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 17 April
Our speaker will be Clinton McAlister, Branch Manger, Works Delivery, ActewAGL
|Monday 15 May|
John Grubb, Training Manager of the ACT Beekeepers Association
will talk about Bees
|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
|Max Bourke will talk about Early days Cavan, Westbourne etc|
Monday 18 September
|Cedric Bryant will talk about Gardens of Kent (UK), Scotland and Genoa|
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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
Southern Highlands autumn gardens, 22 and 23 April - this trip has been cancelled.
September/October: Blue Mountains. Further details will be provided when they become available.
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.