Balcony Dwellers


Embark on a journey of sustainable cultivation from the comfort of your balcony, veranda, or courtyard!

Whether you’re a novice or a seasoned gardener, get ready to transform your compact living area into a thriving haven of sustainable growth. With a focus on environmentally conscious practices, discover the joy of cultivating your own greens, herbs and fruit, making the most of every centimetre of your outdoor sanctuary.

Monthly, third Saturday of the Month at Ōtakaro Orchard 10am – 12pm

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Cultivate, Exchange & Thrive

Explore the abundance of compact edible gardens

Each month Canterbury Horticultural Society present an edible-themed demonstration followed by a chance to exchange and collaborate with other balcony dwellers. At each session attendees can purchase a set of top-up plants/seeds – a seasonal combination of seedlings and/or seeds from the Southern Seed Exchange, or swap excess plants and seeds with others. Bring back your old pots or soil to be recycled by the urban farm.

Monthly on third Saturday of the Month at Ōtakaro Orchard 10am – 12pm


Combat Winter blues with micro greens. Opt for sprouts for quick health boosts. Learn to grow perpetual spinach, celery, radish, spring onions, kale and other low-growing chards, along with herbs, as we transition into the Winter herb season.


As Spring approaches we will cultivate robust basil varieties, fresh spinach, and possibly carrots (if space permits). It will be time to introduce the occasional tomato and pepper for a diverse and vibrant garden.


Prepare for pre-spring planting by considering a variety of crops, including tomatoes, beans, peppers, radishes, beetroots, side-shooting broccoli, eggplants, radicchio, and more. Get ready for a diverse and thriving garden!


Otakaro Orchard logoŌtakaro Orchard Urban Farm
Undercover Outdoors 10am -12pm every third Saturday

The Ōtakaro Orchard Urban Farm is located at 227 Cambridge Tce in the city centre. If you are coming by car there is limited street parking available. The closest carpark is Wilson carpark at 137 Gloucester Street. CCC Worcester St Parking Garage at 32 Cathedral Square is the closest undercover parking building.

Tel: 366 6937
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Costs & Payment

Balcony Dwellers$20 Members & Friends of the Christchurch Botanic Gardens
$25 Non-Members

 $100 Starter Kit
A Growing Kit Perfect to get your balcony garden started.
Includes: Stand-up Bin (recycled plastic) 40 lt Potting Mix Combination of seasonal seedlings and/or seeds.

Some kits will be available on the day but it would be safer to pre-purchase one. Sack barrows will be available to transport to your car (collection of the product is from Ōtakaro Orchard Urban Farm is located at 227 Cambridge Tce.

$20 Top up Plants
Once you’ve got your kit and soil sorted add some top-up plants to your order. A great way to refresh your edibles with a combination of seasonal seedlings and seeds.

Become a Member of the CHS and receive up to 30% off all our courses and workshops

Please note, our courses are aimed at adults. If you are under 18 please contact us before booking so we can check with our tutors. Nga mihi, CHS team

Additional information


10am – 12pm


Saturday 16 March, Saturday 20 April, Saturday 18 May, Saturday 15 June, Saturday 20 July, Saturday 17 August, Saturday 21 September, Saturday 19 October


Ōtakaro Orchard Urban Farm


Members: $20, Non-Members: $25, Demonstration and Growing Kit $120, Demonstration and Growing Kit (Non-Member) $125

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