Information Evenings

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 forecaster. Climate and climate change in the Canberra region.

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Flower Shows

Four shows are held each year. Shows are held at the Lancaster Hall, Wesley Centre, National Circuit, Forrest. They run for the weekend and are open on Saturday noon–5pm and Sunday 11.30am–3:45pm.

Prior to the show season the Society may 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.



The Autumn Flower Show
Schedule for the Autumn Flower Show 2017
Show Rules for 2017
    4-5 March 2017
The Spring Bulb and Camellia Show
Schedule for the Spring Bulb and Camellia Show 2017
Show Rules for 2017
  16-17 September 2017
The Iris, Rhododendron and Azalea Show
Schedule for the Iris, Rhododendron and Azalea Show 2017
Show Rules for 2017
   28-29 October 2017
The Spring Exhibition and Rose Show
Schedule for the Spring Exhibition and Rose Show 2017
Show Rules for 2017
 11-12 November 2017

Provisional Show Dates for 2018

                                                        Autumn Flower Show                                3-4 March

                                                        Spring Bulb and Camellia Show            15-16 September

                                                        Iris, Rhododendron and Azalea Show   27-28 October

                                                        Spring Exhibition and Rose Show        10-11 November

Enquiries and entries to:
The Honorary Show Secretary, Phone (02) 6251 2859

Trophies and Awards

The 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 Awards.

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Open Gardens

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 members.

Not a member...??? Membership details can be found at Becoming a member. Membership enquiries:  6291 5352.

Click on the links below to see photographs of some of the gardens that have participated in the Society's Open Garden Program.

Winter 2017
Col and Darien's garden, Macarthur

Autumn 2017
Anderson garden, Hall
Louise's garden, Griffith

Autumn 2016

Joy's garden, "Stonehaven Gardens", Curtin
Margaret's garden, Chifley

January 2016
Visit to Fetherston Gardens

Spring 2015
Bev's garden

Spring 2014

Rick Bryson's garden in spring
Daley garden

Spring 2013

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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The 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 2017

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
Account 00904388
** reference "Trip and your name" **

Final payment by 1 September 2017.


0413378509 after 5pm




Making direct deposits to the HSOC

If you wish to make a direct deposit to the HSOC, please use the following information:

Horticultural Society of Canberra Inc.
BSB 062905
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.

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