The Titahi Bay Horticultural Society started in 1959 and has run successfully ever since. The first Spring Flower Show was held in 1964 and has been held every year since except one. The 50th Flower Show was held in 2015.
These are held on the third Tuesday of the month from February to December. Meetings are very well attended.
We have a range of speakers and activities such as vegetable growing, composting, propagation, making terrariums and hypertufa pots, native birds and pest control to name just a few.
Competitions are held at every meeting in 6 categories – bloom, shrub, herbs, container of flowers, container of foliage and fruit and vegetables. Everyone votes and the scores are tallied up at the end of the year with prizes for highest scorers. Competition is fierce!
The sales table, raffle and supper are also all well received at meetings.
These include visits to members’ lovely gardens including delicious afternoon teas, and trips away to look at established gardens, such as Cross Hills. Trips often include visits to garden centres.
Spring Flower Show
This is held on the last weekend in August and is the highlight of our year. Daffodils are the main attraction, but there are competitions in a range of categories including preserves, floral design, cut flowers and patio containers. Entries come from as far away as Wanganui.
The children’s categories are very popular with over 100 children entering in the floral art section.
The Daffodil Grow and Show for schools was introduced in 2017 with schools being given containers, potting mix and daffodil bulbs. They plant the daffodils, watch them grow and enter them in the Spring Flower Show.
Our sales table is also a major attraction, as is the café.
Community Good Works
The Society takes part in a range of activities of benefit to the community.
Free potting up activities for children are run on occasions such as the Titahi Bay Fair and the Titahi Bay Beach Festival.
School Gardens receive donations of pea straw, compost and potting mix and items such as gardening gloves and secateurs. We also give advice and help to community gardens.
In 2017 a mural was commissioned by the artist Ellen Coup to beautify an electricity box near the beach. In 2018 we provided a Big Mac seat which is located beside the Titahi Bay Surf Club. In 2019 we took over the planting and care of the round garden at the north end of the beach.