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Parramatta and Hills District Group

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Australian Plants Society NSW Gathering on 26th May 2018

Date:Saturday May 26                                      
Time: 10am - 4pm

On 26th May the Parramatta and Hills district group of APS is hosting a gathering for the NSW body on the society. This is a large affair with morning and afternoon programs.

In the morning there is a choice of two activities. 

    • Between 10am and midday Ian Cox’s home garden in Kenthurst will be open for inspection. This garden is on a magnificent sandstone site looking out to the Blue Mountains. It features a large variety of grafted grevilleas from all over Australia as well as other unusual species. The rest of the block is natural bush, typical of the area. The address is 5 Ivy Place, Kenthurst. Visitors must park in Ivy Place and walk up the rather steep drive to Ian’s house, as there is not enough space to park on Ian's property.
    • The alternate activity is a bushwalk in Cherrybrook. This walk features the rugged sandstone country overlooking Pye’s Creek and passes through typical Hawkesbury Sandstone. Many banksias are flowering at this time of year. The walk will be led by Jennifer Farrar. It will start at 10am from the end of Trevor Lane, off Purchase Road, Cherrybrook.

Members and visitors should bring their own lunch or buy it on the way to the gathering. Tea and coffee will be available. Reduce waste by bringing your own mug or Keep Cup. There is outdoor space and seats to eat lunch at the afternoon meeting place, Gumnut Hall, at the very end of Gumnut Lane, Cherrybrook.  Park your car in Gumnut Road, as Gumnut Lane is small, with insufficient space for parking. There will be a large variety of native plants for sale.

At 1.30pm there will be the APS NSW AGM, which will be quite short. Following this there will be a talk by Peter Olde, a highly respected grevillea expert and an entertaining speaker. His talk is entitled “When is a Grevillea a Hakea”. With increasing botanical research, and especially genetic studies, the traditional classifications and relationships between plant genera are becoming blurred. For example, Grevillea and Hakea are much more closely related than we thought. Peter will tell us the latest on this evolving knowledge. The afternoon will close with afternoon tea.

Location of Gumnut Hall

Gumnut Hall, Gumnut Place, Cherrybrook.

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