Established in 1903 to promote the study and practice in horticulture in all its forms, the Society has a long history of providing horticultural advice in the Hutt Valley and surrounding areas. From novices through to highly experienced practitioners, our members all share a passion for plants and gardening.
The society celebrated its 120th anniversary during the 2023 Spring Show.
In addition to talks by members and guests, and occasional outings, the Society puts on three shows a year open to the public:
September (Spring Show featuring Daffodils and Bonsai)
November (Rose Show featuring Roses)
February (Summer Show featuring Fuchsias, Begonias and Dahlias)
Additionally, the Orchid Society—one of our affiliated groups—puts on a show in October, which members are able to attend free-of-charge.
Shows take place at the Lower Hutt Event Centre in central Lower Hutt and the Walter Nash Centre in Taita. They showcase seasonal blooms and a wide variety of other plants, including fruit and vegetables. Plant sales are available and members are on hand to give friendly advice.
The Society is managed by a committee appointed at the Annual General Meeting in June. The Committee meets on the third Wednesday of each month in Moera.
The Committee members for 2023-2024 are:
Emilia Hrstich (Vice-President)
Claude Poulsen (President)
Dianne Purdie (Administrative Support)
Leony Reid (Treasurer)
Other volunteers who assist the society are
Jenny Thompson (Bookings officer)
Helen Jones (Newsletter editor)
Allison Tindale (Media and promotions assistance)
If you would like any information about committee members and committee meetings, please contact us here.