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 responsinble if changes are made.

May 18-19 International Euphorbia Society Conference, Meise Botanic Garden, Belgium.

May 20 Kaituna Redevelopment & Maketu Estuary Project, 7pm talk, Tauranga Yacht Club, $5.

May 20 Waikato Botanical Society AGM, 6pm, The Link Community Centre. Talk by Waikato University’s Associate Professor Mike Clearwater: Mānuka: The plant behind the honey. All welcome.

May 21 Sarcochilus Orchids, talk by grower and breeder Patricia Hutchins of Wairoa, 7pm, Wesley Church Hall, 13th Ave, Tauranga. All welcome. Ph 07 577 6676.

May 21-25 Chelsea Flower Show, London.

May 22 Coffee & Photo Walk, 9am-noon, Hamilton Lake, free (apart from the coffee!).

May 24 The Gathering of Matariki, 6pm talk, Southwell School, Hamilton, free.

May 23 Waikato Horticultural Society: Garden Design, 7.30pm, Hamilton Gardens Gate 2, $5. Ph Carmel 07 855 3404.

May 24 Breakfast with the Birds, from 5pm. The overnight stay includes dinner, a night walk in the Aongatete Forest, the dawn chorus and breakfast, $40 (suitable for 10 years+). Numbers are limited so registration essential.

May 24 The Gathering of Matariki, 6pm talk, Baypark, Tauranga, free.

May 25 The Educated Gardener, 9.30am-12.30pm, The Falls Retreat, Karangahake Gorge, $75.

May 25 Seed Saving Workshop, 1-3.30pm, Papamoa Hills, $45. Also October 19.

May 25 Home Composting Workshop, 1.30pm, Taupo Community Gardens, free but registration essential.

May 25 Home Composting Workshop, 1.30pm, near Turangi, free but registration essential.

May 25 Basic Bonsai Techniques, 9.30am-12.30pm, Envirotown Community Gardens, Lincoln (near Christchurch), free.

May 26 Composting Workshop, 10am-noon, Mt Maunganui, $24.39.

May 26 Miranda Shorebird Centre AGM, 10am, guest speaker Professor Mick Clout on kakapo recovery. High tide 12.30pm.

May 26 Bonsai Workshop, 2-4pm, Bunnings, Te Rapa, Hamilton, free.

May 26 Botanic Gardens Day, New Zealand and Australia:

May 29-June 1 IPPS Australia & NZ Conference, Sunshine Coast, Australia.

May 30-June 3 Bloom Ireland, Dublin.

May 31-June 3 Medicines from the Earth Herb Symposium, North Carolina, US.

May 31 Arbor Day Planting, 10am-3pm, Waiwhakareke Natural Heritage Park, Hamilton.

June

June 1-2 Plant Sales, 9.30am-4pm, Hamilton Gardens.

June 1-3 Ornithological Society of NZ Conference, Wellington.

June 1-2 Cactus Show, Glasgow Botanic Gardens, Scotland.

June 5 Arbor Day, NZ.

June 5 Crop Swap Whakatane, midday-1pm. Also June 19.

June 6 Plan Your Edible Garden, 5.30-6.30pm for 2 weeks, Hawke’s Bay Environment Centre, Hastings, free.

June 7-9 International Herb Symposium, Norton, Massachusetts, US.

June 8 Public Planting Day, 9.30am-noon, Sydenham Botanic Park, Miller’s Rd, Brookfield, Tauranga, free. Please bring your own spade. Ph 021 122 8735.

June 8 Grow Your Own Mushrooms Workshop, 10am-3pm, Papamoa Hills, $89.

June 8 The Full Monty Vege Gardening Workshop, 9.30am-3pm, The Falls Retreat, Karangahake Gorge, $120.

June 8 Rotorua Botanical Society Field Trip, Piripai Spit, Whakatane.

June 8 Garden Design, 9am-3pm (2 weeks), Fraser High School Hamilton, $89.

June 8 American Hydrangea Society Annual Garden Tour, the 25th event will be in Atlanta.

June 8-9 Open Garden Squares Weekend, London.

June 10-14 Early Morning Matariki Walks, with master navigator Jack Thatcher, meet 5.30am, Mount Campground, $2.

June 12-13 Matariki Cultural Connections, 8.30am-4.30pm, Tauranga City Council, $20. Attendance on both days essential.

June 14 Matariki Night Walk, 7pm, Aongatete Outdoor Education Centre, Wright Rd (between Tauranga and Katikati), koha.

June 14-16 Open Gardens Weekend, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

June 15 Worm Composting Workshop, 1-3.30pm, Mt Maunganui, $34.50, Tauranga residents only.

June 16 Kauri Walk, 10.30am-noon or 1-2.30pm, near Katikati, free, but bookings essential.

June 16 Muka Workshop, 1-4.30pm, The Artery, Historic Village, 17th Ave, Tauranga, $50. Also June 30.

June 16 Glow-worm Walk, 5.30pm, Puketoki Reserve, Whakamarama (near Tauranga), koha.

June 17 Rotorua Botanical Society AGM, 6pm, Rotorua.

June 18 Propagation of Winter Hardwoods, 9.30am-2.30pm, Whakamarama (near Tauranga), $68. Also September 17, November 12 and March 31 (2020). Saturday courses also available.

June 19 Crop Swap Whakatane, midday-1pm.

June 22 Propagation of Winter Hardwoods, 9.30am-2.30pm, Whakamarama (near Tauranga), $68. Also September 14, November 9. Tuesday courses also available.

June 22 Flax Weaving Workshop, 10-11.30am or 12.30-2pm, The Artery, Historic Village, 17th Ave, Tauranga, koha.

June 23 Solstice Tree Day, 11am-4pm, open day at Koanga Institute, near Wairoa, koha. Includes introduction to forest gardening and a pruning demo.

June 23 Bonsai Workshop, 2-4pm, Bunnings, Te Rapa, Hamilton, free.

June 24 Water: Blessing or Curse?, 11am guided walk, Wellington Botanic Gardens, $5.

June 27 Waikato Horticultural Society: Notable Trees, 7.30pm, Hamilton Gardens Gate 2, $5. Ph Carmel 07 855 3404.

June 29 Worm Composting Workshop, 1-3pm, Settlers Hall, Omokoroa, $34.50. For WBOP District residents only.

June 29-July 7 NZ Garden Bird Survey, choose a day and listen to birds for 1 hour, recording the types heard on a tally sheet.

June 30 Rose Pruning Demo, 2pm, Palmers Garden Centre, Bethlehem (Tauranga), free. Laurie Jeyes will talk about and demonstrate pruning, tools and tool care.

June 16 Muka Workshop, 1-4.30pm, The Artery, Historic Village, 17th Ave, Tauranga, $50.

July

July 2-7 Hampton Court Flower Show, Richmond-upon-Thames, England.

July 3-5 Australasian Ornithological Conference, Darwin.

July 6 Tree Crop Sale, 9am-1pm, Hamilton Gardens Camellia carpark (gate 2). Cash only. Ph Beryl 027 695 6229.

July 6-7 Plant Sales, 9.30am-4pm, Hamilton Gardens.

July 7 Rotorua Botanical Society Field Trip, Maungaongaonga Scenic Reserve, near Waiotapu.

July 11-14 North American Lily Society Show, Massachusetts.

July 13 Tree Crop Sale, 10am-12.30pm, Showgrounds, Katikati. Ph 07 549 2795.

July 13 Propagation Workshop, 9am-4pm,Koanga Institute, Wairoa, $290 (earlybird $261 until June 15).

July 13 Hawkes Bay Orchid Society Winter Show, Clive Hall, Clive.

July 14 BOP Orchid Society Plant Auction, noon, Masonic Hall, Oxford St, Te Puke. Ph 07 573 9710.

July 17-20 Cactus & Succulent Society of America Convention, San Luis Obispo, California.

July 20-21 Bonsai Workshop with Tony Bebb, Hamilton.

July 20 NZ Orchid Society Show, Mt Albert War Memorial Hall, Auckland.

July 24 Understanding Soils 1, 9.30am-2.30pm, Whakamarama (near Tauranga), $68. Also July 30.

July 25 Waikato Horticultural Society: Bonsai, 7.30pm, Hamilton Gardens Gate 2, $5. Ph Carmel 07 855 3404.

July 27-30 Botanical Society of America Conference, Tucson, Arizona.

July 28 Waikato Orchid Show, Hamilton Gardens. Ph 07 843 8348.

July 28 Bonsai Workshop, 2-4pm, Bunnings, Te Rapa, Hamilton, free.

July 30 Understanding Soils 1, 9.30am-2.30pm, Whakamarama (near Tauranga), $68.

August

August 5 Rotorua & Waikato Botanical Societies Field Trip, Fitzgerald Glade, Western Mamaku Range.

August 4 Snowdrop Day, Larnach Castle, 11am-3pm, Otago Peninsula, $10.

August 6 Winter Fruit Tree Pruning, 9.30am-2.30pm, Whakamarama (near Tauranga), $68. Also August 10.

August 10 Winter Fruit Tree Pruning, 9.30am-2.30pm, Whakamarama (near Tauranga), $68.

August 19 Eastwoodhill Aboretum AGM. Near Gisborne.

August 21-25 International Waterlily Society Symposium, France.

August 22 Waikato Horticultural Society: Hamilton Gardens, 7.30pm, Hamilton Gardens Gate 2, $5. Ph Carmel 07 855 3404.

August 24 Understanding Soils 2, 9.30am-2.30pm, Whakamarama (near Tauranga), $68. Also August 27.

August 25 Bonsai Workshop, 2-4pm, Bunnings, Te Rapa, Hamilton, free.

August 25 Tulip Festival, Eden Gardens, Auckland, entry charge.

August 27 Understanding Soils 2, 9.30am-2.30pm, Whakamarama (near Tauranga), $68.

August 29-September 2 US National Dahlia Show, Grand Rapid, Michigan.

August 31 Plant a Garden Workshop, 9.30am-3.30pm, Papamoa Hills, $90 (includes lunch).

September

September 7, Rotorua Botanical Society Field Trip, Aongatete Forest (midway between Tauranga & Katikati).

September 14 Propagation of Spring Seeds, 9.30am-2.30pm, Whakamarama (near Tauranga), $68. Also September 17.

September 14- October 13 Tesselaar Tulip Festival, Victoria, Australia.

September 14-October 13 Floriade, Canberra, Australia.

September 17 Propagation of Spring Seeds, 9.30am-2.30pm, Whakamarama (near Tauranga), $68.

September 18 World Bamboo Day.

September 19-22 National Orchid Expo, Palmerston North.

September 22 Bonsai Workshop, 2-4pm, Bunnings, Te Rapa, Hamilton, free.

September 22-27 Food Security Week, Koanga Institute, near Wairoa.

September 22-25 Biointensive Gardening, Koanga Institute, near Wairoa, $580 ($522 until August 25).

September 26 Waikato Horticultural Society: Fruit & Nut Trees, 7.30pm, Hamilton Gardens Gate 2, $5. Ph Carmel 07 855 3404.

September 27-29 Alexandra Blossom Festival (NZ).

September 26-27 Growing Nutrient-dense Food, Koanga Institute, near Wairoa, $380 ($342 until August 25).

September 29 Waikato Orchid Show, Hamilton Gardens

September 29-October 4 Australian Native Plant Society Conference, Albany, Western Australia.

October

October 5-6 Rotorua Botanical Society Field Trip, Whangapoua, Coromandel.

October 11-13 Tauranga Orchid Show, Tauranga Racecourse, 10am-4pm daily, $3 entry (under 12 free).

October 11-13 NZ Bonsai Convention, Hamilton.

October 12 Beginners Home Gardening Workshop, 9am-5pm, Pakaraka Permaculture (near Thames), $150.

October 12 Okareka Mistletoe Restoration Day.

October 13 Spring Fling, 11am-3pm, Larnach Castle, Otago Peninsula, $10.

October 17-20 Australasian Bromeliad Conference, Gold Coast, Australia.

October 19 Seed Saving Workshop, 2-4.30pm, Papamoa Hills, $45.

October 19 Understanding Soils 3, 9.30am-2.30pm, Whakamarama (near Tauranga), $68. Also October 22.

October 19-20 Divining the Landscape, Koanga Institute, near Wairoa, $342 (earlybird available until October 5).

October 20 Welcome to the Birds, guest speaker at 1pm, Pūkorokoro Miranda Shorebird Centre.

October 20-23 Botanic Gardens Australia & NZ Conference, Wellington.

October 22 Understanding Soils 3, 9.30am-2.30pm, Whakamarama (near Tauranga), $68.

October 24 Waikato Horticultural Society: Irises, 7.30pm, Hamilton Gardens Gate 2, $5. Ph Carmel 07 855 3404.

October 25-27 Australian Garden History Society Conference, Te Papa, Wellington (NZ).

October 26-27 Organic Market Gardening Workshop, 9am-5pm, Pakaraka Permaculture (near Thames), earlybird $350.

October 26-November 3 Jacaranda Festival, Grafton, NSW, Australia.

October 27 Bonsai Workshop, 2-4pm, Bunnings, Te Rapa, Hamilton, free.

October 29-November 1 NZ Rhododendron Conference, Rotorua, the 75th jubilee event.

November

November NZ Rose Show, Hamilton.

November Rotorua Garden Festival.

November 1-10 Taranaki Garden Festival.

November 3 Rotorua Botanical Society Field Trip, Toatoa Scenic Reserve, near Opotiki.

November 7-10 Garden Marlborough, NZ.

November 9 Propagation of Summer Softwoods, 9.30am-2.30pm, Whakamarama (near Tauranga), $68.

November 9-10 Botanical Painting & Drawing, 10am-4pm with Sandra Morris, Auckland Regional Botanic Gardens, $215 (includes field trip but BYO materials).

November 12 Propagation of Summer Softwoods, 9.30am-2.30pm, Whakamarama (near Tauranga), $68.

November 16 Ferment, Preserve & Pickle Workshop, 9am-5pm, Pakaraka Permaculture (near Thames), $200.

November 16-17 Auckland Garden DesignFest, 10.30am-3pm, $65.

November 24 Garden Festival, Cambridge (NZ).

November 24 Bonsai Workshop, 2-4pm, Bunnings, Te Rapa, Hamilton, free.

November 27-December 1 NZ Flower & Garden Show, ASB Trusts Arena, Auckland.

November 28 Waikato Horticultural Society: Fairfield Project, 7.30pm, Hamilton Gardens Gate 2, $5. Ph Carmel 07 855 3404.

November 30 Weed Management, 9.30am-2.30pm, Whakamarama (near Tauranga), $68. Also December 3.

December

December 1 Rotorua & Waikato Botanical Societies Field Trip, Oruanui/Marotiri podocarp forest remnants, north Taupo.

December 3 Weed Management, 9.30am-2.30pm, Whakamarama (near Tauranga), $68. Also December 3.

December 7 Advanced Home Gardening Workshop, 9am-5pm, Pakaraka Farm (near Thames), $130.

2020

January Regional Rose Convention, Kolkata, India.

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

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

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

March World Orchid Convention, Taiwan.

March 24-30 International Protea Research Symposium, Canary Islands.

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

June World Heritage Rose Conference, Brussels, Belgium.

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

September 17-21 World Daffodil Convention, Canberra, Australia.

September-March Australis, a 6-month garden expo, Olympic Park, Sydney, Australia.

November 14-15 Franklin Hospice Garden Ramble.

International Lichenological Symposium, Bonito, Brazil.

October World Bamboo Congress, Taiwan.

November NZ Iris Convention, Tauranga.

November International Permaculture Convergence, Argentina.

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

2021

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

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

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

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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