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1st-2nd: All About Gardening – Christchurch 

Tips, tasks and questions with Michael Coulter.
Tues 7pm-9pm, Wed 9.45am-11.45am. Templin Hall, CHS Centre, 57 Riccarton Ave, South Hagley Park. $5 members, $10 non-members. Includes morning tea/supper, tea & coffee.

3rd: Panayoti Kelaidis Guest Speaker – Christchurch
World-renowned plantsman and current Senior Curator and Director of Outreach at Denver Botanic Gardens shares his love of plants with keen gardeners.
8pm. NZAGS, Philatelic Centre,
67 Mandeville St, Riccarton. $5.

3rd-6th: Nelmac Garden Marlborough – Blenheim
A spring time celebration of Marlborough’s stunning landscape, showcasing the very best the region has to offer with garden tours, garden themed workshops and social events.

4th: HortTalk: State of our nation’s soil health and biochar – Dunedin
Biochar is one tool for mitigating the impact of global warming and an important ingredient in seed-raising mixes being put to the test by farmers in Thailand.
Noon. Information Centre, lower Botanic Garden, Dunedin Botanic Garden. 03 477 4000.

4th-6th: Cactus and Succulent Show and Sale – Auckland
Fri, noon-5pm, Sat 9am-5pm, 
Sun 9am-3pm. Mt Albert War Memorial Hall, 749 New North Rd, Mount Albert. Adults $5, children free. G. Fieldes 09 520 3442,

5th: Rangitikei Iris Flower Show-Palmerston North
Sales tables and raffles.
10am-4pm. Leisure Centre,
569 Ferguson St. Free.
Graeme/Carole 06 357 3424,

5th-6th: The New Zealand National Bonsai Show & Convention – Auckland
Featuring world-renowned bonsai artist Peter Warren (UK).
Auckland Botanic Gardens,
102 Hill Rd, Manukau. Door sales $5 to exhibition and sales area (under 12s free).

6th: St. Joseph’s School Biennial Garden Ramble – Hamilton
Twelve wonderfully unique gardens, many never seen before.
10am-4pm. Fairfield. $40 per person, including packed lunch.

6th: Bay of Plenty Iris Group Iris Show – Tauranga
The show marks the group’s 50th anniversary. Plus TB, Siberian, Louisiana, Spurias, PC and species irises. 10am-4pm. Armitage Hotel,
9 Willow St. Entry $3.

6th: Te Awamutu Altrusa Club’s House & Garden Ramble – Te Awamutu
Ten fabulous properties. Fundraiser for the Waipa Communities Facilities Trust to purchase a disability hoist for the community swimming centre.
9.30am-4.30pm. Te Awamutu and Pirongia area. $25, from Te Awamutu i-site and Playmates in Te Awamutu.

Until 6th November: Powerco Taranaki Garden Spectacular – Taranaki
Featuring 45 diverse and inspiring gardens, 12 gardens of significance, 10 new gardens and more than a dozen exciting events. Of the 45 gardens, 40 are private gardens.

Until 6th November: Taranaki Fringe Garden Festival – New Plymouth
A 10-day adventure into 66 homes of garden gurus throughout the Taranaki region.
9am-5pm. Gardens around Taranaki. $2 per person,
per garden. 

11th: 79th Beattie Home Rose & Flower Show
11am. Otorohanga Club. 107-113 Maniapoto St.
$3 entry, $2 seniors.

12th: Papatoetoe Garden & Floral Art Society Inc. 85th Annual Rose and Open Show – Auckland
Roses, cut flowers, container plants, floral art and a children’s section. Great trading table. All welcome.
10am-3.30pm. Wesley Methodist Church Hall, 37 Kolmar Rd, Papatoetoe.
Rosemary 09 278 2223, Barbara 09 425 5371. Free.

12th: Companion Planting – Lower Hutt
A natural way of helping your garden grow and keep pests away.
11am-noon. Naenae Community Library, 27 Hillary Court, Naenae. Free.

12th-13th: The Wairarapa Garden Tour – Wairarapa
Annual fundraiser for Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre’s forest restoration programme. $45 per person, including both days. Tickets available from your local i-Site or

12th-13th: Hutt Valley Horicultural Society Rose Show – Wellington
Featuring Roses Galore, a combined show with Hutt Valley Rose Society.Many other plants on display; arts and craft; plant sales. All welcome. Sat noon-4pm, Sun 10am-4pm. James Coe Centre, Dowse Art Gallery, Laings Rd, Lower Hutt.
Dianne Purdie, 04 479 5548.

12th-13th: The Motueka Garden Trail – Motueka
A variety of unique properties, including stunning rose gardens in full spring bloom. The Motueka District Toy Library’s major fundraiser. $15 for a weekend pass.

13th: Among the Roses – Nelson
A day out to sip, snack, relax and enjoy the beautiful roses, markets and music, in the Samuels Rose Garden at Broadgreen House. Free guided tours of Broadgreen Historic House and rose garden tours.
Noon-5pm. Broadgreen Historic House, 276 Nayland Rd, Stoke.
03 265 6952.

13th: Hospice Homes and Gardens Tour – Warkworth and Sandspit
The self-drive tour includes a 5-star NZ Gardens Trust property in Warkworth; pop-up food court; and specialty stalls. Raising funds for Warkworth Wellsford Hospice.
9.30am-4pm. $50. 09 425 9535,,

17th: Junior Gardeners – Christchurch
Join this enthusiastic group of children who meet for practical gardening activities and to learn the science of good gardening. Age range 8-14yrs.
3.45pm-5pm. PC Browne Room, CHS Centre, 57 Riccarton Ave. South Hagley Park. 03 366 6937.

18th: NZ Life & Leisure special event Spring luncheon – Queenstown
Jane Falconer of Clachanburn Country Garden talks about how she created a Garden of National Significance. Fundraiser for Ranui House, South Island’s home for those undergoing medical treatment at Christchurch hospital.
11.45am-2.15pm. Stoneridge Estate, 756 State Highway 6. $160 per person, including two-course luncheon, two glasses of wine, ‘Lucy’s Rose’ & free delivery of the rose to any Otago address.
0800 695 433.

18th: Warkworth and Districts Rose and Flower Show – Warkworth
Plants for sale, raffles. Schedules available local i-Sites and libraries.
Noon-5pm. Old Masonic Hall, Warkworth. Entry $2. 09 422 7766.

19th: Cross Hills Gardens Country Fair – Manawatu
339 Rangiwahia Rd, Kimbolton. $15, under-16s free. 0800 746 367,

19th-20th: National Spring Rose Show – Feilding
Displays, trade displays, refreshments, raffles and more.
Sat 1pm-5pm, Sun 9.30am-4.30 pm. Feilding Civic Centre, Aorangi St. Adults $2, under-12s free with accompanying adult. 

20th: Cactus and Succulent Show – Wellington
Plant sales and desert delights. All welcome.
11am-4pm. James Coe Centre, Dowse Art Museum, Laings Rd, Lower Hutt. Free entry.

20th: Gardens of Fernside – North Canterbury
Nine varied gardens to visit. Pre-ordered gourmet lunch boxes ($20). Free family market day at Fernside School.
10am-4pm. Pre-sales $20 from Fernside School,, Gate sales $25 from Fernside School.

25th-27th: Festival of Flowers & Franklin Rose Show – Auckland
The 10th annual show. Trading table, morning, afternoon tea and lunches available.
Fri noon-5pm, Sat 9am-7pm, Sun 11.30am-4pm. St Andrews Centre, 79 Queens St, Waiuku. Entry $5.

26th-27th: Horowhenua District Rose Society Spring Rose Show – Levin
Fabulous show of roses. Great sales table with plants, rose bushes, raffles and rose lovers’ calendars.
Sat 1pm-4pm, 10am-3pm Sun. War Memorial Hall, Chamberlain St. Free entry.

26th-27th: Christmas Wreath-Making Workshop – Christchurch
Canterbury Horticultural Society, 
57 Riccarton Ave, Addington. $50 per person.

26th-27th: North Harbour Rose and Garden Society Spring Show – Auckland
Show display, rose plants and blooms for sale, trading table, raffles, stalls and plants for sale.
Sat 11.30am-4pm, Sun 9.30am-3pm. Senior Citizens Centre,
Ernie Mays St, Northcote.
Adults $3, under-15s free.
26th-27th: Te Kuiti White Ribbon Art & Garden Ramble – Te Kuiti
Fundraiser to aid victims of family violence.
Te Kuiti iSite, 07 878 8077.

27th: Waiopehu College Garden Tour – Levin
Featuring 10 gardens, from large country gardens to small, low-maintenance gardens in the middle of town, edible backyards and more; five of which have never before been open to the public.
10am-4pm. Levin and surrounds.
$20, from Waiopehu College Office, 06 368 8303.


1st Dec-23rd Feb: Auckland Botanic Gardens’ Growing Friends Summer Plant Sales – Auckland
Choose from a wide variety of plants from the nursery.
(Look for the blue flag past the Herb Garden and enter via the lower nursery entrance.)
Thursdays 8.30am-noon.
Auckland Botanic Gardens.

2nd-3rd: Rose Show – Oamaru
Fri 1pm-6pm, Sat 10-4pm. The Blind Foundation Hall, Steward St.

3rd: Friends of Hamilton Gardens Plant Sale – Hamilton
A plant sale with annuals and perennials available for purchase.
10am-4pm. Outside the Information Centre, Hamilton Gardens.

3rd: Christmas Fete – Ashburton
A fete after the Santa parade with home baking, popcorn candyfloss, plant stall, crafts and lots more.
1.30pm-4pm. Ashburton Borough School, Winter St.
$2 for entry, including raffle ticket.

3rd: Rose Show – Dunedin
Raffles for sale, refreshments and a fabulous plant stall.
10am- 4.30pm. Forbury Park Raceway, Victoria Rd. $5.

3rd Dec-5th Feb: Dinosaurs in the Gardens – Auckland
Step back in time 200 million years, discover a lost world, and explore an amazing Gondwana forest to learn about descendants of the plants that dinosaurs lived amongst. (Christmas closure Dec 19th-Jan 6th.)
Dinosaur Encounters 10.30am, 1.30pm & 3pm. 
Auckland Botanic Gardens.

3rd-4th: Guided Tour of Koanga Institute – Gisborne
See the seed-saving gardens, how heritage seeds are saved, compost and mineral recycling systems, the heritage orchard, and more. Includes a BioIntensive Gardening demonstration.
1pm-4pm. Kotare Village,
96 Kotare Rd, Wairoa. $20, 

3rd-4th: Mangawhai Museum Bows and Bells – Northland
Explore nine houses, as well as the Mangawhai Museum, extravagantly decorated for Christmas.
$25, includes museum admission.

3rd-4th: Waikato Lily Show – Hamilton
Show and bulbs for sale.
Sat 12pm-4pm, Sun 9am-4pm. Hamilton Gardens, $2.
027 827 2865.

3rd-4th: Canterbury Horticultural Society’s Christmas Kokedama & Terrariums Workshop – Christchurch
A chance to create your very own lasting Christmas decorations. Kokedama and terrariums using sphagnum moss sourced from the West Coast and poinsettia.
9.30am-11.30am. Terra Viva House & Garden, 234 Roydvale Ave, Burnside. $50.,

3rd & 11th: Identifying Wild Edible Weeds and Making Green Superfood Smoothies – Rotorua and Whakatane
Learn how to identify wild edible weeds, and about their nutritional and medicinal value. Transform them, together with leafy greens and ripe seasonal fruit into a luscious green, healthy smoothie.
10am-1pm. Sat December 3rd: 10 Banksia Pl, Rotorua.
Sun 11th December: Whakatane, address revealed on registration.
$55. Julia 027 430 8471,

4th: Waimate North Landcare Trust Garden Party – Kaikohe
Enjoy the gardens, a game of petanque and enter the best-dressed competitions.
2pm-5pm. 83 Waikuku Rd, Waimate North.
$10, children free. 
Carroll Beachman 09 405 9434.

4th: Wakatipu Garden Tour 2016 – Queenstown
This one-day self-drive tour features some never-before-featured gardens as well as some unexpected local treasures. Included is Devonshire cream tea at the Chantecler Homestead.
9am-4pm. On the day, maps from Mitre 10 Mega, 46 Brookes Rd, Shotover Park.
$35, 0800 BUY TIX (289 849).

4th: Rainforest Survival Skills – New Plymouth
Learn how to build bush shelters using materials from the forest. Plus, develop your skills for surviving in the great outdoors.
10.30am-2pm. Pukeiti,
2290 Carrington Rd. Free.

4th: Backyard Sanctuaries Workshop – Wellington
Topics include plantings, feeding birds, building lizard and insect-homes, how to minimise impact of your cat, how to outsmart rats and other pests.
Seatoun Village Hall, 22 Forres St.
$25, or free for members. 

4th: Tauranga Fuschia Show – Tauranga
Show and plants for sale.
8.30am-3.30pm. Legion of Frontiersman Hall, Elizabeth St West. $3 entry. Pat 07 579 1655.

4th: Working Bee in Island Bay – Wellington
Help to open a new walking track – pruning is the main task of the day, with tools provided.
1pm-3pm. Tapu Te Ranga Marae,
44 Rhine St, Island Bay.
022 127 7361.

6th-7th: Canterbury Horticultural Society’s All about Gardening monthly Meeting – Christchurch
This month’s featured produce: peas and lilies. Success and problem plants equally welcome!. The Lily Society will be talking lilies and bringing plants in for sale.
Tues 7pm-9pm, Wed 9.45am-11.45am. Templin Hall, Canterbury Horticultural Centre, 57 Riccarton Ave, Hagley Park South.
$5 members, $10 members,,
03 366 6937.

7th: Wednesday Weeders – Wellington
A group to combat the widespread weed problem in Whareroa (and NZ) learn about weeds, and how to eliminate them.
9am-noon. Whareroa car park.

7th & 14th: Tour of Awapuni Nurseries – Palmerston North
Free guided tour of the nursery. Special offers and prizes.
Awapuni Nursery, Pioneer Highway. Registration essential.
Jo 06 354 8828.

8th: FERNZ: An Exploration of Pteridophyta and The Kiwi Icon – Hamilton
An ancient feature of New Zealand’s ecosystems is explored through works and objects from Waikato Museum’s collection as well as external loans from Te Papa, private collectors, artists, and scientists.
10.30am-5pm. Waikato Museum,
1 Grantham St.

8th: Festive Wreath Making with Felicity Jones – Auckland
Felicity, of Green is The Thing, is a garden florist who creates seasonal arrangements from her home grown blooms.
6.30pm-8.30pm. 5 Eltham Rd, Kohimarama.
$120. All materials, refreshments of cheese, wine and non-alcoholic beverages provided.

8th: Christmas Wreathes and Garlands Workshop – Auckland
Design and make your own Christmas decorations with Sue Cameron from Floral Stylist.
6pm-9pm. Collected by LeeAnn Yare, 2 Clayton St, Newmarket.
$120, including all materials.
09 522 4087.

10th: Home Composting Workshop – Gisborne
Gisborne District Council and Tairawhiti Environment Centre are holding a one-hour workshop, and you get to take home a free compost bin (1 per household).
12pm-1pm. Tairawhiti Environment Centre, 56 Ballance St, Ballance Village, Tairawhiti. Registration essential. 06 867 4708.

10th: Waimate Strawberry Fare – Waimate
Strawberries have been grown in the Waimate District since 1880. All day entertainment, upmarket stalls and colourful rovers and entertainers.
10.30am-4pm, Seddon Square, Queen St. Free.

10th-11th: Rose Show – Invercargill
Nichols Garden Centre, North Rd.

11th: Creating Decorations From Your Garden – New Pymouth
Learn how to decorate your home with delightful creations and Christmas wreaths from your own garden.
2pm-4pm. Tūpare, 487 Mangorei Rd. Free.

11th: Livestock On A Small Block – Thames
This workshop gives you the tools to manage a few sheep, a house cow and her calf. With tutors Harry Parke and Jeanette Fitzsimons.
9am-5pm. $144.

13th: Canterbury Horticultural Society Ramblers Monthly Walk – Christchurch
The CHS Ramblers explore many of our city’s picturesque localities taking in areas of special horticultural interest. Bring a picnic morning tea. No walk if wet.
9.45am. Clock Tower on Scarborough Park, Esplanade, Sumner. 03 366 6937

14th: An evening of Flower Arranging with Sophie Wolanski – Auckland
Be guided through the construction of a loose garden arrangement, to make the most of summer’s blooms. Tutor Sophie, of Muck Floral.
6.30pm-8.30pm. 5 Eltham Rd, Kohimarama.
$140. All materials, refreshments of cheese, wine and non-alcoholic beverages provided.

17th: Ngaa Hua O Te Rito: Fruits From Fibre – Hamilton
Weavers who belong to Te Roopu Raranga Whatu o Aotearoa showcase taonga (treasures) woven from a variety of fibres used traditionally by our tuupuna (ancestors). Opening day of this inaugural exhibition, which runs to April 2017.
10am-5pm. Waikato Museum,
1 Grantham St.

24th: Christmas Eve Crafts – Hamilton
Top off your Christmas tree by making a special decoration. Drop in any time during the day, all materials provided.
10am-5pm. Waikato Museum,
1 Grantham St.

24th: Sefton Christmas Harvest Market – Sefton
A unique market where you can get your hands dirty digging your own potatoes and picking your own peas for Christmas dinner. Also on offer is over 50 of Canterbury’s finest artisan producers from farmers markets around Canterbury.
8am-1pm. Grown Farmers, 818 Marshmans Rd. Earlybird Pick and Dig Entry (8am-9am) $5 adult, under-17s free. 9am-1pm gold coin entry. Entry fee supports Sefton School and Diabetes Youth Canterbury.