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Who are we?

The Australian Plants Society NSW Ltd (ABN 87 002 680 408) is a non-profit, independent, incorporated community organisation with members in NSW and overseas. Enjoy Australian native plants with over 20 friendly groups in NSW.

To join the Australian Plants Society NSW, please complete the form here, and return by post or email.

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Members

members

 

Members are from all age groups and ways of life from amateurs who want to learn a bit more about Australian plants to professionals - from artists, florists, farmers and nurserymen to plant scientists: anyone who has an interest in Australian flora.

Many members enjoy Australian plants as garden subjects in the suburbs or the challenge of propagating and cultivating difficult to grow species or finding and propagating unusual forms of plants; many contribute to conservation, education, study of bushland or the awakening of a love of the Australian flora in others; others grow Australian plants commercially, many enjoy travel looking at Australian plants in their normal habitat, and photography. For many, membership of the Society is a way of meeting like minded people.

Members who have a professional interest in Australian plants can obtain information outside their specialised area. Some members who do not work with Australian plants for a living but have qualifications in botany, horticulture and so on, find satisfaction in using their knowledge in a leisure activity. For many members of the Society it is a relaxing and enjoyable activity and their first involvement with Australian plants. The Australian Plants Society also has among its members local government authorities, schools, other societies, libraries, corporations and government bodies.

To join the society please print, complete and return the form obtained here.

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AIMS

aims  

The aims of the Society are:

  * To foster and promote appreciation, study and participation in growing and propagating Australian native plants
* By lawful means, foster, support and promote the preservation and conservation of Australian native plants
* To encourage the use of Australian native plants in home gardens and public places
* To improve native plants as garden subjects
* To interest the nursery industry in propagating & supplying
Australian native plants to the public
* To increase and disseminate general knowledge of Australian plants

The aims are broad and allow us to respond to changing needs and priorities and to encompass all aspects of Australian plants.

To join the society please print, complete and return the form obtained here.

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Study Groups

study  groups

Here's your chance to learn more about your favourite group of plants. Once you are a member of the Society, you can join a study group, and join a group of people who share your interest. Study Groups undertake the study of some particular aspect of Australian plants. You don't have to be an expert, but if its expert advice you want, here are the people.
Anyone interested in starting a new group or taking over a vacant leadership, should contact Study Group Liaison, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - 02 4758 6637 fax: 02 4758 7169


To join a study group, contact the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will send you the details. You can join as many groups as you wish. Below is a list of groups, together with subscription/newsletter fees.

 

fees are (Australia/overseas/email)

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Acacia sp.Acacia
With 700+ species, acacias appear in virtually every habitat in Australia, there is a wattle to suit your garden.
Leader - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ($8/$12/$5)
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Banksia  spinulosaBanksia
One of the first Australian plants collected. Banksias range from prostrate plants to trees, and they all give character to the bush and to gardens. Leader - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ($10/$20/$7)
Banksia  spinulosaBanksia
A surprising number of native plants lend themselves to the bonsai treatment ($8/$12) Leader - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Boronia  megastigmaBoronia  and allied genera
Though they can be tricky to grow, Boronias can fill a garden with their scents, some of the most fragrant of all Australian plants
Leader - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ($5/$10 overseas)
Brachychiton rupestrisBrachychiton and allied genera
The Queensland Bottle Tree, Kurrajong and Illawarra Flame Tree are all highly distinctive members of this fascinating genus
Leader - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ($5/$10 overseas)
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Calothamnus quadrifidusCalothamnus and allied genera
Now included in Melaleuca and allied genera
Calytrix  tetragona?Calytrix
Leader - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ($5)
Container Plants
A great option for small or hard to grow plants, or if you are just short on space ($8/$10 overseas) Leader - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Correa
Great plants for the beginner, Correas add winter colour to the garden.
Leader - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ($7)
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Daisy -  Australian
With over 600 species in all states of Australia, Daisies come in almost every colour and shape and many are very hardy - perfect for the beginning gardener ($10/$20 overseas) Leader - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Dryandra
This genus, closely related to Banksias, present a challenge to grow in humid east coast conditions and may be best grown in containers ($8/$10 overseas)
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Epacris
These native heaths are delightful small shrubs for the garden, and tolerant of some shade.
Leader - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., PO Box 655, Heathmont, Vic 3135 ($5/$10 overseas)
Eremophila
Leader - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ($5)
Eucalyptus
Where would a garden be without a gum tree? They are not just for large gardens either, why not try a mallee for a smaller garden?
Leader - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">Tam Kendall, PO Box 2002, Rangeview, Vic 3132 ($10)
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Fern
Native ferns come in all shapes and sizes, they are a great group of plants for shadier gardens ($5)
Food  plants
Learn more about one of our most underrated groups of plants - Australian food plants
Leader - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ($5.00)
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Garden design
All types of gardens are possible with our flora: cottage gardens, formal hedges, bonsai and topiary to name a few
Leader - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ($10/$20)
Grasses and sedges
- In recess, new leader wanted
Grevillea
Argueably Australia's most popular genus of garden plants but try looking past the common cultivars
Leader - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ($5/$10 overseas) webpage
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Hakea
"When in doubt, try a hakea" said the late Ron Hill of Adelaide, which sums up these hardy relatives of the grevilleas ($5/$10) Leader - Len Coe PO Box 449, Kingaroy Qld 4610
Hibbertia
- In recess, new leader wanted
Hibbertia
Leader - Geoff Harvey, PO Box 46 Buderim Qld 4556
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Isopogon  anethifoliusisopogon & petrophile
"Drumsticks" are fascinating plants in the bush and are becoming more popular as garden subjects ($8/$15/$4) Leader - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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Melaleuca and allied genera
Bottlebrushes and Paperbarks are a welcome addition to gardens, especially those with clay soils or poor drainage ($5/$12 overseas) Leader - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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Native plant regeneration
- In recess, new leader wanted
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Orchid
Orchids are ideal for the smaller garden. There are many genera, though most famous are the Dendrbiums, of which the Cooktown Orchid and Rock Lily are examples ($5/$12 overseas) Leader - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., PO Box 230, Babinda, Qld 4861
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Palm  and Cycad
These are some of Australia's great feature plants. If you want something with a bit of history, these are survivors from another age
Leader - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ($5/$12 overseas)
Prostantha and Westringia
Mint bushes are wonderful aromatic plants for the garden, while Coastal Rosemary (Westringia) makes a good hedge ($10) Leader - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Ptilotus
Leader - Karen Marriott, PO Box 14, Gladstone NSW 2440 ($5)
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Rainforest
- New leader wanted A lush rainforest garden may be a viable alternative in a garden with limited sunlight, as well as being able to handle east coast humidity ($5/$10 overseas)
Rhamnaceae
Underutilised in the native garden, this family contains several genera of potential garden plants, for example Pomaderris or Native Hazel, leafy shrubs with cream or yellow flowers ($4)
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Verticordia
Destinctive and stunning, Verticordias or Feather flowers make an interesting addition to any garden. Being from Western Australia, they need some help to cope with east coast humidity. Learn how here ($5/$10 overseas)
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Wallum
The Wallum is a name given to the coastal heathland flora of southeastern Queensland ($5)
water  plants
- In recess, new leader wanted ($5/$10)
Wildlife and native plants
($5.00, $10.00 overseas) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., PO Box 131, Strathalbyn, SA, 5255 web page
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membership

 

why  membership?

To Join...  Print out and fill in the attached MEMBERSHIP FORM

Membership in the Australian Plants Society has many benefits. As a member, you...

  • Receive quarterly issues of the full colour periodical Australian Plants.
  • Receive quarterly issues of Native Plants for NSW journal containing events, a list of District Groups, Study Groups as well as interesting articles.
  • Attend quarterly APS NSW meetings with guest speakers and plant sales.
  • Attend the APS NSW annual District Group Gathering.
  • Join one District Group free and receive their newsletter and participate in activities including talks, walks, garden visits, plant identification and specialist sub-groups.
  • Join a Study Group on specific topics.
  • Receive up to 6 packets of native seed per year, plus the option to purchase more packets.
  • Obtain discounts from selected nurseries and suppliers such as Florilegium bookstore, Glebe on showing your membership card.
  • Have access to conferences around Australia.
  • Learn, see, become informed and receive advice about Australian plants, both local and national.
  • Have access to dedicated native plant libraries.

 

groups

The Society's activities are wide ranging and include special interest Study Groups and support for research through the Australian Flora Foundation.

District Group members have been responsible for the establishment, development and maintenance of many public gardens and reserves throughout Australia.

Other promotional activities include annual exhibitions of Australian plants where the general public can view examples of the flora from all parts of the continent.

Although the great majority are Australian residents, the Society's members can be found in many other countries including the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Belgium and the United States.

 

publications

The Society is also involved in the publication of a range of practical and educational books on Australian plants.

Members of the Australian Plants Society receive the Society's national publication, Australian Plants, which is issued 4 times per year. Australian Plants strikes a balance between articles of practical interest to the average grower and scientific research papers and is Australia wide in its scope. The journal has built up a high reputation since its first issue in 1959 and is held in many libraries both in Australia and overseas. Its authors include experts in research into the horticulture and botany of Australian native plants as well as experienced amateur growers. Australian Plants is illustrated with colour photographs and line drawings. It is also possible to subscribe to Australian Plants independent of Society membership. The cost is $25 annually (AUS $40 overseas), including postage.

The Australian Plants Society NSW journal, Native Plants for New South Wales, is also sent out quarterly and is an interesting mix of articles, from the serious to the tongue-in-cheek. It includes information on upcoming activities and events.

Also available is an online publication - "Australian Plants online". This internet publication is also issued quarterly in a magazine format and has feature articles and regular departments (book reviews, interesting internet sites, back issues, etc). The current issue can be viewed here. Please note that the content of Australian Plants and "Australian Plants online" is completely different.

The various District and Study Groups also issue regular newsletters which advise members of coming events as well as publishing articles and letters contributed by members.

The Society is also active in book publishing either by itself or in collaboration with commercial publishers. Titles published in recent years include:

  * The Language of Botany by C N Debenham; now a standard reference work in many tertiary courses
* Australian Indigenous Orchids by A W Dockrill; 2 Volumes describing Australia's terrestrial and epiphytic orchids
* Friends and Foes in Your Garden by David Hockings; a comprehensive guide to pest and disease control
* The Cradle of Incense by George Althofer; seeking out and cultivating Prostanthera species
* The Banksia Book by Alex George; every species illustrated in colour and described in detail
* The Grevillea Book Vols 1, 2, and 3 by Peter Olde and Neil Marriott; the definitive work on this third largest of the Australian genera
* Native Plants of the Sydney District: An Identification Guide by Alan Fairley and Philip Moore; photographs and descriptions of the flora of the central New South Wales coast and hinterland

 

seedbank

Seed is available free to members. The seed list is published annually in the April edition of Native Plants for NSW with additions and deletions published in other issues. Copies of the full list can be obtained by forwarding a stamped (70c) self-addressed envelope to the curator - John Randall, 8 Coachmans Place, Mardi NSW 2259.

PLEASE NOTE the following conditions:

  * Seed free to Members
* Maximum number of seed packets per request is six
* Requests must be accompanied by a stamped self-addressed envelope (90c, 110 X 220 mm)
* Overseas members can send a standard international reply coupon purchased at their own post office, covering the cost of return mail
* Please list seed requests in alphabetical order and include a list of alternative selections

Where colours and specific growth habit are shown against the name of the species, this indicates that the seed came from a parent plant with those features. There is no certainty, however, that the features will be retained by the seedlings from the seed supplied.
Seed donations are welcome and are vital if the seed bank is to remain viable. Please state the source of the seed, whether from natural or cultivated material and the location of the parent plants. PLEASE do not send seed from hybrids.

 

discounts

Discounts are available for those Society members who show a current Membership Card from:


Sydney

All Greengold Nurseries (except landscape materials, garden design services or discounted stock) see www.greengold.com.au for location details etc. 

Darvill Nursery, Darvill Rd Orchard Hills 2748. Contact for price list or arrange to visit beforehand. Ph (02) 4736 5004.  www.darvillnursery.com.au - 10% discount.

Florilegium: The Garden Bookstore, 65 Derwent St, Glebe 2037, PO Box 644 Rozelle 2039. Ph (02) 9571 8222. Mon-Sat 10 am - 6 pm, Sun 11 am - 5 pm. 10% discount on some titles - please check before purchasing.

Sydney WildFlower Nursery, 9 Veno St Heathcote NSW 2233. Ph (02) 9548 2818. 7 days 9 am - 5 pm. 10% discount. Web: www.sydneywildflowernursery.com.au

Armidale

Cool Natives, Frost and drought hardy Australian Native Plants, Correas from the National Collection, New England Flora. 10% discount on all potted lines. Retail mail order nursery situated in Armidale NSW. Nursery is open by appointment only. Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Web: coolnatives.com.au Ph (02) 6775 1139.

Blue Mountains

Glenbrook Native Plant Reserve, Great Western Highway, Glenbrook 2773. Ph (02) 4739 4465. Sat, Sun, Wed 12 am - 4 pm. 10% discount to members, 20% for those who participate in the roster. Web: www.apsbluemtnsgroup.org

Central Coast

The Wildflower Place, 453 The Entrance Rd, Erina Heights 2260. Ph (02) 4365 5510. 5% discount - tell staff before purchase.

Central West

Wombat Gully Native Nursery, 1729 Coxs Creek Rd, Rylstone 2849. Ph (02) 6379 6202. 5% discount.

Mildura

Mildura Native Nursery 10% discount on the purchase of any native plants or other products including the Watertube ordered online at www.nativenursery.com.au

Newcastle

Leearne Neal at Newcastle Wildflower Nursery, 260 Lake Rd, Glendale 2285. Ph (02) 6379 6202. 10% discount.

Muswellbrook Forest Nursery, New England Highway, Muswellbrook. 10% discount.

Trees in Newcastle, 252 Parry Street , Newcastle West 2302. Ph (02) 4969 1500 10% discount. Web: www.treesinnewcastle.org.au

North Coast

A.R. Native Plant Nursery, 177 Terania Ck Rd, The Channon NSW 2480 (far north coast). Ph (02) 6688 6365. 10% discount. Fri/Sat/Sun 9 am - 5 pm other times by appointment.

Bonny Hills Garden Centre, 1055 Ocean Drive, Bonny Hills 2445. Ph (02) 6585 5764. 10% discount on all plant purchases.

South Coast

Wildgems Native Nursery, Illawambra Valley Road, Yowrie 2550. Ph 0427 937 398. Please ring and arrange day before arriving. 10% discount.

Verdigris Fern Nursery, Currowan Creek 2536 (near Batemans Bay). Nursery is open by appointment. Mail order through www.verdigris.com.au Ph (02) 4478 1311. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Wholesale price for APS NSW members.

 

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How to join......

Print out and fill in the attached MEMBERSHIP FORM.

You can also pay by direct deposit (EFT).  The account details are:

 

Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA)

Account Name - Australian Plants Society NSW Limited

BSB: 062 217     Account No: 0090 7163

 

Please include your name in the EFT payment details to ensure we can match your payment against the membership form.

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