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Valette Williams Scholarship in Botany - Winner Announced

Harriet Simpson-Southward is the winner of the 2021. The Val Williams Scholarship in Botany is sponsored by the North Shore Group of the Australian Plants Society.


Harriet is a PhD candidate in Biological Sciences at the University of Wollongong (UOW)

Project: “Effects of climate change on resilience of fire prone eucalypt communities”.

For more information about Harriet go to Scholarship 2021.

For more information about the scholarship go to Val Williams Scholarship.

Events - upcoming

Upcoming meetings

We will be returning to "ZOOM" a meeting. The arrangement will be the same as previous zoom meetings.

People outside NSG can to contact Sue Fredrickson to get a zoom invitation. or 0401 362 921

8 October 2021

SpeakerRobert King
 Topic 'Topic  Mangroves - flowering plants at the land sea interface'

Robert King spent much of his academic life as Professor of Botany at the University of NSW. His general research interests centred on the taxonomy, distribution and ecology of macroalgae (seaweeds) and seagrasses in south eastern Australia. He had a particular research interest in the algae associated with mangroves worldwide, with specific attention to salt tolerance in an environment with rapid changes in salinity. 

The term mangrove refers to both an unusual group of essentially tropical plants and the communities. We only have two mangrove species in the Sydney region, but in northern Australia there is a rich and varied collection of species all coping with an environment that appears inimical to flowering plants. Mangroves exhibit a range of adaptations enabling them to cope in an environment with regular inundation, variable salinity, unstable sediments and wave action. The term has no taxonomic significance but is an ecological category of plants defined by this challenging environment. Mangroves occur in a surprising range of familiar plant families, and are related to many genera which are well known as garden plants. 

Next Walks at Ku-ring-gai  Wildflower Gardens

Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden (KWG)
420 Mona Vale Road, St Ives

Walk & Talks program for the rest of 2021 now available

  • Be guided by members of the North Shore Group of the Australian Plants Society for a talk then on a walk in the Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden. Learn about and see our wonderful native plants as they come into flower.  Sessions are free. Please bring your own name badge. Meet at 9.45 am at Caley’s Pavilion in KWG.

    It is essential to book your place by the Saturday prior to the walk.

    Please email Wendy and provide your 1) name, 2) mobile number and 3) emergency contact.

    Email: (preferred) or Phone: 0419 323 035

    • Walks are easy/medium. Sessions run 10am to about 12 noon.
    • Please wear a hat, have suitable footwear & warm clothes and bring water/snack.
    • Sunscreen and insect repellent would also be a good idea.
    • Current Covid-19 regulations apply.

    Download the 2021 Walks & Talks Program May-November here

Term 2           Winter Term (sessions in Terms 2-4 include talk and walk)

 May  31  (Monday)   Banksia (Family Proteaceae) 
 June 7  (Monday)   Flowers to fruit & seeds 
 June 14  (Monday)  Public holiday no activity
 June 21  (Monday)  Ferns & fernery tour

More information on the Walks and Talks page.

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