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 Foyer, 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 16 January 2023 Robert Little will speak on flesh-eating plants
Monday 20 February Paul Scholtens will speak on trees
Monday 20 March
Monday 17 April
Monday 15 May
Monday 19 June
Monday 17 July
Monday 21August AGM.
Monday 18 September
Monday 16 October
Monday 20 November
December No meeting

Location of Wesley Centre

Flower Shows

Four shows are held each year, the first of the calendar year being the Autumn Flower Show in March. The other three shows are held in spring.

The 2023 Autumn Flower Show will be held at the Fitzroy Pavilion at EPIC. Venues for the three spring shows have yet to be decided. They will be notified on the website as soon as they become available.

Opening hours for the four shows are Saturday 10am-4pm and Sunday 10am-3.15pm.

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 by gold coin donation.

Click here to see two interviews about dahlias, filmed at the 2022 Autumn Flower Show:

  1. Interview with Warren Vigor of Dahlia Heaven
  2. Interview with champion Canberra grower, John Woodfield

 

SHOW DATES FOR 2023

The Autumn Flower Show
Schedule
Show Rules 2023
4-5 March
The Spring Bulb and Camellia Show
Schedule
Show Rules 2023
16-17 September
The Iris, Rhododendron and Azalea Show
Schedule
Show Rules 2023
28-29 October
The Spring Exhibition and Rose Show
Schedule
Show Rules 2023
11-12 November

PROVISIONAL SHOW DATES FOR 2024

Autumn Flower Show 2-3 March 2024
Spring Bulb and Camellia Show 15-16 September 2024
Iris, Rhododendron and Azalea Show 27-28 October 2024
Spring Exhibition and Rose Show 10-11 November 2024

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

Location of Fitzroy Pavilion at EPIC

Location of Lancaster Hall, Wesley Centre

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 financial Society members.

Not a member? Go to Membership to find details on how to join or call 6291 5352.

Tours

The Society organises interstate bus trips for members. In the past, trips have been arranged for visits to the Blue Mountains, the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show, specialist nurseries, and public and private gardens of significant interest. There has also been a trip to New Zealand.

For insurance purposes, participants on bus trips must be members. Not a member? Go to Membership to find details on how to join or call 0419 517 877.

Bruce Demonstration Garden

The Horticultural Society has a garden at Bruce, adjacent to the Canberra Institute of Technology, where plants are being grown to demonstrate what grows well in Canberra and surrounds. Findings will be recorded for the purposes of future editions of The Canberra Gardener, and information used in other HSOC publications and on the HSOC website.

Working bees are held monthly on the last Saturday of every month except December, from 9.00am to noon, unless the date conflicts with another event. In addition, the garden is open each Wednesday morning (also between 9 and 12) for HSOC members to visit.

Working in the garden is not a requirement and you can come and go as you please. Morning tea is at 10.30. If you would like to join in, bring a mug and some food to share. Please feel free to walk around the garden, ask for gardening advice, join us for morning tea and a chat, or do some light gardening or propagation of plants.

Please note that participants in working bees must be HSOC members for insurance purposes. For further information on the garden, email secretary@hsoc.org.au.

The dates for Saturday working bees in the first half of 2023 are as follows:

28 January

25 February

25 March

29 April

27 May

24 June.

 

There are a number of documents reporting on progress with the Demonstration Garden and with the outcomes of trials:

Report of 16 January 2013

Report of July 2014 – vegetable trials

Report of Dahlia Trial 2018

Timeline for the HSOC Trial Garden at Bruce 

Timeline for the HSOC Trial Garden at Bruce January 2017-August 2018





Demonstration Garden Location