2014 Group Get Together

2014 APS Group Get Together

Hosted by the Central Coast Group on Friday 15th August – Sunday 17th August 2014

This year’s Get together is hosted by the Central Coast Group and will cover the area from Norah Head in the north to the Hawkesbury River in the south. Registration will be at the Soldiers Beach Surf Club just south of Norah Head between Toukley and The Entrance on Saturday 16th August from 8am.

Application to participate on this weekend is on the back page of the newsletter for what is shaping up to be a great weekend. Get your applications in ASAP, don’t miss out on any of these activities through a late entry.

NOTE: Attached is the first Bulletin and registration forms.


Dodonaea boroniifolia

Dodonaea boroniifolia  by Warren Sheather 

Over 50 Dodonaea (Hop Bush) species are native to Australia. Although reasonably common in the Australian bush few Dodonaeas are widely cultivated. This is a pity because many species have interesting foliage and colourful fruits. They belong to the Sapindaceae family.

Dodonaeas have male and female flowers usually carried on different plants. Both male and female flowers are insignificant. The female flowers develop into 2-4 winged capsules. A hard-coated seed is held in each wing. Unfertilized flowers will produce capsules without seeds.




The aims of the Society are:

  * To foster and promote appreciation, study and participation in growing and propagating Australian native plants
* By lawful means, foster, support and promote the preservation and conservation of Australian native plants
* To encourage the use of Australian native plants in home gardens and public places
* To improve native plants as garden subjects
* To interest nurserymen in propagating & supplying
Australian native plants to the public
* To increase and disseminate general knowledge of Australian plants

The aims are broad and allow us to respond to changing needs and priorities and to encompass all aspects of Australian plants.

To join the society please print, complete and return the form obtained here.





Members are from all age groups and ways of life from amateurs who want to learn a bit more about Australian plants to professionals - from artists, florists, farmers and nurserymen to plant scientists: anyone who has an interest in Australian flora.

Many members enjoy Australian plants as garden subjects in the suburbs or the challenge of propagating and cultivating difficult to grow species or finding and propagating unusual forms of plants; many contribute to conservation, education, study of bushland or the awakening of a love of the Australian flora in others; others grow Australian plants commercially, many enjoy travel looking at Australian plants in their normal habitat, and photography. For many, membership of the Society is a way of meeting like minded people.

Members who have a professional interest in Australian plants can obtain information outside their specialised area. Some members who do not work with Australian plants for a living but have qualifications in botany, horticulture and so on, find satisfaction in using their knowledge in a leisure activity. For many members of the Society it is a relaxing and enjoyable activity and their first involvement with Australian plants. The Australian Plants Society also has among its members local government authorities, schools, other societies, libraries, corporations and government bodies.

To join the society please print, complete and return the form obtained here.