CHS Winter Speaker Series

Origins – where did I come from?

Four highly qualified and experienced speakers will present this series of stimulating talks culminating in the M J Barnett Memorial Lecture on Thursday 10 August.

The Winter Speaker Series 2017 venue is the Harcourts Grenadier Auction Rooms, 98 Moorhouse Avenue. There is plenty of parking available. The talks starts promptly at 7pm.


Admission prices

$5 per talk for students, $10 per talk for non-members FREE for CHS Members. Members please email the office to notify them if you are attending one of the sessions.

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Please make your purchase by selecting from the options to the right. Please keep your email receipt for use as admission ticket. Alternatively you can send a cheque with your selections clearly stated to Canterbury Horticultural Society
PO Box 369, Christchurch 8140
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MJ Barnett Memorial Lecture

The M J Barnett Memorial Lecture is conducted by the Canterbury Horticultural Society in honour of the memory of the late Mr M J Barnett, Director of the Christchurch Botanic Gardens for over 30 years.

Gary Houliston
Threatened plant species – history, literature and modern developments

Gary Houliston : Thursday 10 August 7pm
Gary Houliston : Thursday 10 August 7pm
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Dr Gary Houliston graduated with a PhD in Botany from the University of Canterbury in 2003. His thesis topic was the reproduction and population genetics of Hieracium in New Zealand. Following this, he was a postdoc at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, working on the genetic of male sterility in Silene. Returning to New Zealand he was hired by Landcare Research as a conservation geneticist, leading the Conservation Genetics programme at Landcare over the last six years. He has also spent considerable time working on invasive species and the assessment methods for plant importations.

Within this work programme Gary has done considerable work on what makes plants invasive, and will share some of his findings from this work.

Gary has recently taken on the leadership of the Enhancing Biodiversity research Portfolio at Landcare Research, and will also provide a brief overview of the range of work in this area.