Who we are
The Australian Plants Society NSW Ltd is made up of members from all walks of life who have a passion to learn about, share, grow and conserve Australian native plants and their habitats.
We meet regularly at local and state levels, to allow members to share their insights and experiences in a friendly and collaborative environment.
Each year, we hold 4 state-level activities around the state and a range of activities across the state. Our 18 District Groups undertake many activities, most open to non-members including:
Interested in starting a group in your area? Please contact
the President, Secretary or Membership Officer.
We've always been active publishers of books, articles and references about Australian native plants. Current resources include:
Our GoalsWith values of integrity, credibility, respect and enthusiasm, we are committed to:
We partner with other organisation with complementary aims including:
Our local groups work closely with the community to share our knowledge and passion for Australian plants and their habitats and make plants available to the public. Examples include:
History of the Australian Plants Society
Over 60 years ago, a small, committed group of people pledged to ‘promote the establishment and breeding of Australian native plants for garden, park and farm’. They banded together to establish the Society for Growing Australian Plants in Victoria and within a year, societies had been established in six states, including NSW.
A few years later, the federal association, now known as the Australian Native Plants Society (Australia) was formed to assist in integrating activities across Australia.
We had a name change in the 1980s, from the Society for Growing Australian Plants NSW to the Australian Plants Society NSW.
Our logo for many years, the hand-drawn waratah – and the floral emblem of NSW – was drawn by Betty Maloney, who along with her sister Jean Walker, first introduced the concept of bush gardening. This was the first real attempt in Australia to embrace our native flora. Their seminal book, "Designing Australian Bush Gardens" helped inspire broad interest in the growing and conserving native and indigenous plants in suburban gardens.
Our new logo still embraces the waratah, but has a more contemporary look and feel, which we think represents the Australian Plants Society today. We continue our commitment to growing and conserving Australian plants.