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Central Coast District Group



Come along to the Australian Plants Society Central Coast Group! Visitors are welcome. We charge $2 admission to defray costs. 

  • remaining 2019 meetings are as follows -
  • October & November - 2nd Friday at 7.30 pm
Meetings are usually held at Phillip House, 21 Old Mount Penang Road, Kariong. 

Next meeting 

Friday 11 October 2019 at 7.30 pm
Maria Hitchcock OAM
Growing Waratahs and Flannel Flowers from seed and cuttings

Phillip House, 21 Old Mount Penang Road, Kariong

For this particular meeting there will be a $5 entry fee for non-members of APS and $2 entry for all APS members as usual. This includes a ticket in the Plant Raffle and supper.

Members and visitors are encouraged to bring along a Waratah or Flannel Flower cutting, in bloom and from their garden.

Visitors are very welcome to arrive after 7.00 pm.

About -

Maria Hitchcock has had a passion for Australian Native Plants for around 40 years and owns the Cool Climate Native Nursery in Armidale NSW.  She leads the APS Waratah and Flannel Flower Study Group. Maria will provide a presentation and demonstration of how to grow Waratahs and Flannel Flowers from seed and cuttings.  She will be providing seeds for people to take home to propagate their own seedlings and will also be offering Propagation Information Cards.

With others, Maria successfully campaigned for the Golden Wattle Acacia pycnantha to be gazetted as Australia's national floral emblem in 1988. She was also responsible for the introduction of National Wattle Day in 1992.

Maria has endeavoured to inform people of the need to save endangered native plants by setting up the online group called Save Our Flora which is dedicated to rare and threatened Australian native plants.

In 2018 Maria was awarded an OAM for service to conservation and the environment.

Waratah - Telopea speciosissima

Flannel Flower - Actinotus helianthii


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