Canterbury Horticultural Society Taster Workshops
45 minute sessions to inspire gardeners of all ages and abilities
Nurture with Nature
A Special Session for Tamariki
Canterbury Horticultural Society
Enjoy a selection of nature inspired crafts and activities for ages 0 – 10 years old. Adult supervision required.
Sunday 10am – 11am Tod Lounge
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Gift, table decoration and salad all wrapped up together. The perfect potluck posy.
Presented by Cailtin Joy from FREYA FLORA
Taking inspiration from her kitchen garden Caitlin will prepare a beautiful bouquet that’s fit for the dining room table. Fragrant and delicious, she will show you how to use ingredients you may not have thought of to design an edible bouquet.
Sunday11.30am – 12.15pm Tod Lounge
Discover your garden’s biodiversity and help preserve natural environments
Presented by Dr Colin Meurk BHU
Learn how you can enhance and bring local plants into your own garden and across the wider neighbourhood – to provide the basic needs for richer wildlife and an ecologically functional and legible landscape.
Sunday 1pm – 1.45pm Tod Lounge
For the Love of Bulbs
Learn all about propagating daffodils; as well as creating your own new varieties
Presented by Bill Carter (from USA)
This Spring discover the art of daffodil propagation and create your own new hybridized cross breeds with your home plants. Alternatively collect the seeds later in the season. Our visiting expert will explain all the elements of choosing parent plants, growing to flowering size and the uniqueness of each seed so you can expand your collection.
Sunday 2pm – 2.45pm Tod Lounge
Local heritage seed raising with sustainable seeds.
Presented by The Southern Seed Exchange
Discover how easy it is to grow healthy plants from seed with the Southern Seed Exchange (SSE).
Join members of the SSE for a concise session on the ins and outs of growing and saving your own seeds. The 45 minute demonstration will cover the basic principles of growing, isolation, harvesting, cleaning and saving seeds.
Working alongside the CHS to promote Canterbury’s heritage seed cultivars they will include a short demonstration and practical where people get to take a 6 cell seed pot to take away.
Sunday 3pm – 3.45pm Tod Lounge
Suzanne Pickford NZAGS
DIY trough and pot construction and more things to make with hypertufa
Simplicity is the key to these new slim quick-to-produce troughs. Some troughs will be for sale and some with their first coat done so that the finished product is an hour away. Lightweight and moveable.
Saturday 2.00pm and Sunday 3.00pm Habgood Lounge
Hamish Brown and Suzanne Pickford NZAGS
Bulb bulking, Success with Seed
Use bulbs inventively in your garden. A brief look at bulbs and what they need to thrive as putting them in the right place is the key. . Ever wanted a drift of snowdrops, or masses of trilliums under your woodland shrubs? Here is how to get them in quantity.
Saturday 4.15pm Tod Lounge
Sunday 10.15am Habgood Lounge
Suzanne Pickford NZAGS
Trough and tub planting to recreate natural planting schemes, packing plants in and keeping them happy
Using a few plants bought from the show a trough will be planted up using homemade rocks and a light mix. Tips and tricks for ensuring success.
Sunday 12.00pm Habgood Lounge
Easy Cactus Grafting
Who doesn’t like adding good aesthetics to their space? Grafted cactus is a cute yet low-maintenance plant that is perfect to give your garden a much-needed lift. You can graft a cactus even if you are a beginner.
Sunday 11.15pm Habgood Lounge
Rhododendron care, selection and more
Lisa West (Rhodo Direct)
An informal talk about various rhododendrons, their use, stylings, what to plant with them and how to care for them. Question and Answers.
Rhodo Direct Stall (Lisa’s stand)
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All workshop/demonstrations are free, except for Wreath making and Julia Atkinson-Dunn our keynote speaker.