2019 Programme

Daytime Meetings 10am

Evening Meetings 7pm

The Canterbury HERB Society Meet monthly at the Avice Hill Craft Centre

Craft Room, Avice Hill Craft Centre, 395 Memorial Avenue
parking available

Daytime Meetings are 10am-12pm on the 4th Thursday in even months

Evening Meetings are at 7pm on the 4th Thursday in odd months

The Library is open on the 2nd Thursday of every month 12 – 2pm and half an hour before each meeting

Display Garden: maintained by members – open to the public

Subscriptions to the Herb Society are $15 ( due February)
Visitors Welcome: $2 per meeting

More about Herbs

Red Henna

MIGNONETTE TREE – Lawsonia inermis

Red Henna

Many of us know henna as a colour long used in art, tattoos, hair dye, paints, textiles, silk, leather and rug dyes. But, have we thought about what it is? The Herb Society was privileged to have a guest speaker from Iran to tell us.

True, natural henna which we were shown, is a greenish powder made from the dried leaves and end twigs of the Henna/ Mignonette Tree/ Egyptian Privet, a tall shrub, the sole species of the genus Lawsonia. It is native in semi arid, hot areas of North Africa, West and Southern Asia and Northern Australia. The greenish brown leaves are longish and narrow. The flowers vary from white, pink, red, the seeds, small and brown. The shrub produces the most dye when grown between 35 & 45 C. It could only be grown, if obtainable, in a pot indoors here in Canterbury. read more

Dandelion Taraxacum officinale

A member of the Asteraceae family, this plant has a variety of descriptive names around the world, eg Blow ball, Lion’s Tooth, Cankerwort, Priest’s Snout.
We pull out this perennial regarding it as a weed, but over many years it has proved to be a valuable herb. Read more


Five Season Herb Plectranthus (Coleus) ambionicus  – family lamiaceae (mint)

A member of the well known, ornamental Coleus, widely grown as a decorative garden plant for its attractive variegated red leaves. Cream bordered

This plant is becoming popular and sought after. There have recently been several enquiries about it. There are two varieties now available in Christchurch, one has plain green leaves, the other is exactly the same but has leaves with an attractive cream border. Read more

Herbs for Pest & Disease Control

Try chives and/or garlic and banana skin much around roses.

Put a ring of garlic around fruit tree trunks and foxgloves as a growth stimulant.

Use garlic and nasturtiums as soil disinfectants. Read more



Frankincense is the aromatic resin used in incense and perfume obtained from five trees in the genus Boswellia. The Frankincense or Olibanum trees have a papery bark, sparse branches, paired leaves and white flowers with yellow or red centres.

Read more


Rosemary Herb of the Month

Rosemary Rosmarinus officinalis

“There’s rosemary, that’s for remembrance” – Shakespeare, (Hamlet) This had to be the herb for the 50th Anniversary of the Canterbury Herb Society.

Native to the Mediterranean and Asia, the Latin name Rosmarinus translates as “dew of the sea” .  Read more



Puarangi – Native Hibiscus Hibiscus trionum

Puarangi, a short lived perennial, was considered to be a native plant but more recently considered to be of African origin, possible brought here by the Maori. Here in the cool South Island it is better treated as an annual. Read more


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