The Society was formed in 1929. Initially
it aimed to foster the spirit of gardening in Australia’s very new
national capital so that Canberra might become a ‘garden city’. The
Society has been involved in many activities over the years including:
seed distribution to members, planning the National Rose Garden, garden
and flower competitions, public talks, floral displays, as well as the
present day Shows, demonstration gardens, and production of The
The society is an incorporated society
under ACT law. Click on the link to view our Constitution.
Management of the Society
The Society is governed by a council. The
council meets monthly, and is elected at the Annual General Meeting
held in August each year.
The Bulletin is the Society’s quarterly journal for members. It contains reports and news of Society
activities, seasonal gardening notes, plant reviews and feature articles by experts in the horticultural field. The Bulletin is
issued in January, April, July and October, and is posted to members.
of the Bulletin, from Issue 338 (November 2011 to January 2012) to
Issue 360 (May-July 2017), are now available online from the National
Library of Australia. Later copies will be available online six months
after their publication. Search for the Bulletin by going to the
National Library's Trove collection or use the following links:
An article on growing African Violets has
been added under African Violets in the Tell Me About section.
For more information about the African Violets special interest group
meetings phone 6293 9032.
Other Gardening and Flower Groups
The Society works
closely with a number of specialist groups in the ACT, including the
Daffodil Association of NSW/ACT Inc, the Dahlia Society of NSW/ACT Inc,
The Floral Art Guild of the ACT Inc and the Orchid Society of Canberra
Inc. Members of these groups play a
vital role through participation in the Society’s Flower Shows, while
Society members and members of the Daffodil Association of NSW/ACT are
creating new trial gardens adjacent to the CIT, Bruce.