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.

August 22 Aongatete Forest Trust AGM, 7.30pm, Pahoia School, Esdaile Rd (between Tauranga and Katikati). Predator free by 2050, can we do it?

August 24 The Future of Food Film Night, 7pm, St Paul’s Church hall, Katikati, $5. Six short films and 3 speakers.

August 24 Waikato Horticultural Society: Camellias, 7.30pm, Hamilton Gardens (Gate 2). Visitors $5.

August 24 Beginner Bonsai Classes, 7-9pm for 4 weeks, Wintec, Hamilton Gardens, $75.

August 25 On the Couch, join Ruud Kleinpaste, landscaper Michelle McDonnell, comedian Ben Hurley and others, 7.30pm, Baycourt Theatre, Tauranga, $39.

August 25-26 Waitakere Orchid Show, 10am-4pm, Kelson Community Centre, Glendale (Auckland).

August 26-27 & September 2 Beginners Beekeeping, 9am-1pm, Katikati Community Centre (last day offsite), $80.

August 27 Speciation Guided Walk, 2pm, Otari Wilton’s Bush, Wellington, $5.

August 27 Freestanding Floral Installation, noon-3pm, Westmere (Auckland), $310.

August 28 Escape to the Tropics, 11am, Wellington Botanic Gardens, $5.

August 28 Elements of Small Garden Design, a 3-week course at 7pm, Selwyn Community Education Centre, Kohimarama, Auckland, $64.

August 28 Save Our Seeds, 6.30pm, documentary screening and Q&A with film-maker Robina McCurdy, Pou Whakaaro, 40 Te Tahi Street, Whakatane, sliding scale for ticket price. Optional: 5.30pm pot-luck dinner and seed swap.

August 29 Save Our Seeds, 6.30pm, documentary screening and Q&A with film-maker Robina McCurdy, Historic Village Cinema, 17th Ave, Tauranga, sliding scale for ticket price. Optional: 5.30pm pot-luck dinner and seed swap.

August 31-September 3 International Protea Association Symposium, Stellenbosch, South Africa.

September 1 Daffodil Show, 11.30am-3.30pm, Campbell Hall, Canada St, Morrinsville, gold coin entry.

September 2-3 Plant Sale, 10am-4pm, Hamilton Gardens.

September 2-3 Tulip Festival, Eden Gardens, Auckland.

September 2-3 South Auckland Orchid Show, Auckland Botanic Gardens, Manurewa.

September 2 A Crash Course in Container Gardening, 10am-1pm, Selwyn Community Education Centre, Kohimarama (Auckland), $49.

September 2 & 3 High Tea and History, 10am-5pm, Oruawharo Homestead, Takapau, $22.

September 3 Western Bay Camellia Show, 1-3pm, Bob Owens Retirement Village, 112 Carmichael Road, Bethlehem (Tauranga). This 50th show may be the club’s last.

September 3 Permaculture Design Process, Waikato Environment Centre, Hamilton, $109.

September 3 Floral Crown Masterclass, noon-3pm, Westmere (Auckland), $250.

September 4 Restoring a Local Treasure: McGregors wetland, talk by coastal scientist Jim Dahm, 7pm, Moon Hair Salon, Coromandel town, gold coin.

September 4-15 Permaculture Design Course, Koanga Institute, Wairoa, $1900.

September 8 Fruit Tree Grafting Workshop, 7pm, St Francis Community Church, Hillcrest, Hamilton, $20 for visitors ($10 Tree Crop Association members) which includes three rootstocks. Email for further details.

September 9 Drawing Property Designs by Hand, 9.30am-3.30pm, with Chelsea gold-medal winning landscape designer Trish Waugh, Whakamarama (near Tauranga), $65. No previous experience necessary.

September 9 Home Food Production Workshop Part 1, 10am, Environment Centre, Hastings, free but registration essential. Part 2 on September 23.

September 9-10 National Daffodil Show (North Island), Showgrounds Events Centre, Gisborne.

September 10 Daffodil Festival, 9am-3.30pm, Carterton (Wairarapa), includes the Daffodil Express steam train from Wellington.

September 14-October 10 Tesselaar Tulip Festival, Victoria, Australia.

September 15 Dusk in the Daffodils, 5-9pm, Taniwha Daffodils, Waipukurau, Central Hawke’s Bay, $18 (children $10).

September 15-16 Wairoa Orchid Show. Ph 06 838 6331.

September 16 Ferment, Preserve, Pickle, 9am-4pm, Pakaraka Farm, Thames, $140.

September 16 Blossom Parade, Hastings (NZ).

September 16-17 Spring Orchid Show, 10a,-4pm, Mt Albert War Memorial Hall, Auckland, $5.

September 16-17 Spring Flower Show, 1-5pm (Sat) and 10am-4pm (Sun), $5, comprising daffodils, rhododendrons and offerings from the NZ Alpine Garden Society Show, Woolston Club, Christchurch.

September 16 Hebe Society AGM, Bransford Webbs Nursery, Worcestershire, UK.

September 19 Free Home Composting Workshop, noon-1pm, Gisborne, includes a free compost bin (1 per household). To register ph 06 867 4708.

September 22-24 Tauranga Orchid Show, 10am-4pm, Greerton Racecourse, $3 (adults). Massed plant display, plants for sale, repotting demonstrations, café, raffles.

September 23 Worm Composting Workshop, 1-3.30pm, Historic Village, Tauranga, $34.50 (take home a starter pack worth $180).

September 23 Home Food Production Workshop Part 2, 10am, Environment Centre, Hastings, free but registration essential.

September 23 Gwavas Garden, House & Puahanui Bush Tour, 10am-3pm, Tikokino, Central Hawke’s Bay, $60. Repeated September 30 and October 8 and 14.

September 23 Blossom Festival, Alexandra. Celebrating 60 years in 2017.

September 23-24 National Daffodil Show (South Island), Hope Hall, Hope (Nelson Bays).

September 24 Edible Weeds & Green Smoothie Workshop, 10am-1pm, Katikati area, $65.

September 25 Tulips, Bulbs & Blossoms, 11am, Wellington Botanic Gardens, $5.

September 25-27 Introduction to Biointensive Gardening, Koanga Institute, Wairoa, $600.

September 28 Waikato Horticultural Society: Clivias, 7.30pm, Hamilton Gardens (Gate 2). Visitors $5.

September 28-29 Growing Nutrient-dense Food, Koanga Institute, Wairoa, $320.

September 30-October 1 Plant Sale, 10am-4pm, Hamilton Gardens.

September 30 Clivia Show, 9am-3pm, Auckland Regional Botanic Gardens, free.

September 30 Gwavas Garden, House & Puahanui Bush Tour, 10am-3pm, Tikokino, Central Hawke’s Bay, $60. Repeated October 8 and 14.

September 30 Botanical Art & Illustration, 10-week course, 3-5.30pm, Olveston Historic Home, Dunedin, $240.

October 1 Clivia Show, noon-4pm, Te Puna Quarry Park gallery, free.
October 1 Garden, Plant & Orchid Extravaganza, 10am-4pm, Hamilton Gardens, free. Ph 022 354 5373.
October 2-4 Forest Garden Design, Koanga Institute, Wairoa, $460.
October 2-6 Tree Week at Koanga Institute, Wairoa, $820. Includes forest garden design and propagation.
October 3 Organic Gardening Course, 9am-noon for 10 weeks (finishes December 5), Pakaraka Farm, Thames, $325.
October 4-8 Tulip Festival, Rotorua.
October 5-6 Propagation Workshops, Koanga Institute, Wairoa, $350.
October 5 Organic Gardening Course, 9am-noon, 10-week course, Pakaraka Farm, Thames, $325.
October 6 Natives in Suburbia, 12.12pm, Dunedin Botanic Gardens, free. Talk for home gardeners by Philip Dunn, the manager of Ribbonwood Nurseries.
October 6-8 NZ Bonsai Convention, Dunedin.
October 7-8 Golden Jubilee Orchid Show, City College Hall, Wanganui.
October 7 Beginners Home Gardening Workshop, 9am-5pm, Pakarakara Farm, Thames, $140.
October 7 Lower North Island Clivia Show, 10am-3pm, Hokowhitu School, Palmerston North, free.
October 8 Advanced Home Gardening Workshop, 9am-5pm, Pakarakara Farm, Thames, $140.
October 8 Spring Fling, 11am-4pm, Broadfields Landscape Garden, Prebbleton, $15 or $20 at the gate. Enjoy 10 acres of award-winning gardens.
October 8 Gwavas Garden, House & Puahanui Bush Tour, 10am-3pm, Tikokino, Central Hawke’s Bay, $60. Repeated October 14.
October 9-13 Regenerative Urban Farming, Koanga Institute, Wairoa, $820.
October 12 Growing Edible Flowers & Green Smoothie Workshop, 10am-noon, Kelmarna Gardens, Ponsonby, Auckland, $15 ($7.50).
October 14 Living Soils, Plenty Permaculture, Whakamarama (near Tauranga), $120.
October 14 Okareka Mistletoe Restoration Project Work Day, weed control and planting (medium-hard).
October 14 Gwavas Garden, House & Puahanui Bush Tour, 10am-3pm, Tikokino, Central Hawke’s Bay, $60.
October 14-15 Bonsai Show, Hamilton Gardens.
October 14-15 Orchids, Queen of Flowers, 10am-4pm, Dowse Art Gallery, Lower Hutt, $2.
October 15 How to Show Roses, Tony Clayton to demonstrate at Walton Railton, 415 Cameron Rd, Tauranga. Contact Judy.
October 15 Old English Garden Party, 1-5pm, Chapelwick Coastal Estate, Central Hawke’s Bay, $25. Buy tickets.
To October 15 International Garden Festival, Berlin, Germany. The city’s first such event. The official website seems to be only in German! The one I’ve linked to is in English.
October 16 Ikebana for Beginners, 11.30am-1.30pm, 5-week course, Parnell Community Centre (Auckland), $115.
October 17-20 Australian Floral Art National Convention with a guest presenter from Spain.
October 20-23 Spring Show Stopper Floral Extravaganza, 10am-4pm, Waipawa, $5
October 22 High Tea at Glenora Homestead, 1-4pm, Waipukurau, Central Hawke’s Bay, $25.
October 22-25 Botanic Gardens Australia NZ Conference, Adelaide.
October 26 The Benefits of Urban Trees: From the Intuitive to the Surprising, public lecture by Geoffrey Donovan, 6pm, Trinity Wharf Hotel, Tauranga, gold coin.
October 26 Waikato Horticultural Society: Amore Roses, 7.30pm, Hamilton Gardens (Gate 2). Visitors $5.
October 26-28 NZ Arborists Conference, Tauranga.
October 27-30 Australian Garden History Society Conference, Melbourne.
October 27-30 NZ Rhododendron Conference, Feilding.
October 27-November 5 Taranaki Garden Festival. Details released in July.
October 29 Soap, Creams & Ointments Workshop, 10am-3pm, Katikati Resource Centre, $85.
October 29 Scarecrow Festival, 11am-3pm, Hamilton Gardens, free.
November 3 Rose Show, 11.30am-3.30pm, Campbell Hall, Canada St, Morrinsville, gold coin entry.
November 3 Farm to Table Dinner, farm tour at 5.30pm, dinner at 7pm, Pakaraka Farm, Thames, $100.
November 3-6 NZ Iris Convention, Palmerston North. Guest speaker from the US.
November 4 BOP Rose Society Show, 11am-4pm, Greerton Hall, Tauranga, $3.
November 4 Worm Composting Workshop, 1-3pm, Katikati (venue to be confirmed), $34.50 (take-home kit valued at $255). Registration essential.
November 4-5 Plant Sale, 10am-4pm, Hamilton Gardens.
November 4-5 Botanical Painting & Drawing Field Trip, 10am-4pm with Sandra Morris, Auckland Botanic Gardens, $215.
November 8-11 World Orchid Conference, Ecuador.
November 9-12 Pacific Rosebowl Festival, Hamilton Gardens.
November 9-12 Garden Marlborough (NZ), featuring Great Dixter head gardener Fergus Garrett.
November 10-12 Rotorua Festival of Gardens, $30.
November 12 Quarryfest, Te Puna Quarry Park (near Tauranga), 10am-4pm.
November 15-23 International Permaculture Convergence, Hyderabad, India.
November 17-18 Gardens, Flowers & All That Jazz, Taupo. A variety of events, including Garden Walks ($50).
November 17-19 National Rose Show & Convention, Whangarei.
November 17-19 Ikebana Exhibition, Eden Gardens, Auckland.
November 17-20 NZ Herb Federation Conference, Invercargill.
November 18 Cross Hills Garden Country Fair, 9am-4pm, Kimbolton (near Feilding), $15 (fair and garden).
November 19 Edible Weeds & Green Smoothie Workshop, 10am-1pm, North Loburn, Canterbury, $65.
November 23 Waikato Horticultural Society: Irises, 7.30pm, Hamilton Gardens (Gate 2). Visitors $5. The talk is preceded by a short AGM.
November 24-26 70th Manawatu Rose Society Show, Palmerston North, incorporating the NZ Rose Trial Awards.
November 25 Garden Design & Permaculture, Plenty Permaculture, Whakamarama (near Tauranga), $120.
November 25 Back to Basics Herbal Medicine, 9.30am-2pm, Katikati Resource Centre, $25.
November 25 Great Barrier Island Garden Tour, 9am-5pm.
November 25-26 Auckland Garden Design Fest, self-drive tours of professionally designed gardens. Tickets on sale July 1.
November 29-December 3 NZ Flower & Garden Show, Henderson, Auckland.
December 2 Pakaraka Permaculture Market Garden Tour, 4-5.30pm, Thames, koha but registration essential.
December 2-3 Plant Sale, 10am-4pm, Hamilton Gardens.

2018

January Australian Native Plant Society conference, Hobart, Tasmania.
January 13 Avocado Food & Wine Festival, Uretara Domain, Katikati.
January 26 Dahlia Show, 11.30am-3.30pm, Campbell Hall, Canada St, Morrinsville, gold coin entry.
February Worm Composting Workshop, Te Puke (time/venue to be confirmed), $34.50 (take-home kit valued at $255). Registration essential.
February 1 Organic Gardening Course, 9am-noon, 10-week course, Pakaraka Farm, Thames, $325.
February 5-16 Permaculture Design Course, Koanga Institute, Wairoa, $1900.
February 26- March 2 Seed Week at Koanga Institute, Wairoa, $820. Learn everything you need to set up a seed bank.
March 1-4 Floral Festival, Eden Gardens, Auckland.
March 16-18 Homegrown Harvest, near Tirau, $250/person or $400/couple.
March 21-25 Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show.
March 23-28 Australian Landscape Conference, Melbourne (an ‘overwhelming’ response from a survey sees this event move from September to March).
March 30-July 1 Ngāi Tipu Taketake – Indigenous Flora Exhibition, Auckland Regional Botanic Gardens.
April 15 Towards Self Sufficiency Workshop, 9am-5pm, Pakaraka Farm, Thames, $140.
April 29 Sustainable Backyards, Waikato Environment Centre, Hamilton, $109.
May 18 Worldwide Day of Botanical Art, a debut event and with exhibitions being held in each participating country.
May 22-26 Chelsea Flower Show, London.
June 28-July 4 World Federation of Rose Societies Convention, Copenhagen, Denmark.
July 18-22 Australian Orchid Conference, South Windsor, NSW.
August 16-18 International Horticultural Congress, Istanbul, Turkey.
November Bay of Plenty Garden & Art Festival.
November Cactus & Succulent Show, Mt Albert War Memorial Hall, Auckland.

2020

World Daffodil Convention, Canberra, Australia.

Botanic Gardens:

Auckland: Upcoming events

Christchurch: Events calendar

Dunedin: What’s On listing

Wellington: Events.

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