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April 2018



8th: Great Pumpkin Carnival – Hamilton

A day celebrating record-breakers (789.5kg) and fun and wacky things to do with pumpkins like turning them into kayaks and pumpkin racers.

10am–2.30pm. Hamilton Gardens Rhododendron Lawn. Free.


9th: Make a Mini Terrarium – Wellington

The Wadestown Wilton Horticultural Society invites you to make a Mini Terrarium Garden with Steve and Yula.

7.30pm. St Luke's Centre, corner of Wadestown Road and Pitt Street. $40 including complete kit. Book with Ann 027 428 9160.


11th-12th: Ayrlies Plant Fair - Auckland

An opportunity to wander the extensive garden and wetlands and meet specialist nursery growers to buy and discuss plants in this much loved-loved Whitford property.

9.30am4.30pm. $10. For directions visit


14th: Manawatu Orchid Society Autumn Show – Fielding

Orchid exhibits, orchid plant and sundry sales, raffles, refreshments.

9am–4pm. Baptist Church Hall, 42 Bowen Street, Fielding. Free. Contact: Graham 06 323 3342.


20th–21st: Bay of Plenty Orchid Society Show – Te Puke

Orchid and bromeliad plants and pots for sale, along with specialty stalls.

10am–4pm Te Puke War Memorial Hall. $3. Contact: Faye


 21st: Rhododendron Auckland tour Whangarei

Bus tour to Whangarei  Botanica, Quarry Gardens and a private garden in Waipu.

For intinerary and cost details, contact Robyn 09 524 0241


21st–22nd: Waikato Chrysanthemum Show – Cambridge

Enjoy displays, a big variety of stalls and flowers for sale.

10am–4pm. Cambridge Town Hall, Victoria Street, Cambridge. $2. Contact Adele: 07 8434 485.


28th–29th: North Island National Chrysanthemum Show – Hamilton

See displays of champion chrysanthemums, plus roses and dahlias. Hosted by the Waikato Chrysanthemum Society.

11am–4pm. Hamilton Gardens Pavilion. $2. Contact Adele: 07 8434 485.



15th: Toitū Regional Biodiversity Festival – Nelson

Stalls, workshops, demonstrations, debates, hands on participation, competitions, street entertainment, music, food & fun all promoting health flora and fauna, clean soil, water and air, productive land and enhanced biodiversity.

10am10pm. Trafalgar Square. Free.


20th–22nd: Autumn Garden Show – Christchurch

The CHS and Christchurch Botanic Gardens presents a new look annual show featuring an exhibition garden by award winning Billygoat Landscape Architecture, Jonny Schwass autumnal treats and entertainment by costume and fabric artist Jenny Gillies.

9am–4pm. Christchurch Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre, Rolleston Avenue. Free.


21st: Marlborough Earth Day Party – Blenheim

Coinciding with World Earth Day on April 22, come and learn how to live greener.

10am3pm. Blenheim A&P Park, Maxwell St, Redwoodtown. Contact:


21st–22nd: Living Wood Fair – Golden Bay

An event focused on all aspects of growing trees and turning them into timber including workshops, talks and demonstrations.

9am6pm. Fairholme Gallery, 637 East Takaka Road, Golden Bay. $15.


28th–29th: Timaru Horticultural Society Autumn Show

Chrysanthemums, cut flowers, bonsai, floral art, alpines, container plants, orchids and fruit & veges.

Sat 2pm5pm, Sun 11am-4pm. Caroline Bay Hall, Timaru.