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.

Happy 150th Birthday to Wellington Botanic Gardens!

February 18 Ornamental to Detrimental, Leonard Cockayne Lecture by Professor Philip Hulme on invasive exotic plants, 7.30pm, Victoria University. Wellington, free.

February 20 Aongatete Forest Discovery Walk, 9am-noon with Ann & Basil Graeme, meet at the end of Wright Rd, (off SH2) south of Katikati.

February 20 Oxford Botanic Garden: Past, Present and Future, talk by Professor Simon Hiscock for The Gardens Trust, 6-8pm, London (near the Barbican), £15.

February 21 Floristry Fun, 6.30-8.30pm (6 weeks), Fraser High School, Hamilton, $79.

February 21 Summer Plant Sales8.30am-noon, Auckland Botanic Gardens.

February 21 Perfume Playground Club, 6.30-8pm, Ponsonby, Auckland, $102 (earlybird).

February 23 Rotorua Dahlia Show, Ngongotaha Hall, 10am-3.30pm.

February 23 Home Composting Workshop, 1.30pm, Taupo Community Gardens, free but registration essential.

February 23 Home Composting Workshop, 1.30pm, near Turangi, free but registration essential.

February 23 Pruning & Maintaining a Home Orchard, 10am-4pm, near Tirau, $120.

February 23 Garden Design, 9am-3pm (two weeks), Fraser High School, Hamilton, $89.

February 23-24 Organic Market Gardening Workshop, 9am-5pm, Pakaraka Farm, near Thames, $360.

February 23-24 The Case of Katherine Mansfield, 7.30pm, The Mansfield Garden, Hamilton Gardens, $25.

February 23-24 Bromeliad Fiesta & Sale, 9am-3pm, Mt Eden War Memorial Hall, Auckland, $5.

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

February 24 Pacific Golden Plover Project, 2pm, talk by Wally Johnson, Pūkorokoro Miranda Shorebird Centre.

February 24-March 1 Seed Week,  Koanga Institute, near Wairoa, $828, camping facilities included.

February 25 Beetles, Beaks & Branches, 11am guided walk, Wellington Botanic Gardens, $5.

February 27-28 Opera at Twilight, 7.30pm, Hamilton Gardens, $28.

February 28 Waikato Horticultural Society: Dr Keith Hammett, 7.30pm, Hamilton Gardens Gate 2, $5. Ph Carmel 07 855 3404.

February 28 Something Childish but very Natural, 8.30pm, Mansfield Garden, Hamilton Gardens, $25.

February 28 Summer Plant Sales8.30am-noon, Auckland Botanic Gardens.

March

March 1 Rongoa Maori Day, 10am-2pm, Te Oturu Oranga, 4 Paparoa Rd, Te Puna, koha. Includes plant identification.

March 1 Lux Organics Open Garden, 4.30-6pm, Ngongotahā, Rotorua, koha. For parking instructions email Jenny.

March 1 The Forest after Dark, 6.45pm, Aongatete Forest, Wright Rd, near Katikati, koha. Bring a torch and suitable footwear (suitable for 9+). Registrations essential.

March 2 Dahlia Show, Campbell Hall, Canada St, Morrinsville, 11am-3.30pm.

March 2 Mansfield Garden Party, 10am-3pm, Mansfield Garden, Hamilton Gardens, koha.

March 2 South Auckland Bromeliad & Orchid Sales Day, 10am-2pm, Drury School Hall.

March 2-3 Kokako’s Song, 11am & 2pm both days, Hamilton Gardens, $15. Family theatre.

March 2-3 Plant Sales, Hamilton Gardens (NZ).

March 3 Guided walk in Kaimai-Mamaku State Forest Park, 9.30am-12.30pm, end of Whakamarama Rd (near Tauranga), free. Contact Colin. Also March 31.

March 3 The Full Monty, 9.30am-3pm, The Falls Retreat (Karangahake Gorge), $120. Everything you need to know about organic vege gardening. Repeated April 6.

March 3 Brew Your Own Apple Cider Vinegar, 1-3pm, Tauranga, $75. Repeated on March 10, 17, 23, 24 and 31.

To March 3 The Garden Party, Waikato Museum, Hamilton, free. A special exhibition to mark the opening of the Katherine Mansfield Garden at Hamilton Gardens.

March 6 Crop Swap Whakatane, noon-1pm, Pou Whakaaro House, 12 Bracken St, Whakatāne. Also March 23.

March 6 Nicholas Hawksmoor’s designs for the Gardens of Castle Howard, talk by Dr Sally Jeffery for The Gardens Trust, 6-8pm, London (near the Barbican), £15.

March 8 Composting Workshop, 10am-1.30pm, 82 Matapihi Station Rd, Tauranga, $50 (includes vegan lunch. Ph/text: 022 066 4869.

March 8 NZ House & Garden Tour, 10am-4pm, Tauranga, $150 ($75 earlybird).

March 9 Permaculture Design, 9.15-10am or 2.45-3.30pm, Whakamarama (near Tauranga), gold coin. Also March 19.

March 9 Peach Tree Pruning, 10.05-11am, Whakamarama (near Tauranga), gold coin.

March 9 Pain Free Gardening, 11.30am-12.30pm, Whakamarama (near Tauranga), gold coin.

March 9 Forest Garden Design Intro, 2.05-2.45pm, Whakamarama (near Tauranga), gold coin.

March 9 Worm Composting Workshop, 1-3.30pm, Tauranga Racecourse, $38 (TCC residents only).

March 9 Eastern BOP Crop Swap, 9.30-10.30am, Wharaurangi (Pou Whakaaro, if wet). Email Cherie.

March 9 Composting Workshop, 10am-1pm, Manukatutahi Marae, Whakatāne. Contact by email.

March 10 Brew Your Own Apple Cider Vinegar, 1-3pm, Tauranga, $75. Repeated on March 17, 23, 24 and 31.

March 10 Dahlia Show, Hamilton Gardens, 11.30am-3.30pm.

March 10 Pakowhai Community Garden Open Day, 1-3pm, 25 Elliott St, Ōpōtiki.

March 10 Autumn Migration Day, 1pm, guest speaker Nick Ledgard, Pūkorokoro Miranda Shorebird Centre.

March 13 Nature’s Gardeners, 5.30-8pm, near Whakatane, looking at beneficial insects and animals and making animal shelters, koha. Bring sunhat, secateurs, a box and some kai to share. To book email Louise.

March 13 The Magic of Soil, 7-9pm with Prof Phil Gregory, The Orchard, 20 MacLoughin Drive, Te Puke, koha. Bookings essential, ph 07 578 6664.

March 16 Discover Rotoehu Forest, 8.45am-3pm, meet at Boucher Ave carpark, Te Puke for a guided walk, gold coin. Contact Carole.

March 16 Plant Propagation Through the Year, 9.30am-2.30pm, Whakamarama (near Tauranga), $52. Also June 22, September 14, November 9. Tuesday courses also available.

March 16 Organic Market Garden Tour, 10-11am, Omanawa (near Tauranga), $5. Also March 19.

March 16 Wild Medicine: Foraging for Remedies, 10am-3pm, Aongatete area (near Katikati), $65.

March 16 Growing Food In Small Urban Spaces, 10am-noon, Rotorua. Email for details.

March 16 Worm Composting Workshop, 10am-noon, Mega Mitre 10, Rotorua, gold coin  and a can of food.

March 16 Advanced Home Gardening Workshop, 9am-5pm, Pakaraka Farm (near Thames), $130.

March 16 Nutrient-dense Food Workshop with Kay Baxter, 9am-4pm, Tairawhiti Environment Centre, Gisborne, $130.

March 16-17 Brisbane Garden & Plant Expo, Australia.

March 17 Brew Your Own Apple Cider Vinegar, 1-3pm, Tauranga, $75. Repeated on March 23, 24 and 31.

March 17 Home-made Soaps, Creams & Ointments, 10am-3pm, Katikati Resource Centre, $85.

March 17 & 24 Bush Skills for Women, 8.30am-2.30pm, Katikati, $60 one day/$110 two days.

March 17 West Way Wonders, 11am guided walk, Wellington Botanic Gardens, $5.

March 19 Plant Propagation Through the Year, 9.30am-2.30pm, Whakamarama (near Tauranga), $52 (or do 4 courses through the year for $195). Also June 18, September 17, November 12 and March 31 (2020). Saturday courses also available.

March 19 Permaculture Design, 2.45-3.30pm, Whakamarama (near Tauranga), gold coin.

March 19 Organic Market Garden Tour, 10-11am, Omanawa (near Tauranga), $5.

March 20 Discovery Walk Aongatete Forest, 9am-noon, end of Wright Rd (near Katikati), gold coin. Walk along tracks and bait lines to see birds and recovering forest as a result of 10 years’ work. Contact by email.

March 20 Preserve, Swap, Eat, 6-7pm, Katikati Community Centre, gold coin.

March 21 Beginners’ Bonsai, 7-9pm (4 weeks), Hort Lab (Hamilton Gardens), $80.

March 21 Biological Gardening & Farming, 3-5pm, Biological Husbandry Unit, Lincoln University.

March 22 Microscope Training Workshop, 3-5pm, Biological Husbandry Unit, Lincoln University.

March 23 & 24 Brew Your Own Apple Cider Vinegar, 1-3pm, Tauranga, $75. Repeated on March 31.

March 23 Crop Swap Whakatane, noon-1pm, Pou Whakaaro House, 12 Bracken St, Whakatāne.

March 23 Home Composting Workshop, 1.30pm, Taupo Community Gardens, free but registration essential.

March 23 Home Composting Workshop, 1.30pm, near Turangi, free but registration essential.

March 23 Decoupage a Garden Pot, 10am-1.30pm, Rutherford College, Auckland, $69.

March 23-24 Lynda Hallinan’s Open Garden Weekend, Hunua, gold coin. Stalls, harvest festival, etc.

March 24 Crop Swap Tauranga, 9-10am, Our Place, Tauranga CBD.

March 24 The Educated Gardener, 9.30am-12.30pm, Falls Retreat, Karangahake Gorge, $75.

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

March 25 The Main Garden: 150 Years of Change, 11am guided walk, Wellington Botanic Gardens, $5.

March 27 Maara Kai Workshop, 10am-noon, Te Ika Whenua Hauora Garden, Murupara. Email Paulla.

March 27 Seed Saving Workshop, 5.30-8pm, near Whakatane, koha. Bring an old pillowcase or two, small jars in a box, sunhat and some kai to share. To book email Louise.

March 27 John Brookes: His Landscape Legacy, talk by Dr Barbara Simms for The Gardens Trust, 6-8pm, London (near the Barbican), £15.

March 27-30 Festival of Flowers, Civic & Memorial Centre, Matamata, $15 (season ticket $30). Open 9am-8pm (Weds-Fri) and 9am-5pm (Sat).

March 27-31 Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show, Australia.

March 28 Waikato Horticultural Society: Water Features, 7.30pm, Hamilton Gardens Gate 2, $5. Ph Carmel 07 855 3404.

March 29-31 NZ Tree Crops Association Conference, Nelson.

March 30 Practical Peach Tree Pruning, 9.30am-2.30pm, Welcome Bay, Tauranga. Bring tools and lunch. More details ph/text 027 286 0891.

March 30 Rotorua Permablitz, 9am-3pm. Are you interested in Permaculture? Come and learn at this working bee. Ph/text 021 146 5255.

March 30-31 Heritage Harvest Festival, Riverton (South Island).

March 31 Guided walk in Kaimai-Mamaku State Forest Park, 9.30am-12.30pm, end of Whakamarama Rd (near Tauranga), free. Contact Colin.

March 31 Brew Your Own Apple Cider Vinegar, 1-3pm, Tauranga, $75.

March 31 Bokashi Composting Workshop, 11.30am-1.30pm, Mega Mitre 10, Rotorua, gold coin  and a can of food. Email Kathy.

March 31 Great Pumpkin Carnival, 10am-2.30pm, Hamilton Gardens, free.

April

April 3-7 National Permaculture Hui, Riverton.

April 6 The Full Monty, 9.30am-3pm, The Falls Retreat (Karangahake Gorge), $120. Everything you need to know about organic vege gardening.

April 6-28 Echo Walking Festival, Coromandel to Kaimai Range.

April 6-28 Tesselaar KaBloom Festival of Flowers, Victoria, Australia.

April 7 SA Autumn Garden Festival, Adelaide.

April 8-10 RHS Orchid Show, London.

April 10 Studying Orchards in Eastern England, talk by Professor Tom Williamson for The Gardens Trust, 6-8pm, London (near the Barbican), £15.

April 11-14 NZ Gardens Trust Conference, Central Otago.

April 12-13 BOP Orchid Show, 10am-4pm, Memorial Hall, Te Puke. Ph 07 573 9710.

April 13 Composting & Worm Farming, 12.30-3pm, The Falls Retreat, Karangahake Gorge, $60.

April 13-14 Go Wild with Weaving, Golden Bay, NZ. Repeated April 16-17.

April 14 Autumn Quarryfest, 10am-4pm, Te Puna Quarry Park (near Tauranga), $5. Featuring Nairobi Trio playing from noon-3pm. To reserve a stall site ph Ian 07 579 1629 or 0274 874 807.

April 16-17 Go Wild with Weaving, Golden Bay, NZ.

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

April 27 Home Composting Workshop, 1.30pm, Taupo Community Gardens, free but registration essential.

April 27 Home Composting Workshop, 1.30pm, near Turangi, free but registration essential.

April 27-May 2 Regional Rose Convention, Nanyang, China.

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

May

May 3-5 NZ Floral Art Society Conference, Palmerston North, including Designer of the Year competition.

May 3-5 Magnolia Society International Annual Meeting, Chicago, US.

May 12-18 Fungal Foray, Awakeri (eastern Bay of Plenty). Open to anyone interested in fungi.

May 17- June 1 International Plant Propagators Society Tour, Queensland, Australia.

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

May 26 Botanic Gardens Day, New Zealand and Australia.

May Planning a Home Orchard, Tirau.

May 21-25 Chelsea Flower Show, London.

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

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

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 Cactus Show, Glasgow Botanic Gardens, Scotland.

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

June 8 Winter Pruning a Home Orchard, 10am-4pm, near Tirau, $120.

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

June 8-9 Open Garden Squares Weekend, London.

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

June 18 Propagation of Winter Hardwoods, 9.30am-2.30pm, Whakamarama (near Tauranga), $52. Also September 17, November 12 and March 31 (2020). Saturday courses also available.

June 22 Propagation of Winter Hardwoods, 9.30am-2.30pm, Whakamarama (near Tauranga), $52. Also September 14, November 9. Tuesday courses also available.

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

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

July

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

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

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

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

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

July 24 Understanding Soils 1, 9.30am-2.30pm, Whakamarama (near Tauranga), $52. 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 Bonsai Workshop, 2-4pm, Bunnings, Te Rapa, Hamilton, free.

July 30 Understanding Soils 1, 9.30am-2.30pm, Whakamarama (near Tauranga), $52.

August

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

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), $52. 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), $52.

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

September

September 14 Propagation of Spring Seeds, 9.30am-2.30pm, Whakamarama (near Tauranga), $52. 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), $52.

September 18-23 National Orchid Expo, Palmerston North.

September 21 Looking at the Good Life, 10am-5pm, near Tirau, $120.

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

October

October 11-13 NZ Bonsai Convention, Hamilton.

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

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

October 19 Understanding Soils 3, 9.30am-2.30pm, Whakamarama (near Tauranga), $52. Also October 22.

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), $52.

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-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 7-10 Garden Marlborough, NZ.

November 9 Propagation of Summer Softwoods, 9.30am-2.30pm, Whakamarama (near Tauranga), $52.

November 12 Propagation of Summer Softwoods, 9.30am-2.30pm, Whakamarama (near Tauranga), $52.

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), $52. Also December 3.

December

December 3 Weed Management, 9.30am-2.30pm, Whakamarama (near Tauranga), $52. Also December 3.

2020

January Regional Rose Convention, Kolkata, India.

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), $52.

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.

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.

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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