Welcome to the Horticultural Council (WA)

The WA Horticultural Council Inc represent, promotes and encourages amateur gardening in Western Australia and supports some 60 affiliated societies in their endeavors to help people learn more about gardening.

The Council was formed on 13 January 1932. Initially some 10 horticultural organisations comprised the Council and were represented by their nominated delegates and member societies continue to nominate delegates to attend Council meetings. Individual membership is not available to the public. Our Patron is the Hon Richard F Court, AC.

Council has produced a set of Standards and Classifications covering the main generic types and trained general judges who voluntarily visit metropolitan and country shows to judge. Specialist societies such as the WA Chrysanthemum Society & Rose Society of WA conduct their own judging courses and these judges are included in the judges list.

Council receives and approves applications from members for State & District Championships and provides sashes and certificates to support these events.

Council organises two weekend Garden Clubs & Societies Fairs annually at the South Perth Community Centre where participants provide displays and sell plants to the public February and September.

An initiative of the WA Horticultural Council Inc was the publication of "The West Australian Gardener" in 1932, a magazine that provided local gardening advice. Sadly we had to cease publication with the summer 2006 issue due to lack of advertising support. Interestingly, the office still receives enquiries for the magazine as keen gardener's find old copies in their cupboards.

The achievements that have been made during Council's 84 years have been made possible by the many hours given by dedicated people over this period and they can take great credit for their contribution over the years.

Council now faces a challenge in the 21st century to encourage young people to become involved in the various societies and pursue a passion for gardening overcoming climatic changes, smaller gardens and water restrictions.