Events

Looking for something to do? Keep an eye on this page to ensure you don't miss a gardening event no matter where in the country you live. If you have an event you would like to promote for free, send information to events@gardener.kiwi

 

September

2nd: Howick Horticultural Society Spring Show – Auckland

Spring show featuring daffodils, camellias, floral art, cut flowers, fruit and vegetables, plant sales, and raffles. Presentation of awards at 2pm. 10.30am-3pm. New Fencible Lounge (adjacent to Howick Library), Uxbridge Rd. Contact (09) 535 4769.

2nd: Hawera Horticultural Society Spring Floral Show - Hawera

Entries open to all, sales tables and afternoon tea available. 12.30-5pm. Hawera Community Centre. Contact Lyn (06) 278 9182.  

2nd: Snells Beach Garden Circle Spring Show - Auckland

Free admission, plant stalls, raffles, and afternoon tea. 1-3.30pm. Mahurangi East Community Centre, Hamatana Rd. Contact Barbara (09) 425 5371. 

4th & 5th: All About Gardening - Christchurch

Enjoy informative talks by two guest speakers. 9.45am. Christchurch Bridge Club, 21 Nova Pl. $5 (CHS members free), includes tea and coffee. chsgardens.co.nz

8th-9th: Kerikeri Garden Club Spring Flower Show - Kerikeri

Featuring guest artist Sandy Wright, painter of native birds, flora and fauna. Enjoy floral art and crafts, trading tables, plant sales and raffles. Fri 1.30-5pm, Sat 9am-3.30pm. Turner Centre, 43 Cobham Rd. Adults $3, children $1, families $5. Contact Wendy (09) 407 1474. 

8th-9th: Westport Garden Club Spring Show - Westport

Join the club as they celebrate a season's growing with their spring show. Fri 10.30-4.30pm, Sat 10am-12.30pm. Phelan Hall, Brougham St. Gold coin entry. Contact Anne (03) 789 8213.

9th: Drawing Property and Landscape Designs by Hand - Tauranga

Former landscape designer Trish Waugh will teach you essential skills to help you design for your own outdoor space. 1.30-3.30pm. $65. Plenty Permaculture Education Studio, 375 Whakamarama Rd. Contact Catherine 027 240 1305.

9th: Riccarton Horticultural Society Spring Show - Christchurch

Enjoy the displays of daffodils, cut flowers, floral art and home produce. Also features sales tables, refreshements and raffles. 12.30-4.30pm. St. Peter's Church Hall, Upper Riccarton. Contact Beverley (03) 960 3381.

9th-10th: 91st Annual North Island National Daffodil Society Show - Gisborne

Hosted by the Poverty Bay Horticultural Society. Sat 1.30-4pm, Sun 9.30am-3.30pm. Showground Events Centre. Adults $5, under-12s free. 

15th-17th: Hawke's Bay Home & Garden Show - Napier

Meet Cat and Jeremy from The Block NZ, discover the latest ideas, and get expert advice. Fri and Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 10am-4pm. McLean Park, Latham St. Adults $7, seniors $3.50 (Friday only), under-16s free. 

16th: New Zealand Alpine Garden Combined Spring Show - Christchurch

Online prize, plenty of free parking, specialist plant sales. 1-4pm. Woolston Club, 43 Hargood St. $5 entry. 

20th: Rhododendron Auckland Guest Speaker - Auckland

Come and enjoy and guest speaker presentation, with supper provided. 7.30pm. St. Aiden's Social Lounge, Remuera. Contact Robyn (09) 524 0241.  

22nd-24th: Wellington Home & Garden Show - Wellington

Discover the latest ideas and get expert advice. Ask resident builder Peter Wolfkamp your home improvement questions. 10am-5pm. Westpac Stadium, Waterloo Quay. Adults $8, seniors $4 (Friday only), under-16s free. 

22nd-24th: Tauranga Orchid Show - Tauranga

Enjoy displays of flowering plants, potting demonstrations, plants for sale, growing adice, and raffles. 10am-4pm. Tauranga Racecourse. Cameron Rd, Greerton. Entry $3, under-12s free. taurangaorchids@wordpress.com

22nd-24th: Managing a House Cow - Tirau

Gain the skills and confidence needed to manage a cow. 7 Puketirau Rd. $250 per person, or $400 per couple. Bookings essential. Contact (07) 883 1898. 

23rd-24th: National Daffodil Show - Nelson

Join the Brightwater Horticultural Society in celebrating daffodils. The show features plant, produce and cake stalls, floral art, raffles, and afternoon tea. Sat 1.30-4.30pm, Sun 9.30am-3.45pm. Hope Hall, Main Rd. Adults $4, children free. Contact (03) 526 8847. 

23rd-24th: North Otago Horticultural and Orchid Societies Grand Spring Flower Show - Oamaru

The two societies are joining forces for this special event. Enjoy the best of spring's floral offerings. Sat 2-4pm, Sun 11.30am-4pm. Scottish Hall, Tyne St. Entry $3. Contact Reg (03) 434 5575. 

24th: Pakaraka Farm Tour - Thames

Use this opportunity to see permaculture in action. 9am-noon. Kauaeranga Valley, Coromandel Peninsula, $50. Bookings essential. www.pakarakafarm.co.nz

28th: Balclutha Flower Festival - Balclutha

Featuring floral art, daffodils, cut flowers, photography, children's sections, plants and bulb sales, raffles, and afternoon tea. 12-5pm. Balclutha War Memorial Hall, 4 Clyde St. Entry $3, children free. Contact Helen (03) 418 1083. 

29th-1st: Nelson Home & Garden Show - Stoke

Meet Cat & Jeremy from The Block NZ, discover the latest ideas, and get expert advice. 10am-5pm. Saxton Stadium, 142 Saxton Rd East, Stoke. Adults $7, seniors $3.50 (Friday only), under-16s free. 

30th: Alzheimer's South Canterbury Spring Glory Garden Walks - Timaru

Join the members of Alzheimer's South Canterbury on walks around several small Timaru gardens. 10am-4pm. Tickets $25, available from Community House, Fashion Focus and Shoebox Outlet. Gate sales available. Contact (03) 688 9888. 

30th: Nelson Orchid Society Annual Show - Stoke

Featuring displays, potting demonstrations and sales tables. Stoke Primary School, Main Stoke Rd. Contact Gaile 027 818 1458. 

30th: Kapiti Horticultural Society Annual Flower Show - Paraparaumu

Enjoy the flower show, plus plant sales, raffles, and afternoon tea (with a small charge). 12-4pm. Kapiti Community Centre, 15 Ngahina St. Donation for admission. Contact Fay (04) 905 3525. 

30th: Auckland Clivia Show - Auckland

9am-3pm. Auckland Botanical Gardens, 102 Hill Rd. 

30th: Manawatu Orchid Society Spring Show - Palmerston North

Enjoy the orchid exhibits of this year's spring show, along with plant sales, raffles and refreshments. 10am-4pm. Community Leisure Centre, Ferguson St. Contact (06) 358 3962. 

 

October

1st:Waikato Orchid Society Show and Plant Extravaganza - Hamilton

View a vibrant display of orchids along with sales tables and many other plant varieties. 9am-3pm. Hamilton Gardens Pavillion off Cobham Dr. Entry free. Contact Russell 022 3545 373. 

1st: Manawatu Orchid Society Spring Show - Palmerston North

Featuring orchid exhibits, orchid plant and sundry sales, raffles, and refreshments. 10am-4pm. Community Leisure Centre, Ferguson St. Contact (06) 358 3962.

1st: Clivia Show - Tauranga

Noon-4pm. Te Puna Quarry Park, 108 Te Puna Quarry Rd. 

1st: Alzheimer's South Canterbury Spring Glory Extravaganza - Timaru

Featuring food, plant and other stalls, along with a bouncy castle, and sand saucer competition for the children. Entry gold coin donation. Supported by Coolpack Coolstores and Port FM. 9am-4pm. Timaru Botanic Gardens, Queen St. Contact Joy (03) 688 9888. 

6th-7th: Bay of Islands Orchid Society and Far North Bromelid Group Spring Show - Kerikeri

These two groups are coming together for their spring show, which will feature quality plants for sale, as well as raffles. Fri 9.30am-4.30pm, Sat 9.30am-3.30pm. Turner Centre, 43 Cobham Rd. Entry $4, under-12s free. Contact (09) 407 3424.

6th-8th: National and Local Bonsai Exhibition - Dunedin

Otago Bonsai is hosting the event, which runs in conjunction with Dunedin's National Bonsai Convention. Sat 10am-4pm, Sun 10am-3pm. $5 entry. Kaikorai Valley College. www.otagobonsai.co.nz 

7th: Clivia Show - Palmerston North

10am-3pm. Hokowhitu School Hall, 227 Albert St. 

8th: Terrace Station Spring Open Garden Day - Hororata

Daffodils and bluebells abound in the informal garden and 15 hectares of woodland. A newly developed walkway highlights 150 year old trees. Woodland plants for sale, bring a picnic to enjoy on the lawn. 11am-3pm. Signposted from Hororata roundabout. $5 entry fee goes to the Terrace Station Charitable Trust. Children free. www.terracestation.org.nz

8th: Ellesmere Spring Fling - Christchurch

Enjoy a relaxing day in David Hobbs' beautiful Broadfields Garden with entertainment, stalls, garden tours and more. 100% of the proceeds go to Lincoln Community Care. 11am-4pm. Broadfield Garden, 250 Selwyn Rd, Prebbleton. Adults $20, children free. Contact (03) 325 2007.

14th: Rhododendron Auckland Garden Tour - Auckland

Bus tour of Hamilton Gardens and a private garden. Morning tea and lunch provided. For itinerary cost details, contact Robyn (09) 524 0241.

14th-15th: Motueka Garden Trail - Motueka

Motueka's spring gardens will be on vibrant display during the annual Motueka Spring Garden Trail. $15 for weekend pass. motuekadistricttoylibrary@gmail.com 

21st: Canterbury Dahlia Circle and Christchurch Crysanthemum Circle Plant Sale - Christchurch

Plant sales and tubers will be for sale for $4 each or 3 for $10. 9am-noon. St. Peter's Church grounds, Church Corner, Upper Riccarton. 

27th: Marsden Bay Garden Club Flower Show and Garden Ramble - Whangarei

Featuring stalls, refreshments and raffles. Fri noon-3.30pm, Sat 9am-2.30pm. Ruakaka Memorial Hall, Cnr Sandford Rd and SH1. Ramble $10, Sat 9am-2pm. Entry $2, children free. Tickets available at hall. Contact (09) 432 8068. 

27th-29th: Auckland Better Home & Living Show: Auckland

Ask resident builder Peter Wolfkamp your home improvement questions. 10am-5pm. North Shore Events Centre, Glenfield. Adults $5, seniors $2.50 (Friday only), under-16s free. Find on Facebook: "Home and Garden Shows".

27th-5th: Taranaki Fringe Garden Festival - Taranaki

This 10-day event will be running at garden locations around the region. Entry $2. Contact (06) 752 7531. 

28th: West Harbour Garden Trail - Dunedin

Tickets with maps for sale on the day, $15, ticket includes Devonshire tea. BBQ 11.30am-2pm. Home baking, plant and produce stalls and raffles. 11am-4.30pm. Emmanuel Church Hall, Station Rd, Sawyers Bay. Contact Shirley (03) 471 0690.

29th: Ohoka School Plant Sale - Christchurch

Over 15,000 plants for sale, starting at $2 and including hedging, natives, grasses, trees, perennials, edibles, and flower & vegetable seedlings. Bring a trailer! 10am-1pm. Ohoka School, Jacksons Rd, Ohoka. Free entry. Find on Facebook "Ohoka School Plant Sale".