Canterbury Horticultural Society

Canterbury Horticultural Society

About the CHS, Canterbury Horticultural Society

The Canterbury Horticultural Society began with the colonisation of Canterbury in the 1850’s. It was originally called the Christchurch Agricultural, Botanical and Horticultural Society. In 1861 the group split and the Horticultural arm became the Christchurch Horticultural Society. This changed its name in 1898 to become the Canterbury Horticultural Society, which today is the largest … Read More

Magnolia Campbell

Plant Forum, Resources, The Flower Garden

Each spring the first Magnolia to flower is Magnolia campbelli. It is a stately tree suitable for slightly larger gardens and well worth growing. This deciduous Himalayan species eventually grows 24 m tall with a 12 m wide crown in the right conditions and there are few this size in NZ, usually they are a … Read More

Heleborus orientalis

Plant Forum, The Flower Garden

One of the most interesting and popular plants for Winter colour is Heleborus orientalis or Lenton Rose. In recent years both in New Zealand and overseas plant breeding programmes have created new and named cultures of beautiful plants. Flowering in later in winter they send upright stems up through the old leaves. The slightly nodding … Read More


Plant Forum, The Flower Garden

Spring would not be spring without Forsythia. Forsythias grow well in almost any garden soil and are very hardy. They do need a lot of sun to ensure they flower well in spring. Each spring the Forsythia is one of the first and most colour flowering shrubs to welcome the new growing season. Its bright … Read More

Pumpkin Maple Sour Cream Pie


Ingredients 375g cream cheese, softened 3/4 cup sugar 1 tsp cinnamon 1/2 cup maple syrup 1 tsp vanilla 3 eggs 1/2 cup sour cream 2 cups mashed cooked pumpkin 3/4 cup plain flour 400g sweet short crust pastry Method Preheat the oven to 160C (fan bake) or 180C (normal bake), making sure the oven rack … Read More

Delicious Honey & Kiwi Slice


Delicious Honey & Kiwi Slice Now is the time to use up all those kiwifruits languishing in the fruit bowl! This delicious recipe has been tried and tested by a number of our members – we’re sure you will enjoy it. Base 1/2 Cup of Honey (we recommend manuka but any variety is fine) 150 … Read More

General Tour Information


Canterbury Horticultural Society has been organising tours for 20 years and has established a high reputation for their quality. Garden tours are a popular activity of the society. They are often sold out as soon as they are announced. Tours are supported by the members of the society, but non-members are welcome. The tour programmes … Read More