Botanical Group - Te Rōpū Huaota

Wanganui Museum Botanical Group
The Wanganui Museum Botanical Group was set up in 1968 to “record and study native plants”. WMBG still concentrates on native plants, although most members have a keen interest in all plants in the wild and in cultivation. Recent meetings and field trips have concentrated on native plants, plants growing overseas, plants in gardens and parks and weeds. WMBG is friendly and welcomes all new members. You don’t need to be a plant expert. All you need is an interest in plants.

 What do we do?

  • hold monthly informal meetings with local and outside speakers on botanical themes
  • have monthly field trips, mostly to native forest, wetlands and coast
  • run workshops on identifying native plants and other plants
  • make inventories of plants for landowners, DoC, Wanganui District Council
  • send out an annual newsletter with the following year’s programme and reports of past trips
  • teach each other about identifying and growing plants, especially native plants
  • share plant material for growing
  • assist with trips, work and talks for the Whanganui Summer Programme, Friends of Gordon Park, Bushy Park, Forest and Bird, Birding Wanganui
The first Tuesday of every month (except January)
7.30 pm in the Davis Theatre, Whanganui Regional Museum
Field trips
Held usually Saturday or Sunday before the monthly meeting
Advertised in Midweek in “What’s On” on the Wednesday before the field trip, with contact phone number supplied
Need more information?
Contact our Secretary on 06 347 8547
Join the WMBG; information on subscriptions supplied by the Secretary
Request a free copy of the WMBG newsletter
Media and events
WMBG advertises events on the Whanganui Regional Museum website Keep an eye on What’s On/Events to see what is coming up.

Click here for the latest 2016 WMBG newsletter


Plant lists
Click here for the Whanganui Plant List No.228

Click here for the Whanganui Plant List 2



In Whanganui in January 1963 there was an elephant race from the Town Bridge, up Victoria Avenue, to the DIC Department Store, a distance of 274 metres. This photograph is of the winning elephant sitting outside the DIC. After the race two elephants entered the DIC and one of them signed autographs with a rubber stamp held in its trunk. They stayed in the store for a short period of time before returning to their home at the Bullen Circus.