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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 14th June 2024 7.30pm for 8:00pm.

Kelly Bollinger 'Warada Njurang Hornsby Community Nursery'

See below for full details.

Group Outings and Activities

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

Next group activities

Sunday 16th June. Working bee in the shadehouse and shed (behind the Information Centre) at Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden. 9am to 12 pm. Bring your gloves, appropriate outdoor clothing and your lunch. Contact person, if weather query or for more details: Tania Lamble 0415 043 671.

Thursday 30th May. Australian Botanic Garden, Mt Annan Herbarium and Plant Bank. Limited to 16 people. Bookings essential: contact Sue Fredrickson on 0401 362 921

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 the  NSG entries on the calendar on the APS NSW Activities page for propagation and bushcare entries.

Next Evening Meeting

Next meeting Friday 14th June 7.30pm for 8.00pm at Beatrice Taylor Hall, Hornsby.

Kelly Bollinger: Warada Njurang Hornsby Community Nursery

Kelly is the Nursery co-ordinator at Warada Njurang Hornsby Community Nursery at Pennant Hills. She follows on from the much respected Ross Rapmund who looked after the nursery passionately for over 15 years. She runs the nursery with a dedicated team of volunteers. Growing plants for the shire’s natural areas, community plantings, schools and the twice-yearly Native Plant Giveaways.

Kelly has been enjoying plants and the outdoors all her life. With a love of flora and fauna she likes to capture it with photos and art for fun. She has been working in horticulture for 25 years at native nurseries, gardens and golf courses and prides herself on the variety of plants she has grown over the years. She has a passion for the Proteaceae family of plants especially east coast and rainforest species and her and her husbands garden appeared on Gardening Australia back in 2010. Kelly continues to enjoy learning and relearning many things about native plants.

Kelly will be talking about growing local plants for the Hornsby Shire and how the process happens from seed collection to planting and will touch on how this is done at the Quarry.

Plants for sale, library & supper.

ALL Welcome

The Beatrice Taylor Hall is behind Wallarobba Arts and Cultural Centre at 25 Edgeworth David Avenue, Hornsby. There will be plant sales after the meeting (cash only, please bring change) and refreshments. 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.


September: Sashini Perera - Val Williams Scholarship winner 2023

August: Petra Holland 'iNaturalist – a one-of-a-kind citizen science tool'

July:  Tania Lamble and Bruce Usher report on a recent trip to a Bush Heritage property

June: Kelly Bollinger 'Warada Njurang Hornsby Community Nursery'

May: Nadiah Roslen 'FrogID: people-powered frog conservation'

April: Tony Maxwell 'Cliff Beauglehole (1920-2002) - Botanical collector beyond belief'

March: Penny Hunstead 'Bush Tucker'

February: David Roberts 'Using fire in our native gardens'


November: Harry Loots 'Plants Hidden in the Clouds'

October: Karen Wilson 'Rambling through the Rushes (etc.)'

September: Sarah McInnes [Val Williams Scholarship winner 2022] 'How is dormancy controlled in seeds of heat-responsive Australian fire-prone species?'

August: Alexander Austin 'Australian solitary bees and how to support them'

July: Julia Rayment 'Gardening Responsibly'

June: Wendy Grimm & Craig Field 'Australian natives as Bonsai'.

May:  'Members’ experiences (successful & unsuccessful) of creating and maintaining a native garden'

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