Canterbury Horticultural Society Board
RAY KING President
Ray is a retired primary school principal and secretary of the CHS Garden and Floral Art representatives’ committee. An interested flower gardener who also enjoys the benefits of growing vegetables, fruit and micro greens in a small city garden. She is past president of Ikebana International Christchurch Chapter and secretary of the Sogetsu Teachers’ Christchurch Branch.
Dudley is a semi-retired accountant who has worked in a number of sectors in NZ and the Not for Profit sector in Australia. He operated a rose nursery and display garden with his wife Wendy for 17 years in Auckland specialising in Old & David Austin varieties representing his father in law renowned rose grower Trevor Griffiths, before moving back to Christchurch. He was involved in bringing the Caterpillar Shuttle to the Botanic Gardens and has been treasurer for a number of organisations over the years.
Kelly is the Director and sole owner of EagleEye Labs, a software developing company which deals with small to medium businesses and non-profits. He has been involved with many non-profit groups at a volunteer level, including the New Zealand Blood Service, Friends of the Canterbury Museum, Christchurch South Community Watch, Christchurch City Council. His professional memberships include the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).
Michelle has a degree in Botany & Environmental Science and worked as an environmental analyst for the DSIR, University of Auckland and the Manukau City Council. She is also a Science/Maths/ESOL teacher with experience in Science in Outdoor Education. Michelle has travelled extensively examining plants of the world and has a keen interest in her own garden, specialising in herbs, cut flowers, fruit and vegetables. She takes a keen interest in the work of local plant breeders. Michelle has a close alliance with a number of recent Landscape Architecture students whom she mentors. Michelle is a committee member at the Canterbury HERB Society, and has been involved with the Otakaro Orchard and the proposed Christchurch Eden Project.
Rachel has 25 years’ experience as a writer and commentator on gardens. She has used her skills in the print, radio, TV and online media. Rachel was President of the New Zealand Nursery & Garden Industry Association in 2010-11 and was a board member for the period 2004-2011. More recently she has acted as a judge and ambassador for the Christchurch-based Ellerslie International Flower Show. She is frequently engaged as a garden commentator or guest speaker. Her popular topics are growing your own edible garden and garden styles and trends.
Lorraine is an avid gardener who has been growing food for her family for over 45 years. A passion inspired by her father when she was just a young child.
Small business owner with husband Brian, she has over 10 years of experience managing the company accounts, along with a myriad of other assorted jobs based around raising a family. Lorraine has been a volunteer at Hornby Salvation Army for many years and brings excellent communication and practical skills to her position on the board.
Allan has a working history in nursery and plant production and is Co-director of Magic Moss, a company specialising in decorative and sphagnum moss products sustainably harvested in the Maruia Basin of New Zealand. “I started in a tree nursery and still find myself in the gardens, I’m here to inspire gardeners and take them on the journey with me.”
Sandi has been involved in horticultural and gardening all of her life in Christchurch. From growing up in and around her parents nursery and learning about all things horticulture, to establishing and managing a successful and well-known landscape design business and on to winning silver, gold and supreme design awards at Ellerslie Flower Shows, Sandi is committed to sustainable design and the joy that comes from sharing her love of horticulture.
Sandi has been a member of the Canterbury Horticultural Society for the last 19 years. She has judged exhibition gardens at Ellerslie flower shows, Schools garden shows, the New Zealand flower and garden show and community gardens.
Sandi brings a collaborative and creative team approach to the society. Over the last year, she has been working closely with others to create a new vision for horticulture in Canterbury with the development of a contemporary garden festival for Christchurch that aligns perfectly with the vision and mission of the Society.
ROBYN WHITE (Garden Club Representative)
Robyn is a retired Office Administrator. She is a committee member of the Halswell Garden Club and Club Representative to the CHS Garden & Floral Art Representatives Group. Robyn is also Secretary of the Halswell Friendship Club. She is an interested flower gardener who loves annuals. Over the years she has been awarded several Community Pride Garden Award certificates for her flower garden. Robyn was recently elected (June 2016) as the Garden Clubs representative on the Board.
MANAGEMENT AND STAFF