Hutt Horticultural Society's 100th Anniversary. It is hosting the National Daffodil
Show on 14/15th September at the Horticultural Hall, Langes Road, Lower Hutt, open to the public 1-00pm - 5-00pm
on Sat 14th and 10am - 4-30pm on Sunday 15th, Hugh display of the world's best daffodils and other spring flowers,
plants, flowers and crafts on sale -
Admission $2-50 For further information call Mrs C M Robertson 04 566 2420
The Hutt Valley Orchid Circle
was formed in 1962 by a small group of orchid enthusiasts. It was the fourth dedicated orchid society
established in New Zealand and the oldest in the Wellington region.
We meet at 2pm on the 3rd Sunday in the month during Summer - September to April and 4th Sunday in the month
during the Winter - May to August. We are affiliated to the Hutt Valley Horticulture Society and have the use of
their rooms and participate in their shows 3 - 4 times each year with orchid displays/sales, information etc.
Repotting display at Horticultural Society show
Len Cook dividing a visitors plant at the show
The meetings are held at the Horticultural Society rooms in Laings Rd (next to the Horticultural Hall) in central
Lower Hutt, on the northern side of Wellington Harbour
Christmas supper and cutting the annual Christmas cake
Our current Secretary is Margaret Subritzky and our Treasurer is Margaret Englebretson. They organise the
club activities without a current president but with a very enthusiastic committee. Until recently our patron was
Dick Reichenbach - an active member in the club. He passed away in February.
We currently have 45 members; some with very diverse talents such as:- Peggy Flett - a talented artist who regularly
provides an orchid painting for our very special Christmas raffle; Cristel Mills an expert floral artist who often
travels to international competitions with her floral art and Len Cook whose ideas for gadgets that benefit orchid
growers, are inexhaustible! Several other members are orchid judges and we have many experienced growers amongst
us as well, all willing to pass on help and information
Society displays at shows
We can also boast a centenarian amongst our members - Emily Wallace celebrated 100 years in 1997.
Peggy Flett and Christel Mills presenting congratulatory certificate to Emily Wallace on
her 100th birthday.
We post a monthly newsletter to all members informing them of activities organised for the Circle as well
as national events involving other clubs and other items of interest in the orchid world.
Our badge portrays a New Zealand native orchid - Pterostylis banksii and the club has recently adopted a smart
navy blue shirt, with our logo in white, as a uniform - making us easily identifiable at our shows.
Kay Turner admiring a recently displayed cymbidium
Our concern at the public need for information and assistance in repotting orchids lead us
to organise an exciting weekend at the Lower Hutt conservatory where most of our club members worked hard at repotting
hundreds of plants brought in by the general public.
Len Cook admiring recent display
Other club activities have included bus trips to visit growers outside the Wellington region. These are always
a great social time and provide an opportunity to add many different genera to our collections. Our own members
also open their orchid houses for visits each year.
Members photographed at time of glasshouse visit October 1999
On a larger scale, we have participated in international events such as the 1990 World Orchid Conference held in
Auckland, and the International Orchid Expo in Palmerston North in 1995 and are at present planning to be involved
in Orchids 2000 to be held in Hamilton in September.
Many orchid genera are sold, swapped or won in raffles at our meetings which are generally very informal and social
in nature and we warmly welcome any visitors or prospective members.
Valerie McDonald admiring a cattleya at recent display
PHOTOS OF 40TH ANNIVERSARY CLICK HERE
For those wishing to find out more about this society, or to find out about
the next meeting in order to visit, please contact Janice Brown by telephone on 04 938 3967 or by Email: [email protected] Visitors
are most welcome to join us at our meetings and activities.
Visitors are always welcome.
ALSO, WITHIN THE GREATER WELLINGTON REGION
Capital City Orchid Society, in Wellington