Prince William and Duchess of Cambridge in a Nursery
Duchess, a keen gardener who grows her own potatoes at home, was shown exotic plants that are grown in the nursery before being displayed in the gardens.
Jeremy Hawker, the team leader gardener who showed Kate around said: ‘She was very interested in the plants in the nursery. She said she grows her own vegetables at home.’
After the devastating 2011 earthquake that destroyed so much of the city the botanic gardens because a haven for the local people.
Lynda Burns , Visitor centre team leader, explained: ‘The Botanic Gardens was a very important to the people of Christchurch in the aftermath of the earthquake.
‘So much was destroyed but this was the one place people could come and find peace and remember their childhood memories. So much had been lost but the botanic gardens was still here.’
Meanwhile, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were encouraged to expand their family by a tribal elder in New Zealand as they touched down in Christchurch earlier in the day on Monday.
During their official welcome, the couple giggled as Henare Rakiihia Tau, a tribal elder or Upoko Runanga, of the Ngai Tuahutriri Maori tribe, told them in a speech: ‘Do what princes and princess do, increase your family.’
His comment came a day after William supposedly indicated he and the Duchess planned to expand their family ‘soon ‘.
This was quickly quashed when Kate enjoyed a wine tasting event before going on a white knuckle water ride that pregnant women are banned from.
For her somber visit to Christchurch, the Duchess recycled an outfit she wore shortly after she got engaged.
Kate, 32, donned the scarlet Luisa Spagnoli skirt suit to New Zealand’s second biggest city, which was ravaged by an earthquake in 2011.
The red skirt suit was complemented by a black belt – making up the official colours of Canterbury, the region in which Christchurch is situated.
The Duchess bought the outfit for £495 (AU$885/US$828) and wore it when she visited her old university, St Andrew’s on one of her first public engagements.
Kate’s visit to St Andrew’s took place on February 25 2011, just three days after the earthquake hit Christchurch.
The earthquake was one of the nation’s biggest peacetime disasters, killing 185 people.
Over half the deaths occurred in the six-storey Canterbury Television building, which collapsed and caught fire in the quake.
Making it official: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge also officially opened the visitors centre of the Botanic Gardens in Christchurch on Monday
The couple, who flew in from Queenstown, began their visit with a formal welcome from the Ngai Tahu Maoris at the City Council Building.
Later they are due to attend an event at Latimer Square, visiting a memorial park and joining young children for a World Cup Cricket event.
They will also meet families of those who died in the 2011 tragedy.
Earlier in the day, Kate and William were seen boarding their RNZAF private plane at Queenstown airport.
Blooming beautiful: Kate, a keen gardener who grows her own potatoes at home, was shown exotic plants that are grown in the nursery before being displayed in the gardens
Despite the early morning call time, Kate managed to hide any signs of tired eyes with the aid of a flawless application of makeup.
The 32-year-old also wore her glossy long brunette locks in a half up and half down style to reveal a pair of pearl drop earrings.
Meanwhile, William donned a dapper black suit, a pristine white shirt and patterned tie as he accompanied his wife up the stairs of the aircraft.
Sombre: The Royal couple later visited the CTV memorial site where they spoke to relatives of the victims of the Christchurch earthquake
The next stop on their busy tour comes after the Duchess appeared to scotch pregnancy rumours on Sunday by enjoying several glasses of New Zealand wine with the Duke, before heading off for a white-knuckle thrill ride on a jet boat in leafy Queenstown.
But she took a tumble in the local vineyard when she stumbled and nearly fell over her 4inch wedges.
Kate told wine-makers at a local vineyard she ‘was really enjoying being able to drink again after having baby George.’