From:Canterbury Horticultural Society

Date:27 May 2014

Interactive Horticulture Workshops

Get pruning, planting and composting in this series of practically-oriented workshops led by well-respected and vastly experienced horticultural practitioners – Terry Windle, Alan Jolliffe, Dave Adams and Michael Coulter.
To complement its current Winter Speaker Series the Canterbury Horticultural Society (CHS) has initiated a series of four “interactive” workshops designed for the home gardener. Running from June, it’s an ideal time for urban and rural gardeners to up-skill over the Winter months.

The carefully selected workshops include; Composting, Pruning, Container Gardening and Planning Your Garden.

The workshops are just one of the strategies to have been developed and adopted by the CHS Board to reconnect Canterbury folk with the CHS vision; To be recognised nationally and internationally for leadership and excellence in developing horticultural activities which positively change the way people live, work and play and the “raison d’etre”: To promote the enjoyment and excellence in horticulture at all levels through quality and innovative member programmes, education and events.

Manager Tony Kunowski says, “the underlying ethos of our strategic direction would be moving from talking about gardening to doing it”.  To this end the CHS is moving on two fronts simultaneously; the Winter Speaker Series, widening and deepening the scope of the Society and the Interactive Horticulture Workshops, the first in a series of new skills workshops which seeks to “put ‘horticulture’ back into the CHS”.

The Interactive Horticulture Workshop Programme is as follows:

COMPOSTING with Terry Windle
Workshop A:10am -12pm, Saturday 21 June
Delta Community Garden, 105 North Avon Rd
Workshop B: 10am -12pm, Saturday 28 June
Lincoln Community Garden, James St, Lincoln

PRUNING with Alan Jolliffe
10am -12pm, Saturday 5 July
Mona Vale Gardens


Workshop A:10am – 12pm, Saturday 23 August
Workshop B:10am – 12pm, Saturday 30 August
Templin Hall, CHS Centre, South Hagley Park

PLANNING YOUR GARDEN with Michael Coulter

Workshop A:10am -12pm Saturday 4 October
Workshop B:10am – 12pm, Saturday 11 October
Templin Hall, CHS Centre, South Hagley Park

Bookings are now open
Workshops will run rain or shine

Costs are $10 non-members, $5 students and members.
Bookings can be made online through, by telephoning the CHS office on tel: 366 6937 or in person at the Canterbury Horticultural Centre, 57 Riccarton Ave, Hagley Park South, Christchurch (eftpos and credit card available).

Our Living Landscape Winter Speaker Series features four highly qualified and experienced speakers will present this series of highly stimulating talks culminating in the MJ Barnett Memorial Lecture.

The next talk is by Dr Colin Meurk, Threats & Opportunities for native plants in Canterbury” 7pm, Thursday 12 June 2014
PC Browne Room, CHS Centre, South Hagley Park


Media contacts:

Tony Kunowski

Canterbury Horticultural Society
Tel: (03) 366 6937


Emma Velde
Communications Officer
Canterbury Horticultural Society
Tel: (03) 366 6937

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