April is the real month of autumn when the trees put on their spectacle of coloured leaves. Although we are approaching the end of the growing season for summer fruit, vegetables and flowers, we still have time to prepare the ground for the autumn planting of trees and shrubs.
This is a busy month for bulb planting and for winter annuals such as pansies, violas, polyanthus, primulas, wall flowers, forget-me-nots and poppies.
This month is the transition from summer to autumn and a very busy time in the garden. Nights are cooler and morning dew is on the grass.
Pip fruit harvest time is here with apples and pears at their very best. Choose only the very best, sound fruit for storage over the winter and the second quality fruit for now, or to make into sauces or jelly.
Winter Rambles A misty day greeted ten Ramblers on the 23rd of June. Starting from The Kiosk in the Botanic Gardens where nature had created interesting sculptures in the shrubbery the group continued along Armagh St rambling along to Victoria Square. A bleak looking area on a not so nice day in Winter. A Weeping … Read More
My friend Joan Leary and I have been Kiosk volunteers since the inception. Most people are rostered on once a month but we come every second Monday and we really look forward to It. We are on the morning shift from 10am-1pm and the time goes really fast. We see the seasons gradually change as … Read More
Notice is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting of the Canterbury Horticultural Society Inc., will be held in The Kiosk, Christchurch Botanic Gardens 7.30pm Monday 18 March 2019
Listen to the latest podcast of “Green Thumbs in Canterbury – Out & About with the Canterbury Horticultural Society”
CHS Vice President Ray King along with Annette Hill chat live on Plains FM 96.9 on the second Monday of every month 9 – 9.30am for Canterbury through the Seasons.
2018 Results The Oderings School Gardens Show is presented by the Canterbury Horticultural Society. The theme for the 4th show was “Into the Future” and it was amazing to see how many different interpretations of the theme there were. The standard of the 11 garden exhibits from the participating schools was extremely high and the judges were … Read More
Two wonderful talks last month have made my year First was Gwen Grelet at the last All About Gardening where she talked about soil and all the soil fungi that help our plants to grow. Science has moved on rapidly with smarter microscopes, photography and analysis of soil borne organisms. It was mind boggling to … Read More
Due to a successful crowd-funding campaign which generated $60k the FRN organised the planting of fruit trees. President Alan Jolliffe demonstrated the correct planting technique, then a team of 150+ volunteers, including Mayor Lianne Dalziel (pictured above) and Regeneration Minister Hon Nicky Wagner, went about their business with relish!
It goes without saying that the best gardens are the result of tremendous planning, care, and skill. Although they are sometimes viewed as purely aesthetic, gardens have for many centuries been foundational to the health, beauty, sustainability, and the very identity of our cities. They are vivid sources of inspiration, coral reefs for community, and … Read More