Trees and their fungal friends
11am, Sunday 15 February
In this easy walk we will look at:
- a number of trees and their commercial uses
- the intimate relationships between trees and ‘mushrooms
- the happenings in and around a pine needle
- the difference between haploxylons and diploxylons.
If the mood takes us we can muse on whether antioxidants obtained from trees are really all that useful. Meet at the Founders’ Entrance (main gates) for this 90-minute stroll.
Beetles, beaks and branches
11am, Monday 23 February
Insects and birds, and their relationship with both native and introduced plants. Meet at Founders’ Entrance, Glenmore Street for this moderate 90-minute walk with one uphill section.
Murder and mayhem
5.30pm, Wednesday 11 March
Parks Week walk in Bolton Street Cemetery
Beneath the quiet graves of this historic cemetery lie stories of murder and mayhem. Hear those tales on this 1-hour evening guided walk. Meet at the Seddon Memorial entrance.
Cost: Gold coin
Late summer botanical magic
11am, Thursday 12 March
Parks Week walk looking at New Zealand flora
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
- discuss the links between plants, light and colour
- have a quick look at the key differences between flowering plants and conifers, and between monocots and dicots
- keep a beady eye out for poisonous plants and fungi.
Meet at the Cable Car entrance. Cost: $4
Trees for health and healing
11am, Sunday 15 March
We look at some of the trees and shrubs that have fragrant, medical, culinary and domestic uses. Meet at the Duck Pond for this easy 90-minute walk with one uphill section.
The mighty oak
11am, Monday 23 March
Oaks are a large group of economically important trees, many of which are valued for their impressive size and splendid autumn colours. Meet at the Cable Car entrance for this moderate 90-minute walk to look at several oak species.