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2017 Valette Williams Scholarship recipient is Aaron Phillips.

Congratulations to Aaron Phillips, recipient of the 2017 Val Williams Scholarship in Botany.

Aaron at work in a glasshouse.

Aaron is a Master of Research student within the Department of Biological Sciences at Macquarie University.

His topic is: Surveying evolutionary drift in heat tolerance genes from Themeda triandra (Kangaroo Grass) relative to local Sydney populations

Read more about Aaron here.

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




July 14th

Speaker: Johanna Wong
Topic: 'Biomarkers for Armillaria root rot in Eucalypts'

Johanna was the recipient of our 2016 Val Williams Scholarship in Botany.  She is a PhD student at the Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment. She grew up in Honk Kong, but loves the natural scenery of Australia. Her PHD goal is to understand how eucalypts interact with different fungi, particularly Armillaria. Plants secret chemical signals called metabolites to the environment under different stressors. She will identify the metabolite which is secreted specifically by trees under Armillaria infection. The metabolite can potentially be used as a ‘biomarker’ to assist detection of Armillaria disease at early stages. The developed methodology can help the management of Cumberland Plain Woodland and other vulnerable eucalypt communities.
At the meeting, Johanna will tell us about the results of valuable work.

photo of Johanna Wong

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 three starts July 24th.

June 26th (last session for term 2)

Leader: Michael Griffith
Topic: Walk to St Ives Showground (10 am to 2:30 pm)

A eucalypt tree

We take the opportunity to study the vegetation along the walking track between the eastern part of KWG and the northern part of St Ives Showground. Even though the showground is adjacent to KWG, this track supports a surprising number of plants not easily accessible in KWG. Please wear suitable footwear. Bring a hat, water and a packed lunch to eat at the Showground. A car will be left at the showground for transporting a limited number of walkers back to KWG.

July 24th (first session for term 3)

Leader: Michael Griffith
Topic: ‘Grevilleas and Hakeas (Family Proteaceae) ’

Grevillia flower

Both red and grey spider flowers are in abundance in Sydney sandstone bushland in late winter and early spring, and we may spot pink or white spider flowers growing among rocky outcrops. These Grevilleas are easy to learn to recognise and are part of the Proteaceae family of plants. In comparison, the Hakeas have small, light coloured flowers but bear large, woody seed capsules that persist on the shrub for many years. Their fruit aid greatly with their identification. As we walk around the Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden after the talk, we will recognise many of these plants and learn more about where they grow and their common characteristics.



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Last up-dated 23rd. June 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).