Late autumn botanical exploration
11am, Sunday 17 May
In this easy 90-minute downhill walk we will:
- look at the main features of plants that characterise the New Zealand flora
- marvel at the humble leaf as an enabler of life on earth
- peek at some plant biochemistry
- have a quick look at the key differences between flowering plants and conifers, and between monocots and dicots
- consider plant survival mechanisms
- at all times stay on the lookout for plants and fungi that would do us harm if we’re not careful.
Meet at the Cable Car entrance. Cost: $4
11am, Monday 25 May
On this 90-minute walk we look at ancient trees of mystery, whose ancestors dominated the forests of the world during the reign of the dinosaurs, but that today exist in small, isolated, relict populations only.
Meet at the Founders’ Entrance, Glenmore Street for this moderate walk with steps and some uphill sections - walking shoes recommended.
Glow worm walks
- 7.30pm, Friday 15 May
- 7pm & 8pm, Friday 19 June
- 7.30pm Friday 17 July
- 7.30pm, Friday 14 August
- 7.30pm, Friday 18 September
- 7pm & 8pm, Friday 25 September
Meet at the Founders’ Entrance on Glenmore Street for these fascinating tours into the world of the glow-worm. The tours take about 1 hour. Please bring a torch. Bookings are essential - phone the Treehouse on (04) 499 1400.
Adults $5, children under-12 free.
Meet the Curator
Prune your roses back into shape
1pm and 2pm, Sunday 28 June
If your roses are running wild, this is your once-a-year chance to learn how to prune them.
1pm: modern roses – meet at the fountain in the Lady Norwood Rose Garden
2pm: heritage roses – meet at the Seddon Memorial in Bolton Street Cemetery
The pruning demonstrations will be held in the Begonia House if it rains.
1pm, Sunday 5 July
Tropical plants are becoming increasingly popular – but you don’t have to live in the tropics to grow some. Easy-care gardens are another trend. Meet our Begonia House curator and find out what’s trendy in the plant world and how to grow it.
Meet: Begonia House, Wellington Botanic Garden
A garden full of birds
1pm, Sunday 12 July
Our curator and a Zealandia ranger reveal a few secrets about the birds that live in our gardens. We’ll look at a few different species and discover who eats what, where they like to nest and how to encourage them into your garden.
Meet on the Treehouse deck, Wellington Botanic Garden