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Your high five events for the weekend of 22 and 23 September

It’s the start of Wellington’s Spring Festival (22 to 30 September), the end of Conservation Week, and Home & Garden weekend. Get out and about!

On Saturday, the annual Otari-Wilton’s Bush Open Day and Plant Sale takes place at Otari-Wilton’s Bush, 160 Wilton Road, from 10:00 to 2:00pm. This is a great day for first-timers and regulars to make a free visit New Zealand’s only native botanic garden. There will be plants for sale, guided walks, kids’ activities, and food and handmade gifts for sale. Free entry.

The 2018 Wellington Home & Garden Show continues at Westpac Stadium from 10:00am to 5:00pm on Saturday and 10:00am to 4:00pm on Sunday, with hundreds of exhibition stands showcasing great products, services, ideas and expert talks. And you can meet members of The Wellington App – we’re on the right just as you come in the main entrance at Aisle 14, opposite the “Enter Here to Win” registration stands. Come and say hi. Tickets are $8:00; for more information delve into the Home & Garden App-in-App on our main screen.

Josephine Stewart-Tewhiu was named Runner Up in the Adam NZ Play Award in 2016 for her play Sean Penn is in His Boat. Enjoy a one-off reading of her play, directed by Perry Piercy, a tale of middle-aged siblings dealing with the death of their mother in the same week as the devastating Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans. It’s part of WTF! (Women’s Theatre Festival) at Circa, and NZ Theatre Month. Show time is 2:00pm Saturday, and tickets are $15:00 to $19:00.

Norwegian jazz quintet Friends and Neighbours represent the leading young voices in the thriving Norwegian modern jazz scene, promising high energy excitement, swooping melodies and a touch of Nordic darkness. They play their only Wellington show on Saturday from 8:00pm at Pyramid Club, 272 Taranaki Street. Niklas Barnö (trumpet), André Roligheten (saxes/clarinet), Oscar Grönberg (piano), Jon Rune Strøm (bass) and Tollef Østvang (drums) draw upon the melodic innovations of Ornette Coleman alongside a unique Scandinavian sensibility to create vital and compelling music never heard live in Aotearoa. Presales are $15:00 from, and door sales are $20:00.

Celebrate spring and Dutch culture from 11:00am to 3:00pm on Tulip Sunday at the Botanic Garden, 101 Glenmore Street. Enjoy the much-loved annual display of tulips – and other spring flowers – and fun, family-friendly entertainment. There will also be delicious food for sale. Her Excellency Netherlands Ambassador Ms Mira Woldberg will speak at 12:00 midday.

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