwhelming’ response from a survey sees this event move from September to March).

March 25 Edible Weeds & Green Smoothie Workshop, 10am-2pm, Te Hoe, Waikato, $65.

March 25-29 International Camellia Congress, Nantes, France.

March 26 Plants for Food, 11am, Wellington Botanic Gardens, $5.

March 28 NZ Plant Identification Field Workshop, 10am-1pm, Katikati area, $15.

March 30-July 1 Ngāi Tipu Taketake – Indigenous Flora Exhibition, Auckland Regional Botanic Gardens.

March 31 Free Home Composting Workshop, 1.30pm, Taupo Community Gardens.

April 2-5 Botanical Bridges Congress, Cuba.
April 2-8 American Begonia Society Convention, New Orleans.
April 5-7 RHS Spring Plant & Orchid Show, London.
April 5-8 American Daffodil Society National Convention, Nashville, Tennessee.
April 6 Growing Healthy Veges, 9.30am-12.30pm, The Falls Retreat, Karangahake Gorge, $75 (includes lunch).
April 6-7 Aril Trek, Las Cruces, New Mexico (Aril irises are native to Central Asia and the Middle East).
April 6-8 Tree Crops Association Conference, Tauranga Racecourse.
April 7 The Full Monty on Growing Nutrient-dense Veges, 9.30am-3pm, The Falls Retreat, Karangahake Gorge, $120 (includes lunch).
April 7 Aongatete Forest Restoration Walk, 9.30am, near Katikati, gold coin.
April 7 Night-time in the Bush, 5.45pm, Te Aroha, free but bookings essential.
April 7 Natural Perfumery: The Florals, 10am-1pm, Uxbridge Arts Centre, Howick, Auckland, $105.
April 7-8 Plant Sales10am-4pm, Hamilton Gardens.
April 8 Autumn Quarryfest, 10am-4pm, Te Puna Quarry Park.
April 8 Harvest Festival & Great Pumpkin Carnival, Hamilton Gardens.
April 8 Gibbs Farm Sculpture Park, 10am-2pm, Kaipara Harbour (north of Auckland), $95. A fundraiser for McCahon House.
April 8-13 American Iris Society Convention, New Orleans.
April 11-18 Floral Art Society of NZ Conference, Mt Wellington, Auckland, featuring guest demonstrator Přemysl Hytych from the Czech Republic.
April 12-14 Society for Louisiana Irises Convention, New Orleans.
April 12-15 Perth Garden Festival, Australia.
April 13 Introduction to Edible Gardening, 9.30am-12.30pm, The Falls Retreat, Karangahake Gorge, $75 (includes lunch).
April 13-15 NZ Gardens Trust Conference, New Plymouth.
April 15 Autumnal Botanic Whirl, 11am, Wellington Botanic Gardens, $5.
April 15-19 Australasian Permaculture Convergence, Canberra & NSW, Australia.
April 18-19 Plant Network Conference, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew.
April 20 Educating the Experienced Gardener, 9.30am-12.30pm, The Falls Retreat, Karangahake Gorge, $75 (includes lunch).
April 20-25 NZ Festival of Nature, Dunedin.
April 20-21 BOP Orchid Show, 10am-4pm, War Memorial Hall, Te Puke.
April 21 A Garden 50 Years in the Making, 2-4.30pm, Larnach Castle, Otago Peninsula, $25.
April 21 British Clematis Society AGM, Pershore, Worcestershire.
April 23 Walk of Remembrance, 11am, Wellington Botanic Gardens, $5.
April 26-29 NZ IPPS Conference, Palmerston North. Combined with the Royal Horticultural Society of NZ annual conference.
April 26 Banks Memorial Lecture, 8pm, Hotel Coachman, Palmerston North, free. Graham Smith of Pukeiti Rhododendron Trust.
April 27-29 Plant Heritage UK AGM, Dorset.
April 28 Free Home Composting Workshop, 1.30pm, Taupo Community Gardens.
April 28 Tree Crops, 9am-5pm, Auckland, $180.
April 28-29 Chrysanthemum Show, Hamilton Gardens.
April 29 Sustainable Backyards, Waikato Environment Centre, Hamilton, $109.
April 30-May 4 Undone Florist, learn how to become a floral designer, Waiheke Island, POA.
May 2 Urban Beekeeping, 7-9pm for 8 weeks, Papamoa Community Centre (Tauranga area), $100.
May 5 Understanding Soils, 9.30am-2.30pm, Whakamarama (near Tauranga), $140
To May 6 Hamilton’s New Concept Garden, 10am-5pm, exhibition at Waikato Museum, free.
May 6-12 NZ Fungal Foray, Lake Brunner, West Coast. All welcome.
May 10 Ikebana for Beginners, 11.30am-1.30pm for 5 weeks, Parnell, Auckland, $110 (scroll down).
May 11-13 Planning a Home Orchard, near Tirau, $300/person or $500/couple.
May 18 Worldwide Day of Botanical Art, a debut event and with exhibitions being held in each participating country.
May 20 Woody Fruit-Fest, guided walk, 11am , Wellington Botanic Gardens, $5.
May 20-27 International Rhododendron Conference, Bremen, Germany.
May 22-26 Chelsea Flower Show, London.
May 25-27 Block & Orchard Design, near Tirau, $300/person or $500/couple.
May 26 Free Home Composting Workshop, 1.30pm, Taupo Community Gardens.
May 27 Practical Pruning: Apples & Pears, 9am-noon, Tauranga $60.
May 27 Urban Homesteading & Radical Home Economics, Waikato Environment Centre, $109.
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.
June 2-3 Orchid Show, Whangarei, 10am-4pm (Sat) and 9am-3pm (Sun), Badminton Club Hall, 41 Porowini Ave.
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 16 Worm Composting Workshop, 1pm, War Memorial Hall, Katikati. Open to Western Bay residents only.
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 & 30 Pruning Workshop, Katikati area, $50, includes fruit trees.
June 23-24 UK Sweetpea Society National Show, Abingdon, Oxfordshire.
June 27-July 1 North American Lily Society Convention, Des Moines, Iowa, US.
June 28-July 4 World Federation of Rose Societies Convention, Copenhagen, Denmark.
June 30 Florals in Acrylics, 10am-3pm, Uxbridge Arts Centre, Howick, Auckland, $97.
July 7 Tree Crop Sale, 9am-1pm, Hamilton Gardens Camellia carpark (gate 2). Cash only. Ph Beryl 027 695 6229.
July 14 Tree Crop Sale, 10am-12.30pm, Showgrounds, Katikati. Ph 07 549 2795.
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 21-29 Singapore Garden Festival.
July 21-25 Botanical Society of America Conference, Minnesota, US.
July 23-27 International Zingiberales Symposium, Singapore Botanic Gardens.
July 26-30 North American Native Orchid Conference, Annapolis, Maryland, US.
July 28-August 4 IPPS Pacific Rim Conference, Hawaii.
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 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 19-24 International Cycad Conference, Nelspruit, South Africa.
August 26-29 Society for Medicinal Plant & Natural Product Research Convention, Shanghai, China.
September 5-6 Clivia Society Conference, Johannesburg, South Africa.
September 8 Worm Composting Workshop, 1pm, Community Centre, Waihi Beach. Open to Western Bay residents only.
September 9-12 Australasian Weeds Conference, Sydney.
September 10-14 International Congress on Education in Botanic Gardens, Warsaw, Poland.
September 21-22 International Herb Association Educational Conference, Arkansas, US.
September 25 Plant Propagation Through the Year, 9.30am-2.30pm, Whakamarama (near Tauranga), $45 (series of 4 $165).
September 28-30 Tauranga Orchid Show, 10am-4pm, Tauranga Racecourse, Greerton, $3.
September 29-October 1 International Japanese Garden Conference, Portland, Oregon, US.
October 6 Beginners Home Gardening Workshop, 9am-5pm, Pakaraka Farm, near Thames, $150.
October 7 Grow Your Own Microgreens, 9am-5pm, Pakaraka Farm, near Thames, $150.
October 13 Fertile Gardening, 9am-5pm, Auckland, $180.
October 21-22 Organic Market Gardening Workshop, 9am-5pm, Pakaraka Farm, near Thames, $440.
October 22-24 International Oak Society Conference, University of California, Davis.
October 25-26 International Maple Society Conference, Roscoff, Brittany, France.
October 26-28 Australian Garden History Society Conference, Southern Highlands, NSW.
November 3 Ferment, Preserve, Pickle, 9am-5pm, Pakaraka Farm, near Thames, $150.
November 3-6 NZ Rhododendron Conference, Nelson.
November 4-13 Heritage Roses in Australia National Conference, Albany, Western Australia.
November 8-11 Nelmac Garden Marlborough.
November 10-11 Franklin Hospice Garden Ramble.
November 15-18 Bay of Plenty Garden & Art FestivalTauranga and the Western Bay of Plenty.
November 20 Plant Propagation Through the Year, 9.30am-2.30pm, Whakamarama (near Tauranga), $45 (series of 4 $165).
November Cactus & Succulent Show, Mt Albert War Memorial Hall, Auckland.
December 1 Pests & Beneficials, 9.30am-2.30pm, Whakamarama (near Tauranga), $90.
December 2 Advanced Home Gardening Workshop, 9am-5pm, Pakaraka Farm, near Thames, $150.
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).
September National Orchid Expo
, Palmerston North.
NZ Tree Crops Association Conference, Nelson.

2020

World Daffodil Convention, Canberra, Australia.
February World Association of Floral Artists Convention, Jaipur, India.
June World Heritage Rose Conference, Brussels, Belgium.
International Lichenological Symposium, Bonito, Brazil.

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Auckland: Upcoming events

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Dunedin: What’s On listing

Wellington: Events.

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