As we make our way through the seasons, we are celebrating different elements of Wellington Gardens; history, the connections families have made with it, its scientific role, and its future.
We invite you to join us at our series of events that span the seasons over 2019.
Click on each season to find out more.
The Wellington Botanic Garden finds a place in the hearts of locals and international visitors alike. From strolling through fantastic botanical displays, to feeding the ducks, to playing on the playground enjoyed for generations, the Botanic Garden has always offered something exciting for everyone.
The area where the Botanic Garden now sits has been an important site for generations. When Europeans arrived, there were already well established Pā’s at Pipitea and Kumutoto. The people of Te Ātiawa from Pipitea Pā used the Botanic Garden for ngākinga (food cultivation), collecting native plants for construction, food, fibre and medicine, and birds for food.
In 1844, the New Zealand Company set aside a 5.26 hectare strip of land to start a botanic garden reserve.
The official Botanic Garden was established in 1868, with the Botanic Garden Bill passed in 1869. The management of the gardens was passed on to the New Zealand Institute.
Key events include:
Discover the science behind Wellington Botanic Garden.
Science Sunday is a day of fun, science-based activities and talks in the unique Begonia House setting. Learn more from our expert staff and visiting scientists as we reveal the secrets of the garden.
Find out how the Botanic Garden works as an everyday laboratory and plant museum, and what we do to protect biodiversity for the future.
Activities on the day include:
Let’s shake off winter and celebrate spring! The annual Spring Festival is based at Wellington Botanic Garden amongst the tulip display. Join us for a series of springtime events where we celebrate a new season with friends, family, and visitors in our botanical gardens.
Discover and celebrate New Zealand’s only native botanic garden at Otari-Wilton's Bush Open Day. Get to know our unique collections of native plants, and learn more about what goes on behind the scenes.
Activities will include:
Join us for a day of music, fun, and games at Wellington Botanic Garden. Bring the whole whānau and enjoy a day out amongst the tulips to celebrate Wellington’s vibrant cultural diversity.
Complete an activity trail around the Botanic Garden to learn about our plants from around the world, or enjoy a tasty international treat.
More details to come!
Experience the Begonia House through an amazing new lens!
The New Zealand School of Music—Te Kōkī and Wellington Botanic Garden are pleased to announce Bloom 2019, a multimedia installation event created by Victoria University’s New Zealand School of Music, Master of Design Technology, and Master of Fine Arts (Creative Practice) Film students.
By day, experience the Begonia House through a series of unique sound sculptures, created by students from the music school’s Advanced Projects in Interactive Sound.
In the evenings, see the Begonia House transformed into a multimedia venue, showcasing the visual work of Miramar Creative Centre’s Creative Coding and Digital Cinema Production students, along with surround sound compositions by students from Advanced Projects in Electronic Music.
Booking details to come!
Join us as the roses bloom for high tea in the Rose Garden.