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Northern Beaches District Group


What we do

The group's meetings and talks resume monthly at Stony Range Botanic Garden from May 2022. Covid-19 and storm damage to first the Garden on 19 Dec 2021 and then the meeting room in 2022 thwarted our program!  However the members have greatly enjoyed Anne Gray's bushwalks and more recently other excursions. The morning tea or lunch that follows has also given us a relaxing debrief and social time with fellow members.

The beautiful Staghorn (Platycerium bifurcatum) grows at Stony Range.  The Garden is open to the public and APS Northern Beaches meets at the Corkery Building within the grounds.


Feb 2022

Talk by Graham McLean at the Australian Museum 

The Evolution of Plants in Australia -  a private viewing of plant fossils stored at the Museum was a unique privilege

we enjoyed lunch afterwards at the Museum

Mar 2022

Paul Nicholson guided us on a tour themed The evolution of Australian flora - before and after the triumph of the gum trees

Royal Botanic Garden Sydney 

a convivial lunch at the cafe followed

Future walks TBC: 16 July, 20 Aug, 24 Sept, 15 Oct, 19 Nov 2022

Walks 2022 - details are provided close to the dates 

April Plant identification walk North Head Sanctuary & cafe lunch.

18 June, 10.30 am   Turimetta Headland & cafe lunch.  Details here.


Meetings 2022

 5 May

Presentation, minor plant family & AGM (re-scheduled from April)

7.30 Ian Thompson Garden insects & bugs - a close-up look.

The Annual General Meeting convened after the break.

 3 Mar, 2 Jun, 4 Aug, 1 Sep, 3 Nov

7.15 minor plant family 7.30 presentation:

March - Bill Dobson Native orchids of the Northern Beaches

June - Trevor C Wilson What is the Australian Bugle?

September - Hannah McPherson Moving the National Herbarium

7 Jul, 6 Oct  7.15 minor plant family 7.30 show & tell 8.30 committee meeting 

Local Gallery

Actinotus helianthi

Image: Russell Beardmore. Taken at North Curl Curl.

An eastern species that grows in shallow, sandy soil . A bit tricky in cultivation.

Epacris longiflora

Image: David Drage

A local favourite found in sand, cliff faces, heath and woodland margins.

Platylobium formosum

Image: David Drage. Taken at Katandra Wildflower Reserve.

Local species. Straggly hardy understorey species up to 2.5m. Bright flowers in Spring.

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