12 March 2014
A new multi-purpose visitor centre has added an exciting dimension to Christchurch’s Botanic Gardens.
The contemporary glass centre is designed to educate the visitor about the beauty, variety and complexity of the plant world. The building houses first-class amenities including a research library, café, glasshouses, nursery, and a multi-function seminar/education room.
The Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre will enhance the Gardens' world-class reputation and provide the community with a place in which to engage with Botanic Gardens staff, learn more about Canterbury's unique flora and fauna and enjoy a coffee with family or friends in a stylish, serene setting.
The new Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre reaches out to visitors with engaging displays and exhibitions and provide Botanic Gardens staff with the facilities they need to do the job to the best of their ability. The nursery area, where plants are grown for the grounds and conservatories, has come into full view for the first time. The reference library and herbarium, which are important for research and education, will also be revealed.
The visitor centre is located at the existing works and nursery site in the Gardens and opens out onto a new lawn area and Avon River banks.