Hurunui Garden Festival

Festival Opening Night Event

You’re invited to join us

For an inspiring cocktail party with guest speakers Wolfgang Bopp, the Director of the Christchurch Botanic Gardens and Dr Janet Cubey, Editor-in-Chief of the Royal Horticultural Society Plant Finder.

The official launch of the Hurunui Garden Festival will take place at the cocktail party being held from 5pm with entertainment from 6pm onwards on Friday 1 November 2019 at Flaxmere Garden, 128 Westenras Road, Hawarden.

This not-to-be-missed event includes drinks and canapés, speeches and admission to the garden for $30 per person. It’s a great opportunity to visit Flaxmere Garden and meet garden owners.

This is a limited attendance event, so book your tickets today here.


Guest Speakers

Wolfgang Bopp & Dr Janet Cubey

Wolfgang Bopp

Wolfgang Bopp was born in Germany where he did an apprenticeship in Horticulture, followed by local conservation work maintaining and creating native habitats. He went to the UK to improve his English for 4 months and was still there 27 years later. He completed the Botanic Garden Diploma course at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and then spent time with the World Conservation Monitoring Centre Cambridge helping with the World List of Threatened Trees book. He was Assistant Curator at Ness Botanic Gardens, the first Curator at the National Botanic Garden of Wales and then spent 14 years as Curator and Director at the Sir Harold Hillier Gardens. Since September 2018 Wolfgang has been Director of the Botanic Gardens and Garden Parks in Christchurch.

Dr Janet Cubey

Dr Janet Cubey was born in Newcastle-upon-Tyne and developed her love of plants while studying butterflies as a child. She completed the Diploma Course at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh. This garden is famous for its extensive rhododendron collection and inspired Janet to do a PhD at Ness Botanic Gardens. She then became a Botanist with the Royal Horticultural Society based at Wisley. During her 20 years with the RHS she’s run the plant identification service, and worked internationally with cultivar registration and the cultivated plant code. Janet is Editor-in-Chief of the RHS Plant Finder, a role she continues to do from New Zealand.


Event Details

Event: Opening Night Cocktail Party
Venue: Flaxmere Garden, 128 Westenras Road, Hawarden
Date: Friday 1 November 2019
Time: From 5pm
Cost: $30 per person
Bookings: Online here (ticket sales close Tuesday 29thOctober)

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Festival Opening Night Event

The Festival opens with a cocktail party on Friday 1 November at Flaxmere Garden. Wolfgang Bopp and Dr Janet Cubey are the guest speakers. Tickets are $30 per person.


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