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Our members love sharing their stories, insights and experiences with others. Below are stories and information about how to grow native plants, where to buy them and best uses of natives.

You can also read about places to visit to see native plants in their natural environment and discover the birds, insects and reptiles that live there. Click on each picture to find relevant stories, or use the table below. 

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Use the search and filtering features in the table below to find plants of interest and then click on a plant’s Image or Title to view plant details.

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Henry Deane
Henry Deane – botanist and railway manMay 28, 2017

We have a passionate interest in the environment in general and native plants in particular. We also have an interest in railways and particularly railway history. We first encountered Henry Deane (1847-1924) when we read about the now abandoned Wolgan Valley Railway in the upper Blue Mountains of NSW. Henry was engineer-in-charge of construction in the early 1900’s. At the same time, he was collecting botanical specimens.

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Leo Hodge
Leo Hodge – shearer, dingo trapper, grazier, artist, musician, poet and gardenerMay 28, 2017

We find that the internet is a treasure trove of botanical and horticultural information. A recent search brought to light a biography of Leo Hodge, christened Leomin, the originator of many Grevillea hybrids, all prefixed ‘Poorinda’ after his property in the Gippsland area of Victoria. The name is taken from an aboriginal word meaning ‘light’.

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We can learn from nature which colours look good together, image Heather Miles
A few words on colours for a cottage gardenMay 28, 2017

The idea of a cosy cottage garden, with herbaceous borders of annuals and perennials against a backdrop of shrubs and (maybe) a small tree or two, is becoming popular again especially as gardens become smaller. Remember, plants that self-seed in a garden can easily become weeds in nearby bushland. By introducing native plants, especially local (i.e. indigenous) species, you will reduce your garden’s weed potential and make it more attractive to flora and fauna.

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Dendrobium on rock overall, image Jeff Howes
Establishing Australian Thelychiton* (Dendrobium) orchidsMay 28, 2017

One of most frequent question I receive is how I manage to grow Thelychiton kingianum and Thelychiton speciosum orchids on my rocks and ‘apparently’ in the ground. These orchids are really very hardy and many are killed by too much kindness and water.

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Native snail front and back view, image Jeff Howes
The Australian snail – a true friend indeedMay 28, 2017

A few years ago I had quite a few native snails in one part of my northern Sydney garden and now they are gone. A pity as the species I had was carnivorous and fed on the introduced garden snails (Cantareus asperses, which are from Europe). I have no idea where they came from or where they have gone. Maybe it is because I now have no introduced snails in my garden and as a result no food for the native snails anymore.

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Pond surrounded by plants, image Jeff Howes
Creating a small pondMay 28, 2017

As I always wanted a small pond/water feature, I created a dry creek bed leading from the rock to a small stainless steel 47 litre laundry tub. To make it all appear ‘natural’ I did the following:

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How to grow Australian orchids for a stunning display
How to grow Australian orchids for a stunning displayJuly 11, 2017

This article by Jeff first appeared in GardenDrum in 2015, for the Australian Plants Society NSW. I have been growing Australian orchids in my Sydney native garden for nearly 30 years. Every year, I get a stunning display that wows everyone who sees it.

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One ‘Must Know’ Principle of Gardening
One ‘Must Know’ Principle of GardeningJuly 19, 2017

For many years, I have been growing native plants, reading gardening books, listening to garden gurus, advising people on what native plants to grow in their gardens and listening to other people’s gardening problems. During this time, I have concluded that there is only one important garden principle that one must try to follow

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Density and diversity, image Warren Sheather
Density and diversityJuly 24, 2017

The Northern Tablelands of NSW is a challenging area to establish gardens. Winters are usually characterised by a series heavy frosts throughout the season. This presents problems particularly if you wish to cultivate native plants as many come from milder, coastal and more temperate areas.

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Insect hotel, image Jeff Howes
Insect or bee hotel – I have made one and so can youJuly 24, 2017

During a recent trip to Europe, I noticed a lot of quite large, home-made bee ‘hotels’. On my return, I undertook a bit of research and I found some excellent information on different home-made ‘hotels’ in the EU and UK.

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Rhododendron lochiae flowers
Growing Australian RhododendronsJuly 24, 2017

While rhododendrons are very popular plants in Australian gardens, there are only two species that we can truly call our own. They are both Vireya Rhododendrons – rainforest species found in mountainous tropical areas of SE Asia, New Guinea and North Queensland. These

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Lisa Harvey
The Powerful OwlJuly 28, 2017

The Powerful Owl is Australia’s largest apex nocturnal predator owl, it is present along the Eastern Coast and is listed as vulnerable in NSW. The owl is a territorial obligate hollow nester

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Wrens, image Ralph Cartwright
Kakadu AdventureAugust 14, 2017

I took a trip about this time last year to Kakadu National Park which had many items of interest, both flora and fauna. (All photos included here were taken by myself.) This is a summary of the talk that I gave to the Sutherland group of APS recently. Check out our District Group page.

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Wedding Bush a winner in WAOctober 26, 2017

We recently received this picture from Bruce Duncan, who runs an olive farm in Mokine, Western Australia (Clackline Valley Olives).

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Cymbidium suave Snake Orchid, image Ralph Cartwright
Orchids in the bushNovember 1, 2017

This is Cymbidium suave, or Snake Orchid, usually found in stumps and in forks of gum trees but this one was at ground level, so got some easy pictures. Apparently, once the pods turns brown the kernel can be eaten raw and has a similar taste to peanuts. The juice from the stems was once used as a glue and applied directly to wounds (particularly burns). Everyone knows the Sydney Rock Orchid, Dendrobium speciosum, but more unusual to find one with seed pods on it. These were growing in full sun on an exposed rock shelf in the Royal National Park, Sydney. Tough plants.  

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Gathering at Coffs Harbour
Gathering at Coffs HarbourNovember 2, 2017

Over 130 people attended our quarterly gathering at Coffs Harbour in September 2017. Here are some of the beautiful plants and vistas on show.

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Large grass tree, image penelope Sinclair
Grass Trees, Xanthorrhoea spp.November 13, 2017

I have always been fascinated with Grass Trees and they are such an iconic emblem of our bush. Those of you who have travelled to and from Inverell and Guyra via the Ensmore and Tingha Roads will have seen some great specimens (see left) along the northern section of this route which winds among the hills and crosses Paradise Creek and the Macintre River in its upper reaches.

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Denise Lawungkurr Goodfellow, champion of Top End native plants
Denise Lawungkurr Goodfellow, champion of Top End native plantsDecember 6, 2017

Mark Henley (Newcastle Group) has shared the great work being done by Top End birdwatcher and natural history and cultural guide, Denise Lawungkurr Goodfellow.

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Powerful Owl, image Noel Rosten
Birds in our garden by Noel RostenJanuary 11, 2018

Here are the visitors to our garden this month – the King Parrot, Powerful Owl, and Eastern Spinebill.

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Vibrant Christmas colour with Ceratopetalum gummiferum, NSW Christmas bush, Image Heather Miles
I love a sunburnt country…but wish it would rain!February 1, 2018

My predominantly native Hunter Valley garden is feeling the pressure of no rain. While it looks quite beautiful in the misty morning, the mist hasn’t translated into rain.

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Update on ANPSA, by President, Riitta Boevink, President
Update on ANPSA, by President, Riitta Boevink, PresidentFebruary 9, 2018

At the recent ANPSA conference in Tasmania, it was decided to provide regular updates on ANPSA, so people better understand its role in growing and conserving native plants. Here is the first such update, an introduction to what ANPSA does, from President, Riita Boevink.

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Flannels in full flower, image Elsie Bartlett
Success with growing flannel flowersMarch 2, 2018

Several people have asked me recently to write down the methods I use to grow flannel flowers.
 I have had some success with them so here is my story.

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Grev x Golden Lyre, image Kevin Stokes
Visit to Boongala NurseryApril 1, 2018

Asmall group of Newcastle members had a very pleasant visit to Boongala Nursery run by Mal and Jenny Johnston in Kenthurst, Sydney.
This garden and nursery has been an institution for many years for those interested in Australian plants and is well worth a visit.

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Eucalyptus youngiana, image Kevin Stokes
A zoo of trees – visit Eucalyptus Arboretum, Currency Creek, South AustApril 2, 2018

Ever seen a ‘zoo of trees?’ Kevin Stokes from Newcastle Group is fascinated by eucs and suggests a visit to the Currency Creek Eucalyptus Arboretum in South Australia can be a rewarding experience.

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March Gathering
March GatheringApril 8, 2018

Three members of APS NSG went “on holidays” and ventured to Loftus on the balmy Saturday morning.

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Fungi, image Ralph Cartwright
Bush recovering after fireApril 9, 2018

Last week, I joined some other volunteers on the Curra Moors track in the Royal National Park for some track trimming activities. This track goes through a lot of the burnt areas from the January fires which ‘destroyed’ over 2,000 hectares in late January.

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Image Jan WIlliamson
March gathering and visit to Joseph Banks ReserveApril 9, 2018

Three members of APS NSG went “on holidays” and ventured to Loftus on the balmy Saturday morning. We arrived just in time to join Rhonda leading the group on the guided tour of the beautiful Joseph Banks Native Plants Reserve.

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Callala Creek Reserve Boardwalk
Callala Creek Reserve BoardwalkApril 10, 2018

On a beautiful autumn afternoon last weekend, we headed off to Callala Bay to seek out the Callala Creek Reserve boardwalk. The boardwalk has been recently reopened after being damaged by fires at the end of 2016 and sits between Callala Bay and Callala Beach taking in the Callala Creek salt marsh.

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Farewell to Noel Rosten
Farewell to Noel RostenApril 16, 2018

As many members may know, Noel Rosten of North Shore Group was tragically killed on 26 February when hit by an out of control 4WD while checking the letter box.

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Warren and Gloria Sheather
New life members, Warren and Gloria SheatherMay 27, 2018

Warren and Gloria have been long term members of the Society, first joining the Blue Mountains group and then moving to Armidale in 1977. Warren held multiple positions over the coming 30 years where Warren took a position in the Dept of Botany at the University of New England.

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Angela Speering
Meet Angela Speering, our newest life memberMay 27, 2018

At the Australian Plants Society NSW AGM on 26 May, Angela Speering was awarded life membership of the Society.

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Grevillea angulata, image Kevin Stokes
Beautiful photos of Ian Cox’ garden in Kenhurst, by Kevin StokesMay 28, 2018

We are very lucky to have such talented gardeners as well as such talented photographers. Here are some beautiful images taken by Kevin Stokes, of Newcastle Group, of the garden of Ian Cox that a number of us visited on the weekend.

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Tuggerah Lakes Estuary, photo Nick Carson
Keeping Tuggerah Lakes pristine, by Nick CarsonMay 29, 2018

Central Coast Group’s speaker in May was Nick Carson, an Environmental Education Officer at Central Coast Council where he educates the community about the Tuggerah Lakes Estuary. Nick spoke passionately about the importance of the Tuggerah Lakes Estuary and catchment area. This article was first published in the May issue of the Central Coast Australian Plants Society NSW newsletter. 

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Rare plants in abundance after fire
Rare plants in abundance after fireJune 30, 2018

John Arney from Sutherland group led a recent walk in Kamay NP at Kurnell and pointed out these plants. Apparently the juvenile leaves on Commersonia hermanniifolia, (previously Rulingia hermanniifolia), had some people wondering if this was a new weed.

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Wattles are blooming
Wattles are bloomingAugust 11, 2018

Here is a selection of wattles blooming at Hunter Regional Botanic Gardens. Images by Barbara Melville.

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What bug is that? Answer: Saunders Case Moth
What bug is that? Answer: Saunders Case MothNovember 12, 2018

One of our plant experts, Dick Turner, has responded: You have a case moth larva sheltering inside the protection that it has made for itself. The larva or caterpillar uses the cover for protection while it moves about foraging on leaves.

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Lorikeets lapping up the delicious nectar from this dwarf eucalyptus flower
Lorikeets lapping up the delicious nectar from this dwarf eucalyptus flowerDecember 10, 2018

Here are some stunning images from Colin Lawrence of the Newcastle group, who captured the lorikeet enjoying its fill of the dwarf eucalyptus. This tree lived in a pot for a a couple of years and then was planted out 5 and a half years ago. It certainly looks happy!

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Melaleuca scarlet, image Heather Miles
I love a sunburnt country…but wish it would rain some more – a sequelDecember 11, 2018

In February 2018, I was bemoaning the loss of some long-established plants in my predominantly native garden in the Hunter Valley. We’d had far less than average rainfall and there was no end in sight to the drought. Along with vicious 45-degree days, the resilience of the garden, and me, was being tested!

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Propagating again
Propagating againJanuary 20, 2019

This time we purchased a Greenlife Mini Drop Over Greenhouse from a well known supermarket. It is designed to either fit over a raised garden bed or stand alone. We have tied ours down to a metal bench. The pots and punnets sit in plastic basins that are half full of sand. The sand is kept moist and the pots and punnets sprayed once a day.

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Wombat Care, Bundanoon
Wombat Care, BundanoonJanuary 25, 2019

In November last year, the Southern Highlands APS group enjoyed an informative and passionately delivered presentation by John Creighton, AKA Wombat Man, who talked to them about the important work carried out by volunteer carers at Wombat Care Bundanoon.

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Merle Thompson, our Membership Officer, receives Order of Australia Medal
Merle Thompson, our Membership Officer, receives Order of Australia MedalJanuary 29, 2019

MEDAL (OAM) OF THE ORDER OF AUSTRALIA IN THE GENERAL DIVISION Miss Merle Kay THOMPSON, South Bowenfels NSW 2790For service to the community through a range of organisations.

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Above: The iconic avenue of Lemon-scented Gums (Corymbia citriodora) lining the Avenue of Honour, May Drive, Kings Park and Botanic Garden, WA. These trees were planted in 1938, despite their tendency to drop branches, to replace the original avenue of Red-flowering Gums (Corymbia ficifolia), many of which succumbed to canker. Photograph courtesy of T Bell.
Planting Australian natives: are we bringing the bush to our backyards or our backyards to the bush?January 31, 2019

This article by Dr Matt Pye* recently appeared in the Australian Flora Foundation’s January 2019 Research Matters and is reproduced with permission. 

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Polblue, a fragile wilderness
Polblue, a fragile wildernessFebruary 21, 2019

This article was contributed by Andrew Pengelly of the Hunter Valley Group and appeared in their newsletter, Gumleaves. 

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Native Terrestrial Orchids of the Hunter by Lynda McPherson
Native Terrestrial Orchids of the Hunter by Lynda McPhersonApril 2, 2019

One of our members, Kevin Stokes from Newcastle, has brought to our attention a new book called Native Terrestrial Orchids of the Hunter Region Botanic Gardens, by Lynda McPherson.

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Bioluminescent fungi at the Hunter Region Botanic Gardens
Bioluminescent fungi at the Hunter Region Botanic GardensApril 8, 2019

Interested in bioluminescent fungi? It is about this time of the year these fascinating fungi appear in the Hunter Region Botanic Gardens especially after the rain of recent times. The fruiting bodies should be appearing soon and there are several people keeping a lookout. If any appear, walks will be organised.

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Hugh Stacy at the Menai Group propagation facility, May 2017
Remembering Hugh Stacy, Life MemberApril 25, 2019

One of the stalwarts of East Hills Group, Hugh Stacy, died on 5 March 2019, his 83rd birthday. Hugh was a very active and valued member of the Australian Plants Society and its forerunner, the Society for Growing Australian Plants, for many years.

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Celebrating Australian natives at the Easter Show 2019
Celebrating Australian natives at the Easter Show 2019April 26, 2019

Enjoy some of the entries in the many classes of the Australian plants competition at the Sydney Royal Easter Show, April 2019. Thanks to all the entrants, particularly Central Coast, East Hills and Sutherland Groups, who together created a colourful display on the diversity and beauty of Australian native plants, despite the time of year. All the competition results are here, searchable by exhibitor.

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Joan Zande's Garden
Joan Zande’s Garden – a design with natureMay 22, 2019

While attending the APS NSW gathering in November 2018 hosted by Sutherland Group I had the pleasure of visiting Joan Zande’s garden and was very impressed at the application of so many design principles in this relatively small residential garden reconstructed after 40 years as a collaborative effort between Joan and an obviously very talented landscape contractor, Greg Hopcroft.

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Lloyd Hedges with Pam Pitkeathly Lloyd Hedges with Pam Pitkeathly, Vice President of Menai Group
Congratulations to Lloyd Hedges, Life MemberMay 22, 2019

Congratulations to Lloyd Hedges of Menai Group who was awarded Life membership at the APS NSW Annual General Meeting on 18 May 2019. Menai Group’s nomination of Lloyd is reproduced here.

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Congratulations to Barry Lees, Life Member
Congratulations to Barry Lees, Life MemberMay 22, 2019

Congratulations to Barry Lees of North Shore Group who was awarded Life membership at the APS NSW Annual General Meeting on 18 May 2019. Barry’s love and respect for our native plants is contagious and he has inspired many others to share his passion. Here’s North Shore Group’s nomination of Barry.

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Finger lime cut, image Ralph Cartwright
Native citrus successMay 25, 2019

For those who also have this plant, the fruit are ripe when they just come off the plant easily when you pull lightly and I read that they do not ripen off the tree. You can freeze them if you have a huge crop.

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ANPSA News
ANPSA NewsMay 30, 2019

Nineteen people joined the ANPSA Council teleconference on 14 May. Each time the time differences bring home the vastness of Australia as a country.

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ANPSA meeting - May 2019
ANPSA meeting – May 2019May 30, 2019

Nineteen people joined the ANPSA Council teleconference on 14 May. Each time the time differences bring home the vastness of Australia as a country. As the member societies are autonomous bodies allowing for differences, these meetings of delegates and elected office bearers are an opportunity to share information and find common ground.

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Melia in autumn, image Colleen and Geoff Keena
Sunshine and shadow to modify the temperature of a houseMay 30, 2019

The use of appliances to modify temperature, such as an air-conditioner or heater, impacts on expenses and on the environment. However, their use can be minimised or even made unnecessary, by planting deciduous native trees, Melia azedarach along the north of the house.

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Australian native plants in other countries
Australian native plants in other countriesMay 30, 2019

Lawrie Smith is the leader of the Garden Design Study Group. In the latest newsletter, he shares photos of some of the Australian collections he’s found in other countries. Stunning images, for our enjoyment. Thanks Lawrie. More information on the ANPSA Study Group can be found here.

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Lemon Myrtle Syrup with Lemon Myrtle leaves
Recipes for Bush foods by Colleen and Geoff KeenaJune 6, 2019

Here are some wonderful recipes for bush foods, developed by Colleen and Geoff. Just a word of warning first: Be sure plants are accurately identified. Exercise caution with unfamiliar foods. Although the following are usually considered safe, adverse reactions in particular individuals cannot be ruled out.

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Cover of Autumn 2019 issue of Australian Plants with alpine herbfields
Autumn 2019 issue of Australian PlantsJune 6, 2019

The Autumn 2019 issue of Australian Plants was mailed to members and subscribers in late May. Members of the Australian Plants Society NSW receive Australian Plants four times a year as part of their membership.

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Correa 'Catie Bec', image Heather Miles
Winter delights by nameJune 21, 2019

What do Acacia ‘Winter Gold’, Acacia ‘Winter Flame’, the Correa ‘Winter Bells’ collection, Eremophila ‘Winter Gold’, Grevillea ‘Winter Delight’, Philotheca ‘Winter Rouge’ and Syzygium ‘Winter Lights’ have in common? Yes, they are all named for a winter feature – either their flowers or foliage.

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Book: Dictionary of Botanical Names by Don Perrin (2018)
Book: Dictionary of Botanical Names by Don Perrin (2018)June 25, 2019

Dictionary of Botanical Names by the late Don Perrin is an updated edition of Don’s earlier book on the derivations of Australian plant names, now with 4,500 entries.

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Grevillea sp Big Island, image Ralph Cartwright
Hawaii – a mix of endemic and introduced speciesJune 25, 2019

This chain of islands developed as the Pacific Plate moved slowly northwestward over a hotspot in the Earth’s mantle at a rate of 50 km per million years. The southeast island is still volcanically active, whereas the islands on the northwest end of the archipelago are older and typically smaller, due to longer exposure to erosion.

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Australian Flora Foundation newsletter - Research Matters, July 2019
Australian Flora Foundation newsletter – Research Matters, July 2019July 23, 2019

The latest newsletter from the Australian Flora Foundation is now available here. The foundation is a charity fostering scientific research into the biology and cultivation of the Australian flora.

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Celebrate Wattle Day on 1 September
Celebrate Wattle Day on 1 SeptemberJuly 25, 2019

The following notes are based on Maria Hitchcock’s book A Celebration of Wattle: Australia’s National Emblem (2012). The book is a revised and updated edition of Maria’s earlier book Wattle (AGPS 1991), which grew from a small booklet sent out to schools in 1988.

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Tetratheca granulosa in a pot, image Brian Roach
New Study Group – Australian Plants for ContainersAugust 2, 2019

Many people live in smaller units and apartments with balconies or have a small area for a garden and growing Australian plants in containers is a great way to have a small garden of native plants. Growing in containers also allows gardeners to have plants that otherwise won’t tolerate local conditions.

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Acacia buxifolia, image ©Alan Fairley
Wattle Day – why is it 1 September?August 11, 2019

Alan Fairley explains why Wattle Day is 1 September. This article first appeared in Doryanthes, the newsletter of the Oatley Flora and Fauna Society, and is reproduced with Alan’s permission.

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Ablaze with colour: the Illawong Fire Station gardenAugust 12, 2019

Here’s a selection of spring photos from Lloyd Hedges of the garden maintained by Menai Group at the Illawong Fire Station garden in southern Sydney.

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Barren Grounds near Kiama, image Heather Miles
Spring wildflower walks – Suggestions from FacebookAugust 20, 2019

Barbara Melville from Central Coast Group recently asked our Facebook for suggestions for walks to see spring wildflowers. Here are some of the responses. APS Groups also have walks in their local area, so check the Group activities and newsletters.

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Eremophila nivea (photo Brian Walters)
Eremophilas – tough, fast and colourfulAugust 22, 2019

I’ve been growing eremophilas for close on 25 years and have been delighted with the results. In well-drained sunny positions eremophilas usually reward me for my efforts.

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Professor Kingsley Dixon
Congratulations to Australian Plants Award winners: Professor Kingsley Dixon and Glenn LeiperAugust 25, 2019

very two years two medals are given in association with the ANPSA Biennial Conference, one in the professional and one in the amateur category. “Amateur” is not intended to signify less valued or amateurish. On the contrary, the recipients invariably are people who have unstintingly given their time and made significant contribution in the area of their interest and expertise.

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Winter 2019 issue of Australian Plants
Winter 2019 issue of Australian PlantsAugust 26, 2019

The Winter 2019 issue of Australian Plants was mailed to members and subscribers in late August. Members of the Australian Plants Society NSW receive Australian Plants four times a year as part of their membership.

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Highlights from Newcastle get together August 2019August 27, 2019

Many members enjoyed the APS NSW get together hosted by Newcastle Group on 17–18 August 2019 with a program of highlights of the area. Thanks to Newcastle Group including President Mark Abell and Secretary Maree McCarthy and all the volunteers who made the weekend so successful. Photos by Kevin Stokes, Newcastle Group (unless noted).

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Book review – Flora of the Hunter Region, Stephen Bell, Christine Rockley and Anne Llewellyn
Book review – Flora of the Hunter Region, Stephen Bell, Christine Rockley and Anne LlewellynAugust 30, 2019

This is a remarkable publication, given that it provides detailed and authoritative botanical monographs of 54 trees and shrubs that are endemic to the Hunter region, each one of which is accompanied by a full-page scientific illustration.

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Birds and bugs in my backyard
Birds and bugs in my backyardSeptember 5, 2019

Ralph Cartwright from APS Sutherland Group reports sightings in his Engadine backyard in early spring.

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The OHS site supervisor doing her job, dressed in blue coat and red collar!
Creating a native garden at Phillip House, KariongSeptember 5, 2019

Virginia McIntosh from APS Central Coast Group reports on creating a garden at Phillip House, Kariong. Virginia was the coordinator of the working bee.

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Supporting research projects at the Australian Flora Foundation
Supporting research projects at the Australian Flora FoundationSeptember 19, 2019

This year the Australian Flora Foundation approved grants for the following projects – all involving restoration of the much-degraded Australian environment.

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Warren SheatherWarren Sheather at the APS Christmas party, 2017
Remembering Warren SheatherSeptember 22, 2019

Warren promoted Australian plants continually throughout his life. He had a fortnightly column in the local newspaper, the Armidale Express, for over 30 years. He also wrote articles for other papers.

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Roberston Nature Reserve, image Harry Loots
Southern Highlands bush excursionSeptember 27, 2019

In the frigid beginning of August, APS Blue Mountains Group ventured to the high country to discover the extant native vegetation. We were not disappointed. Although this area has been farmed for nearly 170 years, this has occurred on the most fertile land leaving the agriculturally barren sandstone country and hills to the bush.

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Bees enjoying tiny Gonocarpus flowers
Bees enjoying tiny Gonocarpus flowersOctober 20, 2019

On a recent APS Sutherland Group walk of the Curra Moors Track in the Royal National Park, we found several large, colourful flowers, such as waratahs and Gymea Lilies.

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Book review: Mistletoes of Southern Australia by David Watson
Book review: Mistletoes of Southern Australia by David WatsonOctober 23, 2019

From the start the author David Watson outlines that mistletoes are part of the natural environment, are not toxic, are not a weed, and are part of the Australian flora. Many books have the title of a genus or a group of plants, but only mention part of that group. This book contains comprehensive information on all 47 species of mistletoe that occur in Southern Australia…

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Medicinal uses of native plants - Part 1 Early colonial uses
Medicinal uses of native plants – Part 1 Early colonial usesOctober 25, 2019

This article by Jennifer Farrer first appeared in APS Parramatta Hills Group newsletter Calgaroo. Part 2 is on commercial uses of medicinal native plants.

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Harry Loots' prize winning native garden in North Sydney
Harry Loots’ prize winning native garden in North SydneyOctober 25, 2019

This story is based on an article by Lindy Monson, Bushcare volunteer, in the newsletter North Sydney Bushcare, Summer 2015, issue 28, and updated for 2019. Harry Loots has won awards for his native garden in 2015, 2016 and 2019.

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Medicinal uses of native plants - Part 2 Commercial uses
Medicinal uses of native plants – Part 2 Commercial usesOctober 25, 2019

This article by Jennifer Farrer first appeared in APS Parramatta Hills Group newsletter Calgaroo. Part 1 is on early colonial uses of medicinal native plants.

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Prostanthera scutellariodes, image Ian Cox
Prostanthera scutellarioides – stunning in springOctober 29, 2019

I was introduced to this attractive plant, Prostanthera scutellarioides, accidentally. In fact, it introduced itself. I was at the John Benyon Park at Kenthurst and here it was, in this unlikely place one spring, covered in flowers and looking brilliant! Of course, I took home some cuttings.

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Dan Clarke's garden starting to grow
Creating a roadside verge gardenOctober 29, 2019

Dan Clarke presented on his new roadside verge garden at the APS Sutherland Group September 2019 meeting and wrote this article which appeared in the APS Sutherland October 2019 newsletter. Look out for updates as the plants grow.

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Brian Roach with wife Carol and Costa Georgiadis
Brian Roach appears on Gardening Australia – twiceNovember 4, 2019

Brian Roach, a member of APS North Shore Group, runs Westleigh nursery from his home and has an open garden and plant sales twice a year. Brian wrote this article after the Gardening Australia team visited and filmed in 2018. The segment aired on 1 November 2019.

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Callistemon, image Heather Miles
Volunteer at IndigiGrow Nursery at La PerouseNovember 7, 2019

IndigiGrow welcomes volunteers at our nursery which is a not-for-profit nursery and social enterprise of First Hand Solutions Aboriginal Corporation. Please check our website for more information: www.indigigrow.com.au

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New book – Native Fauna of Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area
New book – Native Fauna of Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage AreaNovember 12, 2019

Judy Smith explains the content of the book and the significance of its timing.

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Olive Pink: Artist, activist and gardener
Olive Pink: Artist, activist and gardenerNovember 12, 2019

Olive Pink was born in Hobart in 1884 and learned to love the Australian bush and its unique flora on rambles with her father on Mt Wellington. Her life was influenced by the Quaker philosophy of social justice she encountered at the private Girls High School in Hobart, run by a Quaker family. This influence can be seen in her later activism on behalf of Aboriginal people, which made her an unpopular figure in government circles.

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Spring 2019 issue of Australian Plants journal
Spring 2019 issue of Australian Plants journalNovember 21, 2019

The Spring 2019 issue of Australian Plants was mailed to members and subscribers in late November. Members of the Australian Plants Society NSW receive Australian Plants four times a year as part of their membership.

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Grevillea ‘Lawson Queen’. Photo Rob Horton
Blue Mountains AdventureNovember 25, 2019

The number one priority of our trip to the Blue Mountains on 7th September was to hear Liz Benson’s talk about the Wollemi Pine at the Wentworth Falls History Centre. While we were there, as well as absorbing the views around the falls, we wanted to do some plant exploring on Kings Tableland, and also take a look at the location of Grevillea ‘Lawson Queen’, discovered by Pip Gibian in 1988.

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Hoya, image Ian Cox
Growing Hoyas in potsNovember 25, 2019

I’ve been growing a Hoya carnosa in a concrete trough for several years, and each year in the warmer months it puts on a nice display of pink flowers over a long period.

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An award winning coastal garden with a Wollemi pineDecember 3, 2019

The Rudder garden at Maroubra recently won the Native Garden Section of the Randwick Council Garden Competition for the 16th year in a row. Kim wrote to share his own Wollemi pine, after missing our November 2019 quarterly gathering on the Wollemi pine.

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Wallaby getting cool, image Heather Miles
Bushfire recovery – what we can doJanuary 26, 2020

The 2019/20 summer of bushfires has had devastating impacts, with lives and homes lost, communities disrupted and millions of hectares of native vegetation burnt. Fire is a natural part of the Australian environment, and plants can recover from fire, but fire behaviour and impacts are changing.

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Latest Australian Flora Foundation  newsletter out now
Latest Australian Flora Foundation newsletter out nowJanuary 26, 2020

The latest newsletter from the Australian Flora Foundation is now available here. The foundation is a charity fostering scientific research into the biology and cultivation of the Australian flora. 
Research Matters, No. 31, January 2020 announces projects being funded by the foundation and prizes awarded:

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Dried out paddocks, image Heather Miles
Gardening tips for hotter and drier conditionsJanuary 27, 2020

With our increasingly hotter and drier conditions and water restrictions in many locations, new approaches are needed even for gardeners used to native plants. Here are some tips to consider for hotter and drier conditions in general and for more very hot days.

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Blue Mountains Botanic Gardens, image Heather Miles
APS members in the media in January 2020January 27, 2020

Three APS NSW members were featured in the media in January 2020 – Conny Harris, Greg Bourke and Rhonda Daniels. See their stories

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Path to summit, image Ian Cox, Lesley Waite
Climbing Mount Banks – inspiring our sense of wonderFebruary 2, 2020

In November 2019 Lesley Waite and I went on a magical walk to the summit of Mount Banks. The objectives of our visit were twofold – to indulge in the beautiful upper Blue Mountains flora, and to experience the magnificent surroundings and views.

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Blue Mountains, image Heather Miles
Margaret Baker – Environmental Citizen of the Year, Blue Mountains CouncilFebruary 29, 2020

Congratulations to Margaret Baker who was awarded Environmental Citizen of the Year at Blue Mountains Council’s Australia Day Awards in January 2020.

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Banksia cone burn, image Ralph Cartwright
Tips for fire-smart gardeningFebruary 29, 2020

After the damage from our bushfire season to many properties throughout NSW, homeowners are thinking about replanting their gardens, often while waiting for longer-term building works. The APS NSW office received an inquiry about advice on fire-resistant plants for people buying plants to restore gardens which had burnt.

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Flannel flowers, image Heather Miles
Wisdom from the pastMarch 23, 2020

One of the valuable benefits I found when I joined the Parramatta/Hills Group was that I could mingle with experienced members. From them I could often pick up gems of wisdom.
Here are some examples. Be ruthless. Probably the most valuable piece of advice I learnt was from Ross Doig. It was just two words: “be ruthless”. This was in relation to native gardens of course!

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Cyathia cooperi on the side of the road
Activities for more time at home – inside and outsideMarch 29, 2020

Less time being out and about and more time at home to protect community health from COVID-19 is a chance to do some activities you might not usually have time for. Here are some ideas, both for individual members and for APS Groups to consider if you don’t want to clean the cupboards or the garage.

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Cover of Australian Plants 60 years issue
Celebrating 60 years of Australian Plants journalMarch 29, 2020

The Summer 2019/20 issue of Australian Plants posted to members and subscribers in mid March 2020 is a very special issue celebrating 60 years of the journal. In the Editorial and tributes, co-editor Merle Thompson OAM explains the significance: “For an organisation or its publications to survive for 60 years must be regarded as a major achievement. This issue of Australian Plants marks the 60th anniversary of the publication of Volume 1, Number 1 in December 1959”.

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Photo display at the launch
Growing Illawarra Natives websiteMarch 30, 2020

The Growing Illawarra Natives website showcases native plant species local to the Illawarra to encourage greater appreciation and cultivation of native plant species in the Illawarra.
 The area has a rich diversity of plant communities with over 850 indigenous plant species, many of great value in cultivation.

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Hakea purpurea, image Lloyd Hedges
Watch Menai Group on Gardening AustraliaApril 2, 2020

Life member and Menai driving force Lloyd Hedges gave host Clarence Slockee a tour of the Illawong Fire Station garden maintained by the group and demonstrated how to create smoke water to germinate flannel flowers while nursery volunteer Pam Forbes highlighted the group’s project to propagate casuarinas to provide food and habitat for glossy black cockatoos in the Southern Highlands.

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Maireana oppositifolia, image Brian Roach
Amazing GreysApril 23, 2020

I feel confident anyone reading this would agree that gardeners have a better insight than most into changing weather patterns. Whatever the reason, the hot days seem to be getting hotter and the cold days colder but it’s usually the former that presents the greater challenges in selecting the right plant for the hot spot. Enter stage right our wonderful grey-foliaged native plants.

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Ralph Cartwright by Peter Rae SMH
Member in the media – bushwalking during coronavirusApril 29, 2020,

Ralph Cartwright explains how it happened:
“I was contacted by the SMH Urban Affairs reporter, Angus Thompson, who got my contact details from the Friends of Royal page who wanted to talk to someone still bushwalking in the Royal in the time of coronavirus. We had a brief chat for quotes and he sent a veteran photographer, Peter Rae, to meet me.

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Congratulations to Life Members Chris and Leigh Cousins
Congratulations to Life Members Chris and Leigh CousinsMay 21, 2020

Congratulations to Chris and Leigh Cousins from Hunter Valley Group who were awarded Life Membership at the APS NSW AGM, held by Zoom on 16 May 2020.

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Congratulations to Life Member Ian Cox
Congratulations to Life Member Ian CoxMay 21, 2020

Congratulations to Ian Cox from Parramatta Hills Group who was awarded Life Membership at the APS NSW AGM, held by Zoom on 16 May 2020. This summary is based on the nomination from Parramatta Hills Group, with added detail.

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Mulch, image by Jeff Howes
All about mulchMay 28, 2020

What is a mulch? A mulch is any covering put over the top of the soil, such as bark, woodchips, leaves, gravel and groundcovers – even a layer of leaf litter counts as a mulch.
There are a number of different types of materials that are widely used as mulches.

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Melaleuca pink, image Heather Miles
Jeff Tips – What I learnt trying to grow our native plantsMay 28, 2020

For many years, I have been growing native plants and have picked up tips and tricks along the way. Here is a summary of some of my learning.
1. Planting under gum trees
To maximise your success in getting your plants to grow, plant them as close to the trunk as possible. The reasons you do this are:

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Banksia serrata showing the serrated leaves
Demystifying native plant names – an introductionMay 30, 2020

Botanical names can seem initially confronting but it all makes sense when you understand the origins of the names. Many species names relate to a feature or characteristics of the plant such as the flower, leaf, fruit, seed, bark, size, shape, colour, texture, habit or habitat. Other plants are named after people or places.

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Flying Duck Orchid
The Quest for the Flying DuckJune 1, 2020

Bob Ross’ mention of the Flying Duck Orchid in the October 2018 issue of Native Plants for New South Wales reminded me of a piece I wrote some years ago for the Chefs Cap: newsletter of the Eurobodalla Regional Botanic Garden at Batemans Bay. This is an edited version.

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Native plants to keep cats outJune 1, 2020

reader recently asked for plants to discourage cats from entering the garden. The reader’s plants needed to thrive in tough conditions being southerly facing and sandy soil. Here are the plants suggested

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Grevillea rosmarinifolia
Prickly natives for barrier hedgesJune 1, 2020

Here are the suggestions for prickly shrubs and hedging plants from our panel of experts: Grevillea rosmarinifolia cultivars such as’Scarlet Sprite’…

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Eucalyptus macrocarpa, image Kevin Stokes
My favourite Australian native plantsJune 1, 2020

When it comes to thinking about a favourite plant, I think those interested in Australian plants are very spoiled for choice. Have you ever thought about a favourite? Where would you start?

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Orchid being fertilised by wasp!
Orchid being fertilised by wasp!June 1, 2020

These photos, taken by the late Noel Rosten, shows the process by which the orchid, Cryptostylis erecta, is fertilised by the wasp, Lissopimpla excelsa.

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Stunning macro shots by Kevin Stokes
Stunning macro shots by Kevin StokesJune 1, 2020

One of our Newcastle members, Kevin Stokes, is a stunning macro photographer. Check out these beauties!

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Banksia cone burn, image Ralph Cartwright
YouTube – Dr Brett Summerell on Banks and Solander and bushfire recoveryJune 4, 2020

After our recent AGM, Dr Brett Summerell, Director Research and Chief Botanist at the Botanic Gardens and Centennial Parklands, gave a talk by Zoom and discussed the botanical work of Banks and Solander in 1770, the herbarium collection they created and its scientific importance, and the impact of the bushfires on Australia’s unique plant life.

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Corybas fimbriatus, image Margaret Bradhurst
Trickery, mimicry and deceit of orchids in the wildJune 4, 2020

Most gardeners will be familiar with the exotic Cymbidium and Phalanopsis orchids or maybe the native Dendrobium. However, the orchids which fascinate me are the tiny terrestrial orchids which can be found growing in the wild in the eastern and southern states of Australia.

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Garden at Cloudy Hill, image Fiona Johnson
A high country native garden at Cloudy HillJune 4, 2020

Swapping jobs in the nation’s capital for a tree change to the high country and a shed with a view on a rural property, Fiona and Alex moved to Fitzgerald’s Mount near Bathurst in 2008. There they built a house and created a garden that flourishes despite the harsh conditions of the high country of the central tablelands of NSW.

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Seeds, image Heather Miles
APS VIC Seedbank available to NSW membersJune 4, 2020,

Updated seed list now available. The enterprising David Drage of Northern Beaches recently wrote to APS VIC to see if NSW members could purchase seed from them. Chris Long, the APS Vic President has let us know that they are happy to provide to APS NSW members on the same conditions as apply to APS VIC members.

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Casuarina seedlings at the Menai Group nursery
Growing for Glossies in the MistJune 11, 2020,

Volunteers from Menai Group have grown over 7,000 casuarina seedlings to support the Glossies in the Mist project, and more are on the way.

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Peter Olde (photo Margaret Olde)
Congratulations to Peter Olde OAMJune 11, 2020

APS NSW Life member Peter Olde was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for service to Australian native flora in the 2020 Queen’s Birthday Honours.

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Frank Howarth AM
Congratulations to Frank Howarth AMJune 28, 2020

Frank Howarth PSM was made a Member of the Order of Australia in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2020 for significant services to the visual arts through the museums and galleries sector. Frank, a long time member of APS NSW, was the Chief Executive and Director of the Royal Botanic Gardens and Trust, then director of the Australian Museum 2004–2014.

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Robin and Ron Davies receiving life membership from Graeme Ingall in 2015
Remembering Robin DaviesJune 28, 2020

Life member Robin Davies provided friendship and support to all those she met. Her commitment to the environment and willingness to work hard to preserve it was an inspiration, as was her tenacity through a long illness. She was the mainstay of Macarthur Group, a small but dedicated group, and her perseverance has been a major factor in its survival.

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Biodiversity of plants in SW WA
Southwest WA – Blooming Biodiversity, with Dr Greg KeigheryJuly 6, 2020

Here is a presentation by Dr Greg Keighery on the biodiversity of plants in South west Western Australia

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WA Plant Table Sept 2019 Presenter Dr Greg Keighery
WA Plant Table Sept 2019 Presenter Dr Greg KeigheryJuly 6, 2020

Zoom presentation with Dr Greg Keighery, identification WA plants

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Plant table at Sutherland meeting, June 2020
Sutherland APS Meeting Plant Table June 2020July 6, 2020

Plant discussions by Zoom at Sutherland meeting, June 2020

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Flora of the Kimberly, Dr Russell Barrett
Menai Wildflower Group Presents Dr Russell Barrett with Flora of the Kimberly Part 1July 6, 2020

Flora of the Kimberly with Dr Russell Barrett, presenting at Menai Wildflower Group meeting. See also Part 2

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Flora of the Kimberly with Dr Russell Barrett
Menai Wildflower Group presents Dr Russell Barrett with Flora of the Kimberley Part 2July 6, 2020

Flora of the Kimberly with Dr Russell Barrett, presenting at Menai Wildflower Group meeting. See also Part 1

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Demystifying plant names
Demystifying Plant Names with Dr Rhonda Daniels May 2020July 6, 2020

Demystifying Plant Names with Dr Rhonda Daniels May 2020

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Helping members and the public with their queries – the Experts GroupJuly 8, 2020

Australian Plant Society members and non-members from around Australia come to APS NSW as a source of expert knowledge about Australian plants. Questions arrive mainly via email, and occasionally through our Facebook and Instagram pages. I receive the questions and redirect them to our Experts Group. The group has eleven members who were recommended to me as being knowledgeable about Australian plants, and happy to share their knowledge.

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Planting in China, image Glenda Browne
Who am I?July 12, 2020

• Enjoys holidays on sleeper trains
• Volunteers with the Pyjama Foundation, where she reads and plays with children in foster care
• Born in South Africa
• Trained as a librarian
• Gets paid to read books
• Won a prize for determining how to alphabetise index entries starting with the word ‘The’

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Ferns galore by Lesley Waite
Ferns galore by Lesley WaiteJuly 18, 2020

These photos were taken by Lesley on a recent Fern Study Group walk from Evans Lookout to Neate’s Glen via the Grand Canyon (Grose Valley).

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Upside down beetle and Thysanotus by Ralph Cartwright
Insects in JulyJuly 28, 2020

Ralph Cartwright from Sutherland Group is a keen photographer and close observer of plants in his garden at Engadine. He shares some insects seen in July.

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Australian Flora Foundation newsletter July 2020
Australian Flora Foundation newsletter July 2020July 29, 2020,

The Australian Flora Foundation newsletter Research Matters, No. 32, July 2020 is now available.

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How to see the enewsletter images in your emails
How to see the enewsletter images in your emailsJuly 29, 2020

Want to see all the wonderful pictures of gardens and flowers when you open emails like the APS NSW monthly enewsletter? Follow these simple steps to make sure your email system knows to Load remote content or Display external images.

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Understanding native plant distributions - a major data project
Understanding native plant distributions – a major data projectJuly 30, 2020

APS members should know where native plants are! Tony Maxwell introduces a major project he is working on to assemble data on the occurrences of species from reputable and publicly available sources. Spreadsheets and maps are now available to download for regions around Sydney, with more regions to come.

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Xylocopa aeratus (provided by Michael Batley)
Bees and fire: a tale of two sitesJuly 30, 2020

Michael Batley from the Australian Museum shares a tale of two important sites for bees which were affected by the Gospers Mountain fires. Reproduced from the Australian Native Bee Association’s The Cross-Pollinator newsletter, July 2020.

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YouTube: Dr Peter Weston on the origins and evolution of Gondwanan flora
YouTube: Dr Peter Weston on the origins and evolution of Gondwanan floraJuly 31, 2020

Dr Weston has done a lot of research on the origins and evolution of Gondwanan flora. The term Gondwanaland refers to the larger supercontinent which includes Antarctica, Australia, Africa, Arabia, South America, NZ and the Indian sub-continent. The enormous land mass was thought to have existed from about 800 million to about 20 million years ago. Botanists have discovered, that numerous plant groups have representative species, closely related, in the resulting land masses.

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YouTube - Brian Roach 'Pick of the crop'
YouTube – Brian Roach ‘Pick of the crop’July 31, 2020

Brian shares the best plants to grow in your garden. 

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YouTube - Judy Harrington on Glossy Black Cockatoos
YouTube – Judy Harrington on Glossy Black CockatoosJuly 31, 2020

Overview of cockatoos and Australian parrots with a focus on the glossy blacks and the impact on this iconic and vulnerable species from the devastating 2019/2020 fire season on the island.

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YouTube - Dieter Hocchuli - Insects in urban bushland
YouTube – Dieter Hocchuli – Insects in urban bushlandJuly 31, 2020

Dieter Hocchuli speaks about insects in urban bushland

YouTube - Plant table, Sutherland July and August 2020
YouTube – Plant table, Sutherland July and August 2020July 31, 2020

A great way to learn about plants in the garden

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Rhodanthe manglesii showing disc florets
Daisy, daisy – growing colourful WA flowers – – Story #1July 31, 2020

Daisies provide a delicate, multi-coloured and spectacular impression on the seemingly harsh and dry looking bush areas of Western Australia (WA). Growing everlastings and other colourful daisies for your own spring show is guaranteed to bring great pleasure and satisfaction.

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Rhodanthe chlorcephala subsp. rosea
Daisy, daisy: growing everlasting daisies and a ray floret daisy – Story #2July 31, 2020

Daisies provide a delicate, multi-coloured and spectacular impression on the seemingly harsh and dry looking bush areas of Western Australia (WA). Growing everlastings and other colourful daisies for your own spring show is guaranteed to bring great pleasure and satisfaction.

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Many daisy species growing together, taken near Merredin, WA
Daisy, daisy: how to grow native daisies for maximum impact – Story #3July 31, 2020

In our first two articles, we shared with you the different kinds of daisies in Western Australia. Now we explore how to get maximum impact in your garden using stunning WA daisies!

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Image Michael Batley
A tale of two sitesAugust 10, 2020

A lightning strike on 26 October 2019 ignited a large fire at Gospers Mountain in the Wollemi National Park northwest of Sydney. As of 27 December 2019, it had burnt over 500,000 hectares making it the biggest forest fire in Australian history. The fire burnt places where I have looked for bees over the last 20 years and it caused me to reflect on what had been found there. Of the many sites that have suffered, two stand out, for different reasons.

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Acacia gordonii detail
In search of Acacia gordoniiAugust 17, 2020

Our walk was to inspect the endangered species, Acacia gordonii. This little acacia, usually about 1 metre high, has single, very bright gold flower heads on long stalks. We were hoping that other species would be starting to flower this early in native plant spring. We were certainly not disappointed.

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Plants inside Caley's Pavilion by Jan Williamson
A successful COVID-safe plant sale by North Shore GroupAugust 28, 2020

North Shore Group reports on their COVID-safe plant sale at Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden on 22–23 August, with prebookings for 15 minute-slots, a marshall, entry desk and contactless payment. Edible plants were popular.

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Propagating kurrajong trees – answers from our experts groupAugust 28, 2020

We received a request for detailed instructions on propagating kurrajong trees from someone who had just harvested almost 50,000 seeds. Glenda Browne summarises responses from our experts group.

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Central Coast Group volunteer Steph with plants for sale
Online plant sales – a COVID response by Central Coast GroupAugust 28, 2020

Central Coast Group has launched an online shop on the APS NSW website offering 26 species in large forestry tubes. Pick up is from Kariong on 4 and 18 October. This pilot project is time-limited, ending on 16 October 2020.

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Australian Plants: Autumn 2020 and Winter 2020 issues
Australian Plants: Autumn 2020 and Winter 2020 issuesAugust 28, 2020

Two issues of the Australian Plants journal were posted to members in August. The Autumn 2020 issue is on bushfires and the Winter 2020 marks the 250th anniversary of the Endeavour voyage and the botanical legacy of the visit to Botany Bay.

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Acacia cultriformis by Rhonda Danieks
Acacias at Joseph Banks Reserve, KareelaAugust 30, 2020

Spring is a great time to see acacias in flower at Joseph Banks Native Plants Reserve at Kareela. With over 1,000 species of Acacia, there is great diversity. Here are some in flower in August grouped by size into groundcovers, low shrubs, shrubs and trees.

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Sylvan Grove entry in the street called Sylvan Grove
Spring at Sylvan Grove, Picnic PointSeptember 28, 2020

Enjoy spring at Sylvan Grove Native Garden at Picnic Point. It is maintained by Canterbury–Bankstown Council to showcase Australian native plants to the community. It is open Monday to Friday all year, but in spring is also open on the weekends. Free.

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Heliozelidae moths on Boronia serrulata by Wendy Grimm
Photograph moths on Rutaceae for citizen scienceSeptember 28, 2020

Join a citizen science project where photographers can use their skills to help record and identify Sun-loving Moths and their association with Australian plants in the Rutaceae family.

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Planting underway and remnant paddock tree
A weekend of tree planting for regenerative farmingSeptember 29, 2020

Ralph Cartwright reports on a weekend of 30 volunteers planting 1,800 native trees and shrubs to support regenerative farming on a sheep property north of Canberra.

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