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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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 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
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 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
Arrive Motel – Hills Lodge Hotel and Spa, 1 Salisbury
Road Castle Hill. 3 dourse dinner
Day 2 Saturday 6 April 2019
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"**
payment by EFT due 18 February.
Contact email@example.com or phone Heather on 0413 378 509 after 5pm.
For insurance purposes, participants must 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.