Information evenings are held monthly,
public welcome. The program includes a guest speaker, followed by free
raffle, supper and a chat at no charge. They are held every 3rd Monday
of the month (except December), at 7.30pm in the Wesley Hall, Wesley
Uniting Church Centre, National Circuit, Forrest.
At the monthly Information Evenings
beginners and experts alike can receive advice about plants and
gardening, exhibiting in the Society’s shows, or simply discuss
horticultural matters with others interested in the same.
|Monday 19 June|
Scott Saddler, Manager of the National Arboretum Canberra will talk about Future master and operational plans of the Arboretum
|Monday 17 July|
Ngaire Gamack will talk about Barbados - the Gardens of Paradise, plus the World Flower Show 2017
Monday 21 August
|AGM. Max Bourke, Early days Cavan, Westbourne etc|
Monday 18 September
|Jane Wright, Orchids CAN grow in Canberra|
Monday 16 October
Wayne Haslam, Are truffles a horticultural pursuit?
Monday 20 November
|Dr Clem Davis, weather forecast. Specific topic to be advised.|
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Four shows are held each year. Shows
held at the Lancaster Hall, Wesley Centre, National Circuit, Forrest.
They run for the weekend and are open on Saturday noon–5pm and
Prior to the show season the Society
hold workshops and lectures for members wishing to become judges,
stewards and exhibitors at shows, or who wish to further their
knowledge of judging, stewarding and exhibiting.
Shows provide gardeners with an
opportunity to show off their flowers, plants and produce in a
competitive environment. There are different levels of competition from
novice to expert. Also, they provide a chance to see what the experts
are growing, and they are a great social occasion when you can compare
notes with other gardeners or seek the advice of the experts.
Entry to the shows is free.
SHOW DATES FOR 2017
Provisional Show Dates for 2018
and Camellia Show
Iris, Rhododendron and
Azalea Show 27-28 October
Spring Exhibition and Rose
Show 10-11 November
and entries to:
The Honorary Show Secretary, Phone (02) 6251 2859
Trophies and AwardsThe Society awards a number of
trophies, to winners of particular categories in its four regular flower shows.
Some of the trophies go back a long way, having been first presented in the
1930s or 40s. To find out more about the trophies, including who they’re named
for and the achievement for which they’re awarded, click on Trophies and
The Society conducts an Open Garden
Program where members’ gardens are open for other members to visit.
Visiting open gardens give an opportunity to share ideas. It lets
visitors see what the owner grows, how to grow it, and what has been
done to tackle the drought and water restrictions.
Please note that Open Garden visits are only available to paid Society
Not a member...??? Membership details can be found at Becoming a member. Membership enquiries: 6291 5352.
on the links below to see photographs of some of the gardens that
have participated in the Society's Open Garden Program.Autumn 2017
Anderson garden, Hall
Louise's garden, Griffith
Joy's garden, "Stonehaven Gardens", Curtin
Margaret's garden, Chifley
Visit to Fetherston Gardens
Rick Bryson's garden in spring
Cedric and Gerdina's Garden, Watson
A member's garden, Dickson
Tijara Iris Garden, Burra
The May Garden, Jerrabomberra
Anne's garden, Yarralumla
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Society organises interstate bus trips for members. In the past, trips
have been arranged for visits to New Zealand, Tasmania, the Blue Mountains, the Melbourne
International Flower Show, specialist nurseries and public and private
gardens of significant interest.
*** Please note that for insurance purposes, to go on trips one needs
to be a member but that's easy. Subscriptions are $25 single and
$35 double. Go to Becoming a member. Membership enquiries: 6291 5352
Garden Tours in 2017
Garden trip to Blue Mountains 10 to 12 October
The trip includes a visit to the Campbell Rhododendron
Garden which has rhododendrons and azaleas planted along meandering paths in a
bush setting with a beautiful lake. Lynn
from Lynn's Rare Plants will give us a tour of her garden, Foggy Dew, and she
will have a selection of plants for sale. Wildwood at Bilpin is a large garden
with a lake, waterfall, 600 varieties of camellias and a nursery. The famous
wisteria garden at Nooroo has a collection of standard wisteria. Yengo is an
alpine garden with an impressive variety of trees, and sculptures have been
incorporated through out the garden. There will be a couple of smaller gardens
including a visit to Chinoiserie on the way home to see a spectacular range of
peonies and an inspiring herbaceous border.
Cost of the 3-day trip is $440.00 pp twin share and
$110.00 single supplement.
The cost covers the coach, accommodation, dinners, 2
lunches, snacks, tea, coffee and garden entries. Travellers need to bring their
lunch on the first day for a picnic at the Rhododendron garden.
Full payment or a deposit of $100.00 can be made by
direct deposit to:
The Horticultural Society of Canberra
BSB 062 905
** reference "Trip and your name" **
Final payment by 1 September 2017.
0413378509 after 5pm
Making direct deposits to the HSOCIf you wish to make a direct deposit to the HSOC, please use the following information:
Horticultural Society of Canberra Inc.
Account No 00904388
Please make sure that you indicate what the payment is for (for example, membership, a badge, a dinner, a particular tour) and put your full name in the 'payer' section of the bank transfer page.