Events

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.

Our upcoming events include:

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

Guided walks for 2022

To keep everyone safe, all walk attendees, including visitors, guides and tail- enders, must present their Covid-vaccination pass certificates. Children under 12 will be able to the join walks after they have been vaccinated, although the walks are not designed with this age group in mind.

Sunday, 4 September, 11am

Music at the Begonia – TBC

Meet at the Begonia House – entry by donation towards the Begonia House refurbishment. Free seating for Friends.

Tuesday, 6 September, 12 noon

Brown bag lunch

Meet at the Treehouse – entry by donation – Friends free.

Sunday, 18 September, 11 am

Bee awareness month walk – The secret life of bees

We rely on bees to pollinate many of our food and fodder plants, as well as our ornamental garden plants. On this walk we will discuss their skills, hidden talents and life cycles, observe them at work on the flowers, and their coming and going at the beehives. Meet at the Herb Garden Lookout for this easy 90-minute walk. Cost: $5 (cash only, please).

Monday 26 September, 11 am

Spring Festival walk – The joys of spring

Enjoy a walk among the spring flowers in the Main Garden. Meet at the Founders’ Entrance, Glenmore Street for this easy 75-minute walk. Cost: $5 (cash only, please).

Sunday, 2 October, 11am

Music at the Begonia – TBC

Meet at the Begonia House – entry by donation towards the Begonia House refurbishment. Free seating for Friends

Tuesday, 4 October, 12 noon

Brown bag lunch – Sculpture Trust Sue Elliott

The first of its kind, the Wellington Sculpture Trust has become an exemplar both nationally and internationally  in the development of best practice for commissioning public works of art. Sue Elliott, Wellington Sculpture Trust Chair for the past 10 years and a trustee for 13 years before that, will take us on a journey of discovery around our city, talk of lessons learnt, and detail exciting future projects, with no less than three works to be installed later this year. 

Meet at the Treehouse – entry by donation – Friends free

Sunday, 16 October, 11 am

Rejuvenation!

In this 75-minute downhill walk to celebrate Nature we will experience Wellington Botanic Garden’s leap into a new season. The appearance of new shoots and flowers, the enduring presence of pūriri’s seasonally-indifferent fruits, the pervasive smells of approaching summer and the sounds of busy insects are the essence of the wonderful botanical environment at our back door. Meet at Cable Car Entrance Lookout, Upland Road, Kelburn. Cost: $5 (cash only, please).

Monday, 24 October, 11 am

Seeing the old through new eyes

On this downhill walk through the old and regenerating vegetation on the Pukatea Bush walk you will see what the very early botanists from Europe saw and described as “new to science.” Meet at the Cable Car Entrance Lookout, Upland Road, Kelburn. Cost: $5 (cash only, please).

Tuesday, 1 November, 12 noon

Brown bag lunch

Meet at the Treehouse – entry by donation – Friends free.

Sunday, 6 November, 11am

Music at the Begonia – TBC

Meet at the Begonia House – entry by donation towards the Begonia House refurbishment. Free seating for Friends

Sunday, 20 November, 11 am

Water, Wind and Wood – Music in the Garden

 Join the guides on a musical tour of the Botanic Garden, listening to music and discussing the plants that are used to make musical instruments. Meet above the Playground for this 75 – 90-minute walk. Cost: $5 (cash only, please).

Monday, 28 November, 11 am

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Sunday, 4 December, 11 am

Music at the Begonia – Faultline Chorus

International medal winning Sweet Adelines women’s barbershop chorus based in Petone. They love being a part of the greater Wellington community and singing to support events. They’ll be joyfully singing their hearts out and wearing something in their signature pink colour. “You can’t miss us, and trust us, you don’t want to!

Meet at the Begonia House – entry by donation towards the Begonia House refurbishment. Free seating for Friends

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