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North Shore District Group


Guests are welcome at our activities.


We hold evening meetings on the 2nd Friday of each month February to November. Meetings will be face-to-face or by Zoom, depending on the current conditions and the location of our speaker.

Next meeting: at Beatrice Taylor Hall 9th September 7.45pm for 8pm.

MEET & GREET the people and the plants

See below for full details.

Group Outings

Usually held at a weekend, these outings visit  local gardens, reserves or other places of interest.

Next group outing: Sunday 14th August to West Head area, Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park.

This will be a day of short walks one month out from the Sydney Post Kiama Conference Tour. The North Shore Group will be hosting visiting Tour participants (potentially from interstate) for one of the five days of this tour in September 2022. You are invited to come on August 14th for a final trial of the walks we will be taking the visitors on. This includes part of the Centre Track, West Head itself and part of the Basin Track. We have good Plant lists for these places, so here is an opportunity for you to learn about the abundance of interesting Sandstone flora species in this area.

Contact person:  Sue Fredrickson 0401 362 921 or Please register your intention to come by phone or email and state your name, car rego, phone number and emergency contact phone number. This way that you can be updated in case of cancellation due to bad weather.

Where to meet: Start of Centre Track near the intersection of McCarrs Creek Rd and Liberator General San Martin Drive, Terrey Hills (near former site of a NPWS Toll booth). There is parking on the side of the road that will hopefully not be all taken by road cyclists.

When to meet: 10am Sunday 14th August

What to Bring: Lunch, snacks, water, thermos etc?, Plant ID book, good walking shoes, weather appropriate gear e.g. hat and sunscreen or rain gear and umbrella.

Spring Plant Sale

APS North Shore Group is holding its Spring plant sale on Sunday 4th September in Caley's Pavilion at the Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden, 420 Mona Vale Road, St Ives. We have lots of plants that are just raring to get planted in your garden!

There will also be bargain plants, as well as our beautiful, hand-made cards, and we will be open between 9am and 4pm.

Please bring your credit card (preferably), own packing boxes and used pots and tubes (for our future use).

Walks & Talks

Walks and Talks are open to the public. See their own page, here.

Bushcare, Propagation and the Knoll Garden

Bushcare and Propagation groups meet on alternate Wednesdays. Volunteers also meet regularly to maintain the Knoll Garden. These activties are all at the Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden, St Ives. See a recent Blandfordia for further details and who to contact.

Next Evening Meeting

9th September 7.45pm for 8pm.

MEET & GREET the people and the plants

At Beatrice Taylor Hall

Spring should have sprung so please bring specimens of flowers.
It will be an informal night to catch up and share your ideas on native plants and have plenty of time to explore the contents of the library. There will not be plants for sale at this meeting.
It was thought that after the past couple of years it would be a good opportunity to informally chat over a tasty supper, rather than cancel the meeting. Jan Williamson will be coordinating the evening. Several of our members will be away at the Biennial Conference.

ALL Welcome

The Beatrice Taylor Hall is behind Wallarobba Arts and Cultural Centre at 25 Edgeworth David Avenue, Hornsby. There will be plant sales from 7:45 pm before the meeting (cash only, please bring change) and refreshments afterwards. The NSG Botanical library is also available for members to browse and borrow items.

Zoom meetings can be attended by non-members by contacting Sue Fredrickson to request the Zoom link. Sue can be contacted on or 0401 362 921.

Upcoming and Recent Meetings

Meeting reports can be found in the Blandfordia of the month following the meeting.


November: Helen Smith [on Huntsman Spiders]

October: Harriett Simpson-Southward [Scholarship winner 2021]

September: MEET & GREET the people and the plants - an informal evening to catch up over plant specimens and supper

August: Deidree Noss 'Friends of the Colo - Adventure Conservation'

July: Daniel Bickel 'Tears of the Gods: the history and science of Amber'

June: Members of APS NSG - Sue Fredrickson, Jan Williamson, Hugh Jones & Tania Lamble ‘APS NSW trip to the Central West area of NSW’

May: Leanne Johnston ‘Benefits of Bushcare - How volunteering and connecting with nature can improve your health and wellbeing’

April: Geoff and Judy Lambert ‘The effects of, and recovery from, recent bushfires at North Head’ and Wendy Grimm ‘Herbs at Smiths Lake Nature Reserve’

March: Helen Lovel on Neutrog, the company, its products and special arrangements for APS NSW members

February: Fleur Rees ‘Ku-ring-gai Council’s Nurture Our Urban Forest program’


November: Jonathan Lidbetter on his work as Farm Manager at East Coast Wildflowers

October: Robert King ‘Mangroves - flowering plants at the land sea interface’

September: Shubham Chhajed (2020 Valette Williams Scholarship winner) ‘Hydraulic drivers of photosynthetic variation in co-occurring plant species in Sydney region: a least-cost theory approach’

August: NSG Members in discussion ‘How our wonderful plants help us to cope with lockdown’

July: Donna Fitton ‘Greening Our Shire - HSC’s Planting Projects’

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