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Valette Williams Scholarship in Botany - Round Thirteen  NOW OPEN

Valette Williams Scholarship in Botany $3,000

This scholarship is awarded by the North Shore Group of the Australian Plants Society to Honours, Masters and PhD students of Botany.

Applications for the 2021 scholarship are now open. Applications closed on 5th March 2021

Scholarship conditions are described in the 2021 scholarship application forms.

Application forms for the 2021  scholarship are available as pdf or word files.

VW Scholarship Application Information 2021.pdf

VW Scholarship Application Form 2021.pdf

VW Scholarship Application Form 2021.docx

For more information go to Val Williams Scholarship.



Meetings from June until November 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

13 November 2020

 Jackie Wilson
 Topic  Why some of our iconic plants and animals of the Snowy Mountains are under threat  

The delicate ecosystem of the Snowy Mountains and some of the iconic plants and animals of the Snowys are now under threat - essentially from human influences e.g. overgrazing, introduced species/pests, climate change, tourism etc. Jackie will approach this problem from the perspective of a geographer with an interest in ecology.

Next Walks at Ku-ring-gai  Wildflower Gardens

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

In October and November we will continue to hold Walks at KWG.
We are accepting non-members on the walks but pre-registration is essential, please.

It is essential to book your place by the Saturday prior to the walk and to cancel if you can’t make it as numbers are limited. Please ring Wendy on 0419 323 035 or email

•           Group numbers and 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.

10am Monday 16 Nov Rainforest Walk Bill and Noela have kindly agreed to lead  the Rainforest Walk that was rained out in October. 

You will learn about the plants in Caley’s garden and the characteristics that differentiate them from plants of the heath and open forest that are more common on the ridges of KWG.

After the Walk (at about 11:30) we will review the 2020 program and would be very pleased to receive your input into what you would like to see covered in 2021. Several of us are willing to mentor any volunteer new leaders in their favourite topics. Uncertainty remains for detailed planning (format of W&T and which topics and when) for 2021. We have used the 2020 timetable as starting program.

Date                                       Walk focus
Oct 12           Monday   Ferns
Oct 19           Monday   
Mueller Track (Long walk 10-2:30pm bring lunch) 
Oct 26           Monday   Rainforest/Climbers 
Nov 2           Monday   Grasses (Family Poaceae) 
Nov 9            Monday   Leptospermum & Callistemon (Family Myrtaceae 

Download the October/November PROGRAM

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

More information is available at the walks and talks page

Past Events

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

North Shore site LAST UPDATED 9th November 2020

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