House Mt Penang Rd, Kariong
Friday 14th October at 7.15pm for 7.30 start
House Mt Penang Rd, Kariong
Speaker: Audrey T. & Team
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Directions To Phillip
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.
any red diamond
◊ to go
to the item of your choice.
Bushcare at Katandra.
Meet in the carpark top of Katandra Road Holgate at 9am.
Friday 14th October
October Monthly Meeting
Saturday 15th October
Rescue Service Open Day
at Pioneer Dairy
Sunday 16th October
Tuesday 20th October
for Articles to be Included in November Newsletter
Friday 11th November
Sunday 20th November
Outing - Visit by Newcastle and Hunter Groups to Central
AGM and End of
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Activity For October – A Propagation
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
Speaker For September
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
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
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.
Sharyn’s presentation was of three
local terrestrial orchids that are on the endangered list.
The first one was
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
The second orchid was
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
The third one was
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
These 3 orchids are only found in
the Gosford Wyong area they’re in flower at the moment.
Presented by John A.
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
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.
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 -
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.
(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.
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.
is a vigorous climber with shiny leaves and red tubular flowers that
appear in spring.
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
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
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.
(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.
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.
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.
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.
(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.
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.
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
Grevillea ‘Red Clusters’,
angustifolium and Swainsona
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
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.
Our Trip To Wellington
& 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,
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 ½ 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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
Rescue Service Open Day
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
email@example.com or contact any one of the committee
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
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
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
firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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
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.
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Crackneck Track – Wyrrabalong South National Park
Sunday 16th October.
Meet at 10 am in the carpark at the Lookout.
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
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.
were also collected along the way some taken by Diana & Barry and
others taken by some of the keen photographers amongst the group
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.
details and samples from the CD
or to download an
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.