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22 & 23 August 2020 (Booking is essential)

Annual PLANT SALE by APS North Shore Group

Please come to our plant sale on Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd August.

We have lots of plants that need new homes. Usually these are snapped up at the annual Wildflower, Art and Garden Festival. Unfortunately, this year’s event
is not happening due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The plant sale will be for all APS members and friends at Caley’s Pavilion, Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden, 420 Mona Vale Road, St Ives.

Attendance will be by pre-booking only, with one booking for each 15 minutes between 10 am and 3.30 pm on each day.

Please book your time with Sue Bowen on 0478 957 951 or
Book early to increase your chance of getting the time that suits you best.

This arrangement will ensure safe spacing (according to our Covid-safe plan) and individualised advice on plants.

We especially encourage new members to come and avail themselves of our individualised advice on plants.

We prefer to take credit card payments but can take cash. Please bring your own boxes and bags.

August is an excellent time for flowering and a good time for planting out new plants in your garden.

We’d really appreciate your help to destock our shadehouse and make some room for our new plants.

The sale will be postponed/cancelled if it is raining.

Sue Bowen

2020 Val Williams Scholarship in Botany. ANNOUNCED

Congratulations to Shubham Chhajed, recipient of the 2020 Val Williams Scholarship in Botany.

Shubham is a PhD candidate, Department of Biological Sciences, Macquarie University

His Project Title is: 

"Hydraulic drivers of photosynthetic variation in co-occurring plant species in Sydney region: a least-cost theory approach"

Applications for the 2021scholarship will be opened in late November and they will close in March 2021

Val Williams Scholarship information


Meetings from June until September will be heh online at 7:30 for 8.00 p.m. on the second Friday of the month.

Instructions of how to participate will be supplied with the monthly email.

Upcoming virtual meetings

14 August 2020

 Michael Batley, virtual presentation via Zoom 
 Topic   " Looking for bees" 

While looking for native bees over the last twenty years, Michael has seen many lovely species in lots of interesting places. Although bees are formally identified using shape and colour, often with the aid of a microscope, he has come to realise that, in the field, behaviour frequently provides useful additional clues.

There have been 250 species collected from within 40 km of Hornsby and it is estimated that there may be 50 additional species in the area, so there is a lot to look out for on a walk through local bushland. The talk will include suggestions about where to look for bees, when to look and what to look for.

Photo: A tree stump containing nests of Lasioglossum peraustrale in a small park in North Ryde 

Next Walks at Ku-ring-gai  Wildflower Gardens

Bookings are essential  Please ring Wendy on 0419 323 035 or email

Next Walks at KWG

3rd August 2020  (Monday) 10 am to 12 noon

In August there will be five ‘Walk Only’ sessions (no lecture)
It is essential to book your place by the Saturday prior to the Monday walk.
Please ring Wendy on 0419 323 035 or email
•           Group numbers & social distancing will be maintained as per NSW advice.
•           Walks are easy to medium. Sessions will run 10am to about 12 noon.
•           Please wear a hat, have suitable footwear and bring water.

Date                                       Walk focus
Aug   3           Monday   Grevillia & Hakea
Aug 10           Monday   Wattles (Acacia, Family Fabaceae)
Aug 17           Monday   Boronia & Waxflowers (Family Rutaceae)
Aug 24           Monday   Long walk: KWG to St Ives Showground return (10-2pm)
Aug 31           Monday   Heath plants (Family Ericaceae)


Meet at 9.45 am Caley Pavilion, Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden

Bring water and wear suitable shoes and a hat.

The walk will focus on edible plants used by early settlers and that the indigenous peoples                                                    might have used. 

A Walks & Talks Programme sponsored by North Shore Group of Australian Plants Society

Bookings not necessary.    

Click on this line to download the full 2020 program (pdf)


More information is available at the walks and talks page

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