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Walks & Talks Program

2020 Walks & Talks Program at Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden

Please note that all talks are cancelled until further notice due to Covid-19. However Walks are still on and the 'Walk only' program will replace 'Walk & Talk'. 

October & November PROGRAM

Be guided by members of the North Shore Group of the Australian Plants Society to learn about our wonderful native plants. 

Caley Pavilion, Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden, 420 Mona Vale Road, St Ives, NSW

9.45 am for a 10.00 am start on any of the dates below. All meetings finish at about 12 pm

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

All walks are easy. For the walks please wear a hat, have suitable footwear and bring water

To return to this page use Shore select ‘Australian Plants Society NSW – Home’  then under ‘About our group’ select ‘Walks & Talks’.

Download notes for the presentations by clicking on ‘notes’ below

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

Date                                       Walk focus

Sept   7             Monday   Pea shrubs & vines (Fabaceae, Faboideae)

Sept 14             Monday   Orchids & other monocotyledon plants

Sept 21             Monday   Waratahs and other members of Family Proteaceae

Download the September PROGRAM

Date                                       Walk focus
Aug   3           Monday   Hakea and Grevillea
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)

Download the August PROGRAM

The 2020 Program

2020 Program Term 1   -  Autumn Term - Walks only sessions

March 2   Walk Only:

  • March 2, Walk only, Focused on historic aspects of Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden. Bring a drink & snack.    
  • April 6, Walk only, Focused on edible plants used by early settlers and that the indigenous peoples     might have used. 
  • May 4, Walk only, Focused on finding fungi in Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden. 

2020 Program Term 2   -  Winter Term

 June 15         Leaves & Latin an introduction to Australian Native Plants 

 June 22   Banksias (Family Proteaceae)  Notes    
 June 29   Flowers to fruit & seeds  

2020  Program Term 3  - Spring Term

 July 20   Gum Trees - Eucalyptus, Angophora, Corymbia    Notes 
  July 29    Postponed due rain             Notes 
  August  3   Grevillea and Hakea   Notes 
  August 10   Wattles (Acacias)
  August17   Boronia & Waxflowers (Family Rutaceae)   Notes 
  August 24   Walk Only: KWG to St Ives Showground     
  August 31   Heath plants (Family Ericaceae)   Notes  
  September 7   The Peas   Notes      
  September 14    Orchids & other monocots  
  September 21   Waratahs and other members of Family Proteaceae    Notes     

2020  Program Term 4  - Spring Term

  October 12    Ferns & fernery tour 
  October 19    Walk Only: The Mueller Track                     
  October 26   Rainforest/Climbers with keying activity 
  November 2   Grasses (Family Poaceae)   Notes 
  November 9    Leptospermum and Callistemon (Family Myrtaceae) 

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