About Us

The Society

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.

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 (Early Summer Show featuring Roses and Bonsai)

  • February (Summer Show featuring Fuchsias, Begonias and Dahlias)

Additionally, the Orchid Societyone of our affiliated groupsputs 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 Committee

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 2022-2023 are:

  • Emilia Hrstich

  • Claude Poulsen (President)

  • Dianne Purdie (General Secretary)

  • Leony Reid (Treasurer)

  • Tina Selby (Show Secretary & Newsletter Editor)

  • Jenny Thompson

If you would like any information about committee members and committee meetings, please contact the General Secretary.