Parramatta and Hills (ParraHills) is one of the Sydney suburban groups of the Australian Plants Society. Our members come from a wide area of the Western and North-western suburbs of Sydney.
Our group holds meetings, usually every second month, at 2pm on the 4th Saturday of the month. The meetings are currently held in Gumnut Hall, Gumnut Place, Cherrybrook. There is a guest speaker and the topics covered are very diverse. There are plants for sale and flowers from members’ gardens to discuss. The meetings end with afternoon tea and a chat.
On the months between meetings we schedule a variety of activities, such as garden visits, bush walks, educational excursions and plant sales.
There is a monthly newsletter, titled Calgaroo, distributed via email. We are also on Facebook.
We have an active plant propagation group, which meets and grows plants at Bidjiwong Nursery, the Hills Shire nursery. It is held from 10am, with a stop for morning tea, on the 2nd Wednesday morning every month. The nursery is in the Ted Horwood Reserve, with entry from Renown Road, Baulkham Hills.
Our group offers all the benefits of membership of the Australian Plants Society, plus the friendship of others who are keen to learn about, grow and preserve our unique Australian native flora.
Our Group's floral emblem is Eucalyptus parramattensis. One of its common names is the Calgaroo, a name we have taken for our monthly newsletter. It is also called the Parramatta Red Gum.