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North Shore District Group


Guests are welcome at our activities.


We hold evening meetings on the 2nd Friday of each month February to November. Meetings will be face-to-face or by Zoom, depending on the current conditions and the location of our speaker.

Next meeting: at Beatrice Taylor Hall 10th November 2023 7.00pm for 7:30pm.

Harry Loots 'Plants Hidden in the Clouds'

See below for full details.

Group Outings

Usually held at a weekend, these outings visit  local gardens, reserves or other places of interest.

Next group outing: to be advised.

Walks & Talks

Walks and Talks are open to the public. See their own page, here.

Bushcare, Propagation and the Knoll Garden

Bushcare and Propagation groups meet on alternate Wednesdays. Volunteers also meet regularly to maintain the Knoll Garden. These activties are all at the Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden, St Ives. See the  NSG entries on the calendar on the APS NSW Activities page for propagation and bushcare entries.

Next Evening Meeting

Next meeting Friday 10th November 7.00pm for 7:30pm at Beatrice Taylor Hall, Hornsby.

Harry Loots

Plants Hidden in the Clouds

Harry Loots will speak about the alpine plants of the Central Highlands of Tasmania.  He took many photos on his most recent walks along the Overland Track between Cradle Mountain and Lake St Clair in 2022 and 2023.

Harry is a long-time member of the society and Treasurer of APS NSW.  Bushwalking since his teens fostered his interest in growing Australian plants.

Plants for sale, library & supper.

ALL Welcome

The Beatrice Taylor Hall is behind Wallarobba Arts and Cultural Centre at 25 Edgeworth David Avenue, Hornsby. There will be plant sales after the meeting (cash only, please bring change) and refreshments. The NSG Botanical library is also available for members to browse and borrow items.

Zoom meetings can be attended by non-members by contacting Sue Fredrickson to request the Zoom link. Sue can be contacted on or 0401 362 921.

Upcoming and Recent Meetings

Meeting reports can be found in the Blandfordia of the month following the meeting.


November: Harry Loots 'Plants Hidden in the Clouds'

October: Karen Wilson 'Rambling through the Rushes (etc.)'

September: Sarah McInnes [Val Williams Scholarship winner 2022] 'How is dormancy controlled in seeds of heat-responsive Australian fire-prone species?'

August: Alexander Austin 'Australian solitary bees and how to support them' [Note this will be on 4 August not 11th]

July: Julia Rayment 'Gardening Responsibly'

June: Wendy Grimm & Craig Field 'Australian natives as Bonsai'.

May:  'Members’ experiences (successful & unsuccessful) of creating and maintaining a native garden'

April: Karen Benhar 'Local Stewardship Creates Habitat'

March: Brian Roach 'Beside the seaside'

February: Peter Ridgeway 'Some like it rough: understanding and restoring disturbance-loving native flora'


November: Helen Smith 'Huntsman Spiders / Spider Q&A'

October: Harriet Simpson-Southward [Val Williams Scholarship winner 2021] 'Effects of topography on resilience of fire prone eucalypt communities to climate change'

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