Green Thumbs in Canterbury

Out & About with the Canterbury Horticultural Society

CHS Past President Ray King along Amy Wilson chat live on Plains FM 96.9 on the second Monday of every month 9 - 9.30am for Canterbury through the Seasons.

2024 Programme

Coming up on Monday 24 June we will be reviewing our next couple of books. First up is Resilient Garden: Sustainable gardening for a changing climate by Tom Massey, followed by a look at The Joy of Gardening by one of New Zealand's favourite gardeners, Lynda Hallinan.

Green Thumbs in Canterbury - Amy & Ray chatted to local environmentalist and Eco-champion, Dave Bryce
Published: 10/06/2024 9:00:00 a.m.

Green Thumbs in Canterbury - Amy and Ray chatted to Whānau Whanake , an organization supporting whanau to thrive; especially to grow, harvest and prepare their own kai. Listen here
Along with this engaging interview there are great tips for Winter garden care and some timely reminders for preparing the ground for garlic, shallots and onions.
Published: 11/05/2024 9:00:00 a.m.

Green Thumbs in Canterbury - Amy & Ray visited fibre artist Charlotte Roberts at her studio in Birdlings Flat
Plus lots of tips about bulbs this month.
Published: 8/04/2024 9:00:00 a.m.

Greenthumbs in Canterbury - Charlotte Roberts - Growing plants for natural dyes  ( 0:27:34)
Out and About With the Canterbury Horticultural Society
Published: 11/03/2024 9:00:00 a.m.

Greenthumbs in Canterbury - Gina Russell from the BHU at Lincoln University on Growing European Linen ( 0:27:3)
Out and About With the Canterbury Horticultural Society
Published: 12/02/2024 9:00:00 a.m.

2023 Programme

Greenthumbs in Canterbury - Cultivating Carnivores with Brian Kwan( 0:27:37)
Out and About With the Canterbury Horticultural Society
Published: 13/11/2023 9:30:00 a.m.

Greenthumbs in Canterbury - Interview with Amy Wilson ( 0:29:57) 
Out and About With the Canterbury Horticultural Society
Published: 9/10/2023 9:00:00 a.m.

Greenthumbs in Canterbury - Interview With Duncan Gibston ( 0:27:1)
Out and About With the Canterbury Horticultural Society
Published: 14/08/2023 9:00:00 a.m.

Greenthumbs in Canterbury - Interview With Sonja Tschepp ( 0:28:7)
Lime green plant in my big blue pot: Coleonema ”Sunset Gold” Orange spikey ground cover NZ native iris, Libertia peregrinins or Libertia ixioides Muehlenbeckia astonii semi deciduous NZ native that can be clipped and gives great form to your garden.
Published: 10/07/2023 9:00:00 a.m.

Greenthumbs in Canterbury - Winter Garden ( 0:18:45)
Published: 12/06/2023 8:00:00 a.m

Scott Astell, and Hannah from Flourish Foliage ( 0:27:36)
Published: 8/05/2023 9:00:00 a.m.

Published: 10/04/2023 9:00:00 a.m.
Published: 13/03/2023 9:00:00 a.m.
Published: 13/02/2023 9:00:00 a.m.
Tai Tapu Sculpture Garden( 0:29:41)

2022 Programme

In October Ray and Lorraine chatted to Jane Cowan-Harris, president of the Friends of the Christchurch Botanic Gardens.
Published: 10/10/2022 9:00 a.m. Listen here

In September we meet agronomist, Matthew Crompton (an expert in the science of soil management and crop production).
Published: 12/09/2022 9:00:00 a.m. Listen here

This month Ray and Lorraine chat to Luke Martin from The Southern Seed Exchange.
Published: 8/08/2022 9:00:00 a.m. Catch up with the episode here

Out and About With the Canterbury Horticultural Society talking to Ben Murgatroyd from Monstera & Men
Published: 11/07/2022 9:00:00 a.m.

Freedom Flowers & Foliage A chat with Tyler Jane Blackadder
Published: 13/06/2022 9:00:00 a.m.

Bronwyn Adams-Hooper( 0:27:8)
Out and About With the Canterbury Horticultural Society talking to Bronwyn Adams-Hooper, Ryman Gardener of the year
Published: 9/05/2022 9:00:00 a.m.

Discover the Botanical Gardens( 0:27:56)
Ray and Lorraine chat with Susan Lawrence, the co-ordinator of the Christchurch Botanical Garden Guides
Published: 11/04/2022 8:00:00 a.m.

Julia Atkinson-Dunn( 0:27:7)
Ray and Lorraine chat with Julia about gardening with flowers. She talks about Echinacea, Thalictrum delavayii Hewitt's Double, Astilbes, Astrantia major, Verbena bonariensis, Sanguisorba officinalis
Published: 14/03/2022 8:00:00 a.m.

Friends of the Botanic Gardens( 0:27:33)
Ray and Lorraine chat with Vicki Steven from the Friends of the Botanic Gardens, plus offer some tips on summer growing
Published: 14/02/2022 8:00:00 a.m.

Hints and Tips for Summer Gardening( 0:19:47)
Published: 10/01/2022 9:00:00 a.m.

2021 Programme

Monday 13 December
Rachel Oliver with Holiday Gardening

Monday 8 November
Catlin Thorburn from Freya Flora, plus summer gardening tips

Monday 11 October
Ray and Lorraine chat with Elisabeth Jenkins plus your Summer gardening tips

Monday 13 September
Brad Lake-The Brothers Green, Bill Martin-The Organic College plus Out and About With the Canterbury Horticultural Society

Monday 9 August
Alan Jolliffe chats to Ray and Lorraine

Monday 12 July
Hayley Guglietta on the Otakaro/Avon River Corridor and Neiel Drain on the 160th Anniversary of the Canterbury Horticultural Society

Monday 14 June
Matt Morris talks about his new book "The Common Ground" stories from humble gardens.

Monday 10 May
Graeme Wilson from the Christchurch
Cactus and Succulent Society and Luke Martin, Collection Curator of the New Zealand plant collection at the Christchurch Botanic Gardens on his visit to the Sub-Antarctic Islands.

Monday 12 April
Monarch Butterflies with Maria Romero
Ray and Lorraine chat with Maria Romero about monarch butterflies and her book An Educational Guide on Monarch Butterflies. Her website is www.the

2020 Programme

Monday 11 December
Bee Kind - Paul O'Donnell and Gordan Nairn from the Christchurch Hobbyist Beekeeper's club

Monday 23 November
An Introduction to Hobby Beekeeping with Paul and Gordon

Monday 9 November
Freda Hunter - Downsizing Your Garden

Monday 12 October
Rachel Oliver and also Rachel Teen
Ray and Lorraine chat with Rachel Oliver about thing to at the CHS and also Rachel Teen about water sensitive cities

Monday 14 September
Shirley Russ from Canterbury Floral Art and Kat Miller from Enviro Hub

Monday 10 August
Gail Scrivener CHS Garden Club and Mark Chandler from Ohinetahi

Monday 13 July

Monday 8 June
Ray King & Lorraine Campbell talk to Cornelia Holton from Koru Kai Herb Farm

Monday 11 May
Greenthumbs in Canterbury - Michael Coulter & Wendy Marshall. 

Monday 13 April
Greenthumbs in Canterbury - Autumn Gardening Tips   
Ray and Lorraine discuss what you can do in your autumn gardens during lockdown

Monday 9 March
Grow O Tautahi and Lilyfields
Sandi MacRae from Grow O Tautahi and Wendy Millichamp from Lilyfields

Monday 10 February
Greenthumbs in Canterbury- Sandi McCrae and David Adams

Monday 13th January
Greenthumbs in Canterbury - Cathy Allden and Clare Scott
Annette and Ray visit Richmond Community Gardens and then head to the Springston Garden Club

2019 Programme

Monday 14th January
The Two Alans of Canterbury Horticulture
Alan Jolliffe and Allan Patterson aka Badger talk about some future plans of the Canterbury Horticultural Society and moss

Monday 11th February
Aromunga Nursery
An interview with florist Hillery Western

Monday 4th March
Trees for Canterbury and the Fruit and Veg Circle

Interviews with Lindsay Day from the Horticultural Society and Steve Bush, manager of Trees for Canterbury

Monday 8th April
Jeanette Christensen and David from the Canterbury Horticultural Society

Monday 13 May
Brian and Janet Lovelock plus Colin Muerk
Annette and Ray interview Brian and Janet Lovelock plus Colin Muerk

Monday 10 June
Interviews with Peter Wells form Otakaro Orchard and also Peter from Aromaunga Baxters Flowers

Monday 8 July
Michael Trengrove, Rebecca Donnelly from Digital Future Aotearoa and Luke Martin from the Botanic Gardens

Monday 12 August
Anton from Aromaunga Baxters Flowers and Greg Byrnes fromTe Kohaka o Tuhaitara Trust

Monday 9 September
Interview with Robyn Kilty

Monday 14 October
All About Truffles with Alexis Guiren from Plant and Food Research

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Monday 11 November
Catherine O'Neill on Community Gardens

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Growing Children Through Nature
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All About Gardening

All About Gardening August 2021
Hayley Guglietta, network manager for the Avon-Ōtākaro network speaks at the August All About Gardening series hosted by the Canterbury Horticultural Society

Fancy a little dried seaweed on your eggs and toast? Or how about larch infused ice cream? Forager Peter Langlands from Wild Capture - wild foods and foraging - NZ took us through the abundance of wild food choices all around us for the picking at February's AAG meeting.
Listen to the Podcast here

All About Gardening

February's AAG speaker was Clare Scott, she spoke to Ray King, president of the CHS on Plains FM last mont. You can listen here

All About Gardening

Monday 4 & Tuesday 5 November 2019
November's AAG speaker was Juliet Arnott from Rekindle. For those who couldn't attend a recording is available here

Winter Speaker Series

Thursday 13 June 2019
Steve Wratten was our second Winter Speaker. Thanks to Plains FM 96.9 who recorded and broadcasted Steve's talk. You can listen to a podcast of his talk here:  Biodiversity on the vineyards in Waipara

Thursday 16 May 2019
Rupert Tipples was our first speaker in the Winter Speaker Series
You can listen to a podcast recording of his talk here: Developments in Canterbury viticulture from Akaroa beginnings in 1840 to Waipara today

Monday 4th & Tuesday 5th March 2019
All About Gardening

The Urban Forest broadcast and podcast
Antony Shadbolt talks about the Urban Forest
CHS All About Gardening Meeting

December 2018
Green Thumbs in Canterbury
Chatting with Diane and Michael
Rae and Annette chat with Diane, Curator of Townend House, and Michael from the Canterbury Horticultural Society.
Monday 10th December 2018

November 2018
Green Thumbs in Canterbury
Herbs & Hydroponics

Monday 12 November 2018

Monday 5th 7pm & Tuesday 6th 9.45am
All About Gardening
Mary Tingey, CHS Orchards in Schools Coordinator talks about this worthwhile venture.
Listen to Mary Live on Plains FM

October 2018
All About Gardening
Electric Garden founders Michael Trengrove and Matt Scott discuss their vision for using modern technology to re-engage students with the environment.
The Electric Garden
Monday 1st & Tuesday 2nd October

Monday 8 October 2018
Green Thumbs in Canterbury
Home Soil and Interviews in the Garden
Ray and Annette interview an asparagus farmer, and the woman in charge of ensuring schools in Canterbury plant trees!

September 2018
Orchards in Schools
Cosmo from RNZ Country Life visited the CHS Orchards in Schools programme 
Country Life9:45 pm on 7 September 2018  - Let's get planting: school orchards for Canterbury's junior gardeners

Monday 10 September 2018
Green Thumbs in Canterbury

Listen to the first in the series, Spring in Canterbury & the Daffodils are in Bloom Includes interviews with daffodil grower David Adams and Suzanne Pickford from the Alpine Garden Society

Ecologist Colin Meurk Entertains
Colin Meurk was our September All About Gardening Speaker
The Podcast of his talk, "Let’s turn the Canterbury Plains from Extinction Capital to Eco-Province – Starting Now!” can be heard on Plains FM 96.9

July 2018
Steve Bush
Trees for Canterbury, More than just a nursery for plants!
Steve spoke early in July for the CHS Winter Speaker Series on what Trees for Canterbury have done and where they are at today, including what they do other than just growing native plants. 
For those of you who missed his talk you can listen to the podcast here