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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MAY

Sally Allison
Heritage Roses – history, literature and modern developments

Sally Allison : Thursday 11 May 7pm
Sally Allison : Thursday 11 May 7pm
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Heritage Roses, older roses, any roses have been a big part of Sally’s life since her early twenties starting in a garden on a bare hillside at Fernside. She is still in this same garden today which continues to change with maturity and continues to have even more roses many of which she has collected as cuttings, grown on and await identification.

A fascination of species and older roses and their history has led to her growing an immense number, many by cuttings, studying them, photographing them, writing about them and being invited to talk about them in many interesting places which apart from Australasia, includes Cambridge University, Huntington Botanic Garden California, Japan, Argentina, Uruguay and Bermuda.

Her love is not only roses but all plants and trees, and she is an avid gardener. 2016 was an exciting year for Sally receiving the NZ Rose Society Award and the World Rose Society Award which was presented at the World Rose Conference at Lyon France.

JUNE

Krystina Hill
Heritage fruit trees – history, literature and modern developments

Krystina Hill : Thursday 8 June 7pm
Krystina Hill : Thursday 8 June 7pm
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Krystina has been studying heritage fruit trees for fifteen years, and has established and now co-ordinate the Heritage Fruit Archive group [based in Canterbury] since 2009. This group consists of seven people who are growing a large number of heritage apple, pear and plum varieties in their Canterbury orchards, with the aim of studying and gathering information about cropping, pollination dates, harvest times, fruit uses, winter storage, drought resistance, frost hardiness and tree vigour. Although the group has been in existence since 2009, many of the fruit varieties have been studied by its members for many years prior to that.

Krystina is the organiser, co-ordinator and recorder for the group. Her background is in science and information technology, and she has worked in the IT industry and secondary and tertiary education. She’s had a smallholding in North Canterbury for the last fifteen years. Past occupations include network admin, systems analyst, tertiary educ. IT lecturer, IT s/w testing and QA, web content design, secondary educator- Natural Sciences teacher, horticultural research re, agri-ecology, dairy goat genetics, poultry genetics, drought resistance horticulture, mixed-use small-holder.

JULY

David Adams
Bulbs – history, literature and modern developments

David Adams : Thursday 13 July 7pm
David Adams : Thursday 13 July 7pm
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David 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.


AUGUST
MJ Barnett Memorial Lecture

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.