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APS NSW Quarterly Gathering, Native garden design workshop - design or trial and error?

  • 9 Mar 2024
  • 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Caley’s Pavilion, Kuring-Gai Wildflower Garden, 420 Mona Vale Road, St Ives 2075

The first Australian Plants Society NSW gathering for the year will be hosted by the North Shore Group at Cayley’s Pavilion, in the beautiful Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden, St Ives.

Location: Caley’s Pavilion, Kuring-Gai Wildflower Garden, 420 Mona Vale Road, St Ives 2075 ( Photo: Hornsby Shire Council).

Cost: $5 to cover the cost the hall hire and afternoon tea.


11-12 noon Walks - meet at Cayley’s Pavilion at 10:45am

Choice of two walks:

  • Spider and insect walk around the gardens with Helen Smith, or
  • Walk around the garden to visit the threatened plant species in the garden.
Numbers on the insect and spider walk are limited to 25 places. If you particularly want to join this activity you are advised to book a spot by emailing

    12-1 pm Lunch 

    Bring your own lunch and enjoy it with your friends and fellow native plant enthusiasts at  Caley’s Pavilion, where tea and coffee will be available. A wonderful selection of native plants and beautiful handmade cards, by Jim and Pam Lawler featuring native plants, birds and animals, will be for sale at the Pavilion.

    1-2 pm  Presentation/ Workshop with Heather Miles

    Native garden design workshop - design or trial and error?


    If you are planning a new native garden, revamping an existing one or transitioning an exotic garden to natives, then this is the workshop for you. We will explore how to apply 'design' to each of these situations with examples and hands on practice. If you have a spot in your garden that you want to redesign, bring along a map of it and we will play with ideas. She will bring some other examples to give your imagination free rein! Heather will also share with us how the Garden Design Study Group website on the ANPSA site is being updated to make the information more interesting and accessible. Heather is an excellent speaker with a passion for Australian native plants and their use in garden design. In addition, she  is an excellent photographer and her photographs of plants and flowers will enhance her presentation. Heather’s talk will be followed by afternoon tea.

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