Science of Food
Growing food of the future - what will you be eating in 2030? Taste test and compare some unexpected foods and see what’s possible with science. What is mahinga kai and what lessons are there for us in traditional stewardship of resources for sustenance, biodiversity and creativity? A rare and amazing opportunity to hear from national and international experts. Brought to you in association with Grow Ō Tautahi by:
Come along and check out gardens exploring sustainability and design. Grown by tamariki from Christchurch and Canterbury schools.
- Banks Avenue School
- Burnside Primary School
- Diamond Harbour School
- Heathcote Valley School
- St Albans Catholic School
- St Marks School
- West Eyreton School
- West Rolleston School
Exhibition and Display Gardens
MacRae Landscape Design Kitchen Garden
MacRae Landscape Design present the Grow Ō Tautahi Garden Kitchen with 12 celebrated chefs preparing fresh cuisine over three days. With the dynamic Jax Hamilton hosting and a beautiful outdoor kitchen supplied by Detail by Davinia Sutton.
Moffatt's Floral Marquee
Moffatts Flower Company is proud to be New Zealand’s leading family-run flower business, supplying the finest, freshest roses and flowers from their Christchurch glasshouses since 1949. As the largest rose grower in New Zealand, and one of the largest flower wholesalers, Moffatt’s grows 35 varieties of roses in a network of more than 20,000 square metres of sophisticated climate-controlled glasshouses in Halswell, 365 days a year.
The Moffatt’s team will be on site with flowers for sale, displays and demonstrations. Tino ataahua!
Terra Viva Workshops and Presentations
Terra Viva Home & Garden say that knowledge is the key to success, and they are keen to share their expert knowledge of gardening with the people of Christchurch and visitors. Terra Viva is very excited to host a wide range of talks, workshops and masterclasses at GROW.
Studio Home presents awesome opportunities for those new to gardening to hear and learn from a range of gardening experts, all happening at the Terra Viva marquee.
Treetech Kids Zone
Treetech Specialist Treecare will be onsite to share their passion for trees and discuss with you the benefits of trees in the urban environment. Enter our lucky draw to win a line trimmer.
Bring the kids along to the Kids Zone with loads of fun activities for younger garden explorers.
The Butterfly Musketeer Maria Romero will be giving interactive talks for young and old.
Agents of Discovery is brought to you by the Christchurch City Council Parks team. Check out the games app and solve fun challenges by exploring Grow Ō Tautahi. The Agents of Discovery app uses augmented reality to interact with the world around you and is free to download from Google Play and the App Store.
You can find the Grow Ō Tautahi challenge in the app itself. You won't need WiFi or data onsite, but we recommend downloading the app and challenge either before you visit or using the free WiFi in the Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre.
Urban Paving Landscape Lane
Urban Paving Ltd will be on site to offer landscaping and paving advice.
Suppliers of a huge range of concrete, natural stone, porcelain paving and StoneLock, as well as decorative stones and aggregates, as well as a range of soils, composts, barks, sands, and much more.
Spa One will be on site with their beautiful pools and available to give you expert advice.
Winter Gardenz Glasshouses designed for New Zealand conditions, Winter Gardenz supply domestic and commercial glass and green houses and more.
Martyn’s Outdoor Power and Husqvarna along with Husqvarna are proud to present our Battery and Auto mower range. The Battery products include everything you would need at home along with a professional user range as well - Line Trimmers, Hedge Trimmers, Chainsaws, Blowers, Lawn Mowers, Pole Saws and more.
The Auto Mowers are amazing for those who are time poor and like their properties to look good all the time, certainly the way of the future - look out for our demo model at the GROW
Readylawn supply Readylawn turf, synthetic grass, irrigation, landscaping options and ideas, and supply authentic Mexican hand crafted goods. And will be talking about environmental lawn care
Guided Walks and Tours
Please check out our programme for details.
- Ruud Kleinpaste – New Zealand’s bug man. Come along and explore the gardens in a totally new way! This will be a talk that begins in the Science of Food hub and the walk will leave from there.
- Friends of the Christchurch Botanic Gardens are taking guided walks, starting at the Botanic Marquee.
Friends of GROW
There are many great people and businesses who have contributed to the team that is making this happen. Huge thanks for the building of gardens and structures to our friends at:
Featuring local clubs and societies. Come along and meet passionate local and specialised gardeners:
- Friends of Christchurch Botanic Gardens
- Kaiapoi Food Forest
- Christchurch Bonsai Club
- Canterbury Horticultural Society
- Combined Garden Clubs
- Avon Bonsai Club.
Buy GROW merchandise, chefs books, garden books, tools and more.
Citycare Community Garden
The Canterbury Community Gardens Association is bringing together all of the region's 32 gardens to create an interactive exhibition where visitors can sit on living furniture, enjoy the peace and lush garden space, play amongst living sculptures and post photos of their adventures.