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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.



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.



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



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


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

Darvill Nursery, Darvill Rd Orchard Hills 2748. Contact for price list or arrange to visit beforehand. Ph (02) 4736 5004. - 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:


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: 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:

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 Native Nursery 10% discount on the purchase of any native plants or other products including the Watertube ordered online at


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:

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 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...

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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