Canterbury Horticultural Society Board

ALAN JOLLIFFE  President, (Finance & Property, Communications & Member Services, Awards)

Alan JolliffeCurrently Operations Manager for the College of Engineering at the University of Canterbury, Alan has held senior management positions in Local Government, Tertiary Education and the NZ Historic Places Trust. He is also Chairman of Te Kohaka o Tuhaitara Trust, the Music Centre of Christchurch, Christchurch Garden City Trust and a member of several professional organisations. He is a previous Curator of the Christchurch Botanic Gardens, Chairman of the Royal NZ Institute of Horticulture, Chairman of the Canterbury Conservation Board and President of the Canterbury Horticultural Society.


RAY KING Vice President, (Awards, Finance & Property, Horticultural Events & Education)

Ray King Ray is a retired primary school principal and secretary of the CHS Garden and Floral Art representatives’ committee. An interested flower gardener who also enjoys the benefits of  growing vegetables, fruit and micro greens in a small city garden. She is past president of Ikebana International Christchurch Chapter and secretary of the Sogetsu Teachers’ Christchurch Branch.



RACHEL VOGAN (Horticultural Outreach)

Rachel VoganRachel has 25 years’ experience as a writer and commentator on gardens. She has used her skills in the print, radio, TV and online media. Rachel was President of the New Zealand Nursery & Garden Industry Association in 2010-11 and was a board member for the period 2004-2011. More recently she has acted as a judge and ambassador for the Christchurch-based Ellerslie International Flower Show. She is frequently engaged as a garden commentator or guest speaker. Her popular topics are growing your own edible garden and garden styles and trends.



Richard SMithRichard Smith is a former commercial orchard manager with 15 years experience in pip and stone fruit production and a further 13 years as operations manager distributing fresh produce for a major supermarket chain South Island wide and is now in grocery logistics for that same chain. Backyard fruit growing is now Richards main hobby with a special interest in inter specifics especially plumcots.




Allan PatersonAllan has a working history in nursery and plant production and is Co-director of Magic Moss, a company specialising in decorative and sphagnum moss products sustainably harvested in the Maruia Basin of New Zealand. “I started in a tree nursery and still find myself in the gardens, I’m here to inspire gardeners and take them on the journey with me.”

DAVID ADAMS (Horticultural Outreach)

Dave-AdamsDavid Adams is a Life Member and former President of the Canterbury Horticultural Society. He is also a Life Member and former President of the National Daffodil Society with an International recognition in daffodil culture and breeding. As a retired teacher he brings skills in presentation and practical learning in many other aspects of horticulture.

MICHAEL COULTER (Finance & Property, Horticultural Outreach)

Michael CoulterMichael has been a member of the Canterbury Horticultural Society for over 45 years.  During this time he has served on the Board, exhibited at shows, judged garden competitions and has been  a regular presenter at the monthly All About Gardening sessions. He has a lifetime of experience in horticulture starting as a school boy working after school and during holidays in a flower growing nursery, then studying at Lincoln College, nursery work with flowers and indoor plants, 12 years with the landscape department of the Ministry of Works and for the last 33 years with his wife running their own nursery. He enjoys all types of horticulture and likes to share his knowledge and  to solve problems for people to enable them to  get more enjoyment and better results from their efforts in their gardens.


SANDI MACRAE (Horticultural Events & Education, Communications & Member Services)

Sandi MacRaeSandi has loved gardens and plants all her life. Based in Christchurch she has been operating her successful Landscape Design Business since 1998 and has been a member of the Canterbury Horticultural Society for the last 15 years. Sandi’s background includes an upbringing on the family nursery and working with various NZ plant wholesalers and retail companies. She has collaborated with architects, builders, stonemasons, artists and sculptors over the years to create individual and personalized garden spaces that their owners love. A regular attendee at the Ellerslie Flower Show, Sandi has been awarded Bronze, Silver, Gold and Supreme Design Awards. Having achieved these accolades she was most recently a judge in 2013 and 2014. Sandi brings her collaborative and creative team approach to the Society.


ROBYN WHITE (Garden Club Reps)

Robyn is a retired Office Administrator.    She is a committee member of the Halswell Garden Club and Club Representative to the CHS Garden & Floral Art Representatives Group.  Robyn is also Secretary of the Halswell Combined Probus Club. She is an interested flower gardener who loves annuals.   Over the years she has been awarded several Community Pride Garden Award certificates for her flower garden. Robyn was recently elected (June 2016) as the Garden Clubs representative on the Board.




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