Christchurch has long been called the ‘Garden City’. Explore our gardening and garden-related information and resources.

Photo of the Rose Garden at the Christchurch Botanic Gardens

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Our Community information directory CINCH lists Gardening Organisations and Courses. The listings include contact information for garden clubs, specialist plant clubs, organic gardening groups and other gardening organisations in Christchurch.

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Gee watercolour of Aechmea recurvata var. ortgiesii This image of Aechmea recurvata var. ortgiesii (Gee-0018) is from a collection of botanical illustrations by Gordon Gee.
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Search our catalogue on subjects related to gardening. If you are looking for information on growing a particular plant just use the name of that plant e.g. Roses, Daffodils etc., and search using Subject.

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Our gardening eMagazines includes gardening titles from New Zealand and overseas. Press Reader has the most recent issues of NZ House and Garden and some other gardening titles.

We also have an extensive collection of print gardening magazines.


Gardening eResources we subscribe to include:

Gardening, Landscape and Horticulture Collection

Logo of Gardening, Landscape & Horticulture CollectionKey issues in gardening, landscaping, and other areas of horticulture. Practical aspects as well as the scientific theory.

Oxford Reference Online

Full text reference books including:

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