The Royal Horticultural Society of NSW Inc.

Established 1862

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Welcome to the RHS of NSW Inc. website

The Royal Horticultural Society of New South Wales Inc. was first established in 1862.  Being one of the oldest horticultural societies in Australia, the RHS of NSW Inc. has been involved in maintaining horticultural and floral art standards for most horticultural, agricultural and floral art shows in NSW.  The Society’s Specimen Standards book and Floral Art Show Guide are used as the basis for most exhibiting in NSW.

Since its establishment in 1862 the Patron of the Society has been the current Governor of New South Wales.  The Society is a not-for-profit association and produces an annual floral/horticultural display at the annual Sydney Royal Easter Show.  The Society is also actively involved with other events during the year.

Monthly meetings comprise both a horticultural guest speaker and a floral art demonstration; horticultural specimen show bench; floral art show bench and a critique of all exhibits by accredited RHS judges during the meeting.

The Society meets on the fourth Wednesday of most months at Beecroft Bowling Club, 128 Copeland Road, Beecroft, commencing at 9.45am (with all competitive exhibits to be on the show bench by 9.30am).  Please see the diary dates and contact page for more details.  All members of the public are most welcome to join us on our meeting days.  Some meeting have a special theme, with international luncheons, ‘all things pumpkin’ events in October and a special Christmas luncheon held at the November monthly meeting.


The Waratah, Telopea speciosissima, the floral emblem of the state of NSW (left)

The official RHS of NSW emblem (right)

RHS judges Elwin Notley, Mrs. Jacqueline Tweedie, Alex Ross and Mrs. Cecily Rogers (with Prof. The Hon. Dame Marie Bashir, former Governor of NSW in the far right of the photo) at the Ingleburn Autumn Show, 2013.

The RHS of NSW Inc. is itself an affiliated society of The Royal Horticultural Society (UK).  Members of The RHS of NSW Inc. are not entitled to obtain RHS (UK) Chelsea Flower Show or other UK-based event tickets at a reduced rate, or for free.  If you wish to attend any of the RHS (UK) events, we respectfully suggest that you contact that organisation for further information.  A URL link is supplied here for your assistance:  www.rhs.org.uk

For further information relating to this website, please contact the Web-mistress, Mrs. Heather Pryor via email: irishaven@pip.com.au

This page updated on 23 March, 2016

The Society welcomes its new Patron,

His Excellency General The Hon. David Hurley AC DSC (Retired). (See left)

His Excellency General Hurley joins the unbroken line of strong association between the RHS of NSW Inc and the Governors of the State of New South Wales.  Each and every Governor of the State of NSW has been the Society’s only Patron since 1862 and we welcome His Excellency and Mrs. Hurley.

For more information on the stellar career of His Excellency please read the welcome article in the Summer, 2015 edition of the Society’s quarterly journal “Better Gardening”.

We thank His Excellency’s Office for giving the Society formal permission to use this official photograph on our Society  website.

AUTUMN 2016