When - Second Friday of each month at 7.30pm
Where - Phillip House,
Old Penang Road, Kariong
- Where we meet. Click
Here to see maps & Locations
Our monthly meetings feature a guest speaker on subjects related to plants,
environmental issues, plant classification, latest research on
You become a member of the "Australian Plant Society" by joining our Central
As a member you will receive our monthly Group Newsletter. You will also
receive quarterly publications of "Native Plants for New South
Wales" and "Australian Plants" magazine.
Our Membership Officer will only be too happy to process your application.
Newsletter by E-mail
Once you are a members of the
Australian Plant Society ~ Central Coast Group you can opt to receive
your Newsletter by Email and enjoy better quality photographs in
The monthly newsletter contains the President's Report, Book of the Month
Review, Plant of the Month featured, a report on the specimen table, a
featured article by one of our members, details about the coming bushwalk, a
summary of the previous month's guest speaker and a diary of coming events.
Cost of Membership
GST is included. To contact the
Membership officer. Click here
Our Librarian manages a specialised Native Plants library which is open at
each monthly meeting. Books may be perused or borrowed before the meeting.
This display was featured in the
Gosford Public Library
Our designed publications:
A colour coded general
native plants information sheet and one of our Fact Sheets.
See the Fact sheets section for
all fact sheets available.
There are a number of interest groups ranging from growing native plants in
pots to floral arranging to bushwalking or helping at the Katandra bush
reserve with regeneration or helping out at the Springtime Flora Festival.
These activities provide a more hands-on approach to growing Australian
plants are an ideal way to learn about native flora.
The interest groups operate at
various times during the year, details of time and dates are listed in the
monthly newsletter. You may join the group or take part occasionally.
Families and friends are welcome. You do not need to be an expert on plants
to take part in any group. Some members are experts but mainly we learn from
Plants in Pots
in growing native plants in pots? The Plants in Pots interest group share
ideas, report on
successes and failures, seek advice from fellow members and take part in
Jim shows how it's done.
Some of the areas covered
Comparing the growth progress of Leptospermum 'Pink Cascade' grown
in 8" and 12" pots.
Growing ferns, mosses, ground orchids and lichens in a terrarium.
Trialing different fertilizers on Correa pulchella seedlings.
The group meets 3 or 4 times a year on a Saturday or
Join us for a monthly bushwalk around the
Central Coast to explore the flora, discover interesting plants and plant
communities, and see what's in flower.
Bushwalks are taken in National Parks, Council
Reserves as well as private properties. When it gets too hot, we'll take you
through a cool rainforest or on a ferry trip. A great way to learn
about the native plants in the Central Coast Region. Degree of difficulty-
most are fairly easy physically and very relaxing.
The bushwalks are usually held the Sunday after the
monthly meeting. (Please check in "Newsbits" section)
As part of our commitment to the preservation of native flora on the Central
Coast, we have adopted Katandra Reserve as our Bush Regeneration site.
Katandra Reserve is a Gosford City Council Reserve rainforest in the Holgate
area. The project sets out to control the weed population and to replant
indigenous plants propagated by members. This is a very satisfying project
and another great way to learn about our native flora.
To see the map of the area click
"Katandra" and scroll to the end of 'Map & Locations' page.
Every year in September the Central Coast community
stages the Springtime Flora Festival, the number one home and garden event
The Central Coast Group of the Australian Plant
Society, supports this event with a stunning marquee displaying and the
selling of native plants.
Outside our pavillion
Setting up: Dot & John
Getting plants ready
Dot meeting and informing
Our plant sales
Best Community Display
We won the
"Best Community Display 2002". Funds raised
from the sale of plants have been used to sponsor native plant research
and donations to arboreta. Members willingly support this event by
helping with the organisation of our annual flower show, ordering plants for
sale during the festival and lending plants for the display.
The joy of learning
The joy of teaching!
Members have enjoyed bus trips to Mt. Kosciusko, Hunter Valley Botanical
Gardens, Warrumbungles, Burrendong Arboretum, Mt. Annan, to name a few, to
see the great displays of native plants. The trips are dotted with visits to
nurseries along the way. The bus trips range from one day outings to seven
day excursions. Priced to be affordable and guaranteed to be fun. A great
way to learn about Australian native plants with like-minded people.
For the next bus trip see the monthly newsletter.