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Dear Canterbury Horticultural Society Member,

September, the start of the very busy time in the Spring garden. As I write this it is raining, I hope that we get a good amount as we really need some to give the soil a moisture boost to start the season off.

I have noticed that some of the Spring flowering plants and bulbs are a little late, which may be due to the dry Winter and the cold ground.

We can now think about starting off some of our early seedlings indoors and of course getting the ground ready for planting and seed sowing outside later in the month. 

As the days get warmer then some of the pests will start to appear in the garden, especially slugs and snails which can cause a lot of damage to young plants and plants making new growth, so be aware.

The grass is starting to grow so now is also the time to do some repair work on those hard wearing parts of the lawn. 

I like this time of the year as each day reveals something new to look at. So go out and enjoy the blossom, Spring bulbs and the new life opening up, it really is one of the great rewards of being in the garden.

And don't forget my Chrysanthemum Cuttings & Propagation workshop. This Saturday, 3 September 1.30pm Coulters Nursery, 183 Weston Rd, Saint Albans. Free to CHS Members.

See the rest of Michael's tips online, or download our printable newsletter here.

All About Gardening - September

Tue 6 September 7pm & Wed 7 September 9.45am

Arrival Cuppa - self serve tea and coffee available for members from 30 minutes prior to the meeting.

From Your Gardens:  This month’s featured produce: Leeks, rhododendrons and daffodils. Success and problem plants equally welcome!

Planting and Growing Fruit Trees
Richard Smith discusses what’s new and what will flourish in our Canterbury conditions, focussing on plants that are suited for small gardens and containers.

Fruit growing in a Pocket Garden - Peter King

All About Gardening - October

Tue 4 October 7pm & Wed 5 October 9.45am

Arrival Cuppa - self serve tea and coffee available for members from 30 minutes prior to the meeting.

From Your Gardens:  Rhubarb, clematis, trilliums, tree peonies. Success and problem plants are equally welcome!

Growing Vegetables from Seed: The Seed Warehouse. Based at a family farm on the fertile rolling Canterbury plains, The Seed Warehouse supplies superior, fresh seeds direct from the growers to home gardeners, community and market gardens. Their range, which includes heirloom and organic seeds, grows as fast as their garden does! They will be handing out a small gift pack as well as advice on how to get the best out of their seeds.

$5 Members, $10 non-members
CHS Centre, South Hagley Park

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Orchards in Schools

Programme Expands

The CHS began this project in 2012. It was the brainchild of Carole Anderton and initially involved elegant landscaped designs through CPIT’s School of Architecture students plus the materials used in their Ellerslie Flower Show exhibits. 

In 2016 the project is being managed by Mary Tingey who has had a long association with the Delta Community Garden in Richmond as well as teaching practical gardening skills in a number of schools. Waitakiri, Rawhiti, Wharenui, Riccarton, Casebrook & Kaiapoi Borough schools have all had simple-to-manage orchards established in the past few weeks, bringing the total number of schools up to 13.

M J Barnett Memorial Lecture

Biological Weed Control

Lynley Hayes

Lynley Hayes, leader of Landcare Research’s Biodiversity and Conservation team gave an information-packed address as befits this prestigious lecture in memory of M J Barnett, one of New Zealand’s most distinguished horticulturalists and CHS Board member for 35 years.

Lynley first revealed some staggering statistical facts:

-- Since 1769 at least 25,000 exotic species have been introduced to NZ and about 90% deliberately
-- A species naturalises every 39 days and there are now more naturalised than native species
-- Approximately 500 species are considered “weeds”  Read more online

Chicken Manure for Sale

Christchurch South Rotary Club’s fundraising project

Rotary FundraiserSaturday  3 September 8.30am - 4pm 
12kg  bags of excellent garden manure 

$6 per bag, or 4 bags for $20
Click here for a list of collection sites

Open Workshop

Chrysanthemum Cuttings & Propagation

Saturday 3 September 1.30pm
Coulters Nursery, 183 Weston Rd, Saint Albans

This workshop and demonstration is open to all CHS members. A hands-on interactive session led by Michael Coulter.

No registration required, will take place rain or shine.

Spring Fever Quiz

Calling all gardeners, landscapers, florists, growers and quizzers all!

Wednesday 14 September 7pm
PC Browne Room, CHS Centre
Teams of 4 at $5 per head, bar open and snacks provided

Register and pay via the CHS Office : tel: 366 6937 email:
Last minute entries will be accepted on the night (space permitting).

September Quiz Questions

Which country name begins with these letters? answers online

1.) Vi    2.) Wa    3.) Ye   4.) Zi 
Spring Show

New Zealand Alpine Garden Society, Rhododendron Society and Canterbury Horticultural Society Daffodil Group have once again joined together to present the Combined Spring Show.

Saturday 17 September 1pm - 5pm and Sunday 18 September 10am - 4pm
Woolston Club, 43 Hargood Street, Woolston
Entry $5 Children under 15 years old free

For further information contact: Jude Stephens: tel: 382 9199

General Meeting

Canterbury Horticultural Society is currently in an 18 month accounting period ending 31 December 2016 before transitioning to a calendar financial year starting 1 January 2017.

A General Meeting will be held on Tuesday 27 September at 7.30pm PC Browne Room, CHS Centre. Agenda includes:
  • Provisional financial accounts to 31 August 2016
  • Horticultural Centre
  • Circles & Interest Groups
  • Presentation of 2016 CHS Annual Awards

Spring Garden Awards 2016

Entries Close Wednesday 28 September 2016
Judging Day Sunday 2 October 2016

Spring Garden AwardsOur Summer Garden Awards were generously supported by Oderings Garden Centres. We are delighted to announce that Oderings are continuing this support and we have some fabulous garden vouchers to be won. 

  • Premier Garden Award  - $300 Oderings Gift Voucher
  • 1st prize in each category - $150 Oderings Gift Voucher
  • 2nd prize - $50 Oderings Gift Voucher

Click here to download a brochure and entry form, or to complete an online entry form.


A great opportunity to plan and purchase for your Summer garden
Wednesday 28 September

Once again Oderings Garden Centre are generously hosting a special “one off” evening for CHS members where everything except items already discounted will be reduced by 20%. The café will be open and Oderings staff will be on hand to provide assistance and advice.
Entry by ticket only - available from the CHS office 9am-4pm or September AAG.

Hypertufa Pots & Sphagnum Moss

Interactive workshop with Allan Paterson 

Hypertufa WorkshopSaturday 15 October 10am -1pm
Magic Moss: 10 Truro Street, Sumner

Also includes all aspects of sphagnum moss production

Members: $10 Non-members: $15
Limited to 15 participants

Book online

Member of the Month

Allan Paterson (AKA Badger)

Member of the Month

Where were you born and where did you spend most of your childhood?
I was born in Balclutha, South Otago. My parents had a sheep, beef and forestry property.

Where do you live now?
I now live in Sumner, part-time, which has allowed me to enjoy the plant species that of area. Both the introduced and the exotic species of the coast are very enjoyable, from daisies to Pohutakawa. And Springs Junction for the other part of my time. I really enjoy the moss property that we own up here and the massive range of differences between the coast and the mountain ranges - both for climate and the plant species.

What aroused your interest in gardening or horticulture?
Tree nurseries and the development of the family plantation blocks drew my interest to horticulture and once you are hooked your world expands in all dimensions. I even started a paddock vege garden when I was very young.   Find out more about Allan

A La Fois

Auckland tour preview

On day two of our fabulous Auckland & Waiheke short break we visit A La Fois. 

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A La Fois is a garden made with imagination, determination and sheer hard work. Blackberry, gorse and old pines have made for a beautiful garden and home which nestles into its hillside site, blending with the regenerating bush on its edges and enjoying dramatic views over the countryside. Best of all, Terry and Margaretha, the fun couple who turned their garden dream into reality, are on hand to tell you how they did it.

Large sculptures made from recycled materials add to the sense of drama. This is a garden that inspires with its vision and gives the impression of walking through a living work of art. Read more online

Tour Diary

Hanmer Springs

Amuri Garden Tours

Thursday 27 October - Overnight
Places still available!
Book now: $499


Spring Gardens

Spring Garden Award Tour

Wednesday 5 October 1-4pm
Following a BYO luncheon (tea & coffee provided) in the Watling Lounge after the October AAG members are invited to visit (via car pool) any Spring Garden entries from the tour list provided on the day. The selected gardens will be open 1pm - 4pm.

Waiheke Island

Discover Auckland at its Best

Short Break - 23-26 November 2016
We have hand-picked a selection of spectacular gardens from Auckland's southern and northern suburbs. All this plus a full day on Waiheke!
Book now: $1949 single supplement $475

Hunters GardenShare your Garden - Member's Spring Garden Visits

Wednesdays at 1pm on the following dates:
19 October, 2, 16 and 30 November
$10 per person, includes afternoon tea
See flyer for details

Tasmania Tour

Blooming Tasmania Flower & Garden Show

Longer Break - 19 - 28 September 2017
Register your interest now email


For tour brochure and bookings please contact the CHS Office tel: 366 6937
or email:

Calendar of Events

Garden Club Reps Meeting

Tuesday 6 September 10am
PC Browne Room, CHS Centre

CHS Circles

Floral Art Circle
Thursday 15 September 1.30pm
Watling Lounge, CHS Centre

Chrysanthemum Circle
Monday 19 September
Watling Lounge, CHS Centre
Potting soils, fertilisers and early pest and
disease controls.

Fruit & Vegetable Circle
Wednesday 14 September
Visit to Zelandia's Early Propagation Unit, 84 Mairehau Rd, Marshland

Wed 28 September 7.30pm
Watling Lounge, CHS Centre

CHS Ramblers

Tuesday 13 September  9.45am
Tai Tapu
Meet by gates of Park on Old TaiTapu Rd

Tuesday 27 September 9.45am
Millbrook Reserve
Meet corner Carlton Mill Rd & Rossall Street

Walks takes place every second and fourth Tuesday of the month.
No walk if very wet. FREE  
Ramblers Webpage

Junior Gardeners

Thursday 15 September 3:45 - 5pm
Watling Lounge, CHS Centre

Plant Sale next month

Saturday 22 October 9am-12pm
Don't miss this annual plant sale in the grounds of St Peters Church, Church Corner.There will be Chrysanthemum plants & Dahlia Tubers for sale.
Bring some cash

Super Garden Tour

Saturday 19 & Sunday 20 November 10am - 4pm

Presented by the Wigram Lions Club this comprehensive self-drive garden tour takes in over 14 gardens across Christchurch.

Gardens range from small to large and your ticket entitles you entrance to any of the gardens over both days of the weekend, simply pick up a map and plan your itinerary - picnic in the garden grounds or pre book lunch at individual gardens.

Tickets: $25 per person
(children under 15 years free)

Tickets available for purchase from Oderings,
Terra Viva and Portstone Nursery outlets, or online at

Proceeds from the event support Westpac Rescue Helicopter & Child Cancer Foundation

The CHS gratefully acknowledges the valuable contribution of its sponsors and supporters which are listed above. The sponsorship categories are as follows: Principal, Platinum, Gold, Silver, Bronze and Base and will be populated as sponsors join the programme.  Details of the programme may be found at

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