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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.





June 9th
Rachael Thomas
‘Wetlands in western NSW'

Rachael has over 20 years of experience working as a wetland scientist within the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage. Rachael's research area is in wetland landscapes where she uses satellite remote sensing to detect wetland responses in the large inland floodplain wetlands of the Murray-Darling Basin.

Rachael will be talking about how she uses remote sensing to understand the floodplain vegetation in response to flooding in the Macquarie Marshes. This is a large floodplain wetland within the semi-arid region of the Murray-Darling River Basin, a Ramsar listed wetland of international importance. Unique flooding regimes from variable river flows of the Macquarie River are vital for a mosaic of wetland habitats. However river regulation and water diversions have altered river flows to the Marshes causing ecological degradation. To mitigate the impacts, environmental water is managed to the Macquarie Marshes to sustain ecosystem structure and function and to restore degraded habitats.

Understanding the vegetation dynamics in response to flooding regimes over large areas and long time-frames will be critical for the future management of the Macquarie Marshes.

A Wetland in western NSW

Down load the 2017 speakers program.



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 15th

Leader: Sue Bowen
Topic: ‘Ferns ’

juivenial Fern fronds

The Fern House at Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden is a sheltered spot planted with a very wide variety of ferns, cycads and epiphytic orchids. In her lecture, Sue will outline the structure and evolution of ferns and allied plants and describe some of the ferns growing in the KWG. On the walk we will view various ground ferns and cycads and explore the Fern House near Lamberts Clearing. Join with Sue on this behind-the-scenes look into primitive plants.

May 22nd

Leaders: Alec Fisher
Topic: ‘Parts of the Plant – Leaves and Stems’

An immature leaf which ired and very hairy

Most of us take leaves for granted but the story of leaves is one of great variety and complexity. They are nature’s solar cells powering their food factories that nurtures plants and which, in many cases, provide nourishment for browsing animals and us humans. There is a diversity of form and structure of leaves but this can provide valuable aids into identification of plants down to that of a particular plant species.
Join with Alec to explore that marvel of nature – Leaves



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Last up-dated 13th. May 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).