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 February|
Our speaker will be Tony Gill from the Canberra Bonsai Society.
Monday 19 March
|Well-known HSOC member Cedric Bryant will speak on English/Scottish/Dutch gardens.|
Monday 16 April
|Michael Cole from Plant Growers Australia will speak on The Exciting World of New Plant Releases from Plant Growers.|
|Monday 21 May|
Our speaker will be John Bradshaw from Bradshaw Geoscience Consultants. His topic is Rocks, climate change and trees: a review of an eclectic career, a then and now perspective.
|Monday 18 June|
Warwick and Pat Wright will address the question: Who's the smartest - plants or animals?
|Monday 16 July|
Charlotte Webb will talk to us about the Southern Highlands Botanic Gardens.
|Monday 20 August|
Associate Professor Cris Brack from ANU will speak on Seeing plants through a digital view - modern technology allows us to see things as never before.
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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 2018
Provisional Show Dates for 2019
Autumn Flower Show 2-3 March
Spring Bulb and Camellia Show 14-15 September
Iris, Rhododendron and Azalea Show 26-27 October
Spring Exhibition and Rose Show 9-10 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 2018
Chris and Glenn's garden, Turner
Winter 2017Autumn 2017
Col and Darien's garden, Macarthur
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 2018
Garden trip to Sydney, Tuesday to Thursday 9-11 October 2018
The trip's highlights are visits to Eryldene and Chanticleer.
Eryldene is regarded as the home of the camellia in Australia. Eryldene
is an early twentieth century house and garden in Gordon. It contains
many old camellias and is regarded as one of the great camellia gardens.
is a 3 acre English style cottage garden in Arcadia featuring spring
and autumn perennials, iris, roses, buxus hedging and deciduous trees.
One of Chanticleer's owners is an artist and her gallery is housed in a French provincial barn.
Lilian Fraser Garden is a woodland park.
The Ku-Ring-Gai Horticultural Society have offered to open some of their members' gardens.
There will be a garden visit on the way home (TBC) and wherever possible a plant nursery.
Cost of the 3 day trip is $440.00 pp twin share and $110.00 single supplement. The cost covers the coach,
accommodation, 2 dinners, 2 lunches, snacks, tea, coffee
and garden entries. Travellers need to bring their lunch on the first day for a
picnic at the Lillian Fraser Garden
payment or a deposit of $100.00 can be made by direct deposit to:
Horticultural Society of Canberra
00904388 ** reference "Trip and
payment by 1 September 2018
firstname.lastname@example.org or Heather on 0413 378 509
Please note that, for insurance purposes, participants have to be members of HSOC.
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.