About the Hutt Valley Horticultural Society

The object of the society is to promote the study and practice in Horticulture in all its various forms. The society has been operating since 1903.

Members share a passion for plants and gardening, although they vary in experience levels from novice to highly experienced gardeners. The society has a long history of providing horticultural advice in the Hutt Valley and surrounding areas.


The society continues to positively adapt to a number of changes. In 2018 the society moved into its new offices at Moera Community Hall, 105 Randwick Crescent, Moera, Lower Hutt.


The society holds three shows a year, open to the public, September (featuring Daffodils and Bonsai), November (featuring Roses and Bonsai), and February (featuring Fuchsias, Begonias and Dahlias). There is also an Orchid Show in October held by the Orchid Society one of our affiliated groups.


Each of the shows showcase seasonal blooms, as well as a wide variety of other plants, including fruit and vegetables.

Plant sales are available at all of our shows and gardeners are on hand to give friendly advice.


Shows for 2020/21 show season will be held at 

  • Lower Hutt Event Centre in Central Lower Hutt for the Spring show in September; and 
  • Walter Nash Centre, 20 Taine Street, Taita for other shows

The smooth organisation and running of society activities, including shows is dependent on members involvement. Members are encouraged to consider how they can personally contribute to the society. 


Restrictions regarding COVID have resulted in a delay in the planning of member only events in 2020. Four talks or activities for members are planned for 27th March, 17th April, 10th July and 21st August 2021. Full details are still to be confirmed.  


Thinking about exhibiting at a show 


The Hutt Valley Horticultural Society welcomes exhibits from new competitors in its shows, whether you are a novice or more experienced gardener. The society is happy to provide advice on which classes your plants could be entered into. 


Thinking about becoming a member 


Annual membership is $10 for singles and $14 for couples. Members enjoy free entry to all of our shows, newsletters and show schedules. You can fill out our membership form or use the contacts on the home page.  Members are happy to share their horticultural advice & experience to get your garden thriving.


Want to stay in Touch 


Non-members are welcome to join our email mailing list and receive notifications of upcoming shows and other events open to the general public.

HVHS Committee

The society is managed by a committee appointed at the annual general meeting.  The Committee meets monthly in Moera.  Committee members for the 2020/21 show season are:


  • Jenny Thompson (Acting President)
  • Claude Polsen (Vice-President)
  • Leony Reid (Treasurer)
  • Dianne Purdie (General Secretary)
  • Tina Selby (Show Secretary & Newspaper Editor)
  • Allison Tindale (Media Officer)
  • Emilia Hrstich
  • Barry Walker
  • Victor Soh
  • Lyn  Shanahan

If you would like any information about committee members and committee meetings, please contact the society secretary.  


HVHS Newsletter
The society produces a quarterly newsletter for members.  Please contact the society secretary if you would like to view our latest newsletter. 

Contact Details for Affiliated Horticultural Groups in Wellington Region

Wellington Bonsai Club                                                           Brian McKeon           [email protected]

Wellington Begonia Club                                                     Patricia Downs           04 564 8369      email: [email protected] 

Hutt Valley and Wellington Cactus and Succulent Society     Dianne Purdie           04 479 5548

Hutt Valley Rose Society                                                         Jill Merrick                04 234 8693       email:  [email protected] 

Wellington Orchid Society                                                       Paul Herd                 04 586 1032

Wellington Fuchsia Society                                                     Lesley Berryman      04 567 9533

Our Next Show

Our next horticultural show is the Early Summer Show held on 13 & 14 February 2021.  Details of the show are contained in the below poster. The show will continue to go ahead under COVID Alert Levels 1 or 2.  

A particular feature of this show will be displays of Begonias and Fuchsias.      


The general public are invited to enter items into the show and to view the display.  We are happy to give advice about how to enter your flowers/plants.  


This show includes several classes open to junior gardeners aged up to 14 years.  

Free Children's activities are expected to take place at the show - with details to be confirmed. 


The schedule prepared for each show gives details of what classes plants/flowers can be entered into.  A wide variety of classes is available covering seasonal blooms, potted plants, NZ natives and fruit and vegetables.  Conditions of entry are contained in the schedule. Plants (or parts thereof) submitted for judging should be the results of the gardener's own efforts for a least a 3 month period, with the exception of entries in floral art.  A workbench is available at each show venue during registration hours to prepare items for display to their best advantage.  


We were also have a range of quality plants for sale at bargain prices.