Events

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July

1st: Make Your Own Laundry Products - Auckland

Learn how to make fresh, allergy-free, and non-toxic bathroom products with Julie Craig from Oak & Thistle.

1pm-3pm. Kelmarna Gardens, 12 Hukanui Cres, Ponsonby.$25. www.kelmarnagardens.nz

1st: Rose Pruning Demonstration – Franklin & Manawatu 

8.30am. Roselands Shopping Centre, Great South Rd, Papakura.
2pm. Dugald Mackenzie Rose Gardens, Victoria Esplanade Gardens, Palmerston North.
www.nzroses.org.nz

1st: NZ Tree Crops Assoc. Annual Tree and Plant Sale – Hamilton

9am-noon. Hamilton Gardens, Camellia carpark – enter Gate 2 from Cobham Dr. Cash only.

1st: Karamu Stream Planting Day – Havelock North

Come along for a fun day of planting and enjoy helping the environment.
9am-noon. Te Karamu Stream, Lipscombe Cres. www.hbrc.govt.nz

1st: Preserving your Kai – Auckland

Learn the art of food preserving and put it into practice. 

10am-noon. Auckland Botanic Gardens, 102 Hill Rd. Booking required. www.aucklandbotanicgardens.co.nz

1st: Rose Pruning Demonstration – Oamaru

1.30pm-2.30pm. Oamaru North School, Torridge St.
www.nzroses.org.nz

2nd: Practical Fruit Tree Pruning Workshop – Tauranga

Learn how to best prune fruit trees to assure healthy and abundant crops. Combines theory, demonstration, and practice. 9.45-3pm. 392 Whakamarama Rd. $55, bookings essential. contact@plentypermaculture.co.nz

3rd & 4th: All About Gardening – Christchurch

Mon 7pm-9pm, Tues 9.45am-11.45am. Christchurch Bridge Club, 21 Nova Pl.
$5 (CHS Members, free), includes tea and coffee. www.chsgardens.co.nz

7th: HortTalk – Encouraging Monarch Butterflies In  Your Garden – Dunedin

Learn how monarch butterflies live and thrive, and how your garden can support them.
12pm. Botanic Garden Information Centre. clare.fraser@dcc.govt.nz

8th: Rose Pruning Demonstration – Feilding

Kowhai Park, South St.
www.nzroses.org.nz

8th: Whakatu Community Planting Day – Hastings

Come along for a fun day of planting and enjoy helping the environment. 9am-noon. 100 Avison Ln.
www.hbrc.govt.nz

8th: Food is Medicine, Medicine is Food – Auckland

Discover how to get the most out of your garden by growing vegetables organically.
10am-11.30am. Auckland Botanic Gardens, 102 Hill Rd.
Booking required.
www.aucklandbotanicgardens.co.nz

9th: Bay of Plenty Orchid Society Auction – Te Puke

Orchids, bromelaids, and other plants available. 1.30pm. Masonic Hall, Jocelyn St.
Cash only.

9th: Rose Pruning Demonstration – Greymouth

1.30pm. 129 Bright Street, Cobden.

11th: The Main Garden and Its History – Wellington

Learn about the historic gardens on this guided 90-minute walk. 11am-12.30pm. Botanic Garden, 101 Glenmore St, Kelburn.$5, cash only.

13th: CHS Winter Speaker Series: Heritage Roses – Christchurch

David Adams on bulbs – history, literature and modern developments. 7pm-9pm. Grenadier Auction Rooms, 98 Moorhouse Ave.$5 students, $10 non-members.
www.chsgardens.co.nz

14th-17th: Introduction to Permaculture – Poukawa

A four-day course teaching the principles of permaculture. Practical sessions include site design and composting to help make your garden more productive. 9am-5pm. Kahikatea Farm, Poukawa, Hastings. Individual $250-290, Couple $375 www.kahikateafarm.nz

15th: Rose Pruning Demonstration – South Canterbury

1.30pm. Mr & Mrs Tom Handy’s property Handy’s Lane, Pleasant Point Highway.

15th: Tree Sale - Katikati

The Bay of Plenty branch of the NZ Tree Crops Association will host a tree sale for fruit, nuts and more. 10am-12.30pm. Katikati A&P Showgrounds, Uretara Domain, Major St. Cash only.

15th: Tutira Community Planting Day – Napier

A fun day of planting and enjoy helping the environment. 9am-noon. Tutira Regional Park, State Highway 2. www.hbrc.govt.nz

15th: Rose Pruning Demonstration – Bay of Plenty & Matamata

10am-12.30pm. Te Puke Mitre 10, 5 Queen St, Te Puke Kowhai Park, South St. 11am-1pm. Four Seasons Home & Garden Centre, Tainui St. www.nzroses.org.nz

15th: Pruning and Maintaining A Home Orchard – Waikato

View the results of Sheryn Clothier’s methods in a mature orchard, practise pruning techniques and see how theories can be applied. 10am. 7 Puketirau Rd, Tirau. $120 per person. Registration essential. 07 883 1898, www.lals.nz

15th: Rose Pruning Demonstration – South Canterbury
1.30pm. Mr & Mrs Tom Handy’s property Handy’s Lane, Pleasant Point Highway.

16th: Guided Walk: Plants, Antiquity & Industry – Wellington

Discover the lesser-known uses of the plants that surround us. 11am-12.30pm. Wellington Botanic Garden, 101 Glenmore Sr. $5.

19th: Rhodondendron Society – Auckland

Annual dinner and presentation by Mr Richard Nanson on “Our world of trees”. 6.30pm. Monteith Room, Holy Trinity Cathedral, Parnell. $33. Robyn 09 524 0241.

22nd: Home Composting for Beginners – Hastings

Find out how to nourish your garden with rich, soil-enhancing compost. Includes comprehensive notes to take away. 10.00am-noon. Environment Centre Hawke’s Bay, 809 Karamu Rd. www.environmentcentre.org.nz

22nd: Māori Traditional Plant Use – Auckland

Learn about traditional plant uses and how to integrate nature into your daily life. 10am-noon. Auckland Botanic Gardens, 102 Hill Rd. Booking required. www.aucklandbotanicgardens.co.nz

22nd: Rose Pruning Demonstration – Dunedin

1.30-2.30pm. Information Centre, Dunedin Botanic Garden. www.nzroses.org.nz

29th: Rose Pruning Demonstration - Timaru

2pm. Plantorama Garden Centre, Kennels Rd. www.nzroses.org.nz

30th: Waikato Orchid Society Winter Show – Hamilton

Details TBC. Hamilton Gardens, Cobham Dr. 07 855 8009.

August

4th: HortTalk: Predator Free Dunedin – Dunedin

Hear about new approaches being undertaken to control pests and protect native ecology.
12pm. Botanic Garden Information Centre. 03 477 4000. clare.fraser@dcc.govt.nz

4th-6th: Maintaining the Block – Waikato

With practical learning options including fence repairing, small-machinery maintainance and soap-making, this course offers all you need to know about upkeep on a small block. 7 Puketirau Rd, Tirau. $250pp or $400 per couple. Bookings essential. www.lals.nz

5th: Organic Market Gardening Workshop –  Thames

A comprehensive workshop tutored by Yotam Kay teaching a wide range of necessary skills from planning to growing.
9am-5pm. Kauaeranga Valley, Coromandel Peninsula.
$140. www.pakarakafarm.co.nz

6th: Orchard Design Masterclass – Auckland

Derek and Julie from Oak & Thistle will teach you how to design and maintain a thriving orchard. 1-3pm. Kelmarna Gardens, 12 Hukanui Cres, Ponsonby. $35. www.kelmarnagardens.nz

6th: Grow your own Microgreens – Thames

Learn the basics of growing your own nourishing microgreens, and discover how to put the theory into practice. Workshop includes a detailed demonstration. 10am-4pm. Kauaeranga Valley, Coromandel Peninsula. $140. www.pakarakafarm.co.nz

6th: Month of Tree Planting – Wellington

 

Each weekend in August, willing gardeners will gather to plant around Tapu Te Ranga Marae as part of a pledge to reforest the area. 1-3pm. 44 Rhine St, Island Bay. Text or call 022 127 7361.

 

7th: Wadestown Wilton Horticultural Society Meeting – Wellington

 

Listen to Sarah Hooker’s talk on planting baskets and containers, supper provided.
7:30pm. St. Luke’s Hall, 34 Pitt St, Wadestown.

 

7th & 8th: All About Gardening: Christchurch 

Hear Gwen Grelet speak about soil health for Canterbury, and Terry Windle discuss manure, compost and fertiliser. 7th - 7pm, 8th - 9.45am. Christchurch Bridge Club, 21 Nova Pl. Members free, non-members $5. www.chsgardens.co.nz

10th: Winter Speaker Series: Threatened Plant Species – Christchurch

Enjoy a talk by expert Dr Gary Houliston on the history, literature and modern developments surrounding threatened plant species. 7pm. Harcourts Grenadier Auction Rooms, 98 Moorhouse Ave. Door sales $10. www.gogreenexpo.co.nz

11th-13th: NZ Camellia Conference & Show – Rotorua 

Entry open to members and non-members alike, see the website for more information.
Show: noon-5pm. Novotel Hotel, Tutauekai St. Booking required. 0800 77 66 77. www.nzcamelliasociety.co.nz

12th: Community Bushcare Day – Auckland

Come and help with some bush-planting and harakeke maintenance. 10am. Glenfield Rd, opposite Z petrol station, Glenfield. $5.

12th & 13th: Go Green Expo – Christchurch

New Zealand’s largest sustainable lifestyle show  where you can shop, taste, and enjoy demonstrations.10am. Air Force Museum, 45 Harvard Ave, Wigram. $10. www.chsgardens.co.nz

12th: Pruning Fruit Trees Workshop – Christchurch

Learn tree-pruning essentials from those in the know. 10am-noon. Oaklands School, 37 Cunningham Pl, Halswell. 03 366 6937, office@chsgardens.co.nz

15th: South Canterbury Alpine Society Jubilee – Timaru

Join the South Canterbury Alpine Society as they celebrate their 50th Jubilee. For further details, contact Ngaire Orford 03 688 0823.

16th: Rhododendron Auckland: Growing Vireyas – Auckland

Mrs Delcie Palmer and Mrs Margaret Matthews present a talk on growing vireyas. Afternoon tea provided. 1.30pm. St. Aiden’s Social Lounge, Remuera. Ph. Robyn 09 524 0241.

19th: Sheet Mulching Workshop – Auckland

Learn about this organic gardening technique which serves to control weeds, promote healthy soil and reduce the need for irrigation.9.30-11.30am. Kelmarna Gardens, 12 Hukanui Cres, Ponsonby. $20. www.kelmarnagardens.nz

20th: Plants and the Wider World – Wellington

Take a guided walk through the gardens while learning about about the role of plants in warfare and engineering. 11am-12.30pm. Cable Car Entrance, Botanic Garden, 101 Glenmore St, Kelburn.$5. Cash only.

24th: Waikato Horticultural Society Talk: Camellias – Hamilton

Listen to Paul Reynolds speak about camellia cultivation, with plants and flowers on display. Talk followed by supper and a raffle. 10am-4pm both days. Kelston Community Centre, Cnr. Awaroa & Gt. North Rd, Glendale. Contact Glenys MacRae 09 835 1216.

25-26th: Waitakere Orchid Club Orchid Show – Auckland

Come and enjoy the largest display of orchids in Auckland. Buy native and exotic flowers direct from the growers.1.30-4pm Saturday, 9.30am-3.30pm Sunday. Showgrounds Events Centre, 20 Main Rd, Mataraka. www.hbrc.govt.nz

26th: Titahi Bay Horticultural Society Spring Flower Show – Porirua

Enjoy the 51st spring flower show, including a range of flower and food competitions and exhibits. Also features a floral art demonstration, raffle and refreshments. 10am-3.30pm. Paremata School Hall, 43 Paremata Cres. $2. 04 236 8062.

26-27th: Poverty Bay Horticultural Society Camellia & Daffodil Show – Gisborne
1.30-4pm Saturday, 9.30am-3.30pm Sunday. Showgrounds Events Centre, 20 Main Rd, Mataraka. www.hbrc.govt.nz

27th: Guided Walk: Speciation – Wellington

Meet at the information centre, and enjoy a guided walk which focuses on the evolutionary processes behind speciation. 2-3.30pm. Otari-Wilton’s Bush, 160 Wilton Rd, Wilton. $5.

28th: Elements of Small Garden Design – Auckland

The first installment of a three-week course which will teach you how to get the best out of your small garden space. 7-9pm. Selwyn College, Kohimarama Rd, Kohimarama
$64. www.selwyncomed.school.nz

28th: Escape to the Tropics – Wellington

Enjoy a guided walk through Wellington Botanic Gardens’ Begonia House, while learning about tropical plants. 11am-12.30pm. Begonia House Foyer, Botanic Garden, 101 Glenmore St, Kelburn.$5. Cash only.