The 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

2018/19 Programme

Daytime Meetings 10am

October 25
A Day Out.
Details to come

December 13
(N.B. the 2nd Thursday in December at 6pm)
Christmas Themed
Bring a suitable hat to decorate. Have fun with a Xmas quiz.
Bring a salad or dessert. All else provided.

Evening Meetings 7pm

November 22
Making Dips for use at Christmas
Herb of the Evening: marshmallow
Tasting: Please bring crackers with a difference

January 24 at 6pm – 2019
Come share an evening meal and join in the Annual General Meeting –
Please bring salad or sweet.
All else provided.


More about Herbs


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.

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Rosemary Rosmarinus officinalis

Rosemary Herb of the Month“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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August – September 2018


Hi Everybody,
Wasn’t the weather in July lovely. Hard to believe it was the middle of winter. There is a red rhododendron in my front garden that is in full bloom and looks lovely. I have been busy in my garden trying to get it weeded and tidied before I go away for six weeks in August and September. Unfortunately I have not managed to get the garden at the Craft Centre finished.
We were all sad to hear that our very long time member Phyl Williams had died. She did a lot of work for the society and always brought a lovely vase of herbs and flowers for the supper table. (See next N/L. Ed.)

Our June meeting went off well with a lovely “high morning tea” to celebrate 50 years of the Canterbury Herb Society. Plenty of lovely food. Even cucumber sandwiches. In July we had fun learning about “fudge sticks” and everyone was able to make one for themselves. It is good to learn how other cultures use herbs. I found it very interesting doing the research. Some groups used small feather fans to move the smoke around and some of these fans were beautiful.


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