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Walks & Talks Term 1, 2016

 
  At the:

"Bushland Education Centre"
The Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden
420 Mona Vale Road,
St Ives

Arrive at 9:45 am for a 10:00am start.
Information sheets are provided.
Walks conclude at approx. 12.30 pm.

Please wear suitable footwear, and bring a hat and water.
No prior knowledge required - just an enquiring mind and a love of the bush!

There is a fee of $5 per person per session to cover costs.


Topics and leaders for term 1, 2016

March 7th

Leader: Alec Fisher
Topic: ‘Introductory Talk and Walk at Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden’
Background:

Leptospermum square flowers

The opening talk and subsequent walk will introduce you to the Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden and its many aspects and attractions and to Australian native plants themselves.
Leptospermum squarrosum is one of Sydney’s beautiful native plants. Although the peak flowering period for our native plants is in late winter and spring, some plants are in flower in midsummer. It is one of the plants that will be seen when the “Walks and Talks” program at Kuringgai Wildflower Garden recommences at 10 am Monday (7th March). This program, run throughout the year by North Shore Group of Australian Plants Society, is a unique opportunity for members of the general public to learn about the native plants that occur in the Sydney region. A talk of about 45 minutes is followed by a 1 hour walk in the Garden. No booking is necessary.


March 14th

Leader: Alec Fisher
Topic: ‘The Plant Kingdom’
Background:

Flower with insects on it

The world is green because of plants and because of flowering ones in particular. Plants, through photosynthesis, are the very staff of life, though not the first of the five Kingdoms to come into being. Plants and the other Kingdoms do not exist in isolation but depend on each other? this includes us humans as members of the Animal Kingdom.

Join with Alec on this behind-the-scenes look into plants.

March 21st

Leader: Peter Bernhardt
Topic: ‘Parts of the Plant – Flowers’
Background:

Native pea flowers

In the Australian bush, it is possible to find some plant in flower at any time of the year. The colour and shape of a flower can provide a good pointer to its pollinating agent. Day length is an important determinant of flowering times in many plants. The classification system used for flowering plants is based on the structure of flowers.
Peter is a research associate of The Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust, Sydney, and Professor of Biology at Saint Louis University, USA. He is on sabbatical leave in Australia and is investigating pollination in a group of local terrestrial orchids.

March 28th

Public Holiday

April 4th

 
Leader: Helen Theile
Topic: ‘Banksias (Proteaceae)’
Background:

A eucalypt tree

A eucalypt tree No, it is a yellow Banksia cone.

Many of the eight species of Banksias in the Kuringgai Wildflower Garden are flowering now, so come and learn about them, in the Talk & Walk session at
the Garden's Bushland Education Centre. You'll hear how the Banksia genus was named after Sir Joseph Banks who collected specimens from Botany Bay in 1770. The talk will help you identify the various species from leaf samples, followed by an inspection of specimens growing in the Garden. You'll also hear about Banksia communities in their natural environment in the Sydney region.