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APS NSW Gathering, hosted by Parramatta and Hills

  • 21 Mar 2020
  • 10:00 AM
  • Boongala Garden, then Gumnut Hall Gumnut Place Cherrybrook

The first gathering for the year will be held on Saturday, 21 March, and will be hosted by the Parramatta-Hills Group at the Gumnut Community Centre, Gumnut Place, Cherrybrook.



10-12 noon: Garden visit Boongala Gardens and Rainforest, 76 Pitt Town Rd, Kenthurst

Boongala Native Gardens and Rainforest is an 11 acre property located in Kenthurst, NSW. The magnificent and extensive gardens have been developed over a number of years by Mal and Jenny Johnston. The property also includes a lush rainforest, which has been maturing for the last 25 years. When you visit Boongala you will discover a wide range of Australian plants, wildflowers and the birdlife they attract. This is a garden visit NOT to be missed. Donation $3 to the Flying Doctor Service.

More information can be found at:

12 - 1pm: Lunch. Bring your own and enjoy it in the grounds of the Gumnut Hall. Tea and coffee will be provided.

1pm - 3pm: Guest Speaker: Sarah Cains and Kris Gow, Southern Highland Group APS NSW.

Sarah and Kris will discuss the use of Australian native plants for small or cottage gardens. When most people are planning a cottage garden the plants they immediately consider are exotic and include delphiniums, lupins, foxgloves and hollyhock, roses, daffodils, lavender and rosemary, to name a few. Many Australian native plants, however, are ideal for small gardens, such as the Native daisy (Brachyscome), Fan flower (Scaevola), Pink paper daisy (Rhodanthe chlorocephala rosea, Native daffodil (Calostemma luteum, Everlasting daisy (Bracteantha bracteata, Kangaroo paw (Anigozanthos, Flannel flower (Actinotus helianthi, Banksia spinulosa ‘Cherry Candles’ to name but a few. Not only are they beautiful but they are drought-hardy, easy to care for (they need little extra watering or feeding once established) and they attract plenty of wildlife

Both Sarah and Kris have beautiful small gardens in Bowral which we will hopefully be able to visit at the weekend gathering which is being hosted by the Southern Highland Group, 14-15 November 2020. 

Sarah will be talking about design of small gardens and Kris, who is a former President of the  Southern Highlands Group, will be speaking about plant choice for the small garden. 

Plants will be available for sale at both Boongala Gardens and Gumnut Community Centre.

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