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Ku-ring-gai Wildflower and Garden Festival

August 28, 2016

9am to 3pm

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

North Shore Group is organising lots of activities:

• Plants for sale - from tube stock through to mature plants
• Floral Display selling bunches and arrangements of Native Plants
• Orchids and ferns
• Kids corner with touch & tell
• Guided Walks through the bush
• Great raffle prizes
• Native plants advice on planting & pruning
• Knoll Garden at Lamberts Clearing with wattles at their peak

  Vase of Australian wildflowers  


2016 Valette Williams Scholarship Recipients. - ANNOUNCED

This year’s recipient is Johanna Wong

Photo of This year’s recipient is Johanna Wong

Johanna is a PhD student at the Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment at the Hawkesbury Campus of Western Sydney University.
Her topic is: Developing metabolic ‘biomarkers’ for the early diagnosis of Armillaria root rot in eucalypts of the endangered Cumberland Plain Woodland

More details are available here.



September 9th

Speaker: Ros Mort
Topic: 'Early logging on North Shore and Identifying Eucs’’

Eucalypts dominate the Australian landscape with over 900 different species displaying great diversity. Identification of eucalypts can be a daunting task.
Ros grew up on the Central Coast on a citrus farm surrounded by bushland.  Her life-long interest in native plants developed here and continues today. She is a Science graduate from the UNSW and has worked as a High School Science teacher in the public and private system for over 40 years.
  We’ll take a look at the early logging of some of the finest forest trees on the North Shore and the importance of conserving our endangered remnant forests e.g. the Blue Gum High Forest. Methods of identifying eucalypts in the Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden at St Ives and surrounds will be explored.

Eucalyopt forest

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

More information

Down load a one page brochure (pdf) of the 2016 program.

August 29th

Leader: Helen Theile
Topic: 'Pea (Family Fabaceae)'

Pea flowers

This is a very large group of plants occurring widely in the northern and southern hemispheres. Domesticated varieties are major foods: green peas and beans, peanuts, soya beans and grain legumes. Most local species have yellow flowers with a splash of red but some of the climbers come in dark reds and vivid purples. They are also a favourite food of the local wildlife. The talk will be complemented by a walk to see flowering examples within the Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden.

September 5th

Leader: Bill Jones
Topic: 'Orchids (Family Orchidaceae)'

Beard Orchid Flower

There are over 35 species at Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden! However they are mostly ground orchids and often hard to find because they flower irregularly. Learn about these attractive, fascinating plants and their unusual features and requirements. Join Bill Jones to find out about these interesting plants.



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Last up-dated 23rd.August 2016

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