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3rd & 17th: Potting Working Bees – Hamilton
Bring your gloves and join avid native plant lovers potting up plants for the Waiwhakareke Natural Heritage Park.
9am–12pm, Waikato Ecological Enhancement Nursery. 284 Airport Road, Mystery Creek, free, www.waiwhakareke.co.nz
4th–5th: Hamilton Gardens Plant Sales – Hamilton
The Friends of Hamilton Gardens are hosting a plant sale with quality annuals and perennials available for purchase at very reasonable prices.
10am–4pm, Hungerford Crescent, SH1 (off Cobham Drive), free, contact Marleina Ruka 021 294 9601.
5th: Plant-A-Tree – Hamilton
Join students from Rototuna Senior High School planting up to 4500 trees. Bring a spade or wheelbarrow if you can.
9:30am–3pm, Rototuna High, Kimbrae Drive, Rototuna, free.
5th: An English Country Garden Concert – Lower Hutt
Hutt Valley Orchestra presents an afternoon concert of English music concluding with Percy Grainger’s classic.
3–4.30pm, St James’ Anglican Church, 71 Woburn Road, Lower Hutt, $15, children free, tickets 0800 289 849
8th: Waste Free Living Workshop – Tauranga
Suitable for all ages and stages, households and flats, to learn lots of ways you can minimise waste
6.30pm–9pm, Papamoa Community Centre, 15 Gravatt Road, Tauranga, $25, tickets www.katemeads.co.nz
15th: Rhododendron Auckland – Auckland
Talk by Karen Lowther, from Eden Gardens, about overseas gardens she has recently visited.
1.30pm, St Aidan’s Social Lounge, Ascot Ave, Remuera, free, phone Robyn 09 524 0241
18th: NZ National Camellia Show – New Plymouth
North Taranaki hosts the national displays of over 1000 entered blooms.
12.30–5pm, Ballroom, Quality Hotel Plymouth International, gold coin entry, www.nzcamelliasociety.co.nz
18th: Home Composting for Beginners – Hastings
Learn how to turn your waste into beautiful, rich, soil-enhancing compost.
10am–12pm, Environment Centre Hawke’s Bay, 809 Karamu Road, free, www.environmentcentre.org.nz
24th–25th: Waitakere Orchid Club Spring Show – Auckland
Biggest display of orchids and orchid traders in Auckland. Buy direct off growers. Native and exotic flowers. Morning/afternoon tea/lunch available.
10am–4pm, Kelston Community Centre, corner Awaroa Road and Great North Road, Glendene, free, facebook.com/WaitakereOrchidClub
25th–26th: Camellia and Daffodil Show – Gisborne
Enjoy the Poverty Bay Horticultural Society’s spring flower show with Open, Amateur, Novice and Children’s Classes.
Sat 1.30–4pm, Sun 9.30am–3.30pm, Farmers Air Events Centre, Showgrounds Park, $5, children under 12 free, contact Gillian
06 863 1310 or email@example.com
26th: NZ Pests Talk – Kaipara Coast
Learn about pest impact on flora and fauna and the most effective control and eradication methods at this Kaipara Coast Plant Centre event.
9.30-11.30am, 1481 Kaipara Coast Highway (SH16), 4km north of Kaukapakapa, $20, booking essential firstname.lastname@example.org or 09 420 5655
1st–29th: Fundamentals of Horticulture Course – Christchurch
A five week practical and theory based course designed for home gardeners or those in the trade needing to upskill their knowledge.
Weds 5.30–7.30pm and 1 practical session on Sat 18 Aug 9am-1pm, Waitakiri Primary School, 170 Burwood Road, $150, registrations close 26 July at www.chsgardens.co.nz
6th & 7th: All About Gardening – Christchurch
Regular monthly CHS gathering.
Mon 7pm, Tues 9.45am, Christchurch Bridge Club, 21 Nova Pl, $2 members, $5 non-members, www.chsgardens.co.nz
12th: Curator’s Edible Garden Workshop – Christchurch
Join a winter pruning workshop covering everything from apples and pears to berries and currants with a winter tapas tasting from the Curator’s House restaurant.
10am–12.30pm, Christchurch Botanic Gardens, Rolleston Ave, $39, bookings 03 941 7590.
12th: Terrace Station Open Garden Day – Hororata
Bring a picnic and enjoy the woodland walkway highlighting magnificent 150 year old sequoias and oaks as spring transforms
the forest floor into carpets of snowdrops.
11am–3pm, Terrace Station, signposted from the Hororata roundabout, $5, children free goes to the Terrace Station Charitable Trust, www.terracestation.org.nz
16th: M J Barnett Memorial Lecture – Christchurch
Canterbury Regional Council’s Biodiversity Officer for Waimakariri Jason Butt delivers the Canterbury Horticultural Society memorial lecture honouring Christchurch Botanic Gardens’ late director M J Barnett’s 30 years of service.
7–8.30pm, Harcourts Grenadier Auction Rooms, 98 Moorhouse Ave, $5 members, $10 non-members, www.chsgardens.co.nz