The Herb Garden had an excellent make over after lockdown and is looking neat but quiet in its winter wardrobe. There will be a spring working bee that will be advertised on our Facebook page; a great chance to get familiar with the herbs we have there and an opportunity to contribute as well as to take home some herbs to grow in your own gardens. Until then enjoy your  HERBS and may they bring you boosted immunity, much joy and tastiness.

2020 Programme

On the 4th Thursday of the month

Daytime Meetings 10am alternate EVEN months

Evening Meetings 7pm EACH month

The Canterbury HERB Society Meet at the Avice Hill Craft Centre

Craft Room, (Left top of driveway)
395 Memorial Avenue, (Parking available)


The Library is open before each meeting

Display Garden: maintained by members while learning and gathering cuttings – open to the public.

Subscriptions to the Herb Society are $15 (due February)
Visitors Welcome: $5 per meeting

 

Winter HERB Society Update 2020

Winter HERB Society Update 2020

June 30, 2020

Thursday 25th June saw an exciting line up of Midwinter Christmas events for the Canterbury HERB Society’s comeback after the lockdown. The group has begun regular evening meetings on a monthly basis (previously only on alternate months) to accommodate the surge in younger new members. There will also be day meetings through the Winter as … Read More

Discover the Effects of the Jasmine Plant on Health

Discover the Effects of the Jasmine Plant on Health

May 18, 2020

Discover the Effects of the Jasmine Plant on Health Jasmine is a plant believed to have originated in the western Chinese Himalayas. The name is derived from the Persian yasmin, meaning “a gift from God,” because of the strong, pleasant scent of jasmine’s flowers. More than 300 species of jasmine exist, most of which are … Read More

Romancing the Rose

Romancing the Rose

October 31, 2019

Our first roses will  be blooming now. So many types and varieties grow almost world wide. The name for a “rose’ is almost the same in any European language, an indication of its antiquity.

Early poets all sang praises of the rose. Dried roses have been found in Egyptian tombs. “Rose” by any name signifies joy, beauty and  love. During the medieval period people associated the rose with Spring and fertility, also with pleasure and enjoyment.

Herb of the Month – Jerusalem Artichoke

Herb of the Month – Jerusalem Artichoke

October 1, 2019

Have you got a sunny empty spot at the back of your garden? You may like to try this ancient tuberous sunflower species grown by native Americans long before the arrival of Europeans. It is an attractive tall growing perennial with sunflower heads up to about 10cm across. It grows from white underground tubers that are rich in inulin, can be eaten raw, or cooked. They also make a delicious soup which tastes a little like oyster soup. It was taken to Europe and became very popular there in the 1600s. Despite the name, the plant has nothing to do with either Jerusalem or with artichokes! Another old European name, Sunchoke is more appropriate!

Herb of the Month – Chickweed

Herb of the Month – Chickweed

August 27, 2019

A real nuisance once it gets into your garden, this plant does have its uses! Originally native to Europe and Asia it now grows wild throughout much of the world preferring cultivated moist soils but is not fussy, becoming variable in size and habit. Buried seeds are known to retain their viability for at least 25 years and the plant can even flower and ripen seeds under snow! Don’t let it flower or you will have it forever!

Herb of the Month – Coriander

Herb of the Month – Coriander

July 18, 2019

This beautiful Autumn golden deciduous tree is the one remaining species of the Ginkgoaceae family and was around before the dinosaurs, when there were ferns but no true flowering plants. Charles Darwin referred to it as “A living fossil”.

Herb of the Month – Ginkgo Biloba

Herb of the Month – Ginkgo Biloba

May 27, 2019

This beautiful Autumn golden deciduous tree is the one remaining species of the Ginkgoaceae family and was around before the dinosaurs, when there were ferns but no true flowering plants. Charles Darwin referred to it as “A living fossil”.

Herb of the Month – Red Henna

Herb of the Month – Red Henna

April 30, 2019

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.

Herb of the Month – Five Season Herb

Herb of the Month – Five Season Herb

February 26, 2019

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 … Read More

Herbs for Pest & Disease Control

Herbs for Pest & Disease Control

January 22, 2019

from Canterbury Herb Society [one_half] Basil is good for tomato fly Borage is good for tomatoes & attracts bees. Calendula tomatoes and attracts bees  Camomile cabbage and onions Caraway peas Chervil  radishes Dill  cabbage Fennel  green aphid Garlic silver blight, aphid, codlin moth Horseradish potatoes Hyssop cabbage-butterfy, grapes [/one_half] [one_half_last] Marjoram tomatoes, cucumbers Nasturtim woolly … Read More

Herb of the Month – Briar Rose Rosa rubiginosa

Herb of the Month – Briar Rose Rosa rubiginosa

December 11, 2018

Common names –Sweet Briar, Eglantine Rose The species is native to Europe, Western Asia and South America. It is a deciduous, thorny, woody, hardy shrub. It is branched from the ground to 3 – 4 metres and does well in arid conditions. It was brought to New Zealand early on as a deciduous ornamental for its … Read More