North Shore District Group

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November Quarterly Gathering

The North Shore Group will host the final APSNSW Quarterly Gathering for 2017. The event will be at Caley’s Pavilion in the Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden at 420 Mona Vale Rd, St Ives, on 18th November 2017.

The guest speaker will be Bronwen Roy.  Bronwen is a PhD student at Western Sydney University studying the impact of pathogens on honeybees and native bees. Bronwen was the winner of the University’s 2016 Three Minute Thesis competition. She will be speaking about Australian native bees.

A Carpenter Bee on a Grevillea buxifolia, photographed by Noel Rosten

Our November gathering is perfect for this talk as the date is during Australian Pollinator Week which is from 12 - 19 November 2017. More information on Australian Pollinator Week will be available on closer to the date

Tea and coffee will be available from 10.30am. Go for a self-guided walk in the extensive grounds – maps available from the Visitors Centre near the Garden entrance. A guided walk will start at Caleys at 11am and go for about 1 hour. Lunch (bring your own) and plant sales from 12 noon. The Meeting begins at 2pm, followed by afternoon tea.

We hope to see you there.

Barry Lees (President North Shore Group)

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

10 November 2017

 Speaker Sue Bowen
 Topic Ferns and fern allies
 Background Dr Sue Bowen is the guest speaker at our November meeting.  She will be talking about ferns and fern allies, particularly those found in the Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden.  Sue is a plant ecologist who spent most of her working life obtaining and managing environmental approvals for Sydney Water’s Priority Sewerage Program.  Now retired, she spends her time gardening (in her own garden as well as for Easy Care Gardening), doing bush care and propagating native plants with APS.  She is also the NSG Correspondence secretary.  Growing ferns, such as the one pictured, is just one of her gardening interests.

Down load the 2017 speakers program.

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

More information

Note: These are the last two sessions for 2017

6th November 2017

 Barry Lees
 Topic ‘Grasses (Family Poaceae) ’

Grasses are one of the most diverse and abundant plant groups and yet they generally escape our notice until they are flowering and have seedheads. Grasses supply 60% of the world’s food. We will learn how to recognise some of the local native grasses, then take a walk in KWG and see how many we can find. Please wear suitable footwear and hat, use sunscreen and insect repellent and bring water. Visitors welcome.

13th November 2017

Jan Marshall
 Topic'Leptospermums and Baeckeas'

Tea-trees grow from the coastal fringes, across the mountains and on the far western plains of NSW. Come and learn about many of the local species of Leptospermums and see them in their natural environment at the KWG. Wendy will also introduce you to some other plants of the Myrtaceae family such as Baeckeas, the bush-tucker shrub Austromyrtus and the less well-known red-flowering Darwinias.

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