Sylvan Grove Native Garden, Picnic Point
This tranquil bushland setting available to the public showcases display gardens of the wonderful flora from various parts of Australia while focusing on those plants endemic to our region. The 1.5 ha site was established in 1964 and is now under the authority of the Bankstown City Council and the Georges River Parkland Trust.
Part of these magnificent gardens feature the richly diverse flora of a typical Hawkesbury Sandstone outcrop while the Dry Rainforest forms a canopy over the fern understorey. Look out for the amazing display of orchids!
For further information on Sylvan Grove Native Gardens, click on this link.
Favourite Bush Patches
- Oatley Park, Douglas Haig St, Oatley
- Heinrich Reserve, Bayside Dve, Lugarno, and the track linking it to Gannons Park, Lugarno.
- Rainforest walk from H V Evatt Park, Forest Rd, Lugarno.
- Georges River National Park, Henry Lawson Drive, Picnic Point
- Yeramba Lagoon Loop Track, Georges River National Park
- Poulton Park, Morshead Drive, Connells Pt.
- Carss Bush Park, Carwar Ave, Carss Park
Wolli Creek & Bardwell Creek, Cooks River, Greenway (Cooks River to Iron Cove) - see Bush Care Groups, below:
- Eastern Suburbs Banksia Scrub, Fred Hollows Reserve at Randwick.
- Coast - Bondi to Coogee Walkway, Malabar Headland.
Local Bush Care Groups
Sources for Local Plants
- Sutherland Community Native Nursery, 345 The Boulevarde, Gymea,
Open Monday to Fridays 7am-3pm.
Has a large collection of tube stock of species from the Royal National Park and good resources
- Rozelle Bay Community Nursery, 22 Wisdom St, Annandale,
Open Wednesdays 10 am – 1:00 pm, Fridays 10 am – 1:00 pm
Its hard to find as its hidden in a corner of the Whites Creek regeneration area (well worth a visit in its own right). Entry from Whites Creek Valley parking area, 2nd street after Booth St.
- Marrickville Community Nursery, in Addison Rd Community Organisation, 142 Addison Rd, Marrickville, has locally sourced tube stock of species from Wolli Creek
Phone 0412 435 948 (Wed-Fri)
Open Wed 10-12, Sat & Sun 10-1
A limited selection of tubestock plants are available for sale at $3.40 per plant (CASH ONLY). Please bring correct change where possible.
- Randwick City Council Community Nursery, 2B Barker St, Kingsford,
Open 9am to 3pm Wednesday
Right off Anzac Parade into Barker St, It’s on the left after the roundabout, with a narrow frontage. Sells popular plants.
Commercial nurseries in the area that have a good supply of natives:
- Phil Keane
Altra Nursery – A Local Family Business https://altranursery.com.au/
5 Depot Rd, Mortdale NSW 2223
Altra Nursery is part owned by Jan Douglas’s brother Alan. If you become a member you build up points & get 10% off your purchase. Des & Marie have been buying from there for years. So they are well recommended.
Local propagation projects
- Menai Wildflower Group of APS - see their page
- Nov 2023 - Royal Botanic Gardens visit
- Oct 2023 - Garden Design: theory and practice
- Sept 2023 - Mt.Annan Herbarium Tour
- Aug 2023 - with notes from our BBS PUB Crawl and info for Mt Annan & Sylvan Grove
- July 2023 - with notes from our Greenway PUB Crawl
- June 2023 - Members night, Jennifer St Banksia Scrub update
- Andrew S' speech re Jennifer St
- May 2023 - Members night, Sydney Park tour
- April 2023. - Members night, Greenway development
- March2023. - Bundeena, neighbourhood news
- February2023. - Sydney University tour, neighborhood news
- January 2023. - AGM and propagation from seed
- November 2022. - methods of propagation of native plants
- October 2022 - Mini Flora Festival
- September 2022 - Sylvan Grove tour, ANPSA Conference
- August 2022 - Malabar Dunes restoration and headland walk
- July 2022 - not the PUB Crawl; of birds and gardens
- June 2022 - Royal Botanic Gardens Tour - The Calyx
- May 2022 - Tribute to senior members
- Sylvan Grove.pptx - photos from May 2022 meeting
- April 2022 - propagating with your backyard kit
- March 2022 - garden visits, Backyard Propagation Kit
- FEBRUARY 2022 - Flowers, Floral Traits and Flora Connections
- also on YouTube - https://youtu.be/RsN5-GnLxFs
- JANUARY 2022 - New Year, new name, big plans; sad farewells
- DECEMBER 2021 - Members’ meeting; Bushwalking in the Eastern Suburbs?
- NOVEMBER 2021 - The functionality of urban street trees
- also on YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ir_Su6G5IfQ
- OCTOBER 2021- Lockdown stories; Watching Insects
- SEPTEMBER 2021- Pilbara Reef and Ranges Expedition
- AUGUST 2021 - Across Three Deserts in Western NSW
- JULY 2021- the Australian Garden at the Victorian Royal Botanic Gardens, Cranbourne
- JUNE 2021 - Australia’s changing spring and summer temperatures: A look through to 2099
- MAY 2021 - Native Orchids of the Georges River National Park
- APRIL 2021 Not produced due to numbering error
- MARCH 2021 - Rewildling the wild: restoring Australia’s lost biodiversity
- FEBRUARY 2021 - What’s Flowering Now at the Georges River NP
- DECEMBER 2020 - Sylvan Grove Native Garden, Picnic Point
- NOVEMBER 2020 - Pea flowers Of Georges River National Park; Wildflowers of North-West NSW
- OCTOBER 2020 - Sun-loving Moths and native plants in the Rutaceae family
- SEPTEMBER 2020 - Carnivorous species of Georges River National Park, and stories about grass trees
- AUGUST 2020 - A Stroll in Kings Park, Perth; Banksias and Birds
- JULY 2020 - Phillip Island Hibiscus and other garden stories
- JUNE 2020 - Garden articles from members, growing fruit
- MAY 2020 - Members on their gardens, more plant puzzles
- APRIL 2020 - Plant quiz & plant table notes
- MARCH 2020 - Member talks – meeting minutes
- FEBRUARY 2020 - Christmas dinner and music review
- DECEMBER 2019 - bird banding in Indonesia
- NOVEMBER 2019 - Australian Arid Lands Botanic Garden
- OCTOBER 2019 - Flora in Scotland and Ireland, with a touch of archaeology
- SEPTEMBER 2019 - Accounts of the 2019 APS Get-Together
- AUGUST 2019 - All about Eremophilas
- JULY 2019 - A Primer on Eremophilas
- JUNE 2019 - Kosciuszko National Park – Landscape, walks and wildflowers
- MAY 2019 - Australian Native Plants at the Royal Easter Show
- APRIL 2019 - Will our native plants survive the 21st century?
- MARCH 2019 - Spring in Tasmania
- FEBRUARY 2019 - Recap on 2018 & Christmas party
- DECEMBER 2018 - The Greenweb: creating habitat in your backyard
- NOVEMBER 2018 - Brush turkeys in suburbia
- OCTOBER 2018 - Sir Joseph Banks, his legacy, and the Joseph Banks Native Plants Reserve in Kareela
- SEPTEMBER 2018 - Travels in Colombia
- AUGUST 2018 - Members night - favourite plants, Lord Howe island
- JULY 2018 - A visit to Horse Island – a magnificent native garden
- JUNE 2018 - Discussion about 'Dark Emu' by Bruce Pascoe
- MAY 2018 - The amazing creatures living in our soil
- APRIL 2018 - Some native grasses in Hurstville Grove