Canterbury Horticultural Society Silver Service Award

Silver Service AwardIn appreciation of the outstanding contribution made to the Canterbury Horticultural Society

This award is for Outstanding Service to the CHS in any capacity usually over a long period of time. This award does not have to be offered each year. Only one can be awarded at a time.

YearSilver Service
2014Freda Hunter
2015Ruth Bird
2016Elizabeth Peacock
2017Isobel Clemens
2018Micheal Coulter
2019David Adams
2022Neiel Drain
2023Alan Jolliffe


Canterbury Horticultural Society Kowhai Award

KowhaiIn appreciation of the outstanding contribution made to the Canterbury Horticultural Society

Introduced in the 2001 the Kowhai Award is for members who have provided good Volunteer Service to CHS in any capacity helping front of house or behind the scenes or sharing knowledge. This award is to recognize a wide range of people who have shared their love of gardening and plants with others through their individual efforts and in their own way significantly supported the CHS. Note this award is not available to Board members for Board work. There is no limit on the number that can be awarded in each year.

2001Margaret FowlerMorag TaylorJune SutherlandPat ConnochieJean McCallionHarold & Rae MintromNgaire Collins
2001John ThompsonIsabel Clemens
2002Graham BroomHelen FranceRhoda ThomasHugh McSweeneyJoy McSweeneyElsa EdgarMerv Cox
2002Marion DayNesta LongMaureen PageJocelyn Worrall
2003John WalshPeggy StrangeMichael CoulterKevin HathawayBryan EvansLen RhodesJoan Herring
2003Dorothy AinsworthGraham Strange
2004Ruth BirdJean NortonSusan CoulterJim WhiteRobyn Purell
2005June ChappellDavid Purcell
2006David CampbellCarolyn CampbellBarrie JacksonRichard Marles
2009David AdamsBryan WilliamsonAlan Jolliffe
2012Warwick ScaddenPhil DuckerDavid RawsonNola MoffattSandra Sim
2013Dawn SatherlyNeiel DrainCarole AndertonCharlotte BangmaDianna RiskAnne CasolaMarilyn Vicary
2013Linda DuckerJeanette SmithNorma TodLeitha AdamsHeather StrongPatsy Tainui
2014Marilyn HendersonAndrew TainuiBob HendersonAnnette HillLeonie Jackson
2015Lyndsay DayFaye FyfeSusan DohertyDaggie GoekeDenis PeacockPam TempletonBeryl Vernon
2016Lorraine MoodyMaggie CroyDulcie BrookJoan BarnesBob FyfeAllan Paterson (Magic Moss)
2017Gail ScrivenerZoe WestAdele WignallAnne WarrenAnn HendersonPeter King
2018Elizabeth PeacockGeoff Humm
2019No Awards issued for Kowhai for 2019
2020Lorraine CampbellRobyn White
2023Anne GaneCarol StewartHilary HuttonAmy WilsonRay KingAlison Fussell

Canterbury Horticultural Society Outstanding Horticulturalist Award

Outstanding HorticulturalistFor a person demonstrating an outstanding contribution in Horticulture*.

Not limited to members only. There is no maximum number of award holders.
The purpose of the is award is to recognise people who have demonstrated

  • Great horticultural knowledge
  • Commitment to the distribution of knowledge
  • demonstrated horticultural practice to a wider audience
YearOutstanding Horticulturalist
2014Julian OderingDavid Adams
2015Michael CoulterEiji KawadaJeremy HawkerFreda HunterPhil Ducker
2016David PurcellJoe Cartman
2017Michael BrownGreg Byrnes
2018Rachel Vogan
2019Peter WorspSteve Bush
2020Alan Morgan
2022Texture Plants - Hamish & Tim Prebble

Canterbury Horticultural Society John Taylor Award

For Leadership in Horticulture

For a person demonstrating outstanding leadership and service to horticulture*.

Not limited to members only. A maximum of 40 people at a time may hold this award. John Taylor was a member of the CHS, its President and member of the Board for many years. He was the first NZ student to study at Kew Gardens in London, worked at the Christchurch Botanic Gardens and became a well-known Nurseryman and successful businessman. He later became a Senior Lecturer at Lincoln University starting the Diploma in Parks and Recreation Administration. He was recognised by the Queen with an OBE.

The purpose of the is award is to recognise people who have demonstrated

  • outstanding leadership
  • outstanding horticultural knowledge
  • outstanding ability in the practice and demonstration of horticulture
  • commitment to development and distribution of knowledge

*Only one award can be made in any year.

YearJohn Taylor Award for Leadership in Horticulture
2014Athol McCully
2015Neiel Drain
2016Colin Meurk
2017Di Lucas
2018Murray Dawson
2019Prof Steve Wratten
2020Alan Jolliffe
2022Jeanette Christensen
2023Steve Bush - Trees for Canterbury

Definition of Horticulture
For the purposes of these awards Horticulture is defined as gardening, floral art, horticultural display, conservation, horticultural research, botany, horticultural teaching, horticultural writing, plant photography, nursery horticulture, amenity horticulture, vegetable production, floriculture and any other aspect that is associated with the preceding areas where a clear benefit to society can be demonstrated.


Garden Media Award

For outstanding contribution to horticulture through media

YearGarden Media Award for outstanding contribution to horticulture through media
2019Ruud Kleinpaste
2020Kate Preece
2023Ray King, Lorraine Campbell