Hutt Valley



Kapiti Coast


Wellington Visitor Information Centre
Civic Square, 101 Wakefield Street, Wellington
Phone: 04 802 4860

Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand
In the Formal Tradition: a history of the Lady Norwood Rose Garden
An illustrated talk by Walter Cook, Librarian, Turnbull Library Photographic Archive, and Wellington Botanic Garden historian.
Wednesday 19 September, 12.10pm
National Library Auditorium, entrance off Aitken Street, Wellington
Contact: Susan Bartel, 04 474 3119 or susan.bartel@natlib.govt.nz ( www.natlib.govt.nz)

Wellington’s Primeval Grove: the Botanic Garden
An illustrated talk by Walter Cook, Librarian, Turnbull Library Photographic Archive, and Wellington Botanic Garden historian.
Wednesday 17 October, 12.10pm
National Library Auditorium, entrance off Aitken Street, Wellington
Contact: Susan Bartel, 04 474 3119 susan.bartel@natlib.govt.nz (www.natlib.govt.nz)

‘Away with the fairies’
Library staff dress up and enact some of the thrilling adventures of Hutu and Kawa, the famous pohutukawa babies from Avis Acres' children's books. You won't want to miss this one! 
Thursday 1 November, Auditorium, 12.10pm
National Library Auditorium, entrance off Aitken Street, Wellington
Contact: Susan Bartel, 04 474 3119 or susan.bartel@natlib.govt.nz  (www.natlib.govt.nz)

Herb Federation Conference
Today’s Pioneers – Saving the Past for the Future
The New Zealand Herb Federation celebrates 21 years of its existence with an entire weekend of events in November.
Speakers include Mayor Kerry Prendergast, Robert McGowan, Sue Kedgley, Janice-Ann Priest, Chris Tufnell and many more. A wide range of workshops will be offered, including Going Bush for Remedies, Herbal Liqueurs: tipple or tonic?, Cooking with Herbs, The Dyeing Art, The Cutting Edge of Propagation, Honey, Herbs and Bees, Herbal Pet Care: fine-tuning your pet, and tours on the Monday to the Wairarapa and Kapiti.
Friday 16 to Sunday 18 November, mainly at the Brentwood Conference Centre, 16 Kemp Street, Kilbirnie (with side trips from there to the Wellington Botanic Gardens or Otari-Wilton’s Bush)
Monday 19 November, bus trips to the Wairarapa and Kapiti 
Contact: Bookings are essential. Registration forms available from the Herb Federation’s website (www.herbs.org.nz) or from the Herb Federation of New Zealand, PO Box 42, Katikati 3166.

Karori Historical Society 
Public Talk
An illustrated talk by Walter Cook, co-author of The Botanic Garden, about the development of the Wellington city landscape from the time of European settlement to the present.
Tuesday, 4 September, 7.45pm
St Niniann’s Hall, corner of Karori Road and Newcombe Crescent, Karori
Contact: Judith Burch, 04 476 4400, www.karorihistory.org.nz

Karori Sanctuary
Walks on the Wild Side
The Karori Sanctuary will be bringing alive some of New Zealand’s native plants and exotic arrivals in a series of three guided walks.
* Gimme Shelter – Our expert guides talk about the use of native herbs and trees for building and clothing. 
Sunday 14 October
* What NOT to Plant – Find out about our ‘War on Weeds’ and what you can do to stop the alien invasion of our native bush. Sunday 18 November
* Bush-Tucker Trail – our expert guides talk about the traditional and contemporary use of native plans as food and medicine. Sunday 16 December
Karori Sanctuary, Waiapu Road (first left after the Karori Tunnel). Bus #3 from Courtenay Place/Lambton Quay stops just past the entrance to Waiapu Road. Alight immediately after the tunnel.
For exact times and details, call the Sanctuary Visitor Centre on 04 920 9213, (www.sanctuary.org.nz)

Museum of Wellington City and Sea
Wellington's Bioblitz 
Ever wondered what creatures and plants lurk in your backyard? In a 24-hour Bioblitz at Otari-Wilton’s Bush, a team of scientists and volunteers located, identified and recorded as many species as possible. They found plants, birds, insects, fish, creepy and slimy things, and several surprises including a new cave weta and a recently discovered fungus. In this colourful and informative exhibition, the Otari-Wilton's Bush Trust present their Bioblitz findings. 
Monday 13 August to Friday30 November, daily 10am-5pm. Free admission
Museum of Wellington City and Sea, Queens Wharf, Wellington
Contact: 04 472 8904, museumofwellington@wmt.org.nz 
( www.museumofwellington.co.nz and www.otari100.org.nz)

New Zealand Film Archive in association with the Friends of the Film Archive
Live Cinema! Growing Dahlias: gardens, garden fetes and stately homes on film
From the earliest days of film through to the burgeoning growth of amateur filmmaking in the 1930s, gardens have been popular with filmmakers. Growing Dahlias presents an hour-long selection of colour-filled films from the Archive’s collections exploring this subject. Highlights include a 1910 instructional on the art of dahlia growing; the Oamaru Floral and Garden Fete from 1912; John Cooper’s extraordinary 1930s topiary garden at Newmans, near Eketahuna; a tour of Wairarapa’s stately homes and gardens in 1951, filmed by Nancy Cameron, and a charming drama ‘The Gardener’s Dream’, wherein a man lies in the long grass fantasizing over his fabulous show garden. With live piano accompaniment. 
Thursday 25 October, 7pm. Admission by koha.
NZ Community Trust Mediatheatre, NZ Film Archive, corner of Taranaki and Ghuznee Streets, Wellington
Contact: NZ Film Archive, 04 384 7647, info@nzfa.org.nz or www.filmarchive.org.nz

Onslow Historical Society Inc
Horticultural Society Display
A display of heritage items from the Onslow and Ngaio Horticultural Societies Archives, including cups, prize certificates and other memorabilia.
Sundays, 1pm-4pm
86 Khandallah Road, Khandallah, Wellington
Contact: Murray Pillar, 04 473 3622

Otari-Wilton’s Bush Trust
Garden Tours
The Otari-Wilton’s Bush Trust, celebrating 100 years of reserve status, is offering three special tours during the Heritage Gardens Spring Festival..
* Highlights of Otari-Wilton’s Bush Collections – led by John Dawson. 
Saturday 15 September, 2pm-3.30pm
* Guided Visit to the Fern Collection – led by Leon Perrie from Te Papa. 
Sunday 23 September, 2pm-3.30pm
* Historical Features of Otari-Wilton’s Bush – hear about Maori and Pakeha involvement in Otari-Wilton’s Bush and its vicinity, and view the old dray roads, farm sites, etc. 
Sunday 25 November, 2pm-3.30pm
Otari-Wilton Bush Reserve, 160 Wilton Road, Wellington. All tours begin at the Information Centre. For more information, ring the Treehouse, 04 499 1400
Contact: Susan Waugh, 04 976 4227 or waugh.filippi@paradise.net.nz

Wellington Branch, NZ Historic Places Trust
Gear Homestead Tour
A guided tour of the Gear Homestead, including the historic gardens, the Woolshed Potters’ room, plus a talk about the house and the Gear family. 
Saturday 16 September, 1pm-4pm. The tour includes afternoon tea. Cost: $12.00
Gear Homestead, Whitford. Brown Avenue, Porirua. Assemble at Pataka Museum at 1pm. Transport provided.
Contact: David Kiddey, 04 972 1022

Wellington City Libraries (Central Branch)
Tiptoe Through the Tulips...
For two decades leading up to World War I, New Zealand followed the rest of the world in a mania for sending and collecting postcards. Much more than something to send friends and family while on holiday, postcards were a quick and cheap form of everyday communication at a time when telephones were a rarity and the telegraph was expensive. Unlike the old cities of Europe, Wellington did not have the grand cathedrals and palaces to show off on our postcards. What we did have were manicured colonial gardens that featured prominently in the way we presented ourselves to the world. Wellington City Libraries will be displaying a selection of vintage postcards featuring the parks and gardens of the city that our early citizens proudly sent around New Zealand - and beyond. 
Second floor, Wellington City Libraries (Central Branch)
September, October and November, during Library hours
65 Victoria Street, Wellington
Contact - Gábor Tóth, 04 801 4081 or gabor.toth@wcc.govt.nz 

Wellington Museums Trust in conjunction with the New Zealand Founders Society, Wellington Branch
Colonial Cottage Garden Tours with Hannah Zwartz
Organic gardener and Dominion Post writer Hannah Zwartz is responsible for maintaining the beautiful heritage garden at the Colonial Cottage Museum, containing plants, fruits and flowers relating to the cottage’s mid-19th century origins. Hannah will be taking tours on two afternoons during spring, but visitors are welcome to enjoy the garden’s display at any time during museum opening hours. There is no charge for visiting the gardens, but normal museum charges apply for visiting the Colonial Cottage itself. Afternoon teas will be available on the tour afternoons, provided by the Wellington Founders
Saturday 29 September and Saturday 20 October, 1 - 4pm. Afternoon tea $5.  
Colonial Cottage Museum, 68 Nairn Street, Te Aro, Wellington
Contact: Emmanuel Makarios, 04 475 3578 or Neni Beres, 04 389 6421 colonialcottage@wmt.org.nz (www.colonialcottagemuseum.co.nz)