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.

October 19-29 Tauranga Arts Festival speakers, dance, music, theatre, family shows plus a free Family Fun Day on Saturday, October 21, 10am-2pm, The Strand.

October 20-23 Spring Show Stopper Floral Extravaganza, 10am-4pm, Waipawa, $5.

To October 20 Australian Floral Art National Convention with a guest presenter from Spain.

October 21 Amazing Iris Garden opens for the season (near Katikati), 9.30am-4pm, Thursday to Sunday until December.

October 21 Ferment, Preserve, Pickle Workshop, 9am-4pm, Pakaraka Farm, Thames, $140.

October 22 High Tea at Glenora Homestead, 1-4pm, Waipukurau, Central Hawke’s Bay, $25.

October 22-25 Botanic Gardens Australia NZ Conference, Adelaide.

October 24, Easy Gardening, 6.30-8.30pm, 8-week course, Fraser High School, Hamilton, $75.

October 26 The Benefits of Urban Trees: From the Intuitive to the Surprising, public lecture by Geoffrey Donovan, 6pm, Trinity Wharf Hotel, Tauranga, gold coin.

October 26 Waikato Horticultural Society: Amore Roses, 7.30pm, Hamilton Gardens (Gate 2). Visitors $5.

October 26-28 NZ Arborists Conference, Tauranga.

October 26-27 New Research on Chinese Gardens, Sheffield, UK.

October 27-30 Australian Garden History Society Conference, Melbourne.

October 27-30 NZ Rhododendron Conference, Feilding.

October 27-November 5 Taranaki Garden Festival.

October 28 Scenic Farm Walk, 10am, 584 Herepuru Rd, Manawahe (near Whakatane), free. Brent Mountfort will show how 20 years of fencing and re-vegetating marginal land can improve biodiversity and bring back birdlife, without compromising farm profitability. Ph Liddy 027 569 9022.

October 28-29 Art in the Garden, 10am-4pm, Bushmere Arms, Gisborne, $10 (children free), marking the 50th anniversary of the Gisborne East Coast Floral Art Society.

October 29 Soap, Creams & Ointments Workshop, 10am-3pm, Katikati Resource Centre, $85.

October 29 Scarecrow Festival, 11am-3pm, Hamilton Gardens, free.

October 29 Spring Fling, Larnach Castle, near Dunedin, from 11am. Plant sale and family day. Entry charges.

November 3 Rose Show, 11.30am-3.30pm, Campbell Hall, Canada St, Morrinsville, gold coin entry.
November 3 Breakfast with the Birds (& Supper with the Weta), Aongatete Outdoor Education Centre, Wright Rd, near Katikati, $40 includes accommodation, supper, breakfast and a guided walk. Book by email.
November 3 Farm to Table Dinner, farm tour at 5.30pm, dinner at 7pm, Pakaraka Farm, Thames, $100.
November 3-6 NZ Iris Convention, Palmerston North. Guest speaker from the US.
November 4 BOP Rose Society Show, 11am-4pm, Greerton Hall, Tauranga, $3.
November 4 Worm Composting Workshop, 1-3pm, Katikati (venue to be confirmed), $34.50 (take-home kit valued at $255). Registration essential.
November 4 & 11 Garden Design, 9am-3pm, Fraser High School, Hamilton, $85.
November 4 Uxbridge Garden Safari, 9am-4pm, $20, east Auckland.
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 4-5 Poverty Bay Rose & Iris Show, 1.30-4pm (Sat) & 9.30am-3.30pm (Sun), Showgrounds Events Centre, Gisborne.
November 5 Altrusa Garden Ramble, Te Awamutu, $25. Tickets from the Te Awamutu iSite, ph 07 871 3259.
November 5 Guided Tour of Koanga Institute, 1-4pm, 96 Kotare Rd, Wairoa, $25 (includes afternoon tea).
November 5 Plant Sale, 9am-2pm, Auckland Regional Botanic Gardens.
November 8-11 World Orchid Conference, Ecuador.
November 9-12 Pacific Rosebowl Festival, Hamilton Gardens.
November 9-12 Garden Marlborough (NZ), featuring Great Dixter head gardener Fergus Garrett.
November 10-12 Rotorua Festival of Gardens, $30.
November 11 A Floral Affair Open Day, 10am-2pm, 71 Walter Henry Drive, Tauranga, $10. Floral art demonstrations by Francine Thomas at 11am and 1pm. RSVP to Francine.
November 11-12 Katikati Rotary Garden Ramble, $20. A self-drive tour of a dozen gardens that benefits local youth projects. Tickets from Katikati Information Centre or at the gardens on the day.
November 11-12 Waikato Rose Show, noon-5pm (Sat); 10am-4.30pm (Sun), Hamilton Gardens, $5.
November 11-12 Mangawhai Garden Ramble.
November 11-12 North Wairarapa Garden Tour, 9.30am-4pm, tickets on sale from October 1.
November 12 BOP Iris Show, 10am-4pm, Armitage Hotel, Willow St, Tauranga, $3 (adults). Plant display, plants for sale, growing advice. Ph Christina, 07 543 1128.
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 17-19 Ikebana Exhibition, Eden Gardens, Auckland.
November 17-20 NZ Herb Federation Conference, Invercargill.
November 18 Bromeliad Display & Sale, 8am-noon, Matua Hall, Levers Rd, Tauranga. Buy from local growers. Ph 07 576 7711.
November 18 Cross Hills Garden Country Fair, 9am-4pm, Kimbolton (near Feilding), $15 (fair and garden).
November 18-19 Highwic Christmas Garden Festival, 10am-4pm, free, garden tours with Dr Keith Hammett.
November 19 Edible Weeds & Green Smoothie Workshop, 10am-1pm, North Loburn, Canterbury, $65.
November 23 Waikato Horticultural Society: Irises, 7.30pm, Hamilton Gardens (Gate 2). Visitors $5. The talk is preceded by a short AGM.
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 25-25 Alembics Still Distillation Workshops, 10.30am-2.30pm, Hastings. Saturday is Basic Technique $95; Sunday is Gin Immersion $125.
November 26 Edible Weeds & Green Smoothie Workshop, 1-4pm, Whanganui, $65.
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.
December 2-3 Iwitahi Native Orchid Reserve, annual working bee. Meet on the afternoon of December 1 at Sika Lodge (between Taupo and Napier). To register email Bill.
December 3 Guided Tour of Koanga Institute, 1-4pm, Wairoa, $25 (includes afternoon tea).


January 13 Avocado Food & Wine Festival, Uretara Domain, Katikati.
January 15-19 Australian Native Plant Society conference, Hobart, Tasmania.
January 20 Alembics Still Distillation Workshops, 10.30am-3.30pm, Auckland $95.
January 26 Dahlia Show, 11.30am-3.30pm, Campbell Hall, Canada St, Morrinsville, gold coin entry.
February Worm Composting Workshop, Te Puke (time/venue to be confirmed), $34.50 (take-home kit valued at $255). Registration essential.
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 9-11 Heroic Garden Festival, Auckland area.
February 12 Grow Your Own Microgreens, 9.30am-4.30pm, Pakarakara Farm, Thames, $220.
February 20 Orchid & Plant Auction, 7.30pm, Wesley Church Hall, 13th Ave, Tauranga. Cash only.
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 13 Towards Self-Sufficiency, 9am-5pm, Pakarakara Farm, Thames, $220.
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).
March 24 Organic Market Gardening Workshop, 9am-5pm, Pakarakara Farm, Thames, $220.
March 30-July 1 Ngāi Tipu Taketake – Indigenous Flora Exhibition, Auckland Regional Botanic Gardens.
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 18-19 Plant Network Conference, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew.
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.
May 22-26 Chelsea Flower Show, London.
May 28-28 International Conference on Botany, Tokyo, Japan.
June 18-21 Plant Biology Europe Conference, Copenhagen, Denmark.
June 28-July 4 World Federation of Rose Societies Convention, Copenhagen, Denmark.
July 18-22 Australian Orchid Conference, South Windsor, NSW.
July 21-25 Botanical Society of America Conference, Minnesota, US.
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.
September 5-6 Clivia Society Conference, Johannesburg, South Africa.
September 10-14 International Congress on Education in Botanic Gardens, Warsaw, Poland.
September 28-30 Tauranga Orchid Show, 10am-4pm, Tauranga Racecourse, Greerton, $3.
September 29-October 1 International Japanese Garden Conference, Portland, Oregan, US.
October 26-28 Australian Garden History Society Conference, Southern Highlands, NSW.
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.


World Daffodil Convention, Canberra, Australia.

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Dunedin: What’s On listing

Wellington: Events


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