HUTT VALLEY
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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.

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