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 Canberra Gardener.


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.

Office Bearers


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.

Click on the links to view images of recent Bulletin covers, May 2014-July 2015, Nov 2012-April 2014 and on the links below to view a selection of articles from earlier issues:

Narcissus hybridisation (Bulletin issue 341, Aug-Oct 2012)

Camellia reticulata and its hybrids (Bulletin issue 342, Nov 2012-Jan 2013)

Louisianas: another side of the iris family (Bulletin issue 343, Feb-Apr 2013)

Edgar Riek's tree peonies (Bulletin issue 343, Feb-Apr 2013)

Growing fruit and vegetables in Canberra (Bulletin issue 345, Aug-Oct 2013)

Purple-leafed Smokebush (Continus 'Grace') (Bulletin issue 346, Nov 2013-Jan 2014)

In praise of follies! (Bulletin issue 350, Nov 2014- Jan 2015)

A Callistemon for your garden? (Bulletin issue 350, Nov 2014-Jan 2015)

African Violet and Gesneriad Group

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.

For more information try our LINKS page.

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