Spring Festival Events

1 October 2013

There’s plenty of Spring Festival action on offer these holidays and one of the more unusual activities involves masses of blue sticky tape.

Young couple and spring blossom.

Visitors enjoy spring in the Botanic Garden

During the festival, Tape Art New Zealand will be transforming a wall at the Botanic Garden’s Treehouse Visitor Centre with a one-day mural - and a few lucky people may even get their portraits included.

This Saturday, artists Erica Duthie and Struan Ashby will create the mural on the Treehouse wall and then, on Sunday, invite people back to help rip it down.

“It’s a 3pm community rip-down and a rare opportunity to touch and connect with artwork. The unmaking brings you closer to the artist’s process,” says Erica.

”We are excited about the rich imagery the gardens will provide as inspiration for our mural, which will evolve and change as we talk to people.”

This is only one of many kid-friendly events at the Botanic Garden and other venues during the Spring Festival, which runs until Sunday.

The festival is loaded with activities to help children beat the holiday boredom blues.

On Tuesdays and Thursdays, this week and next week, kids aged seven to 12 years can become ‘junior apprentice gardeners’ at the Botanic Garden, or at Otari-Wilton’s Bush tomorrow or Wednesday next week.

Tomorrow, kids aged three and over can take a ride on the Cable Car with Zappo the magician and see magic tricks at the Cable Car Museum. On Friday, the Treehouse plays host to some friendly critters from Wellington Zoo, including geckos and skinks. On Sunday families can paint a pot and sow a sunflower seed at the Colonial Cottage Museum in Nairn Street.

Despite the tricky spring weather, the tulips and blossom are showing the gardens off to their best advantage. For adults, there are talks and guided tours through the gardens, Otari, nearby Thorndon, the Karori Cemetery and Bolton Street Memorial Park.

Visitors can learn to plant and propagate in ‘Grow-your-own workshops’ and they can go behind the scenes into the Botanic Garden nursery to see where the plants for the Begonia House are grown.

For information on a whole range of Spring Festival events, see the page below, or call 499 4444. Children must be accompanied by an adult to all activities. Many events are free, but may require bookings. Please check the brochure, which is available from libraries, the Council offices and online.

Annual Events - Spring Festival