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, unless advised otherwise in the timetable below.

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 21 January 
Gathering at the Bruce Trial Garden, starting at 6pm

Monday 18 February

Marg Wade will speak on Trees and Canberra

Monday 18 March

Stephen Utick will speak on Gardening in Timor Leste
Monday 15 April

Steve Thomas will speak on Eucalypts for streets and gardens

Monday 20 May
Heino Lepp will speak on Mushrooms and other fungi in Canberra gardens

Monday 17 June

Trevor Rogers will speak on Growing cacti in Canberra

Monday 15 July

John Neilson will speak on Growing carnivorous plants in Canberra

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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
Show Rules 2019

   2-3 March 2019
The Spring Bulb and Camellia Show
Show Rules 2019

  14-15 September 2019
The Iris, Rhododendron and Azalea Show
Show Rules 2019

   26-27 October 2019
The Spring Exhibition and Rose Show
Show Rules 2019

 9-10 November 2019

Provisional Show Dates for 2020 

Autumn Flower Show  7-8 March       

Spring Bulb and Camellia Show   25, 26 and 27 September      

Iris, Rhododendron and Azalea Show  24-25 October     

            Spring Exhibition and Rose Show  7-8 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 Tour in April 2019

Trip to Plant Collectors Fair, Clarendon, Friday 5 - Saturday 6 April

Day 1 Friday 5 April 2019

Depart 7:30 Bus Stop Heard Street Mawson and 7:50 Lyneham Netball Centre. Please bring a picnic lunch and we will be stopping for morning tea and a nursery and garden/s visit.

Arrive Motel – Hills Lodge Hotel and Spa, 1 Salisbury Road Castle Hill.  3 dourse dinner

Day 2 Saturday 6 April 2019

After a cooked breakfast we will travel to Clarendon Plant Collectors Fair. There are 100+ stalls, and these include 50 specialsit nurseries selling distinctive and hard-to-come-by plants, books and garden accessories, and also food stalls and coffee.  Lunch at the fair will be your own choice and at your own cost.  Return home.

Cost approx $245.00 per person double/twin. Single supplement $70.00.   This includes travel, accommodation, dinner, breakfast, a morning tea, entry to the Clarendon Plant Fair and private garden entry.

Deposits can be made by EFT (as below). Final payments will be due at the February Information Evening if being made in cash, or can also be made by EFT.

Bookings: $50.00 deposit to be paid to:

The Horticultural Society of Canberra 
BSB 062 905 
Account 00904388     ** reference "Trip and your name"**

Final payment by EFT due 18 February.

Contact or phone Heather on 0413 378 509 after 5pm.

For insurance purposes, participants must 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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