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 changes are made.

As of October 7 all of New Zealand is at Alert Level 1. See the official website for restrictions. 

October 30-November 8 Taranaki Garden Festival.

October 30-November 8 Jacaranda Festival, Grafton, Queensland, Australia. Postponed to 2021.

October 31 The Educated Gardener, 9.30am-12.30pm, The Falls Retreat, Karangahake Gorge, $75.

October 31 Home Composting Workshops, Taupo and Turangi.

November 1 Book Launch for The Garden’s Secrets, 10am, children’s playground, Hamilton Gardens, free.

November 1 Scarecrow Festival, 11am-3pm, Hamilton Gardens, free.

November 1 Waipa Plant Sale, 8am-noon, Victoria Square, Cambridge (NZ).

November 1 Altrusa Garden Ramble, 9.30am-4pm, Te Awamutu, $30.

November 1 Meadow Theory 101, 10.15am, The Jury Garden, Waitara, Taranaki, $25.

November 4 Echoes of War, 1.15-2pm, Tauranga Library, free talk.

November 4 Grow On Seedlings Club for Kids, 3-4pm, Katikati. Ph 07 549 4522.

November 6 Morrinsville Rose Show, 11.30am-3.30pm, Presbyterian Church Hall, Canada St. Gold coin. Ph/txt 027 788 6149.

November 6 Matamata Rose Show, noon-5.30pm, Civic Centre, 11 Tainui St, Matamata.

November 6-8 Bonsai Convention & Show, Timaru.

November 7 Bromeliad Display & Sales Day, 8am-noon, Matua Hall, Levers Rd, Tauranga. Ph 07 576 7711.

November 7 Tauranga Rose Show, 11am, Wesley Hall, 13th Ave, Tauranga, $3. Includes plants for sale. Ph/txt 027 222 6081.

November 7 Propagation of Summer Softwoods, 9.30am-2.30pm, Whakamarama (near Tauranga) .

November 7 Crop Swap, 10am-am, 14 Jocelyn St, Katikati.Veges, fruit, seeds, baking, books, eggs, etc all welcome. Ph 07 549 4522.

November 7 Garden Open Day, 9am-5pm, 41c Waiau Rd, Athenree (near Katikati), $10. Includes refreshments and plant stall.

November 7 The Full Monty, 9.30am-3pm, The Falls Retreat, Karangahake Gorge, $125. Comprehensive gardening workshop.

November 7-8 Bonsai Convention & Show, Tauranga Racecourse.

November 7-8 Poverty Bay Horticultural Society Rose & Iris Show, 1.30-4pm (Sat), 9.30am-3pm (Sun), Showgrounds Events Centre, Gisborne, $5 (under-12 free). Ph Anne 06 868 5245.

November 8 Plant Mini Market, 10am-2pm, Te Puna Quarry Park, off SH2 near Tauranga. Devonshire teas. This replaces the Quarry Fest which has been cancelled. Email queries.

November 8 Rose Garden Sunday, 10am-4pm, Te Awamutu. Tea, raffles and cut roses for sale. Vote on the best roses in the Gardens.

November 11-13 Edible Fashion Awards, Hawke’s Bay.

November 11-15 Wildflower Sculpture Exhibition, Round Pond Garden, near Hastings.

November 12 Flowers & Fragrance Workshop, 6-9pm, Our Place, Willow St, Tauranga, $300.

November 13-16 NZ Iris Convention, Tauranga. Postponed to 2021.

November 14 Edible Weeds & Green Smoothie Workshop, 10am-2pm, 289 Chadwick Road, Tauranga, $75.

November 14 Amore Roses Open Day, 10am-4pm, Newstead, near Hamilton, free.

November 14 Garden Design, 9am-3pm for 2 weeks, Fraser High School, Hamilton, $89.

November 14 Rose & Flower Show, noon-3.30pm, Bulls Town Hall, free.

November 14-15 Waihi Garden Ramble. Postponed to 2021. Back on in 2020. Inquiries to Liz, 0210 231 7833.

November 14-15 Franklin Hospice Garden Ramble.

November 16-20 Intensive Market Gardening, Pakaraka Farm (near Thames), $1250.

November 18 Grow On Seedlings Club for Kids, 3-4pm, Katikati. Ph 07 549 4522.

November 19-22 BOP Garden and Art Festival, based in and around Tauranga.

November 20 Buggin’ Around with Ruud, 2.45pm, Katikati, $25. Explore two food gardens with Ruud Kleinpaste in this fundraiser for Grow On Katikati. Tickets from The Arts Junction, ph 07 549 5250.

November 20 How to Murder Your Vegetables More Slowly with Ruud Kleinpaste, 6-7pm, St Paul’s Church, Mulgan St, Katikati, free.

November 20-22 Pacific Rosebowl Festival, Hamilton Gardens, Gate 2, free.

November 21-22 Waikato Rose Show, Hamilton Gardens, $5.

November 21 Weed Management, 9.30am-2.30pm, Whakamarama (near Tauranga).

November 21 Worm Composting Workshop, 1-3pm, Community Hub, Katikati, $34.50. Western Bay residents only.

November 21 Crosshills Country Fair, 9am-4pm, near Kimbolton, Manawatu, $15.

November 22 Cambridge Garden Festival. Postponed to 2021.

November 24 Te Puna Quarry Park AGM, 1pm, in the Gallery at the park (off SH2 north of Tauranga). Guest speaker David Brown. Email queries.

November 26 Waikato Horticultural Society: Lavender, 7.30pm, Hamilton Gardens Gate 2, Wintec classroom, $5. Ph Carmel 07 855 3404.

November 28 Tauranga Orchid Market, 9am-3pm, Wesley Church Hall, 13th Ave, Tauranga. Out-of-town vendors with plants and gear for growing orchids (pots, mounts, potting media, fertilisers, etc). Ph 07 577 6676.

November 28 Home Composting Workshops, Taupo and Turangi.

November 28-29 NZ Rose Show & Convention, Palmerston North. Celebrating 50 years of rose trials in the city. Postponed to 2021.

November 28-29 Tauranga Fuchsia Exhibition, noon-3pm (Sat) and 8.30am-1pm (Sun), Arts & Crafts Centre, Elizabeth St West, $3. Plants for sale. Ph Pat 07 579 1655.

November 28-December 4 International Permaculture Convergence, Argentina. Postponed to 2021.

November 29 Ferment, Preserve, Pickle Workshop, Pakaraka Permaculture (near Thames), $200.

November 29 NZ Rose Trial Ground Awards, Palmerston North.

November 29 Floral Wreaths Workshop, 1.30-3.30pm, Howick, Auckland, $158.

November 29 Auckland Bulb & Perennial Society Workshop, 1-3pm, includes trading table, 990 Great North Rd, Western Springs, gold coin. Contact Toni-Kim.

December 2 A Taxing Task, 1.15-2pm, Tauranga library, free talk.

December 2 Grow On Seedlings Club for Kids, 3-4pm, Katikati. Ph 07 549 4522.

December 5 Understanding Soils 4, 9.30am-2.30pm, Whakamarama (near Tauranga).

December 5 Crop Swap, 10am-11am, 14 Jocelyn St, Katikati. Veges, fruit, seeds, baking, books, eggs, etc all welcome. Ph 07 549 4522.

December 5 The Full Monty, 9.30am-3pm, The Falls Retreat, Karangahake Gorge, $125. Comprehensive gardening workshop.

December 5 Flower Show featuring Sweet Peas, 10am-3pm, 990 Great North Rd, Western Springs, Auckland, free.

December 5-6 Iwitahi Native Orchid Reserve Working Bee (between Taupo and Napier). Email Keith for details.

December 6 Rotorua & Waikato Botanical Societies Field Trip, McLaren Falls Park (near Tauranga). Easy-moderate grade.

December 7-12 Regenerative Living Intensive, Pakaraka Permaculture (near Thames), $1250.

December 16 Grow On Seedlings Club for Kids, 3-4pm, Katikati. Ph 07 549 4522.


January 8-10 Taranaki Orchid Show, 50th anniversary, New Plymouth.

January 9 Avocado Food & Wine Festival, 11am-5pm, Katikati, $25 earlybird or $30 at the gate.

January 9-10 Organic Market Gardening Workshop, 9am-5pm, Pakaraka Permaculture (near Thames), $395.

January 9-10 Lily Show, 2-5pm (Sat) & 9am-4pm (Sun), Riccarton Racecourse, Christchurch, $5 (under 12 free).

January 23 Waihi Dahlia Show, Memorial Hall, Waihi, noon-3.30pm. Ph Jennifer 07 863 7563.

January 23 Beginners Home Gardening Workshop, 9am-5pm, Pakaraka Permaculture (near Thames), $165.

January 23 Morrinsville Dahlia Show, 11am-3.30pm, Campbell Hall, Canada St, Morrinsville.

January 30 Advanced Home Gardening Workshop, 9am-5pm, Pakaraka Farm (near Thames), $165.

February Kew Gardens Orchid Show.

February 13 Pests, 9.30am-2.30pm, Whakamarama (near Tauranga).

February 13-14 National Dahlia Show, noon-4pm (Sat) & 9.30am-3.30pm (Sun), Hamilton Gardens, Gate 2.

February 13-14 Organic Market Gardening Workshop, Pakaraka Farm (near Thames), $395.

February 20 Dahlia Show, Auckland Horticultural Centre, 990 Great North Road, Western Springs.

February 20-21 National Dahlia Show, Invercargill.

February 22-28 Regenerative Living Intensive, Pakaraka Permaculture (near Thames), $1175/$1250.

February 27 Rotorua Dahlia Show, 10am-3.30pm, Ngongotaha Hall, Rotorua.

February 27 Companion, Bird & Insect Planting, 9.30am-2.30pm, Whakamarama (near Tauranga).

March NZ Floral Art Seminar. Cancelled

March 2-5 Auckland Herb Society’s 50th Anniversary.

March 6 Introduction to Seed Saving, Koanga Institute, near Wairoa, $117.

March 13 Summer Fruit Tree Pruning, 9.30am-2.30pm, Whakamarama (near Tauranga).

March 14 Dahlia Show, Hamilton Gardens.

March 19-22 Australian Landscape Conference, Melbourne.

March 27 Propagation of Autumn Semi-Hardwoods, 9.30am-2.30pm, Whakamarama (near Tauranga).

March 28-April 19 Tesselaar Festival of Flowers, Victoria, Australia.

April Magnolia Society International Annual Meeting, South Korea.

April 8-11 Australasian Bromeliad Conference, Auckland, NZ.

April 24-27 World Orchid Conference, Taiwan.

April 10 Diseases, 9.30am-2.30pm, Whakamarama (near Tauranga).

May 8 Crop Management, 9.30am-2.30pm, Whakamarama (near Tauranga).

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

June 8-12 World Bromeliad Conference, Florida, US.

July International Symposium on Lychophyte & Fern Research, Sao Paulo, Brazil.

July Singapore Garden Festival.

July 3 Propagation Workshop, Koanga Institute, near Wairoa, $261.

July 4 Fruit Tree Pruning, Koanga Institute, near Wairoa, $117.

August 1-6 International Lichen Symposium, Bonito, Brazil.

August 14 NZ Camellia Show, Hotel Armitage,Tauranga.

September 12-17 Australian Native Plants Society Conference, Kiama, NSW.

September World Bamboo Congress, Taiwan.

September American Dahlia Show, Wooster, Ohio.

September NZ Alpine Plant Society Show, West Melton, near Christchurch.

September 12-October 11 Tesselaar Tulip Festival, Victoria, Australia.

September 27-October 1 Botanic Gardens Australia and New Zealand Congress, Melbourne, Australia.

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

October 21-28 World Rose Convention, Adelaide, Australia. Postponed to 2022.

October 29-November 7 Taranaki Garden Festival.

November NZ Herb Society Conference, Canterbury.

November 12-14 Rotorua Garden Festival.

November 21 Cambridge Garden Festival

November 26-28 NZ Rose Show & Convention, Conference Centre, Palmerston North. Celebrating 50 years of rose trials in the city.

November-December International Permaculture Convergence, Argentina.

Cactus & Succulent Society of American Conference, Colorado Springs, Colorado.


Floriade, The Netherlands. A once-in-10-years event.

October 27-November 3 World Rose Convention, Adelaide, Australia.


March Floral Art World Show, Auckland, New Zealand

International Heritage Rose Conference

NZ Botanic Gardens:

Auckland: Upcoming events

Christchurch: Events calendar

Dunedin: What’s On listing

Wellington: Events.

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