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 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.

Monday 17 September

Member Glenn Sheldrick will speak on gardens visited on his recent trip to Canada.
Monday 15 October

Richard Fulton, Senior Project Officer, PNG, will speak on Gardens of World War One cemeteries in Europe.

Monday 18 November

A representative from Neutrog will be speaking about the firm's products.

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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 2018
Show Rules for 2018
    3-4 March 2018
The Spring Bulb and Camellia Show
Schedule for the Spring Bulb and Camellia Show 2018
Show Rules for 2018
  15-16 September 2018
The Iris, Rhododendron and Azalea Show
Schedule for the Iris, Rhododendron and Azalea Show 2018
Show Rules for 2018
   27-28 October 2018
The Spring Exhibition and Rose Show
Schedule for the Spring Exhibition and Rose Show 2018
Show Rules for 2018
 10-11 November 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      

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.

Autumn 2018
Chris and Glenn's garden, Turner

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 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.

Chanticleer 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

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 2018

Contact or Heather on 0413 378 509 after 5pm.

Please note that, for insurance purposes, participants have to be members of HSOC.




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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