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.

August 17-20 NZ Camellia Show & Convention, New Plymouth.

August 18 Home Composting for Beginners, 10am-noon, Hawke’s Bay Environment Centre, Hastings, free.

August 19 Plants & the Wider World, 11am, Wellington Botanic Gardens, $5.

August 19 Snowdrop Day at Larnach Castle, 11am-4pm, entry charge.

August 19-24 International Cycad Conference, Nelspruit, South Africa.

August 20 Mangere Island, Chathams: A restoration story, 5.30pm talk by Catherine Beard, Waikato Botanical Society, Hamilton, gold coin.

August 23 Bugs, Bush & Biodiversity, 7pm, featuring Ruud Kleinpaste, St Peter’s Anglican Church, 2 Carisbrooke St, Katikati, free.

August 23 Waikato Horticultural Society: Biosecurity, 7.30pm, Hamilton Gardens, $5.

August 24 On The Couch, 7.30pm, Baycourt Theatre, Tauranga, $39. Fundraiser for the Tauranga Garden & Artfest, featuring ‘bug man’ Ruud Kleinpaste, artist Dave Roy and landscape architect Nichola Vague.

August 24-25 Waitakere Orchid Club Show, 10am-4pm, Kelston Community Centre, free.

From August 24 Daffodil Fields, Eastwoodhill Arboretum, near Gisborne.

August 25 Beekeeping for Beginners, 9am-1pm for 3 days, Katikati area, $85.

August 25-26 Poverty Bay Spring Flower Show, Showgrounds, Gisborne, $5 (under 12 free). Open 1.30-4pm (Sat) and 9.30am-3.30pm (Sun). Ph Gillian, 06 863 1310.

August 26 Bonsai Workshop, 2-4pm, Bunnings, Hamilton, free.

August 26-29 Society for Medicinal Plant & Natural Product Research Convention, Shanghai, China.

August 27 The Main Garden & its History, 11am, Wellington Botanic Gardens, $5.

August 30-31 Beth Chatto Symposium: Ecological Planting in the 21st Century, University of Essex, Colchester, UK.

August 31 Daffodil Day, New Zealand. Annual fundraiser for the Cancer Society.

September 1 Kauri Dieback Management Programme Public Meeting, 6.30pm, Kokako Lodge, Hunua.
September 1 & 8 Garden Design Course, Fraser High School, Hamilton, $85.
September 1-2 Plant Sales10am-4pm, Hamilton Gardens.
September 1-2 Welsh Orchid Festival, National Botanic Gardens of Wales, Llanarthne.
September 1-13 Clivia Conference, various venues, South Africa. Speakers on September 5-6.
September 2 Kauri Dieback Management Programme Public Meeting, 6.30pm, War Memorial Hall, Thames.
September 3 Kauri Dieback Management Programme Public Meeting, 6.30pm, Waikato Regional Council offices, Hamilton.
September 3 Effective Planting for Your Garden, 7-8.30pm for 3 weeks + one Saturday, Selwyn College, Kohimarama (Auckland), $79.
September 4 Kauri Dieback Management Programme Public Meeting, 6.30pm, War Memorial Hall, Katikati.
September 5-6 Clivia Society Conference, Johannesburg, South Africa.
September 7 Morrinsville Daffodil Show, 11.30am-3.30pm, Presbyterian Church Hall, Canada St. Gold coin.
September 8 Worm Composting Workshop, 1pm, Community Centre, Waihi Beach. Open to Western Bay residents only.
September 8-9 US National Bonsai Convention, East Rochester, New York state.
September 9 Waikato & Rotorua Botanical Societies Field Trip, Arnold’s Bush (Piarere).
September 9 International Euphorbia Society AGM, Belgium.
September 9-12 Australasian Weeds Conference, Sydney.
September 10 Fruit & Vege from a Small Garden, 10am-2pm, Selwyn College, Auckland, $49.
September 10-14 International Congress on Education in Botanic Gardens, Warsaw, Poland.
September 11- 22 International Plant Propagators Society Tour, New York State area, US.
September 13-15 International Water Lily & Water Gardening Symposium, San Angelo, Texas.
September 14 Fruit Tree Grafting Workshop, 7pm, St Francis Church, Mansel Ave, Hillcrest, Hamilton, Tree Crop Association members $10, others $20 (includes three rootstocks for apples and plums). Bring a grafting knife (or Stanley knife) and secateurs. Ph Don, 021 581 143; or Aroon, 021 121 4044.
September 14-15 Whangarei Orchid Show.
September 15 Blossom Festival, Hastings (NZ).
September 15-16 North Island Daffodil Show, Hamilton Gardens.
September 15-16 NZ Garden & Alpine Society Show & CHS Daffodil Show, Woolston Club, 43 Hargood St, Christchurch, $5 (under 15 free). Open 1-5pm Sat; 10am-4pm Sun.
September 15-October 14 Tesselaar Tulip Festival, Silvan, Victoria, Australia.
September 15-October 15 Canberra Floriade, Australia.
September 17 Botanical Treasures of Hamilton Gardens, 5.30pm talk by Antoinette van der Weerden, Waikato Botanical Society, Hamilton, gold coin.
September 18-October 1 Tulip Time, Corbett Gardens, Bowral, NSW, Australia.
September 19-21 Glenfalloch Night Garden, 7.30-10pm, 430 Portobello Rd, Macandrew Bay, near Dunedin, donation appreciated. Includes light display, sculpture and music.
September 21-30 Toowoomba Festival of Flowers, Queensland, Australia.
September 21-22 International Herb Association Educational Conference, Arkansas, US.
September 21-23 Hebe Society (UK) AGM, Kent.
September 21-24 Alexandra Blossom Festival, includes a Garden Tour on September 23.
September 22 Growing Greens in Small Spaces, 10am-noon, Katikati, $20.
September 22 Clivia Display, 1-4pm, Te Puna Quarry Park Gallery, (near Tauranga) free.
September 22 Tulip Festival, 10am-4pm, Hamilton Gardens, free.
September 23 Waikato Orchid Society Show, 10am-3pm, Hamilton Gardens.
September 23 Bonsai Workshop, 2-4pm, Bunnings, Hamilton, free.
September 23 Cherry Blossom Festival, 11.30am-2.30pm, Nelson.
September 23-26 Biointensive Gardening, 9am-4pm, Koanga Institute, Wairoa, $522.
September 25 Plant Propagation Through the Year, 9.30am-2.30pm, Whakamarama (near Tauranga), $45 (series of 4 $165).
September 26 Floral Art Demonstration, by Vanita Patel, 1.30-3pm, Bible Chapel, Chaple Drive, Te Awamutu, $20. Ph Jocelyn, 07 871 3299.
September 26-28 Growing Nutrient-dense Food, 9am-4pm, Koanga Institute, Wairoa, $342.
September 27 Waikato Horticultural Society: Gardens of England, 7.30pm, Hamilton Gardens, $5.
September 28-30 Tauranga Orchid Show, 10am-4pm, Tauranga Racecourse, Greerton, $3.
September 29 Nelson Orchid Show, 10am-4pm, Primary School Hall, Stoke, $5 (under 12 free).
September 29-30 South Island Daffodil Show, Darfield Recreation Centre, Canterbury.
September 29-October 1 International Japanese Garden Conference, Portland, Oregon, US.
September 30-October 2 Forest Garden Design, 9am-4pm daily, Koanga Institute, Wairoa, $342 (earlybird).
October 3-5 Forest Garden Management, 9am-4pm daily, Koanga Institute, Wairoa, $522 (earlybird).
October 6 Beginners Home Gardening Workshop, 9am-5pm, Pakaraka Farm, near Thames, $150.
October 6 Looking at the Good Life, 10am-5pm, near Tirau, $120.
October 6-7 Plant Sales10am-4pm, Hamilton Gardens.
October 7 Grow Your Own Microgreens, 9am-5pm, Pakaraka Farm, near Thames, $150.
October 13 Good & Grounded: A day about soil, 10am-4pm, Katikati Community Centre, $15.
October 13 Fertile Gardening, 9am-5pm, Auckland, $180.
October 18-28 Renmark Rose Festival, Renmark, South Australia.
October 20-21 Organic Market Gardening Workshop, 9am-5pm, Pakaraka Farm, near Thames, $440.
September 21-24 Alexandra Blossom Festival, Otago, NZ.
October 22-24 International Oak Society Conference, University of California, Davis.
October 25 Waikato Horticultural Society: Birds, 7.30pm, Hamilton Gardens, $5.
October 25-26 International Maple Society Conference, Roscoff, Brittany, France.
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 African Violet & Gesneriad Show, Burwood RSL, NSW, Australia.
October 28 Soap Making, Cream & Ointment Workshop, 10am-3pm, Katikati Community Centre, $85.
October 28 Bonsai Workshop, 2-4pm, Bunnings, Hamilton, free.
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 2-4 British Orchid Congress & British Orchid Show, near Bath, UK.
November 3 Ferment, Preserve, Pickle, 9am-5pm, Pakaraka Farm, near Thames, $150.
November 3 Morrinsville Rose Show, 11.30am-3.30pm, Presbyterian Church Hall, Canada St. Gold coin.
November 3-4 Plant Sales10am-4pm, Hamilton Gardens.
November 3-6 NZ Rhododendron Conference, Nelson.
November 4-13 Heritage Roses in Australia National Conference, Albany, Western Australia.
November 7-11 Wildflower Sculpture Exhibition, 10am-5pm, Hastings area, $15.
November 8-10 NZ Arboricultural Association Conference, Dunedin.
November 8-11 Nelmac Garden Marlborough.
November 10-11 Franklin Hospice Garden Ramble.
November 10 Veges & Fruit from Small Gardens, 10am-2pm, Selwyn College, Auckland, $49.
November 11 Celebrate Christmas with Flowers Workshop, 10am-3pm, Kohimarama, Auckland, $88.
November 15-18 Bay of Plenty Garden & Art FestivalTauranga and the Western Bay of Plenty.
November 17 Pakaraka Farm Tour, 9.30am-12.30pm, near Thames, $25.
November 17-18 Crosshills Country Fair, 10am-4pm, Kimbolton, $15.
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 Whangarei Garden Discovery, featuring 20 gardens.
November 25 Bonsai Workshop, 2-4pm, Bunnings, Hamilton, free.
November Cactus & Succulent Show, Mt Albert War Memorial Hall, Auckland.
November 28-December 2 NZ Flower & Garden Show, Trusts Arena, Auckland.
November 30-December 2 Festival of Roses, Timaru.
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 1-2 Plant Sales10am-4pm, Hamilton Gardens.
December 2 Waikato & Rotorua Botanical Societies Field Trip, 9.30am at McLaren’s Falls Park (near Tauranga).
December 4-7 International Pear Symposium, Montevideo, Uruguay.


February 24-March 1 Seed Week, Koanga Institute, near Wairoa, $828, camping facilities included.
March 19 Plant Propagation Through the Year, 9.30am-2.30pm, Whakamarama (near Tauranga), $45 (series of 4 $165 – this is the final date).
May 3-5 Magnolia Society International Annual Meeting, Chicago, US.
May 17- June 2 International Plant Propagators Society Tour, Queensland, Australia.
September 18-23 National Orchid Expo
, Palmerston North.
September 29-October 4 Australian Native Plant Society Conference, Albany, Western Australia.
NZ Tree Crops Association Conference, Nelson.


World Daffodil Convention, Canberra, Australia.
Australis, a 6-month garden expo, Olympic Park, Sydney, Australia.
February World Association of Floral Artists Convention, Jaipur, India.
March 29 World Orchid Convention, Taiwan.
June World Heritage Rose Conference, Brussels, Belgium.
International Lichenological Symposium, Bonito, Brazil.


October World Bonsai Convention, Perth, Australia.

Botanic Gardens:

Auckland: Upcoming events

Christchurch: Events calendar

Dunedin: What’s On listing

Wellington: Events.

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