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.

January 26-February 7 Permaculture Design Course, Koanga Institute, near Wairoa, $1900/$2400.

February 1 Crop Swap, 10am-11am, 14 Jocelyn St, Katikati.Veges, fruit, seeds, baking, books, eggs, etc all welcome. Ph 07 549 4522.

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

February 1 The Fully Monty Gardening Workshop, 9.30am-3pm, The Falls Retreat, Karangahake Gorge (near Waihi), $125.

February 1 Fields of Flowers Photography Trip, 1-3pm, Waimauku, Auckland, $88. Suitable for all levels.

February 2 Katikati A&P Show, Showgrounds, Uretara Dr, $5 (under 12 free). Home Industries schedule here.

February 2 Kaipatch Garden Party, 9.30am-3.30pm, 113 Pukakura Rd, Katikati, $2. Includes a display of patchwork quilts, music and craft stalls.

February 3 Surrealist Garden Opening, 3.30pm, Hamilton Gardens, free.

February 4 Waste Free Living Workshop with Kate Meads, 6.30pm, Community Centre, Katikati, $15.

February 5 Life on a Guano Island, 1.15pm, Tauranga City Library, a free talk about Harold Willey Hudson’s experiences on Jarvis Island with New Zealand photographer Henry Winkelmann.

February 8-9 National Dahlia Show, North Island, Hamilton Gardens. Ph Jennifer 07 863 7563.

February 8 BOP Young Grower of the Year Competition, Te Puke A&P Show.

February 8 Herbal Wellness Remedies, 10am-2.30pm, Papamoa Hills, $85 (includes lunch).

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

February 8 Worm Composting Workshop, 1-3pm, Memorial Hall, Te Puke, $34.50. Western Bay residents only.

February 9 Edible Weeds & Green Smoothies, 10am-2pm, Greerton, Tauranga, $65.

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

February 11 Principles of Flower Arranging, 6.30-8.30pm (8 weeks), Fraser High School, Hamilton, $89.

February 12 Waste Free Living Workshop with Kate Meads, 6pm, Great Lake Centre, Taupo, $15.

February 13 Weaving: Contemporary Korowai & Taaniko, 6-9pm (8 weeks), Fraser High School, Hamilton, $110.

February 14-21 Japan Grand Prix Orchid Show, Tokyo. The 30th anniversary show.

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

February 15 Garden Design, 9am-3pm for 2 weeks, Fraser High School, Hamilton, $89.

February 15-16 Begonia Show, 10am-4pm, Auckland Botanic Gardens, free. Plants for sale.

February 18 Orchid & Plant Auction, 7pm, Wesley Church Hall, 13th Ave, Tauranga. All welcome, cash only. Ph 07 577 6676.

February 19-March 1 Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival.

February 19-23 Level Up, 6pm, Hamilton Gardens, $11. An interactive walk for all the family.

February 20 A Walk in Hamilton Gardens, 7pm, music for piano and voice in the Medici Court, $37.

February 21 Morrinsville Dahlia Show, Campbell Hall, Canada St, Morrinsville, 11am-3.30pm.

February 21 NZ House & Garden Tour: Taupo, $75 earlybird, $85 ($105 with lunch).

February 22 Edible Weeds & Green Smoothies, 10am-2pm, Opotiki, $65.

February 22 Desertscaping: Past, Present and the Future, panel talk, Palm Springs, California, US.

February 22-23 Bromeliad Fiesta, 9am-3pm, Mt Eden War Memorial Hall, Auckland, $5. Ph Diane 027 605 7537.

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

February 29 Rotorua Dahlia Show, Ngongotaha Hall, 10am-3.30pm.

February 29 Funky Ferments Workshop, 12.30-3.30pm, Papamoa Hills, $50.

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

February 29 Companion Bird & Insect Planting, 9.30am-2.30pm, Whakamarama (near Tauranga), $68. Also March 7.

February 29 Home Composting Workshop, 1,30pm, Community Gardens Taupo or Awhi Farm Turangi, free.

February 29-March 1 Sofija’s Garden, 10am & 1.30pm, Hamilton Gardens, $16. Suitable for ages 5-12 and their carers.

March 1-6 Seed Week, Koanga Institute, near Wairoa.

March 2 Open Organic Garden, 4-5.30pm, Ngongotaha, Rotorua, koha.

March 3 Companion Bird & Insect Planting, 9.30am-2.30pm, Whakamarama (near Tauranga), $68.

March 3 Sauerkraut & Other Ferments, 6.30pm, Katikati Community Centre, $20.

March 4 Ciphering Love, 1.15pm, City Library, Tauranga. A free talk about Captain Crapp and Dottie Gellibrand as they live, love and struggle in mid-19th century Omokoroa.

March 4 Crop Swap, noon-1pm, 1 Bracken St, Whakatane.

March 5 How to Create an Unfenced Sanctuary, 6pm, 150 Pohutukawa Ave, Ohope, free.

March 7 Fruit Tree Pruning, 9.30am-2.30pm, Whakamarama (near Tauranga), $68.

March 7 Crop Swap, 10am-11am, 14 Jocelyn St, Katikati.Veges, fruit, seeds, baking, books, eggs, etc all welcome. Ph 07 549 4522.

March 7 Find Time to Grow Food, 10am-noon, Welcome Bay Community Garden, Tauranga, koha.

March 7 Backyard Supermarket Ramble, 10am-11.30am, Katikati, gold coin.

March 7 Worm Composting Workshop, 1-3pm, Historic Village, 17th Ave, Tauranga (TCC residents only), $43.

March 7 Pickling, Jam & Chutney Workshop, 9am-noon, Rotorua, free. Location given on RSVP.

March 7-8 Plant Sale, 9.30am-3pm, Hamilton Gardens.

March 8 Fruit Tree Pruning Workshop, 9am-noon, Historic Village, Tauranga, $20.

March 8 Hamilton Dahlia Show, 11.30am-3.30pm, Hamilton Gardens.

March 9 Seed Saving, 5.30pm, near Whatakane, koha.

March 9-15 World Orchid Convention, Taiwan.

March 10 Fruit Tree Pruning, 9.30am-2.30pm, Whakamarama (near Tauranga), $68. Also March 3.

March 10 Setting up a Sustainable Home & Garden, 6.30pm, Katikati Community Centre, $17.

March 12 Natural Fabric Dyes, 1-3pm, Merritt St, Whakatane, $25.

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

March 14 Back to Basics Herbal Medicine, 10am-3pm, Katikati, $55.

March 14 Animals & Permaculture Design, 9am-5pm, Papamoa, $130.

March 14-15 Sustainable Homes & Gardens Ramble, 9am-5pm, self-drive, free.

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

March 14-15 Traditional Food Storage, Koanga Institute, near Wairoa, $342/$380.

March 15 Soapmaking, Creams & Ointments, 10am-3pm, Katikati, $85.

March 15 Rongoa Maori Medicine Workshop, 10am-noon, $20, Welcome Bay, Tauranga.

March 17 DIY Personal Care Products, 6.30pm, Katikati Community Centre, $23.

March 17 Whakatane District Climate Change Project, drop in for a chat from 10am-2pm, VW Cafe, Whakatane.

March 19 Composting, 6-8pm, Te Tahi St, Whakatane, free.

March 21 Build a Plastic Bottle Greenhouse, 9.30am-3pm, Onepu (near Kawerau), $65.

March 21 Garden Design Made Easy, 9.30am-4.30pm, Bay of Plenty, venue TBA, $85.

March 22 Organic Farm Open Day, 11am-3pm, Omanawa (near Tauranga), $5. Guided tours at noon and 2pm.

March 22 Make Apple Cider Vinegar, 1-3pm, Welcome Bay, Tauranga, $75.

March 23 Community Composting, 3-8pm, Katikati, free.

March 24-28 International Protea Research Symposium, Canary Islands.

March 25-29 Melbourne Garden Show, Australia.

March 26 Worm Farming, 6-8pm, Te Tahi St, Whakatane, free.

March 26 Waste Free Living Workshop with Kate Meads, 6.30pm, Historic Village Cinema, Tauranga, $25.

March 26 Economy & Climate Change Forum, 7pm, Holy Trinity Church, Tauranga, $10.

March 27 Fantastic Fungi, movie premiere, 7pm, Bay of Plenty venue TBA, $23.50.

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

March 27-30 Australian Landscape Conference, Melbourne.

March 28 Action Planning for Climate Change, 9.30am-3pm, Bay of Plenty venue TBA.

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

March 28 Begin a Garden Workshop, 9am-12.30pm, Papamoa Hills (near Tauranga), $50.

March 28 Edible Weeds & Green Smoothies, 10am-2pm, Greerton, Tauranga, $65.

March 28 Home Composting Workshop, 1,30pm, Community Gardens Taupo or Awhi Farm Turangi, free.

March 28 Magic Organic Farming Potions, 3-4.30pm, Omanawa (near Tauranga), $30.

March 28-April 19 Echo Walking Festival, from Coromandel to the Kaimai Range.

March 28-April 19 KaBloom Festival of Flowers, Victoria, Australia.

March 29 Plant a Garden Workshop, 10am-3.30pm, Papamoa Hills (near Tauranga), $90 (includes lunch).

March 29 The Great Pumpkin Carnival, 10am-2pm, Hamilton Gardens.

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

March 31 Bird Call Identification & 5-minute Counts, 6-7.30pm, Community Centre, Maketu (near Te Puke).

March 31 Make your own Sustainable House Cleaners, 6.30pm, Katikati Community Centre, $20.

April 1 180 Years of the Treaty in Tauranga, 1.15pm, City Library, Tauranga, free talk.

April 3-4 BOP Orchid Show, 10am-4pm, Memorial Hall, Te Puke. The 50th anniversary show!

April 4 Crop Swap, 10am-11am, 14 Jocelyn St, Katikati.Veges, fruit, seeds, baking, books, eggs, etc all welcome. Ph 07 549 4522.

April 4-5 Plant Sale, 9.30am-3pm, Hamilton Gardens.

April 14-20 Magnolia Society International Annual Meeting, South Korea.

April 24-27 National Permaculture Hui, Whanganui.

April 25 Home Composting Workshop, 1,30pm, Community Gardens Taupo or Awhi Farm Turangi, free.

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 1-3 Floral Art NZ Conference, Christchurch.

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

May 2 Crop Swap, 10am-11am, 14 Jocelyn St, Katikati.Veges, fruit, seeds, baking, books, eggs, etc all welcome. Ph 07 549 4522.

May 2-3 Plant Sale, 9.30am-3pm, Hamilton Gardens.

May 6 Springs in the City, 1.15pm, City Library, Tauranga, free talk.

May 9-10 Grow your own Mushrooms, Koanga Institute, near Wairoa, $342/$380.

May 19-23 Chelsea Flower Show, London.

May 22-24 International Carnivorous Plant Society Conference, Himeji, Japan.

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

May 23 Worm Composting Workshop, 1-3pm, Community Centre, Waihi Beach, $34.50. Western Bay residents only.

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

May 26 Waste Free Living Workshop with Kate Meads, 6.30pm, Waipuna Park Pavilion, Tauranga, $25.

May 27 Waste Free Living Workshop with Kate Meads, 6.30pm, Community Church, Omokoroa, $15.

May 30 Home Composting Workshop, 1,30pm, Community Gardens Taupo or Awhi Farm Turangi, free.

June World Heritage Rose Conference, Brussels, Belgium.

June 3 Unearthing the Ulster Plantation, 1.15pm, City Library, Tauranga, free talk about the early European settlement of Katikati.

June 6 Crop Swap, 10am-11am, 14 Jocelyn St, Katikati.Veges, fruit, seeds, baking, books, eggs, etc all welcome. Ph 07 549 4522.

June 6-7 Plant Sale, 9.30am-3pm, Hamilton Gardens.

June 9-13 World Bromeliad Conference, Florida, US.

June 13-14 Urban Garden Design, Koanga Institute, near Wairoa, $342/$380.

July 4 Fruit Tree Propagation, Koanga Institute, near Wairoa, $261/$290.

July 4 Crop Swap, 10am-11am, 14 Jocelyn St, Katikati.Veges, fruit, seeds, baking, books, eggs, etc all welcome. Ph 07 549 4522.

July 5 Introduction to Pruning, Koanga Institute, near Wairoa, $117/$130.

July 15-17 International Symposium on Lychophyte & Fern Research, Sao Paulo, Brazil.

July 29 Waste Free Living Workshop with Kate Meads, 6.30pm, Community Centre, Waihi Beach, $15.

July 29-August 2 International Waterlily & Water Gardening Society Symposium, Naples, Florida, US

August 1 Worm Composting Workshop, 1-3pm, Settlers Hall, Omokoroa, $34.50. Western Bay residents only.

August 1 Crop Swap, 10am-11am, 14 Jocelyn St, Katikati.Veges, fruit, seeds, baking, books, eggs, etc all welcome. Ph 07 549 4522.

August 2-7 International Lichen Symposium, Bonito, Brazil.

August 6 Waste Free Living Workshop with Kate Meads, 10pm, Great Lake Centre, Taupo, $15.

August Tulip Festival, Eden Gardens, Auckland.

August 29 Begin a Garden Workshop, 9am-12.30pm, Papamoa Hills (near Tauranga), $50.

August 30 Plant a Garden Workshop, 10am-3.30pm, Papamoa Hills (near Tauranga), $90 (includes lunch).

September 5 Crop Swap, 10am-11am, 14 Jocelyn St, Katikati.Veges, fruit, seeds, baking, books, eggs, etc all welcome. Ph 07 549 4522.

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

September 12-13 Organic Market Gardening Workshop, 9am-5pm, Pakaraka Permaculture (near Thames), earlybird $350.

September 12-October 11 Tesselaar Tulip Festival, Victoria, Australia.

September 12-October 11 Floriade, Canberra, Australia.

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.

October 2-3 Tauranga Orchid Show, 10am-4pm, Tauranga Racecourse, $3 (under 12 free).

October 3 Beginners Home Gardening Workshop, 9am-5pm, Pakaraka Permaculture (near Thames), $150.

October 3 Crop Swap, 10am-11am, 14 Jocelyn St, Katikati.Veges, fruit, seeds, baking, books, eggs, etc all welcome. Ph 07 549 4522.

October 8-9 International Conference on Mycology, Mushrooms and Fungi, New York, US.

October 10 Advanced Home Gardening Workshop, 9am-5pm, Pakaraka Farm (near Thames), $150.

November 7 Crop Swap, 10am-11am, 14 Jocelyn St, Katikati.Veges, fruit, seeds, baking, books, eggs, etc all welcome. Ph 07 549 4522.

November 14-15 Franklin Hospice Garden Ramble.

International Lichenological Symposium, Bonito, Brazil.

November NZ Iris Convention, Tauranga.

November International Permaculture Convergence, Argentina.

November 21 Worm Composting Workshop, 1-3pm, Community Hub, Katikati, $34.50. Western Bay residents only.

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

December 5 Crop Swap, 10am-11am, 14 Jocelyn St, Katikati.Veges, fruit, seeds, baking, books, eggs, etc all welcome. Ph 07 549 4522.

2021

April 8-11 Australasian Bromeliad Conference, Auckland, NZ.

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

September 12-17 Australian Native Plants Society Conference, Kiama, NSW.

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

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

Cactus & Succulent Society of American Conference, Colorado Springs, Colorado.

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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