- Members showcased their gardens.
- They walked many miles exploring the bush and plants within them.
- They penned thousands of stories and hundreds of books about native plants, both practical ‘how to’ guides as well as scientific works.
- Along the way, they formed life long friendships through their engagement with APS NSW and a shared passion for native plants.
- Many nurseries, supermarkets and hardware stores provide beautiful and often reliable plants for the gardener.
- TAFEs, consulting firms and others are providing information on native plants.
- Local councils are specifying the use of native plants in new houses and developments.
- TV shows and social media are advocating native plants.
- Younger generations, through global social networks, are demonstrating a commitment to a more sustainable world, in which native plants are vital.
For some, it might seem our job is done, with native plants being steadily introduced into gardens and reserves and many academics and practitioners, as well as the public taking up the cry for growing and conserving native plants.
- human-induced climate change, with massive population and development pressure
- global food insecurity and local water wars
- the threat of more extreme bushfires and even the Covid-19 pandemic
These all cause us to take stock of our world’s drive for continuous profit growth at the expense of the natural world.
Australia is seeing massive species loss with many plants and their habitats under threat, along with the fauna that depends on these plants. Land clearing, feral animals, weeds, diseases and warming of the planet with more variable rainfall mean our unique plants must either adapt or die, unless we can hold back or reverse this tide of change.
As the Australian Plants Society, we could argue that our job to grow, conserve and protect our plant species is definitely not done. In fact it could be more important now than it was 60 years ago. But as a small volunteer based organisation, how can we have impact and use our resources wisely?