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~ Newsbits October 2011 ~

Visitors Welcome.

Meeting place:   Phillip House Mt Penang Rd, Kariong

Meet on Friday 14th October at  7.15pm for 7.30 start

*Venue:  Phillip House Mt Penang Rd, Kariong
Guest Speaker:  Audrey T. & Team
Subject: Propagation Night
Plant of the Month: Liz H.
Book of the Month: Ginie S.

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

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Tuesday 11th October   Bushcare at Katandra.   Meet in the carpark top of Katandra Road Holgate at 9am.
Friday 14th October   October Monthly Meeting
Saturday 15th October  Wildplants Rescue Service Open Day
at Pioneer Dairy
Sunday 16th October October Bushwalk
Tuesday 20th October  Closing Date for Articles to be Included in November Newsletter
Friday 11th November   November Monthly Meeting
Sunday 20th November November Outing - Visit by Newcastle and Hunter Groups to Central Coast  Gardens
  Saturday 3rd December AGM and End of Year Dinner

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Features ~ ~
  Book of the Month Plant Presentation


Activity For October – A Propagation Night

Our activity for the October meeting will be a propagation night.   Audrey will be leading the team and demonstrating how to pot up seedlings without damaging the roots.  Methods of striking cuttings will also be covered and Dot will be demonstrating the best methods of propagating ferns

This is going to be a hands-on activity so bring along gloves, secateurs, a container to hold tubes such as an ice cream container and if you have a plant in your garden that you would like help to propagate bring along some cutting material.


Speaker For September     Jeremy S.

Jeremy’s first involvement was when he was only 10 or 11 when he opened a packet of seeds and sowed them in the garden.   In Year 10 at High School he did work experience at Swains Nursery weeding pot plants helping customers to load bags of cow manure into their cars, standing up plants that had blown over and watering seedlings and plants that looked like they had wilted.  He just loved it.   His friends were working at places like McDonalds while Jeremy was enjoying working in the outdoors.

With their father Alan providing them with guidance, Jeremy and his brother started the Wildflower Farm at Somersby.   Alan had no horticultural expertise but he did have a lot of business sense.

Horticultural study time started at the Ryde School of Horticulture where he achieved a Certificate in Horticulture and a Diploma in Nursery Management.   He went on to University where he gained a Bachelor of Science Degree and then went on to do an Honours year which took him to W.A. where he worked on his thesis on Doryanthus excelsa.

At that point he had no inkling that he would become a teacher of horticulture, he really liked what he was doing, it was problem solving.  But then an opportunity arose, somebody was retiring from the Ryde College after 28 years of service, he applied for and was given the job and has enjoyed very much sharing knowledge that he has gathered over the years, the skills and the techniques.   Anyone who knows Jeremy would know that he has a great passion for the Australian flora.  He has to work within certain parameters at college but with Jeremy’s direction students come away with a better understanding of Australian plants.

On the night Jeremy talked about horticultural education.   His day started at 8.30am delivering a unit called ‘Recommended Plants and their Cultural Practices’ to a group of Landscape Design students and throughout the year they will be looking at 300 different plants - taking a plant, identifying it and looking at how it can be used in the landscape.   He then gave the same unit with a different slant to a group of Diploma of Horticulture students.   From 1.30pm to 5.30pm he delivered a unit called Managing Plant Cultural Practices where students actually grow plants and problem solve as they go.

The Wildflower Farm at Somersby is where Jeremy lives and he is very happy there, he has a nice garden a nice yard, bushland to walk through and it’s a great place for his kids to grow up.   But he has two gardens, he grows plants at home but also has a garden where he looks after plants and promotes the Australian flora at the Ryde College.                       




 Jeremy’s Wildflower Farm






The new part of the College was built in 1988 and a whole lot of trees from the immediate locality were planted.   The buildings are all named after plants, there’s the Acacia building, Danthonia, Grevillea, Callitris, Eucalyptus, Flindersia and Banksia building and there’s a Telopea Centre where courses are taught to people who are handicapped or have learning difficulties.   A rainforest has been constructed,   utilising a difficult site where the side of a building was shaded and where nothing would grow.    On the shortest day of the year at 12.00 noon there is only 30 deg. of elevation in the sky and the side of the building never ever got any sun so the rainforest was constructed in this area and this is something that is taught to students in design.

Many courses are catered for at the college as well as Horticulture including Floristry, Irrigation Landscape Construction, Landscape Design, Nursery Wholesale, Nursery Retail, Parks & Gardens, Permaculture, Turf Conservation and Land Management which encompasses Bushcare and Bush Regeneration.   Jeremy teaches across a range of these areas and has made a point of getting involved in floristry to get the message out to students that they must learn to tell the difference between a Protea and a Banksia.  Turf Management involves cricket pitches, tennis court surfaces, golf courses, and sports fields in parks and gardens.   Some of Jeremy’s students have come away with terrific jobs, one of them is now working as Head Gardener at Admiralty House and another student who has recently graduated is working with Better Homes & Gardens as Lead Researcher.

Jeremy talked about some of the experiences that he has shared with his students.   He has taken them all over the country not just across the Sydney Metropolitan area; they have been on excursions to the Blue Mountains, the ACT, Melbourne and Tasmania.   He has also taken them to his farm at Somersby a place where he is very familiar with the climatic conditions, the micro climate, and the soil conditions.   The good students will come away from the course with skills in problem solving.   Students are encouraged to look at all aspects of the landscape, the heritage value of the site, Federation homes and the style of plants that are used in this style of garden and Aboriginal heritage is also studied.  At the end of the excursion students are asked to present their travel diaries, their experiences and what they have learned.

The units that Jeremy teaches include Inspecting Landscape Sites, Designing & Maintaining Specialised Landscape, Surveying, Recommending Plants, Managing Plant Cultural Practices and Identifying and Specifying Trees for the Landscape.   There are ten units that students have to complete to get their Diploma of Horticulture.   Nursery production in both wholesale and retail are offered and students are taught how to grow plants.   Mature age students are also there, they are there to learn and have a thirst for knowledge so you need to be at the top of your game.

In the classroom students are taught the skills and techniques needed to identify the flora not just of the Sydney region but all of the major Australian plant families so that when they go to a site they can do the keying out.

On an excursion they look at geology and Jeremy doesn’t know much about the geology of Tasmania so   before they go he has to brief himself and he gets the students to do the work.   Everybody who comes on the trip is involved in the preparation – it’s a part of their learning.

Part of their studies take them to the Royal Botanic Gardens in Sydney where they look at environmental issues such as the flying foxes.   They go to Mt. Tomah and study cold climate plants and to Mt. Annan and look at Australian native plants

From a design perspective Canberra is one of the best designed cities, there are no overhead services, there very tight constraints on advertising and they’re using indigenous trees.   There are lots of cold climate trees but also a lot of the local flora is used.

There are some good things at the National Botanic Gardens in Canberra. [Pictured left]   When Jeremy first visited there he was just blown away, unfortunately funding has changed and there’s not nearly as much money being put into the Gardens as there once was and some of the WOW factor has gone.   Site conditions in Canberra are difficult it’s hot in summer and cold in winter yet there’s this interesting area where they’ve emulated a rainforest where they’ve created a micro climate.   Some areas of the gardens are not open to visitors and this is where they produce their unbelievable collection of plants like a prostrate form of Banksia integrifolia and Rhodanthe chlorocephala, a plant that will flower in just 12 weeks from seed and makes a good plant to put in your garden.


Plant Presentation                        Sharyn G.

Sharyn’s presentation was of three local terrestrial orchids that are on the endangered list.

The first one was Thelymitra adorata, the Wyong Sun Orchid.   This species has only recently been found its been listed as ‘critically endangered’ with less than 20 known plants.  Its restricted to the Wyong, Warnervale and Wyongah areas and occurs in Spotted Gum – Ironbark Forest with grassy understorey.  It has just one single large fleshy leaf and quite a long flower stem up to 60cm in height and up to 13 quite large flowers appear on that stem which only open on a warm sunny day so you need to pick your days to go out and have a look at them.   Their flowers appear from September to October. 

The second orchid was Caladenia porphyrea and this one is listed as ‘endangered’ with less than 600 plants that we’re aware of and its restricted to the Norah Head area were it grows in the coastal sclerophyll forest with sandy soil. The very pretty pink flowers, light pink through to a deep pink, vary a bit and they’ve got these quite prominent bands.   The flowers appear from September to October and then they die back down. 

The third one was Diuris bracteata a Donkey Orchid, it was presumed extinct up to the year 2000.   The only record was in Gladesville in the late 1800’s but it was recently rediscovered up around Kulnura and its now been downgraded to ‘endangered’    There are less than 700 plants that have been found but  with quite a restricted distribution range around Kulnura and Central Mangrove.  This orchid prefers the dry sclerophyll woodland and forest it has yellow flowers with some black markings and they’re called donkey orchids because they have two prominent petals at the top that look like donkey ears.

These 3 orchids are only found in the Gosford Wyong area they’re in flower at the moment.


Book Of The Month                     Presented by John A.

The Garden of Ideas by Richard A. is about 4 centuries of Australian style gardening.   Richard A. is an architect and historian who resides in Melbourne and is editor of the Australian Garden History Society Journal.

It’s a serious book, its history, and not an easy book to read but the good thing is that it’s about garden design.  To John garden design is the most interesting of the arts, unlike architecture the garden changes over time, it changes during the day, it changes during the seasons, it has perfume and different perspectives of the design have to come through so far more complicated than architecture and a garden design that moves people is a wonderful thing.

And or course this is a book about Australian garden design and if you had a garden in Australia you would want it to be an Australian garden.   Obviously there are many gardens in Australia which are very derivative of other places but clearly people who are members of the Australian Plant Society hopefully would favour Australian design which shows off the gardens as Australian.

The book was given to John recently by his son who recognised his interest in design in general but in garden design in particular.

It starts off in the 1600’s in England and has some beautiful pictures of the gardens that Europeans imagined existed in these unknown parts of the world.   The first section is the 1600’s to 1800’s, the second section is 1780 to 1820, 1820 to 40’s, 30’s to 50’s with that overlap from the 1860’s to 1880’s and 1880’s to 1900.   The point there is that there were many things happening many adjustments were being made as people got used to Australia and became native and this showed up in the gardens that they designed.   Garden design also followed European trends with people that were present at the time.

To John the most interesting part of the book is the section from the 1920’s to the 1960’s which talks about the fashion, then the next section titled ‘Australian Plant Garden’ covers the 20’s to the 30’s, and the last section is on the 80’s with the emphasis on ‘so little time’.

A picture showing an aerial view of a suburb somewhere in Australia demonstrates modern day garden with very little emphasis on gardens there are little bits of green here and there and lots of paved areas.

There’s an interesting mention of a Maloney and Walker, Betty Maloney and Jean Walker who were early members of the Society for Growing Australian Plants.  They came from Melbourne and a most interesting thing to John is that they had a garden two doors away from his sister in law at French’s Forest and his sister in law when she moved there looked down her nose at this Australian natural garden which was quite disorderly while all the other gardens in the street were neat and tidy.

In the book there’s a brilliant picture of Grevillea robusta by Ellis Rowan from early last century.   It’s a painting that would indicate the unfamiliarity of the Australian flora because Rowan painted the plant upside down with its orange red inflorescence drooping rather than being erect. 

Another picture shows the wonderful sandstone cliffs of Sydney Harbour and the most dramatic photo is of Cranbourne Botanic Gardens east of Melbourne just below Dandenong.


Work In Progress

Landscaping taking place at the top of Donnison Street alongside the Environmental Education Centre as part of the Gosford Challenge

Our Group was recently asked to recommend Australian natives plants suitable for the site.

Photos by John A.


Specimen Table`                    Presented by Ian S.

Ian brought along a bloom from his hybrid Waratah Telopea ‘Emperors Torch’ which flowers in autumn and spring.   He only recently noticed that most of the blooms on the bush don’t have bracts.   It can be propagated from cuttings.

Another one from Ian’s garden - Hakea trineura, its just coming into flower about 12-15 feet high by about 2 metres wide.   The plant bears yellow or red terminal flowers in spring and summer and it can be propagated from seed.   The distribution area is Q’ld and NSW.

Prostanthera incisa (Pictured right) grows around Moonee and along the coast and has very highly perfumed foliage especially when wet.   It grows to about 2.5m high and puts on a spectacular show in spring and will strike readily from cutting.

Eutaxia obovata is a rounded shrub that grows to about 1m high and bears yellow pea flowers with a red keel in spring.   The distribution area is W.A. but the plant performs well here on the Coast.   Its hardy will accept most soils and can be propagated from treated seed.

Billardiera erubescens is a vigorous climber with shiny leaves and red tubular flowers that appear in spring.

Philotheca myoporoides formerly Eriostemon grows to about a.5m high and bears white starlike flowers in spring.   It’s a hardy plant that will thrive in a well drained position in full sun or partial shade  and it can be propagated from cutting.

We had a white form of Calytrix tetragona but a pink form is also available.   It grows to around 1.5m and bears star like flowers mainly in spring.    The distribution area is all States except the NT and it can be propagated from cutting.   The plant needs to be kept pruned to keep it bushier.

Indigofera australis grows in moist shady areas and needs a well drained soil.   It grows to about 1m and sprays of pink flowers appear in spring.   The plant is frost hardy and can be propagated from scarified seed.

Kennedia rubicunda  (pictured at left) is a vigorous twiner that bears large red pea flowers with black markings in spring and summer that show some resemblance to the Sturts Desert Pea.   It likes a sunny spot and can be propagated from treated seed.   Ian finds it a bit of a pest in his garden growing up the trees and shrubs.

Alyogyne huegelii or Native Hibiscus grows to 2m high and bears large lilac hibiscus-like flowers 12cm in diameter in spring and summer.   They like a warm sunny spot in the garden and can be propagated from cutting or seed.   Has a tendency to blow over in the wind and rain.

Hakea salicifolia the Willow Leaved hakea is a small tree that can reach 8m high.   Small white flowers appear at the leaf joints in spring and are followed by black warty fruits with 2 small horns.

Geitonoplesium cymosum the Scrambling Lily is another climber.  It bears small white flowers in spring and is common around the Central Coast where it can be found in sheltered areas and rainforest gullies.

 Ricinicarpus pinifolius (pictured right) or Wedding Bush grows to about 1.5m and it flowers from August to October.   The white fragrant flowers smell like leatherwood honey and both male and female flowers appear on the same shrub.   It can be seen at Wyrrabalong South National Park flowering amongst the Flannel Flowers and Eriostemon where we will be walking on our October bushwalk.

Boronia pinnata grows to about 1.5m and bears white or pink star-like flowers in spring.   It has fragrant foliage and can be grown from cutting.     Ian found a double form when he was doing some bulldozing.   He was able to save more than 20 of them and handed them to the Dept. of Agriculture because he was going away.  Unfortunately they failed to water them and when Ian returned from holidays there was just the one survivor and that one eventually succumbed to borers.    The flowers had 25 petals and looked like a miniature rose.

Chorizema cordatum is a spreading plant that bears bright orange/red flowers with blue/pink markings that appear in spring.   It likes a well drained spot and prefers a position in the garden where it will get a lot of shade. Propagation is from scarified seed with a lot of difficulty but cuttings strike readily.

Other plants that made an appearance again this month were a pink form of Hardenbergia violacea, Grevillea ‘Red Clusters’, G. hockingsii, Hypocalymma angustifolium and Swainsona sejuncta.

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


A Weekend In Gloucester

Despite the negative weather forecast 14 intrepid members made their way to the Gloucester Holiday Park for a weekend of exploration.   On this occasion the weather forecasters were right and we had to contend with the cold and continual showers/heavy rain.

But we were not to be daunted and so on Saturday morning we drove to Copeland Tops where we huddled under some shelter while it poured for a while.   When the rain eased to a shower we made our way along the muddy track.   Upon our return we then made our way towards the little town of Barrington, seeing a little park with a rustic one sided shed, plus a toilet and beside the river so we decided this would do for a lunch stop.   No sooner had we unpacked it started to pour again.   However the Kookaburras entertained us while we ate and when the rain stopped we were able to wander down to the river and enjoy the idyllic setting.   Most of us then dropped into the township of Barrington where we enjoyed the rural views while having a well deserved cup of coffee.   While having our coffee several species of birds kept us entertained as they flew back and forth.

If Saturday had been an exciting day, Sunday was even better.   Despite a possible flooded creek

warning from one of the locals we set off for Gloucester Tops. With Graeme in the front of our 4 car convoy we set off to cross 6 fords. We did have a discussion when we reached the first ford where a fair amount of water was flowing, and despite some feeling apprehensive we decided we could make it.

And make it we did to our morning tea stop where we were lucky enough to spot and photograph

2 Lyrebirds. Then another drive onto the falls, where we had to walk along a very, very wet track. But for those who made it to the falls it was worth it as the water was really pouring over the falls at a very fast rate, in fact so much water the decision was made for us to make our way back over the fords ASAP, which we did until we stopped outside a dairy and had our lunch.

Then it was home to our park.

On Friday and Sunday night we had a most enjoyable time in the Pump house while the cooks slaved away over the B.B.Q. The birdos in our group introduced us to happy hour which on the Sunday went for more than an hour!!! Saturday we had our tea at the local Bowling club and do they serve big meals.

Despite the most inclement weather and the lack of flowers (we did see two species of orchids) all agreed we had an enjoyable time of fun and fellowship.   Plans were discussed for another trip away next year so stay tuned.

Andrew M.


Our Trip To Wellington Arboretum
 & Tag-Along Tour
         With Anthony O.

We packed so much into this weekend that I thought I should write it up straight away so I didn’t forget any of it.

We left home Early on Friday morning and travelled to Wellington via Blue Mountains, Bathurst and Orange, stopping regularly and arriving in Wellington mid afternoon and checked out the town.  On Saturday morning we were up early to register at the Arboretum at 9 am, which was about 20 kms out of town.  On registration we were provided with a bag of goodies which included maps of the walks round the Arboretum, plant lists and water (very welcome).  The walks included the fern gully, malleehakea, wattle, prostanthera and Eremophila walks.  The prostanthera collection at the Arboretum was the personal legacy of George A., the Arboretum’s founder, and his sister-in-law, Hazel, gave us a short welcome at the commencement.  According to Hazel’s notes, apparently George A. was the dreamer and his brother Peter, was the doer.

We spent the rest of the day doing all the walks and/or going to propagation, deep stem planting and pruning sessions with Angus Stewart, as well as being well catered for with beautiful morning and afternoon teas and lunch by our hosts.  The weather was very pleasant, not too hot, but the 15 seater bus every hour was a welcome addition if you didn’t want to walk all around the Arboretum as you could just get on and off as you liked.








On Sunday, some of went back to the Arboretum to see some of the things we didn’t have time   for on the Saturday, whilst some of us went for a walk to Mt. Arthur Reserve which is just out of Wellington.  After lunch, which was the official closing, there were several walks arranged for those who wanted to do them at the Mt. Arthur Reserve. 








On Monday we met Anthony O., our guide for the tag along tour, at Brocklehurst just outside of Dubbo. Anthony, who has a native nursery (Bilby Plants at Binnaway – check it out if you are ever in the area), was a wealth of information on just about every native plant there ever was.  At the end of the day we travelled in convoy to Coonabarabran and arrived at the Warrumbungle Holiday Camp which was about 7kms out of town just on dark and in time for dinner. 








On Tuesday Anthony took us all on another full on day trip into the Pilliga East National Park travelling a couple of hundred kms in the process, finishing with the Sandstone Coves at Pilliga Nature Reserve which were beautiful creamy white sandstone caves with some Aboriginal grinding grooves and rock art.   Instead of going with Anthony, and as we had not been to the area before, my friend, Janet and I, opted to check out the Sidings Springs Observatory, the Warrumbungle’s Visitor Centre and a couple of short walks there, and later we went to the Sandstone Caves so we didn’t miss out on that one.








I can tell you, after such a full program, we were in bed very early each night after being well fed by Col and Liz, the couple who ran the Warrumbungle Holiday Camp.

On Wednesday We left early in the morning and travelled back home via the Hunter Valley.   We had certainly and were glad to get back home.  However, it was a great time and we met many lovely plant people who shared our interest in native plants.   If you get the chance to go on the next Regional Get Together take it as it was very enjoyable.

Joan H.

Open Garden

The garden of Peter O., 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.

Wildplants Rescue Service Open Day

Saturday 15th October

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


Another Flora Festival is over and we can now take a well deserved rest.    We don’t make a lot of profit at the Festival but we do generate a lot of interest in growing Australian plants which is our main reason for being there so we can say that our presence was worth while.   We also gained a few new members.

Some of our members were there every day during the set up, the open days and the clean up and deserve a big thank you for their efforts.    Thank you also to all of those members who gave some of their time to help during the set up and sale days because without that participation the job would be so much harder.

During the festival Angus was promoting deep planting and a few of our members were invited to join him on stage.   Graeme was there and joined in a radio interview and on other occasions Audrey participated on stage.   This interaction between Angus and our group members led to many people coming to our marquee for more information and our Fact Sheets and some of those also went away with Membership Forms.

This year we tried something different and invited three primary schools to set up a display within the marquee, Brisbania, Woy Woy South, and Gorokan being the three schools.   Visitors to the display were invited to vote for the school that they thought had set up the best display.   Voting was tight but it was Gorokan Primary that came away with the    most votes.   Each school received a Membership to the Australian Plants Society for their participation as well as three native plants for their gardens and the winning school was rewarded with one of our CD’s   ‘Native Plants of the Central Coast’.


                                                                                               Brisbania Primary School








                Gorokan Primary School                                   Woy Woy South Primary School


During the festival two other schools made an approach to be considered for inclusion in our display at the festival next year.

Our raffle of the Flannel Flower painting donated by Julie Y., a decorative painter/teacher of Wyoming proved very popular and was drawn on the last day of the festival.   It was won by Lyn N.   Barbara and Andrew visited Julie after the festival and presented her with a large bunch of Australian native flowers as a token of our appreciation for her generous donation.

Many thanks also to John A. for his greeting cards featuring beautiful photos of the Australian flora and fauna which proved very popular.   The majority of the photographs were taken by John and he was also responsible for putting the greeting cards together.

Also thanks to Pat C. for the hand painted shopping bags which featured Australian Plants.

If anyone was wondering what happened to our Flora Festival aprons this year, happily we report that they were found in the storage container but unfortunately it was after the festival.  They’ll be back again next year.

Elsie B.


And Thank you from Barbara

On behalf of the majority of APS members I’d like to congratulate the few members who rostered themselves for the 3 days setting up the excellent Australian Plant Society Central Coast group display at the Flora Festival.  The display which included hundreds of sale plants, mini exhibitions from Brisbania, Gorokan & Woy Woy South public schools, John A’s greeting cards, Julie Y’s. flannel flower painting raffle, many specimen jars containing flowers from members’ gardens and lots of interesting potted specimen plants all helped contribute to the bright and airy atmosphere of our tent.

To those who pre-planned this year’s event we must give a huge thank you.

Barbara M.


November Outing                           Sunday 20th November

Garden visits have been planned for November, and members of the Newcastle and Hunter Groups have been invited to join us. Our members will provide morning tea. Lunch will be BYO. We will visit two properties, at Somersby (Angus Stewart's) and Mangrove Mountain (Veronica and Neil Hockings'). This should be a great opportunity to hear Angus tell us more about growing natives, and to see a relatively young garden in a lovely rural area.

Instructions and a mud map will be included in the November Newsletter.

The date will be Sunday 20th November, one week later than our usual bushwalk, due to Angus's other commitments.


AGM & End Of Year Dinner

Our AGM and End-of-Year Dinner will be held on Saturday 3rd December this year at the home of Elaine & Ian S.

At this stage no time has been set  The possibility of an earlier start (possibly lunchtime) is being considered and will be open for discussion at the October meeting.   Should the earlier start not suit you due to other commitments please contact me on 4365 5049 or by email at damael@hotmail.com.au or contact any one of the committee members.

At the AGM all Committee members will stand down, all positions will be declared vacant and nominations will be invited for the 2012 Committee.    Some of the current Committee members will not be seeking re-election and at this stage we will be looking for 2 Vice Presidents one of which who could be trained up to take on the Presidency sometime in the future.   Please give some considerations to nominating for one of these positions.

Immediately following the AGM and Election of Officers,   the End of Year Dinner will commence.

Cold meats and fruit juices will be provided and we ask members to bring either a salad or a dessert to be shared with others.   Bring your own plates, cutlery and preferred alcoholic drinks and a chair.    We urge members to make every effort to come along to the brief AGM and stay for the dinner.

A form will be circulated at the October and November meetings on which you can register whether you will attend and whether you intend to bring a salad or dessert.   If you are unable to attend either of the meetings but would like to register for the dinner please contact me by telephone on 4365 5049 or by email on damagel@hotmail.com or contact any one of the Committee members.

Elaine and Ian are chicken farmers and orchid growers and will show us around their garden and property on the day.

For any further information regarding location please contact me on 4365 5049 or by email at damael@hotmail.com.au

Elsie B.


Membership Reminders

There is still time for overdue members to renew their membership with the Society, and continue getting those great quarterly Journals, as well as our own Newsletters.

Please send your form and payment to Diana at the address shown on the renewal form. If you have lost your form, please contact Diana (after 20th Oct.) on 4372 1120.


   Newsletter By Email

Receive your Newsletter by Email and have it earlier, enjoy better quality, and see the photographs in colour.

 If you would prefer to receive your Newsletter by email, notify me at damael@hotmail.com.au.

If you are receiving your Newsletter by email as well as by post, and would be happy to receive by email only, also please notify me at the above address.  

This can also benefit the Group not only by saving on postal charges but reduce the cost of printing.

If you would like to be included in the group of members receiving news bulletins by email but would still prefer to receive your newsletter by mail also notify me, stating your preferences.



Crackneck Track – Wyrrabalong South National Park              Sunday 16th October. 

Time: Meet at 10 am in the carpark at the Lookout.

Directions: From Bateau Bay Rd go via Burrawong St. into Hilltop Rd, to the carpark at the top.

Description: The track starts on the headland , and nearby we usually find ground orchids, such as Diuris aurea (Donkey orchid), while along the sandy track the dense growth includes pink Eriostemon australasius, Flannel Flowers, Epacris, Grass Trees, Correas and many Pea flower species.









This is a short and mostly level track, and one of the best places to see spring wildflowers.
Don't forget water and your hat, and bring lunch to eat afterwards in the picnic area nearby.

For more information you can ring Elsie on the day on 43655 049 or on 0408 653140 after 8.30am. 


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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