Our membership consists of people of all ages and lifestyles. Our common love is in gardens and gardening, the enjoyment of our unique local environment, and the joy of sharing in community spirit.

We meet every third Saturday of the month Jan-Nov at the Botanic Garden Display Room, Hardacre Street, Coffs Harbour, commencing at 1.30pm, unless otherwise mentioned (depending on availability of meeting venue). Please arrive early if you have entries for the competition table or offerings for the Trading Table as the actual MEETING commences at 1:30pm.

The annual membership fee is $15.00.  To copy and paste a membership form please click here OR to submit an on-line membership form please click here. Name tags can be ordered from the Treasurer @ $8 each.

Bank details for fund transfer is:
Westpac Bank
BSB. 032-585
Account Number. 233729
Account Name. Coffs Harbour Garden Club Inc.

Meetings and Activities

We enjoy the following activities at our monthly meetings, as well as having monthly local outings:

  • Competition Table 

About the competition table: This is an opportunity for our members to display their beautiful blooms, potted plants, fruits and vegetables at our monthly meetings AND go into the running for prizes at the end of the year.  There are two CHGC members who volunteer to judge this monthly competition. After the November meeting all cumulative points are processed to find 1st, 2nd and 3rd place-getters. There is also a random prize draw for anyone who has tabled exhibits over the year.                       

    • Entry is FREE
    • There are bottles provided but you may want to bring your entries already in bottles - this saves time!
    • You can have as many or as few entries as you wish in each category. 
    • When you enter the meeting room and after signing the attendance book (for insurance purposes) you will find a box containing numbered yellow envelopes on the competition table. 
    • Just pick up the next envelope in line. 
    • Write that number with your name against it in the competition table book.
    • Place your entries in the various categories with your allocated little number close to your entry.
    • Return the envelope to the back of the number box.
      • If you are concerned about what category to place your specimen, just ask any of the members who regularly have entries on the Table, or Margaret who does the judging. 
    • Only one cut or stem is required for each entry that has * next to it on the following list. 
    • Please note the difference between a bunch and collection below. 
    • The Royal Horticultural Society of NSW Judging Standards and Guidelines for Horticultural Competitions and Exhibitions have been used in drawing up this list and their judging.
    • Competition Table Categories:   The categories have been revamped for the 2019 competition and these changes have been posted to the following list in bold.
Cacti & Succulents
Flowering Shrub*
Flowering Pot Plant
Non-flowering Pot Plant
Vine and Climber*
Bulb, Corm, Rhizome*
Orchid* (cut or pot)
Flower of the Month* (advised in newsletter and web)
Rose, Hybrid Tea*
Rose, Multi stem*
Rose, Mini*
Cut Flowers, Bunch (same flower, 5 or more cuts)
Cut Flowers, collection (different flowers, 5 or more cuts)
Cut Flower single*
Floral Art
Herbs, single bunch
Herbs, collection (more than 3 varieties)
Fruit small x 3 pieces. large x 1
Vegetable small x 3, large x 1, leaves x 5 (bunch)
Vegetable, collection (more than 3 varieties)
Most Interesting Plant

  • Gardener's Diary - often we are lucky enough to have members who like to share their knowledge at meetings and give Powerpoint presentations.  These presentations will also be available from this website, so if you miss the meeting there is an opportunity to recap. At other times during the year members who have been away visiting other points of interest and gardens give a presentation too. If you are a member of the club and would like to give a short presentation please contact any of the Executive.
  • Guest speakers - Various speakers cover life skills and/or professional experience at various meetings throughout the year - usually pertaining to gardens/gardening.
  • Trading Table - Members bring plants, flowers, fruits and vegetables which are sold to other members at a very small cost for the benefit of the club (funds contribute towards subsidising the Christmas function).
  • Social Interaction - Our meetings are always a great opportunity for like minded folk to enjoy each other's company.
  • Extensive library - Our library addresses many different gardening subjects, including DVDs and specialist texts for most gardening requirements. If you would like to borrow books etc they are available from the cupboard at the rear of the room - please fill in the book of what's been borrowed/returned.
  • Monthly outings - members can enjoy visits each month to gardens, specialist growers and other places of interest. These outings are on the last Thursday of each month. We usually have a BYO morning tea at the first garden. Full details will be available from the CHGC Newsletter sent to members each month  and the CHGC Calendar. We now share our outings with the Woolgoolga Garden Club and the days are always very interesting. The outing concludes with a lunch somewhere nearby the last garden - you don't have to attend, only if you've the time. If you would like to carpool could you please contact

Community Involvement

The Coffs Harbour Garden Club prides itself on its involvement in a wide range of community activities and events:

  • Coffs Harbour Spring Garden Competition - our premier event for the year, held in September, is a popular competition with over 100 entries over recent years.  It aims to highlight the beauty and variety of gardens within the Coffs Harbour Local Government Area. 
  • Coffs Harbour Regional Airport air-side gardens maintenance - first Tuesday of each month at 10:30am - we have artistic control and proudly maintain the gardens for Coffs Harbour's main transport hub.
  • Member Participation in local, State and National-level Agricultural Shows - including the stewarding of the Flowers & Plants and Vegetable & Fruit Sections of the Coffs Show and member representation on the Coffs Show Committee. The Club also sponsors the Professional Florist Competition held in conjunction with the Coffs Show.
  • Friends of the North Coast Regional Botanic Garden - through donations and member volunteer participation.
The Garden Clubs of Australia have recognised our club for outstanding service to the Coffs community and individual members for exemplary service to a club.
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