North Shore Group


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2017 Valette Williams Scholarship Applications are now open.

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

More details are available here.

Last years recipient was Johanna Wong from UWS.


Application forms:

Scholarship form 2017 pdf.

Scholarship form 2017 word.





April 21st

Speaker: Doug Rickard
Topic: Getting to know your Soil

Doug is a member of the APS Sutherland Group. Over the years, he has learnt a lot about soil. In his talk, he will he will get down to the basics – what he calls “Dirt for Dummies”.
We will learn about:
The different roles of top soils and subsoils.
The structure of soils and how it affects the ability of plants to take up water and food.
The chemical elements that are in the soil and how they become available to the plants.
The importance of the six factors that govern the soil’s ability to provide the nutrients that plants need - soil moisture, soil air, soil life, soil temperature, nutrient interactions and soil pH.
The importance of looking after the tens of millions of creatures that live in the soil in your backyard.
The role that bushfires play in the fertility of the soils in our bushland.
How to determine the type soil you have in your backyard and its pH value.
This is vital information for all gardeners.

Photo of Doug Rickard

Down load the 2017 speakers program.

23rd April (Sunday) - Soils workshop


A garden soil testing workshop will be held at Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden.
The shade house will be open and plants will be available for sale.

If you are interested in participating, please contact Barry Lees on 9653 3691.



Walks and Talks program at Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden 2017.

More information

Down load a one page brochure (pdf) of the 2017 program.

Note term two starts May 1st

May 1st

Leader: David Chandler
Topic: Parts of the Plant - Fruit ’

An immature leaf which ired and very hairy

This topic will examine the fruits or seed cases of common native plants found in Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden. Through a hands-on approach we will classify the plants by their seed case type and identify them during a walk in the gardens. David is also a guide in the Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney.

May 8th

Leaders: Jenny Talbot and Bev Robinson
Topic: Introduction to Fungi ’

A fungi growing on a banksia cone.

Back by popular demand, the presenters will once again share their own observations and enthusiasm for fungi identification and the myriad forms found at Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden. Jenny and Bev will include an introduction to Fungi; fungi field recording; fungi of KWG; recording fungi sightings; Citizen Science and summarise useful online resources. On the walk through Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden we will seek out the fruiting bodies of fungi and hopefully gain some idea of the variety of their shapes and colours. Join with Bev and Jenny on this behind-the-scenes look into a different kingdom.



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Last up-dated 5th. April 2017

We are affiliated with Australian Plants Society NSW Ltd which is part of the national body the Australian Native Plants Society (Australia) inc. (ANPSA).