Join us on one of our regular walks, talks, or exhibitions.

Some of our members are experienced botanists, gardeners, and historians — so there’s lots to learn, and we’re always happy to answer your questions.

Artist in Residence

February and March 2023 will welcome our first artist in residence. Working from the Treehouse or Begonia House on Thursday, Friday and Saturday our artist will create works of art, tutor drawing courses and hero the Botanic Garden. Watch this space plus our Facebook page for further details in the new year!

Photography Competition

Coming soon…

Guided walks for 2023

Please note that all walks are free for Friends of the Wellington Botanic Garden.

Sunday 15 January, 11 am Plants and Poetry

Plants have inspired poets to write poetry about them for centuries. On this walk we shall look at some of the plants that have inspired poets.  We even have plants in the Wellington Botanic Garden that have a poem that was written specifically for them. Meet above the Playground for this easy downhill 90-minute walk. Cost: $5 (cash only, please).  

Monday 23 January, 11am The Garden: A pharmacy by any other name

Plants in the Wellington Botanic Garden and surrounding areas are the basis for medicines that can enhance human health and well-being. This 75-minute downhill walk will touch on plant-based treatments for high cholesterol, stomach ulcers, inflammation, pain, high blood pressure, clots, some cancers, and more.

Meet at Cable Car Entrance Lookout, Upland Road, Kelburn. Cost: $5 (cash only, please).

Sunday 19 February, 11 am Giants in the Garden

On this walk we focus on some of our largest trees in the Main Garden and nearby. Meet at the Founders’ Entrance, Glenmore Street for this 75-90- minute walk. Cost: $5 (cash only, please).

Monday 27 February, 11 am Roses all the way

Take time to smell the roses in the Lady Norwood Rose Garden. Meet at the Rose Garden fountain for this 75-minute walk. Cost: $5 (cash only, please).

Sunday 5 March, 11 am Herbs and their hidden treasures

March is the Herb Federation of New Zealand’s Herb Awareness month. We shall discuss the fragrant, medicinal, and culinary properties of the herbs in our Herb Garden on this 75-90-minute walk. Meet in the Lookout at the end of the Herb Garden. Cost: $5 (cash only, please).

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