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APS NSW AGM and Quarterly Gathering, Saturday 18 May 2019, Blue Mountains

The APS NSW Annual General Meeting and Quarterly Gathering will be held on Saturday, 18 May 2019. Hosted by the Blue Mountains Group, it will be held at Blaxland Community Hall, 33 Hope St., Blaxland 

Featuring: Plants with a Bite

Keen to find out about Australian carnivorous plants, what they are, what they eat, how they capture their prey and how to grow and maintain them in cultivation? So little is known about these plants, yet Australia has one of the world’s richest carnivorous plant floras. 

Our guest speaker Greg Bourke, who has an unbridled passion for these highly unusual plants, will answer all your questions.

Greg has been fascinated by carnivorous plants from an early age and has become an established expert in the industry, and is co-author of the authoritative book, Australian Carnivorous Plants. He is currently Curator-Manager, Blue Mountains Botanic Garden, Mt Tomah and is Vice President for Botanic Gardens Australia and New Zealand.

Greg is a wonderful speaker who will enthral you with his extensive knowledge of, and passion for Australian carnivorous plants. This is an opportunity that should not be missed. 

There will be a selection of plants, including carnivorous plants, for sale. 

You can hear more about Greg’s passion for ‘plants with a bite’, by listening to Richard Glover’s recording with him on Self-improvement Wednesday, ABC 702, at

Program for the day

Morning activities

10am: Glenbrook Native Plants Reserve and Nursery, 41 Great Western Highway, Glenbrook (Opposite Tourist Information Centre), for a guided walk around the reserve and an opportunity to buy plants.

9.45am: Short walk Pippa’s Pass, led by Jim Ward. Meet at Blaxland Library car park, 33 Hope St., Blaxland at 9.45am for 10am start. The walk is a little rough at the start with a few uneven steps and may be slippery if wet but it then levels out and becomes easier.  We would expect to see some of the common Blue Mountains species. Xanthosia pilosa and the Green Grevillea, Grevillea mucronulata, occur near the start of the walk.

Make your own way to the Blaxland Hall, 33 Hope St, Blaxland. 

Afternoon activities

12 - 12.30pm: Lunch - bring your own. Tea and coffee will be provided.

12.30 - 1pm: AGM

1 - 2pm: Greg Bourke, Plants with a bite. 

2 - 2.30pm: Afternoon tea & plants sales

2.30 - 3 pm: Greg Bourke, Growing and maintaining Australian carnivorous plants.

Registration fee, to offset cost of the hall, speaker’s gift and afternoon tea.

  • Members $5
  • Non-members $10

Annual General Meeting, 12.30 to 1.00pm

The Annual General Meeting will be held in the Blaxland Community Hall, 33 Hope Street Blaxland, from 12.30 to 1pm.

The 2018 Annual Report has been loaded on the website: Annual Report 2018.

Here is the agenda for the AGM: Agenda and minutes of last year's AGM

We're pleased to announce that we will be asking members to endorse two life memberships to Australian Plants Society NSW, being:

  • Barry Lees of North Shore Group
  • Lloyd Hedges of Menai Wildflower Group

Please send any questions of a financial nature arising from the Annual Report to us by either email, or post by midday, Wednesday, 15 May 2019. Responses will be provided to members at the AGM.

If you'd like to nominate someone to join the Board (or Council as it is officially termed), please complete this form and return it by the due date - 14 days before the AGM: Nomination form.

A proxy form for the AGM can be found hereThe proxy form is for members who are unable to attend the AGM but who wish to nominate a proxy to vote in their absence. 

If you would like to send your apologies, please email:

Look forward to seeing you. 


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Cremorne  Junction NSW 2090

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