From: Canterbury Horticultural Society

Date: 21 July 2015
Professor Jenny Webster-Brown presents the 2015 M J Barnett Memorial Lecture

The final of the Canterbury Horticultural Society’s Winter Speaker Series and M J Barnett Memorial Lecture takes place on Thursday 13 August 2015 at 7pm.

Professor Webster-Brown holds a BSc (Hons) in Geology and Chemistry and a PhD in Geochemistry. She has been involved in environmental geochemistry research and consulting since 1985 and is the Director of the Waterways Centre for Freshwater Management, operating from both the University of Canterbury and Lincoln University.

Barnett-snapProfessor Jenny Webster-Brown’s talk; “Managing Water Run-off in an Urban Environment” will discuss how our everyday activities affect urban waterways, creating contaminated waters, extreme flow events and poor habitats for life.  It will consider how we can minimise, and in some cases even eliminate, these effects by making better decisions about our domestic water use,  and how we treat and dispose of common chemicals used around the home.  As a keen gardener, Jenny will include options for minimising water use and run-off contamination from gardens. There will also be a brief review of improvements proposed for the management of stormwater run-off and urban waterways in Christchurch city.

The M J Barnett Memorial Lecture was established to honour the memory of one of New Zealand’s most distinguished horticulturists, Morris John Barnett MBE, AHRHS, AHRIH (NZ) who died in 1964. Mr Barnett was Director of the Christchurch Botanic gardens for over 30 years. The Canterbury Horticultural Society instituted the memorial lecture in 1965 to perpetuate his memory.

The lecture takes place in the PC Browne Room, Canterbury Horticultural Centre, 57 Riccarton Ave, South Hagley Park at 7pm. Light refreshments will be served.

$10 non-members $5 students. Door sales available on the night or book online.
The CHS office is open 9am – 4pm tel: 366 6937


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Tony Kunowski
Tel: (03) 3584 973, Mob: 027 444 245