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Wellington Botanical Society, established in 1939, has membership of approximately 280 amateur and professional botanists.   Our activities include research, field work, publication, advocacy, and the provision of botanical expertise.   We support botanical research and endeavour through grants and advice to students.

We advocate the conservation and protection of NZ native plants.

We aim to encourage the study of botany, particularly the NZ flora, foster an interest in NZ native plants, especially in the field, encourage the cultivation of native plants and advocate for the protection, under protected area statutes, of lands and waters in their natural state.

Visitors are welcome to Meetings and Field Trips.


BotSoc meetings are usually held at 7.30pm on the third Monday of each month (except January and December) at Victoria University, Wellington – Lecture Theatre M101, Murphy Building ground floor, west side of Kelburn Parade.   Click here for full programme.

NOTE: Next Meeting, 19 April 2021 : Name changes among New Zealand ferns: the good, the bad, and the ugly?.   Click here for details.

Field Trips

Day trips to locations in the Wellington region are usually held on the first Saturday of each month.   Extended excursions are usually held at New Year, Easter and the first weekends of February and December.   Click here for full programme.

NOTE: Next Regular Field Trip, Saturday 17 April 2021 : Ralph Green’s native forest, Kapiti Coast.   PLEASE NOTE: This field trip originally schedule for 7th April has been postponed until Saturday 17 April due to weather forecast.   Click here for details.


Sedge Workshop by Jon Terry.
Following the successful Rush (Juncus) Workshop of 2020, there will be a Sedge Workshop held in two parts: Sunday 11 April (Part "A") and Sunday 18 April (Part "B"), from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Cockayne Centre, Otari-Wilton’s Bush, 160 Wilton Rd, Wilton, Wellington.
Since sedges, grasses and rushes are often confused, rushes and grasses will also be referenced.
All sedges belong to the family Cyperaceae.   The largest sedge genus is Carex - other notable genera are Isolepis, Cyperus / umbrella sedges, Machaerina and Gahnia.   Please contact Jon Terry if you would like to attend: phone 021 1681176, or email (at)


The Wellington Botanical Society from time to time offers various Awards and Competitions.   Click here for further details of Awards.


Wellington Botanical Society at:
PO Box 10-412
Wellington 6143
New Zealand

Or contact Julia White
phone 021 1128841
email rockwren19 (at)


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