Get to know Helen Bain

Member of the Month

Member of the Month – Helen Bain Where were you born and where did you spend most of your childhood? I was born in Balclutha but grew up in Owaka in the Catlins where my father owned the local garage. Where do you live now and with whom? I’ve lived in Christchurch since 1958 when … Read More

Apricots, Celery, Walnuts & Cheese


Sweet fruit & crunchy nuts matched with tangy aged cheddar & crisp celery Ingredients 200g ripe apricots (or apples) 4 stems of celery 100 g walnuts (or hazelnuts) 120 g aged cheddar cheese (cubed or crumbled) Extra virgin olive oil Salt & pepper Method Halve apricots and stone. Slice thinly and add to bowl. Slice … Read More

Suncheon Would-Be Korean “Garden City”


In late February the CHS represented by President Elizabeth Peacock, Vice-President Alan Jolliffe and Honorary Life member Michael Coulter hosted a delegation from Suncheon, a city of approximately 300,000 in South Korea located in the Jeollanam region. The delegation led by Professor Jongsang Sung from the Department of Landscape Architecture at Seoul National University comprised … Read More

Oderings School Gardens Show Results

School Gardens Show

Congratulations to all our schools! The School’s Choice Award went to Bromley Primary School with “The Chatter of Seagulls” Bromley Primary School The Chatter of Seagulls GOLD AWARD The Cathedral Grammar School A Bee Friendly Garden SILVER AWARD St Albans Catholic School Scented Night Garden GOLD AWARD West Spreydon School Trash to Treasure GOLD AWARD Aidanfield … Read More

Tour Report Hinewai Reserve & Fisherman’s Bay

Recent Tours & Photos

A colourful group of 23 enjoyed this January day trip to the beautiful Hinewai Reserve and Fisherman’s Bay Garden. At Hinewai, Hugh Wilson, botanist and manager gave a most interesting talk, and I shall never look at gorse as a curse again. Hugh says “The trick is that gorse is used to re-grow natives. You … Read More