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.

June & July Rose Pruning Demonstrations take place around New Zealand. Click on the link to find one near you.

June 24-July 2 NZ Garden Bird Survey. Take one hour to survey the birds in your garden and report back to the website.

June 25 Matariki (the rising of the Pleiades), Maori New Year.

June 25 Rose Pruning Demonstrations, 1-3pm, Wairere Nurseries, 826 Gordonton Road (near Hamilton), free.

June 25 Confessions of a Wildlife Photographer, 2pm, Waikato Museum, Hamilton, free.

June 26 The Rose Garden & its Amazing Story, 11am, Wellington Botanic Gardens, $5.

To June 26 World Association of Floral Artists competition, Barbados.

June 26-30 Global Botanic Gardens Congress, Geneva, Switzerland.

June 27 Winter Fruit Tree Pruning Demo, 11am, Auckland Regional Botanic Gardens, free.

June 30 Start Your Own Edible Garden, 9.30am-1pm, Kahikatea Farm (near Hastings), $75.

June 30 Rose Pruning Demonstrations, 11am-1pm, Mega Mitre 10, The Base, Te Rapa (Hamilton), free.

July 1 Tree Crops Sale, 9am-noon, Gate 2 at Hamilton Gardens, cash only. Seller information included on the website.

July 1 Practical Fruit Tree Pruning, 9.45am-3pm, 43 Goodall Rd, Whakamarama (20 minutes from Tauranga), $55. Tutor Gisella Warmenhoven has been a professional tree pruner for more than 30 years.

July 1 Rose Pruning Demonstrations, 1-3pm, Mega Mitre 10, The Base, Te Rapa (Hamilton), free.

July 1 Preserving your Kai, home pickle making, 10am, Auckland Regional Botanic Gardens, free but booking required.

July 1 Rose Pruning Demonstration, 8.30am, Roselands Shopping Centre, Great South Road, Papakura, free.

July 1 Tickets on sale for Auckland Garden Design Fest, self-drive tours of professionally designed gardens on November 25 and 26.

July 3 Rose Pruning & Care, 1.30pm, Décor Gardenworld, Bethlehem, Tauranga, free.

July 4-9 Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, East Molesley, London.

July 6 Rose Pruning Demonstrations, 11am-1pm, Wairere Nurseries, 826 Gordonton Road (near Hamilton), free.

July 7 Encouraging Monarch Butterflies in our Gardens, 12.12pm, Dunedin Botanic Gardens, free.

July 7-9 Planning a Home Orchard, near Tirau, $250/person or $400/couple.

July 8 Rose Pruning Demonstration, 1pm, 268C Peria Road, Matamata, free.

July 8 Food is Medicine, Medicine is Food, growing organically, 10am, Auckland Regional Botanic Gardens, free but booking required.

July 9 Bay of Plenty Orchid Society Auction, 1.30pm, Masonic Hall, Jocelyn St, Te Puke. All welcome. Orchids, bromeliads (and other plants). Cash only.

July 10-14 International Master Gardener Conference, Portland, Oregon.

July 11 The Main Garden & its History, 11am, Wellington Botanic Gardens, $5.

July 12 Rose Pruning Demonstration, 10am-noon, Mitre 10, Te Puke, free. Rose giveaway and other prizes. Contact Judy, ph 07 573 6525.

July 12 Rose Pruning Demonstration, 11am, Auckland Regional Botanic Gardens, free.

July 13 Bulbs: History, literature & modern developments, a talk by David Adams, 7pm, Canterbury Horticultural Society, Christchurch, $10 ($5 students).

July 13-14 Ancient Tree Forum conference, Epping Forest, UK.

July 14-17 Introduction to Permaculture, 9am-3pm, Kahikatea Farm (near Hastings), up to $290/individual or $350/couple.

July 15 Pruning & Maintaining a Home Orchard, 10am-about 4pm, Tirau, $120.

July 15 Rose Pruning Demonstration, 11am–1pm, Four Seasons Home & Garden Centre, Tainui Street, Matamata.

July 15 Rose Pruning Demonstrations, 1-3pm, Wairere Nurseries, 826 Gordonton Road (near Hamilton), free.

July 15 Kid vs Wild, 9am-3pm, Auckland Regional Botanic Gardens, $40, suitable for ages 7-12.

July 15 Luxe Floral Posy Workshop, noon-3pm, Westmere (Auckland), $150.

July 15 Botanical Art & Illustration, 10-week course, 3-5.30pm, Olveston Historic Home, Dunedin, $240. The next 10-week course begins on September 30.

July 16 Tree Sale, 10am-3pm, A&P showgrounds, Katikati. Fruit trees, nut trees and others. Cash only.

July 16 Rose Pruning Demonstrations, 11am-1pm, Wairere Nurseries, 826 Gordonton Road (near Hamilton), free.

July 16 Plants, Antiquity & Industry, 11am, Wellington Botanic Gardens, $5.

July 22 Open Day, 10am-noon, Kings Seeds, 189 Wharawhara Rd, south of Katikati. Launch of the new catalogue and new varieties. Ph 07 549 3409.

July 22 Maori Traditional Plant Use, 10am, Auckland Regional Botanic Gardens, free but booking required.

July 23 Basic Floral Wiring Workshop, noon-3pm, Westmere (Auckland), $180.

July 23-29 International Botanical Congress, Shenzen, China.

July 24 Pest Plant Workshop, 9am-noon or 1-4pm, Paparoa Memorial Hall (Northland), free.

July 25 Pest Plant Workshop, 9am-noon or 1-4pm, St John Hall, Kerikeri, free.

July 24 Creative Flower Arranging, 5-week course, 11.30am-1.30pm, Parnell Community Centre (Auckland), $130.

July 26 Pest Plant Workshop, 9am-noon or 1-4pm, St John Hall, Cooper’s Beach (Northland), free.

July 27 Pest Plant Workshop, 9am-noon or 1-4pm, Northland Regional Council office, Whangarei, free.

July 27 Waikato Horticultural Society: Hamilton Organic Centre, 7.30pm, Hamilton Gardens (Gate 2). Visitors $5.

July 29 Pest Plant Workshop, 9am-noon, Northland Regional Council office, Whangarei, free.

July 30 Winter Orchid Show, Hamilton Gardens.  Ph 07 855 8009.

August 1 Easy Gardening, 8-week course, 6.30-8.30pm, Fraser High School, Hamilton, $75.
August 5
Organic Market Gardening, 9am-5pm, Pakaraka Farm, Thames, $140.
August 6 Grow Your Own Microgreens, 10am-4pm, Pakaraka Farm, Thames, $140 – or combine this workshop with the one above and pay $250.
August 5-6 Orchid Conference & Show, Scarborough, Western Australia.
August 6 Luxe Bouquet Workshop, noon-3pm, Westmere (Auckland), $200.
August 10 Free Home Composting Workshop, noon-1pm, Gisborne, includes a free compost bin (1 per household). To register ph 06 867 4708. Repeated September 19.
August 10 Threatened Plant Species: History, literature and modern developments, a talk by Gary Houliston, 7pm, Canterbury Horticultural Society, Christchurch, $10 ($5 students).
August 11-13 NZ Camellia Show & Conference, Rotorua.
August 12 & 19 Garden Design, 9am-3pm, Fraser High School, Hamilton, $85.
August 12 Fruit Tree Pruning Workshop, 10am-noon, Christchurch, $10.
August 13 Large Table Arrangements, noon-3pm, Westmere (Auckland), $280.
August 20 Plants & the Wider World, 11am, Wellington Botanic Gardens, $5.
August 20 Dutch Master Floral Design, noon-3pm, Westmere (Auckland), $250.
August 24 Waikato Horticultural Society: Camellias, 7.30pm, Hamilton Gardens (Gate 2). Visitors $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 31-September 3 International Protea Association Symposium, Stellenbosch, South Africa.
September 2-3 Plant Sale, 10am-4pm, Hamilton Gardens.
September 2-3 Native Plants & Their Medicinal Properties, 9am-2pm, Fraser High School, Hamilton, $75.
September 2 A Crash Course in Container Gardening, 10am-1pm, Selwyn Community Education Centre, Kohimarama (Auckland), $49.
September 3 Floral Crown Masterclass, noon-3pm, Westmere (Auckland), $250.
September 4 Helping Landowners Enhance their Slice of Paradise, talk by Elaine Iddon from Waikato Regional Council, 7pm, Moon Hair Salon, Coromandel town, gold coin.
September 4-15 Permaculture Design Course, Koanga Institute, Wairoa, $1900.
September 9 Home Food Production Workshop Part 1, 10am, Environment Centre, Hastings, free but registration essential. Part 2 on September 23.
September 9-10 Native Plant Balm-making Workshop, 9am-1pm, Fraser High School, Hamilton, $75 + $10 for ingredients.
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 15-17 Spring Orchid Show, Mt Albert War Memorial Hall, Auckland.
September 16 Ferment, Preserve, Pickle, 9am-4pm, Pakaraka Farm, Thames, $140.
September 16 Blossom Parade, Hastings (NZ).
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 Pakaraka Permaculture Market Garden Tour, 10.30am-noon, Thames, koha but registration essential.
September 23 Home Food Production Workshop Part 2, 10am, Environment Centre, Hastings, free but registration essential.
September 23 Blossom Festival, Alexandra. Celebrating 60 years in 2017.
September 23-24 National Daffodil Show (South Island), Hope Hall, Hope (Nelson Bays).
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 Botanical Art & Illustration, 10-week course, 3-5.30pm, Olveston Historic Home, Dunedin, $240.
October 1 Spring Orchid Show, 10am-4pm, Hamilton Gardens.
October 1 Towards Self-Sufficiency, day-long course at Pakaraka Permaculture, Thames, $140.
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 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 7-8 Golden Jubilee Orchid Show, City College Hall, Wanganui.
October 7 Beginners Home Gardening Workshop, 9am-5pm, Pakarakara Farm, Thames, $140.
October 8 Advanced Home Gardening Workshop, 9am-5pm, Pakarakara Farm, Thames, $140.
October 14 Living Soils, Plenty Permaculture, Whakamarama (near Tauranga), $120.
October 14-15 Bonsai Show, Hamilton Gardens.
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 22-25 Botanic Gardens Australia NZ Conference, Adelaide.
October 26 Waikato Horticultural Society: Amore Roses, 7.30pm, Hamilton Gardens (Gate 2). Visitors $5.
October 26-28 NZ Arborists Conference, Tauranga.
October 27-29 Australian Garden History Society Conference, Hamilton Gardens (NZ).
October 27-30 NZ Rhododendron Conference, Feilding.
October 27-November 5 Taranaki Garden Festival. Details released in July.
October 29 Scarecrow Festival, 11am-3pm, Hamilton Gardens, free.
November 4 BOP Rose Society Show, Greerton Hall, Tauranga.
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).
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 17-20 NZ Herb Federation Conference, Invercargill.
November 18 Cross Hills Garden Country Fair, 9am-4pm, Kimbolton (near Feilding), $15 (fair and garden).
November 23 Waikato Horticultural Society: Irises, 7.30pm, Hamilton Gardens (Gate 2). Visitors $5.
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 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.
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 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).
April 15 Towards Self Sufficiency Workshop, 9am-5pm, Pakaraka Farm, Thames, $140.
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 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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