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~ Newsbits September 2011 ~

Visitors Welcome.

Meeting place:   Phillip House Mt Penang Rd, Kariong

Meet on Friday 2nd September  at  7.15pm for 7.30 start

Please not this is one week early

*Venue:  Phillip House Mt Penang Rd, Kariong
Guest Speaker:  Jeremy S.
Subject: Teaching About Australian Native Plants at TAFE
Plant of the Month: Sharyn S.
Book of the Month: John A.

Directions To Phillip House

Directions:  Travel up the Kariong hill from West Gosford and turn right at the second set of lights into The Avenue which is the road that used to take us to the Flora Festival site and now goes to the High School.  Turn right immediately into Old Mt. Penang Road.

Phillip House is on the left about half way down  Old Penang Road.

   March Diary Dates

Click any red diamond to go directly
 to the item of your choice.

Saturday 27th August -
Tuesday 30th August
Region Get-Together at Burrendong Arboretum
  Friday 2nd September  September Monthly Meeting (ONE WEEK EARLY)
Thursday 8th September -
Sunday 11th September
Australian Springtime Flora Festival  Mt.Penang
Saturday 17th September  Wildplants Rescue Service
 Open Day at Pioneer Dairy
Saturday 17th September -Sunday 18th September Orchids in the Wetlands – The Hunter Wetlands
Centre at  Shortland 
Tuesday 20th September Closing Date for Articles to be Included in October Newsletter
Tuesday 27th September

 Bushcare at Katandra.   Meet in the carpark top of Katandra Road,  Holgate at 9am.   (later this month because of the Flora Festival)

Sunday 2nd October -
Friday 7th October
2010 National Biennial Conference
Friday 14th October   October Monthly Meeting

~ ~ Regular

Features ~ ~
  Book of the Month Specimen Table
  Bush walk No Bushwalk this month due to Flora Festival



Speaker For September

Our speaker for September will be Jeremy S. from the Wildflower Farm at Somersby.   Jeremy will talk about what is important to teach about Australian natives at TAFE and will also lead a general discussion about the Australian flower market.


August Speaker - Jonathon L.

Myrtle Rust which is closely related to Eucalyptus Guava rust was first discovered in Australia on the Central Coast in April 2010 and due to the vagary of taxonomy was named Uredo rangellii because it has a bare patch on the spore which is the taxonomic difference of what we know Eucalyptus rust to be.   It is an obligate parasite meaning that it needs a living host to grow and reproduce.  

Plants in the Myrtaceae family are potential hosts to the disease and this family is one of the top ten biggest families in Australia and also one of the top ten biggest families in the World with close to 6,000 species world-wide

Uredo rangellii has a complex life cycle with up to five spore stages ‘up to’ being critical because with some diseases we don’t know how many spore stages they have.   One of the  rusts of wheat has an alternate host which is totally unrelated called Barberry but very much a cold climate plant and the only way a certain plant of spore savers can germinate is on that particular host, on that one species

Myrtle Rust belongs to the guava rust group which also includes the fungus Puccina psidii another pathogen of the Myrtaceae family and is a disease of significance in the Nursery Industry.   Looking at the spores under a microscope Uredo rangellii has a bare patch and Puccina psidii is without the bare patch which is the only difference between the two.    Genetic work has shown that whatever it is that we have here, it is within the whole Puccina psidii complex and is very complicated. Until the observations of Myrtle Rust in Australia in April 2010 there were only two known described specimens of Myrtle rust and one was Myrtus communis; an exotic and the other Syzigium jambos from Asia which is an excellent host.

In theory all species of the Myrtaceae family are hosts.   Until recently Myrtle rust has only been known to infect South American species other than the handful of Eucalyptus species that have been taken over there for cultivation.

Nurseryman here are worried, Forestry is concerned and the cut flower industry could also be affected   Plants grown for the cut flower trade include Chamelaucium uncinatum the wax flower, Corymbia the flowering gum, Regelia, Agonis, Verticordia the feather flower and all Melaleuca species.

The good news is that the disease is not appearing as you head west into dryer regions which is probably a reflection of the climate that it likes.   However it does like the nursery-like environment west of the range when given the right conditions.

In the last 120 years which is the period in which Puccina psidii has been known it has been described as having nine tribes.   There are seventeen tribes in Myrtaceae, two of which are very small and the other fifteen all include Australian species.  Fourteen of those have been found susceptible – 12 through observation and two were determined through lab work, leaving just one Australian tribe that hasn’t yet shown any definite susceptibility.    Australian mangroves are also susceptible to the rust.   Austromyrtus was the first really major host, which was worrying because it is grown in such large numbers and is moved around a lot and the rust has also been found on Agonis.  Rust has also been found on turpentine and Tristania, the water gum, but they are not considered to be big hosts however if the conditions are favourable they will get infected.

No 1 host in the bush is Rhodamnia rubescens which has been found infected in State forests and fresh spores have also been found on Melaleuca quinquenervia.  In the bush with Rhodamnia rubescens probably there is nothing that can be done. The new leaves are getting infected and dropping off and the old leaves are aging and dying so what chance does the plant have? 

Syzigium jambos (pictured right - photo courtesy Wikipediawould probably be our No. 1 host but Gossia also remains a big one.

The NSW list of affected species has reduced but that is mainly because the Q’ld species have been removed.   In Queensland the disease was found a week before New Year and has exploded since then.  

Myrtle rust resistance varies; it varies within the family, between genera, within the species, between species and between plants depending on the leaf age of the plant.   In a garden situation that’s a good thing because if you are trying to control it there’s only a certain window in which the plant can be infected.   It is evident that the infection is only on new growth so if the disease is not present when the new leaves are forming then they won’t get infected.   

If you’re looking for the disease there are characteristic spots on leaves which is a reaction to an infection, recolouring around the infection points, leaf distortion, particularly if the infection is on the edge of the leaf and the main thing is the spore on the underside of the leaf.   A plant that is soft and moist, nice and succulent is ideal for rust infection.

If you have rust in your garden – take comfort because the better the grower you are the more likely you are to attract the rust.   When surveying nurseries the quality of the plants was obvious by the amount of rust that was found.

In Hawaii damage was seen on Syzigium jambos as clusters of brown surrounded by yellow.   The yellow spores are called Uridiniospores and we’re familiar with them particularly in our climate but when it’s a bit hotter there are brown spores called Teliospores which are longer lasting and another way of the disease surviving particularly over longer periods.   When the infection moved into Q’ld they were seeing a lot more Teliospores than we’ve ever seen down here.  

Jonathon visited a plantation on the north coast where they were growing lemon myrtle for its oil and when growing this kind of product you’re looking for the new growth.   It needs to be cut back hard and fed hard then the oil is harvested from the new growth.   The dried leaves are used in food processing additives and for soaps and the rust just loves the new growth.   The aniseed myrtle industry has selected a very narrow range of clones to produce their plantations for their high oil content and these too are very susceptible to rust. 

What we need to know about the disease is that you can have a susceptible host without rust and you don’t have a problem, you can have a susceptible host with a bit of rust in the wrong environment for it to germinate and you don’t have a problem, you can have a susceptible host in the right environment for germination with no disease and you still don’t have a problem but put the three together and you do have a problem.   From some of the work done in Canberra it was found that under ideal conditions these little pustules can develop from a spore in 10-14 days.   It is reported that the spore generation that follows is favoured by a wet leaf surface for at least six hours, low light or darkness and temperature in the range of 15-25 degrees. 

We saw the development across the Central Coast last year all through winter.   The spore development took longer, about 6-8 weeks and that’s with 3 weeks at 20 deg. from a single spore infection.   95% of the species tend to show some level of susceptibility.   There’s no such thing as a false positive, however there is a risk of a false negative, you may get a negative result when the leaves are too old or growing too slowly.

There is proven potential for most plants, but mainly young trees up to about 3 years old, and particularly in production nurseries with the tropics and sub tropics providing the right climatic conditions.            In Brazil there was large scale damage in nurseries.  In the 70’s and again in the 90’s they had 50% of plantations damaged and in further reports around the year 2000, 300 hectares of 6 month old Eucalyptus grandis was destroyed. 


National Parks & Wildlife are worried – there are 500 Myrtaceae species in NSW, 85 of those are threatened and 52 of those threatened species occur in areas where we know that rust exists.   In other words a large proportion of our endangered Myrtaceae are in areas at risk in the wild.   The rust exists on the coastal fringe from Tathra in the south, which is almost to the Victorian border of NSW, and right up to South East Queensland.   If you should find Myrtle rust outside that range or  find it outside the species on the list on the website report the find to the Exotic Plant Pest Hotline on 1800 084 881 or email biosecurity@industry.nsw.gov.au .


                                                                                             Myrtle Rust on Agonis flexuosa

One of the best methods of control is hygiene.   Be aware that if you’ve been to an area where there is rust or likely to be rust you can carry it into another area.   Spray shoes, hat and tools with methylated spirits before wearing the same clothing into another area.     A lot of the plants on the Myrtaceae list may not be major hosts in your garden and may not even get infected; it depends on the climatic conditions in your garden. 

Should you find an infected plant in your garden it is recommended that you cut off the infected foliage, place it in a plastic bag and leave the bag out in the sun for a few weeks to solarise before putting it into the garbage bin.   DO NOT place it into the green bin.   Another option is that you can dig a big hole in the backyard wrap it in paper and bury it down there.    Probably the best means of control at home, the easiest and simplest method, may well be to carefully spray infected material with methylated spirits with a bit of water added to it before doing anything else, the alcohol is more likely to kill the spores than anything else you use.

It is not known how susceptible the spore is to fire.   There have been several known cases of the disease being spread by fire.   Where an area where the disease is present has been burnt      spores have gone up into the air and spread over hundreds of thousands of kms. before falling down and infecting somewhere else.   But the biggest fear for the native flora is what happens after fire.   After fire you have the best and most vulnerable material for infection with new seedlings and young shoots everywhere so areas that have been burnt will need to be monitored.  

Conditions for the disease are helped by rain so one could wonder what would happen if we had another ten years of drought?   However, the spores only travel aerially after the leaf has dried out so although the conditions were perfect for infection in the middle of last year with so much rain it was also perfect for stopping aerial spread.   Other means of spreading the disease is by birds, bats, and insects but the greatest risk by far comes from people.


Book of The Month Presented by Rosemary W.

Rose chose for her presentation ‘A Brilliant Touch’ by Christobel Mattingley a book that includes Adam Forster’s wildflower paintings.   The book was published by the National Library of Australia.

Steve Lambert gave a book review earlier this year on Thistle Harris’s Wild Flowers of Australia that was published in 1938 but how many people know anything about the Adam Forster whom she acknowledges at the beginning of the book, noting he never saw the completed article as he had died?  

His real name was Carl Ludwig August Wiarda and he was born in 1848 in German East Friesland on the border between the Netherlands and Germany.   His ancestry was German and Dutch. His father was an eminent judge so Carl received a classical grammar school education   and completed two years of medical school but was enlisted to fight in the Franco-Prussian war.   He was wounded and awarded the Iron Cross but was so disgusted with the slaughter and the invasion of Paris that he took a ship to South Africa. 

Settling in Port Elizabeth he set up business and married Mary Smith the beautiful 19 year old daughter of the local mayor.   His artistic talent took off and he filled sketchbooks with pictures of every day life and South African wildflowers.   In 1890 his business was faltering so he decided to try his luck in Australia to make a more stable life for his family leaving Mary and their three children behind.

In 1891 he arrived in Sydney and changed his name to Adam Forster possibly because he admired Johann Forster the German/English naturalist.   Five years later he was made an Australian citizen and in 1898 sent for his family.   His rise to prosperity was helped by his perfect English and education.

The family settled in Ashfield and he became a Justice of the Peace, Registrar of the Pharmaceutical Board and secretary of the Pharmaceutical Association.   His passion for the bush and sketching wildflowers together with his botanical knowledge led him to become a member of the Naturalists Society of NSW.

Friend and fellow member David Stead was keen to educate young people in a love of nature and wanted a handbook published on wildflowers.   Stead introduced him to George Robertson of Angus & Robertson as the ideal illustrator.   He wrote a text and submitted paintings to the publishers but it wasn’t until 1938, nearly ten years after Adam’s death, that George Ferguson, grandson of George Robertson, discovered the printing blocks and text in the strongroom.   He consulted David Stead who suggested that Thistle Harris the environmentalist and botanist take on the book.   She decided that the text was too academic and wrote more reader friendly notes and so the book was published.   Adam Forster had set himself the task of illustrating 1000 wildflowers and achieved 918 in his long lifetime.

After the book was published there were offers to his family for the collection of his paintings and sketchbooks from Germany and interested collectors in America but his family knew that his dearest wish was that the collection should remain in the land in which he had chosen to live and so loved.   In 1948 the collection was given to the National Library in Canberra.

No one knows how much Angus & Robertson paid him in 1928 but according to Joan Webb, biographer of Thistle Harris, Thistle was paid fifteen pounds in 1938.  She was a bit deaf and thought she was to be paid fifty pounds.



Flannel Flower Canvas

Our raffle is a 70cm x 60cm canvas painting of Flannel Flowers and it was donated to the Group by Julie Y. a decorative painter/teacher of Wyoming.   The raffle will be drawn at this years Australian Springtime Flora Festival at Kariong in September.

Tickets will be on sale at our July meeting Friday 8th July and at all meetings leading up to the Festival and will be $2 each or 3 for $5.

Photo submitted by Barbara M.






Specimen Table

Hardenbergia violacea is a plant that may climb, trail or even form a shrubby habit.   Purple pea flowers resembling little faces can be seen scrambling around the shrubbery in the bush or just trailing around the undergrowth at this time of the year and well into spring.   White, pink and various shades of mauve are also available from nurseries and they make great garden plants.   It can be propagated from cutting or by seed that has been treated with hot or boiling water.

Philotheca myoporoides previously named Eriostemon is a shrub that will grow 1m-2m high and bears white star-like flowers in late winter and spring.   It’s a very hardy plant that will tolerate shade of sun and will appreciate a hard prune after flowering.   It can be propagated from cutting.

Darwinia citriodora is one of the hardiest of the W.A. Darwinia species for growing on the East Coast and is used as root stock for harder to grow species.   Has lemon scented foliage and white flowers aging to orange in spring and summer, you can propagate it from cutting but it also has a tendency to self seed.   The plant requires good drainage and has a preference for a little shade.

Rapanea variabilis is a small tree that will grow to 6m and it bears small cream clusters flowers on the old wood which are followed by blue globular fruits.   It can be propagated from cuttings or seed.

Prostanthera incisa grows 1-2m high has highly aromatic leaves and bears violet flowers mainly in spring.   You’ll find it growing on the side of Moonee Creek it likes quite a bit of moisture and although short lived strikes readily from cutting. 

Pandorea pandorana the Wonga Vine is a vigorous twining climber that bears tubular flowers in spring.   Ian had one growing over a Banksia serrata that was about 30 feet high and it was very pretty when flowering but had to be cut down.    Colour varies from white and maroon to white and gold or brown.   It can be propagated from cutting or seed.

Hypocalymma angustifolium grows to around 1m with linear leaves and bears white or pink flowers in late winter and spring.   A W.A. species that is moderately hardy and needs to be kept pruned to prevent it becoming rangy.


                                                                                                    Pandorea pandorana

Clematis aristata is a vigorous climber and it’s in full flower at the moment.   It just covers the bushes with a mass of white and the flowers are followed by a fluffy feathery seed heads responsible for giving the plant its common name ‘Old Man’s Beard’.

Goodenia ovata grows to about 1.5m and has toothed sticky leaves and it bears large yellow flowers mainly in spring and summer.  It’s very hardy, fast growing and free flowering, will grow in most aspects and soils but likes a bit of shade and it strikes readily from cutting.   

Dodonaea boroniifolia are nothing much to look at however they are followed by very attractive fruits, sometimes mistaken for flowers, in various shades of red that follow the flowers  in summer, it grows up to 2m high and has striking Boronia-like foliage.

Hibbertia dentata is a climbing twining plant with dark green toothed leaves and looks best when grown amongst other shrubs.   It’s not as long flowering as Hibbertia scandens but its large yellow flowers that appear in spring and summer are quite outstanding.   Prefers a well-drained soil with some shade and plenty of moisture and well worth a spot in the garden.   It’s a local plant and can be propagated from cutting.

          Dodonaea boroniifolia                                                        Hibbertia dentata

Indigofera australis grows up to 2m with pinnate bluish green leaves and bears sprays of purple pea flowers that appear in spring.   The distribution area is all states of Australia except the N.T. and the plant can be propagated from cutting or from treated seed.

Leptospermum polygalifolium Syn L.flavescens grows from 1 – 4m and bears white flowers in profusion in spring and summer. 

Hovea acutifolia is a small shrub to 1.5m that bears purple pea flowers late winter early spring.   It’s distribution area is Q’ld and NSW and it can be propagated from treated seed.

Zieria Carpet Star is a prostrate ground cover slowly spreading to 50cm with trifoliolate aromatic leaves.     Small star shaped pink flowers cover the plant in spring.   It will tolerate salt winds and frost and strikes readily from cutting.   The distribution area is several headlands on the mid north coast of NSW and its conservation status is ‘endangered’.

Other plants that made a repeat appearance on the table this month were Grevillea hockingsii, G.shiressii, G.’Red Clusters’, G.’Forest Rambler’, Swainsona sejuncta, Thryptomene saxicola ‘Paynes Hybrid’


                                                                                                   Zieria ‘Carpet Star’

Information sources – Native Plants of Sydney, Les Robinson; Australian Native Plants, John Wrigley & Murray Fagg;  Wikipedia the Free Encyclopaedea  

Wild plants Rescue Service Open Day             Saturday 17th September 

The Wildplants Community Nursery is open to the public for plant sales on the 3rd Saturday of every month.   The nursery is situated within the Pioneer Dairy Wetlands at South Tacoma Road, South Tacoma.   Entrance to the Wetlands is on the right directly after the railway underpass.   If either gate is closed when you get to them please close them behind you.


                              Flora Festival 


Our first set up day for the Flora Festival is Sunday 4th September.   Our equipment will be picked up from the storage depot in the morning and we anticipate that it will arrive on site by 12.30. when assistance will be needed to unload and begin the setting up.

Electricity may not be available on the Sunday so bring along a thermos of hot water for tea or coffee and a chair to sit on.   Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided.

The next set up day will be Tuesday 6th September.   On Wednesday 7th we will be receiving plants from our suppliers and hopefully plenty of container plants, cut flowers and foliage from our members to incorporate in the display.

Our display is very dependent on what container plants, cut flowers and foliage that members bring in; the more we receive the better our display will be.  Foliage can be trailing vines, fern fronds, native palm leaves and even small branches that are manageable.   Garden ornaments would also be good but make sure your name is on them so we can return them to you.

Typical tasks that we need help with during the set up would be filling the water bottles that hold our cut flowers and setting up the stands, spreading mulch and once the plants have arrive filling up watering cans and watering the plants.   The use of hoses will probably be restricted.  

When helping at the festival on the sale days, please wear your name badge so the general public can distinguish you as a member.

If you arrive at the entrance and have not yet picked up an entry pass I can be contacted on my mobile 0408 653140 and will bring a pass out to you.   I will be on site most of the time.   Entry passes will be given to members at the September meeting who will be helping in the marquee on the Thursday or Friday.

Our site details should also be available by the September meeting.   Access to the Mt.Penang Event Park is in Kangoo Road off Central Coast Highway (Worthington BMW on corner) and enter via Gate 1, the Exhibitors entrance.   During the set up please park along the road sides outside the marquee; driving or parking on the grassed areas is not permitted.

A happy hour will be held at the end of the day on the Sunday when the packing up is done so come along and help with the packing up and join in the happy hour.   Drinks, cheese and biscuits will be provided and a chance to pick up a bargain or two at a special helpers price before stock is returned to the suppliers.


Flora Festival       Thursday 8th       - Sunday 12th September







Sale Day

Sale Day

Sale Day

Sale Day




Tue.  6th

Wed. 7th

Thu. 8th


Sat. 10th

Sun. 11th

Mon. 12th

 Start until 10am










 9.30am to 12.30pm










 12.00pm to 3.00pm


12.30pm start








 2.30pm to 5.30pm











The times that we need more help is the first session on Saturday morning from 8.30am and all late afternoon sessions.   Another critical time is on Wednesday afternoon to complete the setting up and load the tube stock onto the plant stands.   If you can spare some time it would be most appreciated.




Two Octogenarians

Congratulations to two octogenarians, Anne M. & Audrey T. who recently celebrated their 80th birthdays.  This photo was taken by Rose at an afternoon tea in their honour at Anne’s home.





Region Get Together For 2011

Burrendong Arboretum was established in 1964 and covers approximately 164ha.  It is dedicated to the preservation and conservation of Australia’s unique and incredibly diverse flora  This year the District Together will be held at the Burrendong Arboretum on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th August.

The Central West Group and the Burrendong Arboretum have prepared a great programme for the 2-day weekend and some of the highlights are - 

  • Colin Fenn, a local rock carving artist, will be demonstrating how he carves native plant images onto stone tablets and a completed tablet will be raffled over the weekend.

  • Burrendong staff have been busy growing some of their iconic plants and they have over 1000 of these ready for the weekend.

  • Guided tours of the Arboretum will be conducted by Friends of the Arboretum over the two days.

  • Workshops by Angus Stewart on propagation, pruning and deep stem planting and signed copies of his latest book will be available for purchase.

  • Tours of the Wellington Caves

  • Tour of Mount Arthur Reserve noted for its display of orchids and other wild flowers.

Then there is an optional 2-day tag along tour into the  Warrumbungles led by Anthony O’Halloran travelling into the Goonoo State Conservation Area and the Pilliga Forest.

Don’t miss out, book now.  More information is available on the Burrendong Arboretum website www.burrendongarboretum.org where you can download a registration form. 

For accommodation visit Wellington’s Visitor Informaton Centre at www.visitwellington.com.au or telephone on 1800 621614.


2011 National Biennial Conference

The 2011 National Biennial Conference will be hosted by the Australian Plants Society, South Australian Region from Sunday 2nd October to Friday 7th October 2011 at Westminster School, Alison Ave, Marion.  South Australia.

You can enjoy informative and entertaining presentations, and learn new skills at practical workshops.  Share the company of fellow enthusiasts in public and private gardens and bushland.

Pre-Conference tours – Kangaroo Island and the Flinders Ranges

Post Conference tours – Kangaroo Island and the Coorong, and south-east of South Australia

To be placed on the conference mailing list, email your contact details or post them to –

Conference 2011,P.O. Box 304, Unley. S.A. 5061 www.australianplantssa.asn.au

Registration forms will be available from early 2011.




More Dates For Your Diary

Muogamarra Nature Reserve

The Reserve is located on the western side of the Pacific Highway 1km north of Cowan Station.
The park is open on weekends only this year from
Saturday 20th August to Sunday 11th September 9am to 4.30pm.

Cost of entry is $10 for adults, $5 for children and $25 for family (2 adults and up to 3 children).  

National Park passes and concessions do NOT apply. 

Orchids in the Wetlands        

An orchid show and sale will be held at The Hunter Wetlands Centre at Shortland on
Saturday 17th 10am – 5pm and Sunday 18th September 10am  - 3pm.   Vendors on the weekend will include Royale Orchids, Tinonee Orchids, Down Under Native Orchids, Australian Plant Society Orchids & Newbold Orchid Tray Company.

Admission to the Wetlands is $10 – adult, $5 – child (under 3 yrs free), Concession - $6.50, family (2 adults + 2 children $23).   For more information Phone 4951 6466 or email hwca@wetlands.org.au

Illawarra Grevillea Park

Located at Bulli, the park is only open to the public on weekends.   The next open days will be
Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th September and Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd October from 10am until 4pm.

Cost of entry is $5 for adults and children accompanied by an adult are admitted free.   Light refreshments – tea, coffee, and biscuits are available from the Chapel and a range of native plants are available for purchase at the nursery.   Contact details info@grevilleapark.org

Boongala Native Gardens & Rainforest at 76 Pitt Town Road, Kenthurst will be open Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday from 10am – 4pm during September from

Friday 2nd September to the Monday 26th September.

Mal & Jenny J. have extended an invitation to visit their garden which displays a diverse collection of native flora from around Australia.

They will have a large range of native plants in gro-tubes & larger sizes available for sale.

Entry to gardens – Adults $2, children free

Rainforest tour – additional fee Adults $2, children free

Entry to gardens will be donated to Royal Flying Doctor Service


The garden of Peter Olde, the Grevillea Guru will be opening his garden at 140 Russell Lane, Oakdale (Camden)on Saturday 8th &  Sunday 9th October 10am – 4.30pm

Visit the garden of Grevillea expert and co-author of The Grevillea Books in his spectacular park-like garden filled with a stunning display of Australian plants.   The extensive collection of Grevillea cultivars and grafted standards is a special highlight.   Many rare Australian plants thrive in the garden created by Peter and Margaret.   There are large trees and lawns as well as discrete areas including a rainforest garden and fernery.   Peter will give informal talks on all aspects of Grevillea culture at 11am & 2pm both days.

Directions:  From Sydney take the M5 to Picton exit; in Picton turn left at Argyle St then 1st right into Barkers Lodge Rd and continue to Oakdale; at Oakdale sign turn right into Russell Lane.

Admission adults $7, children under 18 free.



August Bushwalk

Heavy clouds and a promise of rain didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of the 14 that turned up for the Thommos Loop walk no doubt encouraged by the plethora of wildflowers that can be seen in the bush at this time of the year.

Meeting at Staples Lookout we were joined by one visitor and future prospective member and managed to cross Woy Woy Road without loss of life before setting off down the fire trail.

There were many flowering Acacias to be seen including A.ulicifolia and A.Oxycedrus the white flowers of Epacris microphylla were very prominent and there was also the white Conospermum longifolium otherwise known as the smoke bush.  Eriostemon australasius was also flowering and lots of the yellow pea flowers of Dylwynnia floribunda were seen along with another yellow flowering plant Phebalium squamulosum.   The stand out plant on the day was the native rose Boronia serrulata that could be seen on the side of the track partly obscured by the trove of wildflowers and bright pink Boronia ledifolia was also flowering

                   Eriostemon australasius                                            Boronia serrulata

It wasn’t long before the drizzling rain turned us back towards Staples Lookout and a general discussion took place to decide where we could go for our lunch stop.   That was settled with an invitation from the Catts to go back to their home at Kariong where there was plenty of shelter and we enjoyed our lunch in comfort ad in good company.


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Due to the Flora Festival there will not be a bush walk on September.





CD - Native Plants & Bushwalks of the Central Coast

Many years ago Alan created a list of plants that the group had identified while on their monthly bushwalks.   This list was passed over to Diana & Barry a few years ago and it was then converted into a data base.   Over the past 3 years a great many more plants have been added to the list and now 800 plants are included on the data base.

Photographs were also collected along the way some taken by Diana & Barry and others taken by some of the keen photographers amongst the group members.

From this data base and collection of photos a DVD was produced to run on the coach for the Sydney Tour of the ASGAP Conference last year.   This particular tour was subsequently cancelled due to lack of numbers but a seed was planted and the thought of a CD began to grow.

After many hours spent at the computer the CD is now complete.   It contains over 400 photographs and lists 24 bushwalks in National Parks, State Forests and Reserves of the Central Coast region and each bushwalk has a listing of the plants which may be found along that walk.   In some cases maps are included.

The disc is available for $15 plus $2.50 postage (within Australia only)  The CD  can be purchased at any of our monthly meetings.

or if you wish to order a form is available from this  website.CD Case

  • To view details and samples from the CD

  • or to download an order form

  • Go directly to the New CD site by clicking on  the CD Case on the right.

The Committee and members would like to thank Diana and Barry for all the effort and hours spent in producing the CD the profits from the sale of which will benefit the group.


"Central Coast Group"
of the "Australian Plants Society"
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