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May 2018



8th: Easy Organic Gardening Course – Hamilton

A six week course kicks off tonight on all you need to know to plan and grow your own fruit and vegetables.

6.30–8.30pm, Fraser High School, $75,


9th: Ornamental to Detrimental – Palmerston North

Professor Philip Hulme presents a Royal Society Te Apārangi talk on non-native plant invasions.

7.30pm, Palmerston North Central Library, free, register at


10th: Ornamental to Detrimental – Napier

See listing on 9th for details.

7.30pm, Eastern Institute of Technology (EIT), free, register at


11th–13th: Planning the Home Orchard Course – Tirau

Using permaculture principles, spend the weekend discussing sustainable designs for your own orchard, food forest, gardens and block.

$300 single, $500 couple including shared accommodation and meals, register at


12th: Plan Your Edible Garden – Hastings

Tips on planting summer edibles presented by the Environment Centre, Hawke’s Bay.

10am–12pm, 809 Karamu Rd, Hastings, free, contact 06 870 4942


13th: Autumn Guided Walk - Auckland

Jo, Cornwall Park's Horticultural Supervisor, discusses pricking out, growing, hardening off then preparing the bed, planting out and maintaining the gardens.

10am–12pm, Cornwall Park, Greenlane Rd, Epsom, free, contact 09 630 8485


14th: Effective Planting For Your Garden Course – Auckland

Begin a three-week Monday evening course on transforming your garden, plus the morning of Saturday 26th at the Auckland Botanic Gardens.

7–8.30pm, Selwyn College, 203 Kohimarama Rd, $79, register at


16th: Kauri Gum Talk – Auckland

Rhododendron Auckland presentation by Ivan Pivac on the history of New Zealand’s kauri gum industry. Supper provided.

7.30pm, St Aidan's Social Lounge, Ascot Ave, Remuera. Free. Contact Robyn 09 524-0241


20th: Guided Walk: A Woody Fruit-Fest – Wellington

A leisurely walk to explore the gardens’ fruit bounty.

11–12:30pm, Cable Car Entrance,Wellington Botanic Garden, $5, contact 04 499 1400


23rd: Ornamental to Detrimental – Wellington

See listing on 9th for details.

6.30pm, Royal Society Te Apārangi, Aronui Lecture Theatre, free, register to attend at


Sunday May 27 Botanic Gardens Day

Gardens all across New Zealand will be hosting special events marking Botanic Gardens Day 2018.  Check with your local garden for what’s on.



4th: HortTalk: Underground Discoveries – Dunedin

Dr Adam Martin, Geologist, GNS Science, presents new research on Dunedin’s geology and leads a hill walk exploring the remnants of the Dunedin Volcano.

12–1pm, Dunedin Botanic Garden, free,


4th–5th: Kaipupu Autumn Plant Sale – Picton

Come along to the Picton Powerhouse Reserve and support Kaipupu Wildlife Sanctuary by buying native plants for your garden.

9am–5pm Fri, 9am-3pm Sat, 8 Wairau Rd, free.


6–12th: Fungal Foray – Lake Brunner

Four days foraying from Moana into the native forests surrounding Lake Brunner with the 17th Mycology Colloquium on Wednesday 9th.

See for details.


7th & 8th: All About Gardening – Christchurch

Jenny Hughes from Styx Mill Nursery presents to the Canterbury Horticultural Society on Plants for Shady Areas. There will also be a sales table.

7pm Tue, 9.45am Wed, Christchurch Bridge Club, 21 Nova Pl, free to members, $5 non-members.


16th: Ornamental to Detrimental – Christchurch

Professor Philip Hulme presents a Royal Society Te Apārangi talk on non-native plant invasions.

6.30pm, University of Canterbury C2 Lecture Theatre, free, register to attend at


17th: Native Plant Regeneration Talk – Christchurch

General Manager at Te Kohaka o Tuhaitara Trust Greg Byrnes is this month’s guest speaker as part of Canterbury Horticultural Society’s Our Living Landscape series.

7pm, Harcourts Grenadier Auction Rooms, 98 Moorhouse Avenue, $5 CHS members and students, $10 non-members. 

Includes refreshments. Purchase online or pay cash on the night,


26th: Port Hills Volunteer Restoration Planting – Christchurch

Get involved in restoring the Port Hills at the first of four public planting days.

12.30–3.30pm, meet at Victoria Park, small car park behind visitor centre, register at