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.

December 14 Summer Plant Sales, 8.30am-noon, Auckland Regional Botanic Gardens.

December 14 Fresh Floral Christmas Wreaths Workshop, 7-9pm, Mt Albert, Auckland, $45.

December 15 Carols at the Quarry, 7pm, Te Puna Quarry Park (near Tauranga), $5/car.

December 16 Plant Problem Solving, 10.30-11.30am, Sustainability Trust, Te Aro, Wellington, $10.

December 18 Edible Weeds & Green Smoothie Workshop, 10am-1pm, Waikino (near Paeroa), $65.

December 20 Awapuni Nurseries Tour, 10am, Pioneer Highway, Palmerston North, free.

December 20 Christmas Floral Centrepiece Workshop, 7-9pm, George St, Palmerston North, $80.

December 21 Summer Plant Sales, 8.30am-noon, Auckland Regional Botanic Gardens.

Merry Christmas!

December 28 Summer Plant Sales, 8.30am-noon, Auckland Regional Botanic Gardens.

Happy New Year!

January 4 Summer Plant Sales, 8.30am-noon, Auckland Regional Botanic Gardens.

January 6-7 Auckland Lily Show, 10.30am-3pm, Horticultural Centre, Great North Rd, Western Springs.

January 11 Summer Plant Sales, 8.30am-noon, Auckland Regional Botanic Gardens.

January 13 Avocado Food & Wine Festival, 11am-6pm, Uretara Domain, Katikati.

January 13 Medicinal & Edible Native Plants, 1pm, Driving Creek Railway (Coromandel), $5 koha.

January 13-14 NZ Lily Show, 2-5pm (Sat) & 9am-4pm (Sun), Riccarton Racecourse, Christchurch, $5.

January 15-19 Australian Native Plant Society conference, Hobart, Tasmania.

January 17 Growing Beautiful Roses, drop-in session 4-6pm, Wellington Botanic Gardens, free.

January 18 Summer Plant Sales, 8.30am-noon, Auckland Regional Botanic Gardens.

January 19 Waihi Dahlia Show, 12.30-3.30pm, Waihi Memorial Hall, free. Contact Jennifer, ph 07 863 7563.

January 19-21 Wild Orchids Southern Africa Conference, Dullstroom, South Africa.

January 20 The Abundant Veggie Patch, with Kath Irvine, 10am-2.30pm, Te Puke, $150 (includes lunch).

January 20 Alembics Still Distillation Workshops, 10.30am-3.30pm, Auckland $95.

January 20 Hamilton’s New Concept Garden, 10am-5pm, exhibition at Waikato Museum, free. Runs until May 6.

January 20-21 Waikato Lily Show, noon-4pm (Sat); 9am-4pm (Sun), Hamilton Gardens, $2.

January 21 Beginners Home Gardening Workshop, 9am-5pm, Pakaraka Farm, near Thames, $150.

January 21 Midsummer Botanical Ramble, 11am, Wellington Botanic Gardens, $5.

January 21 British Lichen Society Field Day, Cumbria.

January 22 Herb Walk, 11am, Wellington Botanic Gardens, $5.

January 23 The Origins of Flax, 9am, Opotaka Scenic Reserve (Lake Rotoaira), $6.

January 25 Summer Plant Sales, 8.30am-noon, Auckland Regional Botanic Gardens.

January 26 Morrinsville Dahlia Show, 11.30am-3.30pm, Campbell Hall, Canada St, Morrinsville, gold coin entry.

January 27 Grow your own Microgreens, 9am-5pm, Pakaraka Farm, near Thames, $150.

January 27 Free Home Composting Workshop, 1.30pm, Taupo Community Gardens.

January 29-February 1 Weed Science Society of America AGM, Arlington, Virginia.
February 1 Summer Plant Sales, 8.30am-noon, Auckland Regional Botanic Gardens.
February 3 Advanced Home Gardening Workshop, 9am-5pm, Pakaraka Farm, near Thames, $150.
February 3 Dahlia & Chrysanthemum Show, Auckland.
February 5-16 Permaculture Design Course, Koanga Institute, Wairoa, $1900.
February 6 Ferment, Preserve, Pickle, 9am-5pm, Pakaraka Farm, near Thames, $150.
February 7 Pruning & Lawns, drop-in session 4-6pm, Wellington Botanic Gardens, free.
February 8 Summer Plant Sales, 8.30am-noon, Auckland Regional Botanic Gardens.
February 9 Concept Garden Talk & Walk, 1-3pm, start Waikato Museum and end at Hamilton Gardens, free but registration essential.
February 9-11 A Revealing Thyme, various times, one-woman show in Hamilton Gardens’ Herb Garden, tickets from $22 (link downloads the festival pdf).
February 9-11 Heroic Garden Festival, Auckland area.
February 10 Worm Composting Workshop, 1-3pm, Paengaroa Hall (near Te Puke), $31.50 (includes worm farm). Western Bay of Plenty District residents only, registrations essential.
February 10 Four Season Fragrance Series, 10am-noon, Auckland Art Gallery. Single season $255, series of 4 $900 (includes Art Gallery membership).
February 10-11 Hamilton Dahlia Show, 1-3.30pm (Sat); 9.30am-3pm (Sun), Hamilton Gardens.
February 10-March 11 Kew Gardens Orchid Festival, Richmond, London.
February 12 Grow Your Own Microgreens, 9.30am-4.30pm, Pakarakara Farm, Thames, $220.
February 13 Easy Organic Gardening, 6.30-8.30pm for 8 weeks, Fraser High School, Hamilton, $75.
February 15 Summer Plant Sales, 8.30am-noon, Auckland Regional Botanic Gardens.
February 15 Introduction to Herbal Medicine, 7-9pm for 7 weeks, Fraser High School, Hamilton, $85.
February 16 Putaruru Dahlia Show, noon-4pm, St Paul’s Church Lounge, Kensington St, gold coin entry.
February 17 Introduction to Natural Perfumery, 10am-1pm, Studio One, Ponsonby, Auckland, $85.
February 17-18 Organic Market Gardening Workshop, 9am-5pm, Pakaraka Farm, near Thames, $330.
February 17-18 Auckland Begonia Festival, 10am-4pm, Auckland Regional Botanic Gardens, free.
February 17-18 80th NZ Dahlia Show, Blenheim.
February 17-23 Grand Prix International Orchid Festival, Tokyo, Japan.
February 18 Mansfield Garden Party, 10am-4pm, Rogers Rose Garden, Hamilton Gardens, free (but donation appreciated).
February 18 Dahlia & Chrysanthemum Show, Auckland.
February 18 Trees that Shaped History, 11am, Wellington Botanic Gardens, $5.
February 18-23 International Symposium on Aquatic Plants, Queenstown, NZ.
February 20 Orchid & Plant Auction, 7pm, Wesley Church Hall, 13th Ave, Tauranga. Cash only.
February 21 Practical Perennials, drop-in session 4-6pm, Wellington Botanic Gardens, free.
February 22 Summer Plant Sales, 8.30am-noon, Auckland Regional Botanic Gardens.
February 23 NZ House & Garden Tour, 10am-4pm, Whanganui, tickets start at $70.
February 24 Rotorua Dahlia Show, 11.30am-3.30pm, Ngongotaha Hall.
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 26- March 2 Seed Week at Koanga Institute, Wairoa, $820. Learn everything you need to set up a seed bank.
February 28 Queen Victoria’s Kitchen Garden at Windsor, 6.30pm, The Gardens Trust, London, £10 – £12.
March 1-4 Floral Festival, Eden Gardens, Auckland.
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 Queensland Begonia Show, 9am-4pm, Mt Coot-ha Botanic Gardens, Brisbane.
March 4-5 Hamilton Dahlia Show, noon-3pm, Hamilton Gardens.
March 11 Edible Weeds & Green Smoothie Workshop, 10am-1pm, Whakamarama (near Tauranga), $70.
March 11 Pakaraka Farm Tour, 9am-noon, near Thames, $50.
March 15-17 Fuchsiarama, Ashburton (NZ fuchsia show).
March 16-18 Homegrown Harvest, near Tirau, $250/person or $400/couple.
March 16-18 Permaculture Hui, Apiti (Manawatu), about $100.
March 17 Kokedama Workshop, 10am-noon, Uxbridge Arts Centre, Howick, Auckland, $98.
March 18 Watercolours Floral, 10am-3pm, Uxbridge Arts Centre, Howick, Auckland, $107.
March 21-25 Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show.
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 24 Organic Market Gardening Workshop, 9am-5pm, Pakarakara Farm, Thames, $220.
March 25-29 International Camellia Congress, Nantes, France.
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 2-8 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 6-7 Aril Trek, Las Cruces, New Mexico (Aril irises are native to Central Asia and the Middle East).
April 7 Natural Perfumery: The Florals, 10am-1pm, Uxbridge Arts Centre, Howick, Auckland, $105.
April 8 Autumn Quarryfest, 10am-4pm, Te Puna Quarry Park.
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 15 Towards Self Sufficiency Workshop, 9am-5pm, Pakaraka Farm, Thames, $140.
April 15-19 Australasian Permaculture Convergence, Canberra & NSW, Australia.
April 18-19 Plant Network Conference, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew.
April 21 British Clematis Society AGM, Pershore, Worcestershire.
April 27-29 Plant Heritage UK AGM, Dorset.
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.
April 20-21 Bay of Plenty Orchid Show, War Memorial Hall, Te Puke.
April 28 Free Home Composting Workshop, 1.30pm, Taupo Community Gardens.
May 6-12 NZ Fungal Foray, Lake Brunner, West Coast. All welcome.
May 20-27 International Rhododendron Conference, Bremen, Germany.
May 22-26 Chelsea Flower Show, London.
May 26 Free Home Composting Workshop, 1.30pm, Taupo Community Gardens.
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 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 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 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 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 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 28-30 Tauranga Orchid Show, 10am-4pm, Tauranga Racecourse, Greerton, $3.
September 29-October 1 International Japanese Garden Conference, Portland, Oregon, US.
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 4-13 Heritage Roses in Australia National Conference, Albany, Western Australia.
November 8-11 Nelmac Garden Marlborough.
November 15-18 Bay of Plenty Garden & Art FestivalTauranga and the Western Bay of Plenty.
November Cactus & Succulent Show, Mt Albert War Memorial Hall, Auckland.
December 4-7 International Pear Symposium, Montevideo, Uruguay.

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

Christchurch: Events calendar

Dunedin: What’s On listing

Wellington: Events.

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