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2017 Valette Williams Scholarship recipient is Aaron Phillips.

Congratulations to Aaron Phillips, recipient of the 2017 Val Williams Scholarship in Botany.

Aaron is a Master of Research student within the Department of Biological Sciences at Macquarie University.

His topic is: Surveying evolutionary drift in heat tolerance genes from Themeda triandra (Kangaroo Grass) relative to local Sydney populations

Read more about Aaron

This scholarship is awarded by the North Shore Group of the Australian Plants Society to Honours, Masters and PhD students of Botany.


Next Meeting

8 September 2017

 Speaker Barry Lees
 Topic Show-and-tell plants from your garden
 Background Spring is a magic time for gardeners, with the scents of flowers and the hum of bees in the air! It is a good time to share your passion with other gardeners. Please bring to the meeting a cutting from your favourite plant, and tell us why you like it. If your favourite plant is not in flower, bring a cutting along anyway and tell us about it. Attach a label with your name and the plant name so that others can ask you more about it later. We will go home with lots of new ideas on what we might plant in our own gardens. 

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Walks and Talks program at Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden 2017. 

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August 21st

 Leader Jan Marshall
 Topic:‘'Heath plants (Family Ericaceae)’
 Background: Some of our most beautiful native plants occur in the poor soils found in the coastal heaths of Eastern Australia. Styphelia tubiflora (Five Corners) is one of these. Others growing in the Sydney region include Epacris longiflora (Native Fuchsia), Woollsia pungens and various members of the Leucopogon genus (the Beard-Heaths). These plants are members of the Ericaceae family. Many heath plants occur in Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden and will be seen in flower in this session.

August 27th

Wildflower Art and Garden Festival 2017  

FREE entry.

9am -4pm    Sunday 27th August  
At Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden 
420 Mona Vale Road St Ives. 

There will be a wide range of plants and flowers for sale

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FREE entry.


August 28th

 Leader Helen Theile
 Topic:'Pea (Family Fabaceae)'
 Background: This is a very large group of plants occurring widely in the northern and southern hemispheres. Domesticated varieties are major foods: green peas and beans, peanuts, soya beans and grain legumes. Most local species have yellow flowers with a splash of red but some of the climbers come in dark reds and vivid purples. They are also a favourite food of the local wildlife. The talk will be complemented by a walk to see flowering examples within the Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden.

September 4th 

 Leader Bill Jones
 Topic:''Orchids (Family Orchidaceae)'
 Background:  There are over 35 species at Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden! However they are mostly ground orchids and often hard to find because they flower irregularly. Learn about these attractive, fascinating plants and their unusual features and requirements. Join Bill Jones to find out about these interesting plants.

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